Nominations closed on March 18. The candidates are:
President: Jason Jones
Vice President: MaryAnn Mahony
Secretary: Ken Weiss
Treasurer: Aram Ayalon, Lisa Frank
Council (four positions): Stephen Adair, Anthony Beatman, Kevin Kean, Jeff McGowan, Serafin Mendez-Mendez, George Murphy, Paul Petterson, John O’Conner, Cynthia Pope
At-large (two positions): Sheri-Fafunwa Ndibe, Jason Snyder
Nomination Form for local officers and Council Representatives
A runoff election for three CCSU-AAUP Representatives to the CSU-AAUP Council and one Council Alternate begin on Monday, May 3 at 9:00am and end on Friday, May 7 at 4:00pm.
Click here to enter the election. Use your last name as the username and your BlueChip ID number as your password.
Candidates for CSU-AAUP Council Representative
Susan Holt, Psychology
I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and have been at CCSU for five years. My AAUP membership began more than 20 years ago when I was one of only two AAUP members at a state university in the south. I have been a member of the CCSU Part-time Faculty Advisory Committee for four years and have attended CCSU-AAUP business meetings and social gatherings regularly to learn the concerns of fellow faculty. I spoke at length recently with CSU-AAUP President Walsh about the current state budget woes and the pressures faculty are likely to face as the state grapples with balancing the budget. I support holding a strong line with our current state contract. We may be placed under great pressure to increase class sizes, eliminate tenure-track positions, and give back more of our previously negotiated salaries. I think it is imperative that we hold firm and refuse to have our working conditions eroded in any manner. If the future of Connecticut is educating our young people well, we do that at CCSU. Moreover, the vast majority of our students remain in our state. We need to advocate for our students as well as ourselves. We can’t permit the state government to be shortsighted at this difficult time. As your CCSU-AAUP representative, I will fight any effort to diminish our roles, decrease our numbers or provide students with less than the optimal education they receive currently.
Kevin Kean, Psychology
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1999. I am an instructor in the Psychology Department. All of us in CCSU-AAUP, tenured, tenure-line, and contingent faculty alike, are in for a rough ride over the next few years. Because of the economic downturn, funding to CCSU is very much at risk. We will be asked to sacrifice more and more, and our ability to educate our future leaders will be compromised. We have already given back quite a bit, as part of SEBAC. We have precious little left to sacrifice without quality being affected. CCSU is one of the state’s best and most cost-effective assets, not just an item on a balance sheet. I see my role in the CCSU-AAUP as being a strong advocate for all our members. I want to see our university strengthened and improved for all its students, staff and faculty. We need a strong and secure public higher education system to help ensure Connecticut’s competitiveness now and in the future. I think the best means to this end is to increase the security of all our members. Only then can we do our best to help educate Connecticut’s citizens.
George Murphy, Mathematics
George M. Murphy, Ph.D., is a veteran, twenty two + (22+) years of service in a 43 year period, ( Army Air Corps, the Air Force, and the U. S. Army, as a senior sergeant and a Commissioned Officer); graduating from many levels of military education, including the U S Army’s Command and General Staff Officer College, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. His civilian education included graduating from State College at Boston, Western Colorado University, Boston University, and the University of Connecticut.
Along the way, he has worked in every stratum of education, from teaching kindergarten and sixth grade, serving as psychologist and counselor; to Superintendent of Schools, Secretary of the Board of Education; full-time college faculty member (both graduate and undergraduate levels), department chair, through to adjunct professor of psychology, sociology, and mathematics.
Murphy said, “Part-time faculty needs a strong voice on the AAUP Council. My experiences have uniquely equipped me to represent the interests of those who comprise more than half of our instructional faculty at CCSU, the part-timers!”
The Mathematical Sciences department’s Web site at CCSU provides additional information under Murphy’s entry in the part-time faculty data, such as photos, lists of some of his publications, etc.
Donna Sims, Finance
JD, South Texas College of Law, MBA, University of Saint Thomas. I have been teaching at CCSU since 1998. I became involved the AAUP in January of 2009 when I was asked to serve as Grievance Chair. In September, I filled an Alternate position on Council due to a resignation and I continue to serve in both areas. I continue to engage in a primarily pro bono practice of law in Hartford and serve on the Military and Animal Law Committees as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. I believe that participation in our union is essential to the protection of our interests and rights as members of the academic community.
Kenneth Weiss, Reading & Language Arts
I am a Professor of Reading and Language Arts. I serve on various university and departmental committees and will be the new chair of the Department Evaluation Committee. I served as Secretary to the School of Education and Professional Studies Governance Council, am a member and past chair of the Academic Integrity Committee and currently serve as the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. It is evident to me that now, more than ever a strong and responsive union will be needed to help us all get through what will undoubtedly be turbulent times ahead. I will work hard to uphold the ideals of collective bargaining, our contract and represent the interests of all faculty during these difficult economic and political times. More, now than ever, a body of strong voices is needed to help ensure the interests of all CCSU AAUP members and I would like to take a role to help make that a reality.
Louise Williams, History
Louise Williams, History, Candidate for Council – I am a Professor in the History department. I have been at CCSU for 12 years. Before coming to CCSU I was an adjunct instructor for five years at the City University of New York and New York University. My experiences as a faculty member have shown me the importance of unions. At CCSU I served as interim Chair of the History department and currently am Assistant Chair. Both positions gave me a good understanding of how faculty members continually are expected to do more work with less administrative support. My time served on the Senate and on various University Curriculum committees made the importance of strong faculty governance very clear to me. That our union is essential in supporting that faculty governance became especially apparent through the struggles I faced personally in obtaining a sabbatical leave and promotion to full professor, despite a very strong research and teaching record and the support of my department. Finally, I understand very well that it is possible for unions to achieve important victories for faculty members. I have benefitted from the health insurance won by the union of the City University of New York for its adjunct staff, and from seven CSU-AAUP research grants here at CCSU. I am running for Council to help our union, not only protect all faculty members, but also work for positive improvements in our jobs and working conditions. I hope that in these difficult economic times we can increase union activism, and gain even more widespread support of, and committed participation by, the entire faculty.
CCSU-AAUP Election Results (Spring 2010)
CCSU-AAUP Election Results (Spring 2009)
CCSU-AAUP Election (Spring 2010)
2010 CCSU-AAUP Council Representative & Secretary Election
(Total 138 responses)
|Lisa Frank, Finance||135 votes|
CSU-AAUP Council Representative
(Total 394 responses)
|Susan Holt, Psychology||68 votes|
|Kevin Kean, Psychology||41 votes|
|George Murphy, Mathematics||68 votes|
|Donna Sims, Finance||78 votes|
|Kenneth Weiss, Reading & Language Arts||60 votes|
|Louise Williams, History||73 votes|
According to Article VII, Elections, of the CCSU-AAUP Constitution “A majority of the votes cast shall be required for election. If no candidate for an office receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a run-off election for that office between the two top vote getters, and those who tie them.” 163 ballots were cast, and, consequently, election to any office required a minimum of 82 votes. As you will see in the attached spreadsheet detailing the results of the CCSU-AAUP Officer Election, Lisa Frank, received a majority of the votes cast for the position of secretary, but none of the candidates for election for CSU-AAUP Council Representative did so. Therefore, a runoff election is necessary.
CCSU-AAUP Election Results (Spring 2009)
On behalf of the CCSU-AAUP Nominating Committee (Donna Sims, Chr., Michael Ericksen, Tom Frank, Carol Austad), please find the results of the CCSU-AAUP Officer and Council Representative Elections below. A total of 183 votes were cast in the election.
Pursuant to the CCSU-AAUP Constitution, Article VII Elections, “A majority of the votes cast shall be required for election. If no candidate for an office receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a run-off election for that office between the two top vote getters, and those who tie them.” Therefore, 92 votes were required for election to any office. As only 2 Council Representatives were elected, there will be a runoff election between Anthony Beatman, David Cappella, Jeff McGowan, and John Mueller for two CSU-AAUP Council Representative positions and the CSU-AAUP Council Representative Alternate position.
President (1 seat)/(Total 175 responses)
Joseph Bonnici, Marketing: 32.00% – (56 votes)
Jason Jones, English: 61.14% – (107 votes)
Write-in: 6.86% – (12 votes)
Vice President (1 seat)/(Total 149 responses)
George Murphy, Mathematics: 94.63% – (141 votes)
Write-in: 5.37% – (8 votes)
Secretary (1 seat)/(Total 150 responses)
Michael Terezakis, Counseling & Wellness: 98.00% – (147 votes)
Write-in: 2.00% – (3 votes)
Treasurer (1 seat)/(Total 146 responses)
Aram Ayalon, Teacher Education: 98.63% – (144 votes)
Write-in: 1.37% – (2 votes)
Delegate-at-large (2 seats)/(Total 232 responses)
Brian Folker, English: 51.72% – (120 votes)
Jason Snyder, MIS: 47.41% – (110 votes)
Write-in #1: 0.43% – (1 vote)
Write-in #2: 0.43% – (1 vote)
CSU-AAUP Council Representative (4 seats)/(Total 571 responses)
Anthony Beatman, Accounting: 11.03% – (63 votes)
David Cappella, English: 14.54% – (83 votes)
Jeff McGowan, Mathematics: 14.71% – (84 votes)
John Mueller, History: 14.01% – (80 votes)
George Murphy, Mathematics: 10.51% – (60 votes)
Paul Petterson, Political Science: 18.56% – (106 votes)
Rachel Siporin, Art: 16.11% – (92 votes)
Write-in #1 0.53% – (3 votes)