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The Faculty Delegate Assembly at Hunter College

The Faculty Delegate Assembly’s mission is to be a voice for faculty and keep faculty informed about campus-wide issues. We do this through ad hoc committees, participation on college-wide initiatives and committees as FDA representatives, and in our monthly General Assembly meetings. All faculty members are welcome to join the FDA; dues are voluntary. Each department elects two members to the FDA General Assembly which also consists of the faculty members of the Administrative Committee of the Hunter College Senate, the members of the Executive Committee of the General Faculty, and all Hunter delegates to the University Faculty Senate. General Assembly meetings are always open to the entire faculty.


The monthly General Assembly meetings feature talks by administrators, colleagues, and invited guests and are open to all faculty members. We also sponsor wine and cheese socials each semester. The agendas for FDA meetings are set by the Executive Committee which consists of elected officers who serve two year terms. Individuals interested in running for a position on the FDA Executive Committee are encouraged to contact the FDA administrative office.


Suggestions from faculty of topics for General Assembly meetings that would have wide appeal to Hunter faculty are always appreciated. Faculty may also request a meeting with any member of the FDA Executive Committee. To contact the FDA for any reason, please send an e-mail to You may also send comments through campus mail or visit the FDA Administrative Office at 1414HE.


The FDA is also charged with the supervision of two spaces at the college—the "Solarium" (room 1413HE) and the Faculty/Staff Lounge (on the 8th floor of HW) —and attends to practical issues affecting the maintenance and use of these spaces. To reserve these spaces go to the Solarium or the Faculty/Staff Lounge on the FDA website.


President: John Wallach (Political Science): 

John Wallach is a classically trained political theorist (Ph.D. in Politics, Program in Political Philosophy from Princeton University, 1981) attuned to historical, contemporary, and practical issues in political thought. He mostly teaches courses in ancient and contemporary political theory, focusing on political ethics, democratic theory, and the political theory of human rights. Before coming to Hunter in 1991, Wallach was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University and Vassar College. His publications include·The Platonic Political Art: A Study of Critical Reason and Democracy·(Penn State Press, 2001); a co-edited volume (with J. Peter Euben and Josiah Ober),·Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstruction of American Democracy·(Cornell, 1994.) Currently, he is finishing a book of historical and theoretical studies on democracy and the good. Wallach has been a Liberal Arts Fellow in Political Science at Harvard Law School (1998-1999), recipient of a NEH Fellowship for College and University Teachers (2003-2004), and Director of a NEH Institute for College & University Teachers at The Graduate Center (Summer, 2006), on the subject of "Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspective

Omar Dahbour (Philosphy):

Professor Omar Dahbour (Ph.D. in Philosophy, City University of New York, 1995; Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago, 1987) has taught full-time at Hunter College since 1998. He has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, Colorado College, and other institutions. He regularly teaches the following courses: Philosophy, Politics, and Society (PHILO 106), Revolutions in Modern Philosophy (PHILO 218), Political Philosophy (PHILO 246), International Ethics (PHILO 248), Problems of Ethics and Society (PHILO 250), Marxist and Critical Theory (PHILO 319), Contemporary Theories of Justice (PHILO 346), Hegel (PHILO 380.70), Marx (PHILO 380.76), Philosophy of History (PHILO 394.74)

Fredericka Liggins (School of Education):

Fredericka Liggins has a doctorate in Adult Education from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois.  Her master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Services was completed at Fordham University.  She has counseled and taught both traditional-aged and adult college students for over three decades, in both private and public higher education institutions.  Much of her counseling expertise has been in the area of career development. Dr. Liggins is a recipient of the 2018 Hunter Travel Award for her September 2017 conference presentation, “Then and Now—An Adult Education Pioneer: Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg and His Community Education Legacy—The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture” at the 102nd conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  The theme of the conference was The Crisis in Black Education.

Peter Dudek (Art):

Peter Dudek is an artist. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hunter College Art Department since 1990 where he has taught Sculpture, Drawing, Art & Current Ideas, Graduate Seminar and a Seminar in Public Art. At Hunter he has also curated several exhibitions including: Dead-Fit Beauty, Photasm and Architecture, Architecture, Architecture. Information about his art works, curating and writing can be found on He is the Founder of the Adjunct Drinking Association, and has been active in the union concerning adjunct issues. Past teaching experiences include the School of Visual Arts and Haverford College.

Elke Nicolai (German):

Professor Nicolai holds her Ph.D. from the "Universität -Gh- Siegen", Siegen/Germany. She has published a book on Klaus Mann and his literary contemporaries in the mid-twenties and early thirties; a bibliography of the international literature of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), that also came out in book form, as well as articles and reviews on the Weimar Republic, Exile Literature and Contemporary German literature. Dr. Nicolai's research and teaching focuses on literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Germany, she prepared students for the "Mittelstufenprüfung" given by the Goethe Institute and the German proficiency exam for admission to German universities. She currently serves as the test site coordinator for these exams at Hunter College. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the German Studies Association, and the Women in German Association.

Larry Shore (Film & Media):

Dr. Larry Shore teaches courses on Media, Sports and Society; Global Communications; Internet and Society, and Media and Politics. His research interests include media and telecommunications policy in the United States and globally, the impact of new media, and the effect of news on public opinion and foreign policy. In the area of media and sports his interests include issues of sport and race, women and sports, and sports and national identity. Dr. Shore also periodically teaches a course, together with Professor Carolyn Somerville in the Political Science Department, on South Africa and Southern Africa After Apartheid in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. A key part of this course is the weekend long Southern Africa Simulation Game.


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