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The National Center's 42nd Annual Conference in New York City

Thinking about Tomorrow: Collective Bargaining and
Labor Relations in Higher Education

April 19-21, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center

Underwritten by a grant from TIAA-CREF
With additional funding by the Segal Company


The National Center’s 42nd Annual Conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on April 19-21, 2015. Below are some of the confirmed presentations and panelists for next year's annual conference along with a listing of conference locations, events and hotels. Some of the panels and workshops will be CLE eligible. Further announcements concerning other conference panels will be included in upcoming National Center E-Notes and posted on this website.

Confirmed Conference Panels and Speakers

Academic Freedom and Civility with Risa Lieberwitz, Professor, Labor and Employment Law, Cornell ILR, AAUP General Counsel, Tom C. Hogan, Professor, Pennsylvania State University School of Labor and Employment Relations, and moderator Frederick P. Schaffer, CUNY General Counsel and Sr. Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

Reporters Roundtable: Covering Labor-Management Issues in Higher Education with Steven Greenhouse, former labor reporter, New York Times, Claudio Sanchez, National Public Radio, Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Education and moderator Theresa Montaño, NEA National Council for Higher Education President.

Collective Bargaining and Contingent Faculty: A Survey of Results with Gary Rhoades, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, Susan J. Schurman, Distinguished Professor and Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Commentator, and Valerie Martin Conley, Department Chair, Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Patton College of Education, Ohio University, Commentator.

University of Oregon: Bargaining and Implementing a First Contract with Doug Blandy, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Jane Gordon, Senior Project Director, Academic Affairs, Bill Brady, Senior Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Deborah Olson, United Academics Executive Vice President, and David Cecil, United Academics Executive Director, and moderator Pamela S. Silverblatt, Vice Chancellor, Labor Relations, CUNY.

Georgetown University: Lessons from Bargaining a First Contract for Contingent Faculty with Lisa Krim, Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations, Cynthia Chance, Director of Faculty Affairs and Assistant Provost, Jonathan Fritts, Esq., Morgan Lewis, Kerry Danner-McDonald, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Theology, David Rodich, Executive Director, SEIU Local 500, Anne McLeer, Director of Higher Education and Strategic Planning, SEIU Local 500.

Tufts University: Lessons from Bargaining a First Contract for Part-Time Contingent Faculty with Nicholas DiGiovanni, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, James M. Glaser, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Rebecca Gibson, Part-time Lecturer, English Department, SEIU Negotiating Committee, Christine Cousineau, Part-time Lecturer, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department, SEIU Negotiating Committee, Patricia Dissilvio, Part-time Lecturer, Romance Languages, SEIU Negotiating Committee, Larry Alcoff, SEIU, and moderator Jeffrey Cross, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eastern Illinois University.

Graduate Assistants: Special Issues and Challenges in Collective Bargaining with Kerr Ballenger, Florida State University Graduate Student, Graduate Student United President, Margaret E. Winters, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wayne State University, John D. Vander Weg, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, Wayne State University, Peter Chester, Director, Labor Relations, University of California, Carl J. Levine, Levy Ratner, P.C., and moderator Adrienne Eaton, AAUP/AFT President, Rutgers University.

Public and Private Sector Negotiations: Distinctions and Similarities with Beth Margolis, Gladstein, Reif and Meginnis, LLP, Cindy Oliver, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators President, British Columbia, Canada, Michael Loconto, Associate Director, Labor Relations, Harvard University, and moderator Judi Burgess, Director, Labor Relations, Boston University.

The Impact of Collective Bargaining and Local Appropriations on Faculty Salaries and Benefits at U.S. Community Colleges with Stephen Katsinas, Director and Professor, University of Alabama Education Policy Center, Clive Belfield, Economics Professor, Queens College, CUNY, Research Affiliate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, Commentator, Fred Floss, Professor of Economics and Finance, SUNY Buffalo State and Senior Fellow at Fiscal Policy Institute, Commentator, and moderator DeWayne Sheaffer, Long Beach City College and Member at Large, NEA National Council of Higher Education.

Ins and Outs of Faculty Salary Structures and Wage Equity with Michael N. O'Malley, Senior Vice President, Higher Education Compensation Practice Leader, Sibson Consulting, Pierre Joanis, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Bucknell University, and John W. Curtis, Director, Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession, American Sociological Association.   

The History of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education with Ellen Schrecker, Professor of History Emeritus, Yeshiva University, Derryn W. Moten, Professor of Humanities, Alabama State University,  Ernst Benjamin, former AAUP General Secretary, and moderator Donna Haverty-Stacke, Associate Professor, Hunter College, CUNY.

Dues and Don'ts after Harris v. Quinn with Catherine Fisk, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, David Strom, American Federation of Teachers General Counsel, and Richard K. Zuckerman, Lamb and Barnosky, LLP. 

Catholic Colleges and Universities: Collective Bargaining and NLRB Jurisdiction with Nicholas P. Cafardi, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, School of Law, Duquesne University, Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Maryann Parker, Associate General Counsel, SEIU, Clayton Sinyai, Director, Catholic Employer Project, and moderator David L. Gregory, Dorothy Day Professor of Law and Executive Director, Center for Labor and Employment Law, St. John's University School of Law.

Electronic Privacy in Higher Education with Jason Walta, Senior Counsel, National Education Association, Ginger McCall, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Jill L. Rosenberg, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and moderator Raymond L. Haines, Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations, SUNY.

Negotiating Over Academic Freedom in Higher Education with Risa Lieberwitz, Professor, Labor and Employment Law, Cornell ILR, AAUP General Counsel, Shane Lancer, Cornell University, ILR, MILR, 2016, Emily Miller, Cornell ILR, B.S., 2015, Kevin Mollica, Cornell ILR, B.S., 2015, and Mike Mauer, Esq., Senior Labor Advisor, American Association of University Professors.

Faculty Diversity and Retention: Best Practices with Anthony Browne, Chair, Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, Arlene Torres, Professor, Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, Carlos Medina, SUNY Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, J. Phillippe Abraham, Vice President for Professionals, United University Professions, and moderator John Rose, Dean for Diversity, Hunter College, CUNY.

Phased Retirement in Higher Education with Amy Strage, Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development and Director, Center for Faculty Development, San Jose State University, Steven Filling, California Faculty Association, William Connellan, Director of Academic Support Services, University of Florida, Tim Lane, Managing Director, Institutional Relationships, TIAA-CREF, and moderator Steve Hicks, Associate Professor, Lock Haven University, Co-Editor, Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy.

Views from Mediators: Resolving Higher Education Labor Disputes with Bonnie Weinstock, Arbitrator and Mediator, Kevin Flanigan, Director, Office of Conciliation, New York State PERB, and moderator Joel M. Douglas, Professor Emeritus, Baruch College, CUNY, former Executive Director, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.

Due Process Issues for Non-Tenured Track Faculty: How Much Process is Due? with James Castagnera, Associate Provost and Associate Counsel, Rider University, Mark Farley, Managing Consultant, InvOv8 Inc., and Richard E. Casagrande, NYSUT General Counsel.

International and Domestic Perspectives on Non-Tenured Track Faculty Bargaining with Karen Stubaus, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, State University of New Jersey, Ana Virginia Moreira Gomes, Professor of Law, Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil, Antonio Alfeu da Silva, Ph.D Candidate, Faculty of Law, Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil, and moderator Michael Zweig, Professor and Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Stony Brook University, SUNY, UUP.

Annual Panel: Year in Higher Education with Theodore H. Curry II, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Michigan State University, Stuart Andrews, Executive Director, Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, Helen Fairfoul, Chief Executive, Universities and Colleges Employers Association United Kingdom, and moderator Daniel Julius, Senior Vice President and Provost, New Jersey City University.

Politics of Higher Education Funding with Hon. Sandra B. Cunningham, Chair, New Jersey State Senate Higher Education Committee, Ed Maloney, MSJ Associates, former Chair of Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee, Kenneth Mash, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties President, and moderator Hank Sheinkopf, Political Consultant, Sheinkopf Communications.

Work/Life Balance: Framing and Negotiating the Issues with Susan Pearson, Associate Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Jennifer Lundquist, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Music and Bargaining: Negotiating in Tune at Music Schools and Departments with Michael Scott, Berklee Faculty Union, Matt Marvuglio, Dean, Performance Division, Berklee College of Music, Jimmy Owens, Part-time Classroom Faculty, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music/Local 802, AFM, and Martin Mueller, Executive Director, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Past Practices and Labor Relations: The Importance of Institutional Memory with John Hamlin, University Education Association President, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota - Duluth, Scott Laderman, University Education Association Contract Administrator, Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota - Duluth, James Burkel, Senior Academic Labor Relations Representative, University of Michigan, and panelist and moderator Angela Latham, Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, member, UPI Local 4100, Governors State University.

Sexual and Racial Assaults on Campus: What Is To Be Done? with Coleen Chin, Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Michelle Kiss, Director of Special Projects, Academic Affairs, California State University System, and Ray Murillo, Director, Student Programs, California State University System.

Legal Issues in Higher Education: Annual Review of Court and Administrative Developments with Richard F. Griffin, General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Aaron Nisenson, Senior Legal Counsel, AAUP, and Kerry B. Melear, Interim Chair, Leadership & Counselor Education and Associate Professor, University of Mississippi.

Confirmed Workshops and Presenters  

Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations for New Administrators and Labor Representatives
with Conrad Bowling, FMCS Commissioner, Jeffrey Cross, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eastern Illinois University, Deborah Williams, NEA Faculty Association President and Lead Negotiator, Johnson County Community College, and moderator Alyssa Picard, Acting Director, AFT Higher Education.

Use of Financial Data Analysis for Collective Bargaining
with Howard Bunsis, Chair, AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, Professor of Accounting, Eastern Michigan University, and John Swarbrick, Associate Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations, California State University System and moderator Jeffery Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan.

Effective Contract Administration for Administrators and Labor Representatives
with Debra Gold, Labor Relations Specialist, NYSUT, and Michael J. Lebowich, Proskauer Rose LLP.

Best Practices and Policies on Bullying and Harassment with Fran A Sepler, Sepler & Associates, and Lesley Burke-O'Flynn, Staff Representative, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC.
Mindfulness and Stress Management for Negotiations and Labor Relations with Victor Goode, Associate Professor, CUNY School of Law, and Jeanne Anselmo, co-founder, Contemplative Urban Law Program, CUNY Law School.

Conference Locations and Events

Sunday, April 19, 2015, CUNY Graduate Center: 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY, 10016 (reception, research panels and workshops)
Sunday, April 19, 2015, Heartland Brewery-Empire State Building: 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118 (buffet dinner, open bar)
Monday-Tuesday, April 20-21, 2015, CUNY Graduate Center: 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY, 10016 (continental breakfast, panels, lunch and workshops)
Please note the new locations for the Sunday, April 19th events are the CUNY Graduate Center and the Heartland Brewery.

Conference Hotels

Affinia Dumont: 150 East 34th Street, NY, NY, 10016
Affinia Shelburne: 303 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY, 10016
Room Rate: $289/night.
Click here for Instructions on Reserving Hotel Rooms.

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Webcasts and Podcasts from the 41st Annual Conference

The National Center’s 41st Annual Conference, which took place on April 6-8, 2014, was a major success with quality presentations examining diverse topics including issues relating to contingent faculty, social media and academic freedom, bullying, the future of pensions in academia, on-line learning and intellectual property.  The success of this year’s conference would not have been possible without the support of Hunter College and the hard work of numerous Hunter College and CUNY staff and conference volunteers. The conference was underwritten by a grant from TIAA-CREF with additional funding from the Segal Company.

Below are webcasts and podcasts of ten panel discussions from the 41st Annual Conference that were produced by Hunter College’s ICIT Department and by Becca Pulliam of Please Repeat the Question Productions.


Social Media and Academic Freedom under Garcetti
Frederick Schaffer, Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs, CUNY
Theresa Chmara, General Counsel , AAUP
Marjorie Heins, Director, The Free Expression Policy Project
Liesl Zwicklbauer, Director, Employee Relations, SUNY, Moderator
Watch the webcasts 
of the panel discussions.

Social Media in Labor Relations and Student Contact: Best
Policies, Practices and Training

Henry Reichman, Vice President, American Association of University Professors
Michael Loconto, Associate Director, Labor & Employee Relations, Harvard Univ.
Nicole Kendall, Associate Professor, Tennessee State University
Jeffrey Cross, Associate VP, Academic Affairs, Eastern Illinois Univ., Moderator

MOOCs: Impact on the Future of Pedagogy

Shanna Smith Jaggars, Assistant Director, Columbia University
Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Mirick O’Connell, Worcester, MA
Jeffrey Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education
David Bergeron, Center for American Progress, Panelist & Moderator

The Future of Higher Education
Martin Finkelstein, Professor, Higher Education, Seton Hall University
Jack Shuster, Professor, Education, Claremont Graduate University
Valerie Martin Conley, Professor, Higher Education, Ohio University
Theresa Montaño, National Council for Higher Education/NEA, Moderator
Listen to podcasts
of the panel discussions.

The Impact of Contingent Faculty on Higher Education Results

Michelle Kiss, Research Assistant, California State University System
Hongwei Yu, Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Champaign
Daniel Maxey, Fellow in Urban Education Policy, Univ. of Southern California
Jeffrey Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost & Senior Director, Academic HR,
University of Michigan, Moderator

Trends in Labor Management Issues at HBCUs
Zillah Fluker, Associate VP, Development, Alabama State University
Gregory Carr, Assistant Professor, Harris Stowe State University, HSSU-NEA
Carrie Gavin, Director of Employment, Florida A&M University
Derryn Moten, Co-President, Faculty-Staff Alliance/AFT, Alabama State Univ.
Elizabeth Davenport, Florida A&M University/UFF President
George Cooper, Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs

Part 1

Part 2

International Perspectives on Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Robyn May, Griffith University, Melbourne, Australia
Helen Fairfoul, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, UK
Cindy Oliver, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, Canada
Michael Zweig, Professor, Stony Brook University, UUP, Moderator

Part 1

Part 2

Labor Perspectives on the Organizing of Contingent Faculty

Phil Kugler, Special Assistant to AFT President
Michelle Gallagher, Esq., MTA/NEA
David Kociemba, Chapter President, AAUP, Emerson College
Malini Cadambi Daniel, SEIU Higher Education Campaign
Harris Freeman, Professor, Western New England University, MA Commonwealth
Employment Relations Board Member, Moderator

Part 1

Part 2

Future of Pensions in Academia

Timothy Lane, Managing Director, TIAA-CREF
John Abraham, Director, Member Benefits Department, AFT
Neil Tudiver, Assistant Executive Director, CAUT
Mark Brossman, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel, PLLC
Brian Duffy, Acting Associate Provost, Hunter College, CUNY, Moderator

Part 1

Part 2

Collective Bargaining Results Regarding Contingent Faculty

Holly Lawrence, VP, Executive Board, MSP/MTA/NEA
Richard Nettell, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
John Bryan, Associate Provost, University of Massachusetts
Lisa Bonick, Director, Academic Labor Relations, Rutgers Univ., Moderator

Part 1

Part 2