Implications of getting involved
There are many places at Hunter and CUNY where faculty can voice their concerns, but too few of these allow for a systematic, unfiltered, direct opportunity to address the administrators responsible for providing the resources faculty need for research and teaching.
Getting involved in the FDA provides Hunter faculty with a routine opportunity to voice and discuss concerns related to faculty quality-of-life, as well as to provide feedback on Hunter policies and proposed initiatives.
Getting involved in the University Faculty Senate as part of the Hunter delegation provides Hunter faculty with the opportunity to ensure that Hunter's needs are addressed by CUNY Central initiatives. Indeed, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recently stated that he viewed the UFS "as a partner in the development of new CUNY initiatives." While the UFS often serves the function of providing faculty feedback on initiatives proposed by CUNY Central, the UFS also works to ensure that college administrations on individual campuses provide opportunities for faculty to participate in the vetting of CUNY initiatives (e.g., ensuring that faculty have a role in determining such matters as CUNY Compact funding allocations, student admissions criteria, and, providing input on the use and allocation of research facilities).