How Does the FDA Work?
The FDA works to act on issues of concern to Hunter faculty. Faculty are always welcome to submit suggestions and concerns that they would like the FDA Executive Committee to investigate. The concerns addressed range from such mundane issues as expanding hours for the photo-duplication room to “bigger” concerns, such as faculty teaching loads and tenure and promotion.
To express concerns to the FDA, faculty can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or send their comments through campus mail to the FDA Administrative Office at 1414HE. Faculty may also request a meeting with any member of the FDA Executive Committee. A list of members of the current FDA Executive Committee may be found under Who Are the Members? on this website. All such contacts to the FDA are treated as confidential.
The FDA Executive Committee meets monthly to discuss general issues of the faculty and to plan the agenda for FDA General Faculty meetings (see “Meeting Schedule” for specific meeting dates this semester). Past Executive Committees have planned forums addressing such topics as tenure, promotions, academic freedom, obtaining non-governmental grant funding, and the administration’s grant-vetting process.
The Executive Committee 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.
Executive Committee meetings are open only to members of the Executive Committee. However, faculty who have issues they would like the FDA to consider (and which they would prefer to present here instead of the General Faculty meetings) may contact the FDA in advance, at email@example.com.
All faculty are welcome to attend the FDA General Faculty meetings, at which the FDA provides coffee and cookies. These meetings provide an opportunity for faculty to hear from various Hunter administrators and other colleagues about current issues (e.g., budget cuts, new CUNY-wide or Hunter initiatives, etc.). When Hunter’s president attends, she presents a college update; when the provost attends, she offers an academic update.
At each meeting, we discuss various resources that affect our faculty (how to get a book published, etc.). The final hour of most monthly meetings is devoted to a forum on a specific topic announced in advance, often led by an invited member of the Hunter community. Suggestions from faculty of topics that would have wide appeal to Hunter faculty are always appreciated. Recent topics include book publishing, academic freedom, the increased reliance on adjuncts at Hunter, and udpates on contract negotiations from members of the PSC Executive Council.