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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.

Vice-President: Vacant

Secretary: Debbie Sonu (Curriculum and Teaching)
Debbie Sonu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College and doctoral faculty in the Urban Education Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research interests include curriculum theory and practice as it relates to urban schooling and social justice pedagogies in the United States. She has served as department representative and secretary-elect for the FDA since 2009.

Committee Members:

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.

Berndatte McCauley (History)
Bernadette McCauley   is a member of the history department and teaches the U.S. survey and courses in immigration history and the history of medicine and social welfare. She serves on the Thomas Hunter Faculty Council, is a member at-large of the College Senate and has been Secretary and President of the Faculty Delegate Assembly. She graduated from Hunter College where she majored in history, received her PhD at Columbia University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for American Religion at Princeton. Her research focuses on the history of women religious and the history of caretaking and medicine; her current work examines the spirituality of American Catholic women and the paths that brought women to the religious life through the 1960’s.


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