Mar 25, 2010

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UUPers to give, get info at AFT/NEA conference


A dozen UUP leaders will join their colleagues from around the country at the AFT/NEA Higher Education Joint Conference in San Jose, Calif., where they will give and get information on how to advance higher education in unpredictable times.

The UUPers will debate national policy and share successful practices on issues of mutual concern during the three-day conference that includes workshops, cyber sessions and forums. Topics under discussion range from academic freedom, instructional staffing and campus safety, to collective bargaining, arbitration and salary trends.

UUP President Phil Smith, an AFT vice president, will kick off a brainstorming session on the federation’s top priorities for higher education. He will share his insights on student success and accountability.

UUP VP for Professionals John Marino and LGBTQ Committee Co-chair Patty Bentley of Plattsburgh are panelists in two of the 40 workshops, while Secretary Eileen Landy will moderate a third.

Marino will examine the ever-expanding workload concerns of professionals and how unions can help their members keep it in check. Bentley will offer faculty the strategies and resources they need to deal with the unique challenges confronting students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer. Landy will moderate a discussion on the challenges faced by the next generation of women professors.

Among other UUPers attending the conference are VP for Academics Fred Floss and Membership Development Officer Ed Quinn; Executive Board members Philippe Abraham of Albany, Edison Bond of Brooklyn HSC, Glenn McNitt of New Paltz and Bob Reganse of Farmingdale; and Buffalo State Chapter President Rich Stempniak.

Watch for more updates and photos from the conference.

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