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Building and Strengthening Shared Governance: Challenges and Solutions

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Feb 10 9:30AM - 5:30PM

15th Annual Meeting of the California AAUP

Building and Strengthening Shared Governance: Challenges & Solutions

Pepperdine University West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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This is a low-cost meeting with a big bang for your buck that promises to be

informative, stimulating, solution-oriented and collegial.

Keynote Speaker: Theresa Montao, Vice President, California Teachers Association & Professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge

" Faculty Resistance & Voice:Shared Governancein Troubling Times"

Theres Montao, Keynote  Speaker

plus these timely workshops, led by local and national faculty leaders and activitists:

  • Improving Shared Governance at Private Universities
  • CSI CSU: Death by Executive Order. A Cautionary Tale of the Attempted Murder of Shared Governance
  • Guided Pathways: Challenges and Solutions for Shared Governance
  • The $48 Fix: Reclaiming the California Master Plan for Higher Education

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includes morning coffee & bagels, lunch, keynote speaker, 2 workshops, and reception

Early online registration fee for contingent faculty and students is $25 and $45 for tenure track faculty [including Eventbrite fees] through January 29, 2018 at 1 PM PST.

Late on-site registration fee is $30 at the door on February 10, 2018 for contingent faculty and students and $50 at the door for tenure track faculty.

Credit card payments for registration fees cannot be processed at the site of the meeting. To pay by check in advance, contact

Building and Strengthening Shared Governance: Challenges & Solutions

15TH ANNUAL MEETING of the CA-AAUP at Pepperdine University West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

SCHEDULE February 10, 2018

9:30 Check-in + coffee/tea & bagels, Room 203

10:00 Welcome: Alex Zukas and Barbara Ingram, Room 203

10:30 Workshop 1: Efforts to Improve Shared Governance at Private Universities, workshop leaders:

Barbara Ingram, Maire Mullins, Reyna Garcia Ramos, and Anne Sebanc - Hank Reichman, moderator

Workshop 2: Challenges and Solutions for Shared Governance at the CSUs, workshop leaders:

Steve Filling and Karen Davis

12:00 Lunch (included with registration fee), Room 203

1:00 Keynote Speaker: Theresa Montao, Room 203

"Faculty Resistance and Voice: Shared Governance in Troubling Times"

1:45 Refreshment Break, Room 203

2:00 Workshop 3: Guided Pathways: Challenges and Solutions for Shared Governance,

workshop leader: Katherine Graham

Workshop 4: The $48 Dollar Fix: Reclaiming the California Master Plan for Higher Education

workshop leaders: Chris Newfield and Jonathan Abboud

3:30 Panel Wrap-Up with Panel Chairs, Room 203

4:00 Business Meeting, Room 203

Accomplishments and Steps Forward, Room 203


Workshop 1

Efforts to Improve Shared Governance at Private Universities

Thisworkshopis organized by officers of the AAUP chapters of Pepperdine University and Whittier College, with Hank Reichman, First Vice President of AAUP, serving as round table moderator. In a case study format, we present the story of our faculties efforts to achieve not only a place at the table, but recognition that our voice should have weight in decision-making processes. Representatives from other schools will share their stories and together we will clarify catalystsand obstacles in meeting AAUP standards of shared governance. We hope our conversation together will help us develop not only strategies for future efforts, but an inter-university support network among AAUP chapters in Californias private universities.

workshop leaders:

REYNA GARCA RAMOS is a Professor of Education and faculty liaison for theCABE of Pepperdinechapter at the GraduateSchool of Educationand Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University. She is the Vice President of the AAUP chapter at Pepperdine University. As the only tenured Chicana in the education division, she has worked to diversify the faculty and student body to ensure the Division of Education meets the needs of the communityand schools in greater Los Angeles area.

BARBARA INGRAM is a Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Barbara earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from USC and has been a full-time faculty member at Pepperdine since 1978. She has served as Secretary of the AAUP chapter at Pepperdine since its formation in May, 2016 and has served as president and secretary of the GSEP Faculty Association and representative to Pepperdines University Faculty Council (UFC).

MAIRE MULLINS is a Professor of English at Seaver College, Pepperdine University, where she teaches courses in Social Justice.She has served as the President of the AAUP chapter since its formation, currently serves as Chair of Pepperdine's University Faculty Council (UFC), and is President-Elect of the Seaver Faculty Association (SFA). A founding member of Seaver College's Women's Faculty Committee, Maire also worked with undergraduate students to write the proposal for Pepperdine's undergraduate LGBTQ club,Crossroads,established in 2016.

ANNE SEBANC is a Professor of Child Development and has taught at Whittier College since 1999. She has been the President of the WCAAUP chapter since 2014. She is also Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Social Sciences Division Representative to the Faculty Personnel Committee at Whittier College. The Whittier College advocacy chapter of AAUP was reinstated in 2013 after a 25+ years lapse because of shared governance issues.

moderator: HENRY REICHMAN is First Vice-President of the AAUP; Chair of AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; and Chair of the AAUP Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, where he served three terms as chair of the academic senate and nine years on the CSU system academic senate. A member of the AAUP-affiliated California Faculty Association, he served on CFA's bargaining team for three contract negotiation cycles. He has published widely on issues in higher education in Academe, the Journal of Academic Freedom, Inside Higher Ed, and blogs regularly on the AAUP's Academe blog (

Workshop 2

Challenges and Solutions for Shared Governance at the CSUs

Well have the Academic Senate, CSU Chair, one of the 23 campus Senate Chairs, a former ASCSU Chair, the Chair of the ASCSU Faculty Affairs Committee and one or two others providing their perspective on the shared governance process in the CSU as exemplified by the development, issuance and implementation of Executive Orders [Chancellor directives] on General Education and Remediation. Well provide an overview of events and move into discussion of a] what we learned from this, b] how we might move forward toward genuine governance, and c] what this means for shared governance practice in the CSU and elsewhere.

workshop leaders:

STEVEN FILLING teaches accounting and ethics at CSU Stanislaus. He represents Stanislaus as a member of the Statewide Academic Senate, is a past Chair of that body, and currently serves as Fiscal & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair and Legislative Specialist. Steven is President of the Stanislaus Chapter of the California Faculty Association, is an elected member of the CFA Board of Directors, and serves on the Audit and Political Action/Legislation Committees. Steven is also a delegate to the California Teachers Association State Council and sits on the State Legislation and Higher Education Advisory Committees.

KAREN DAVIS is a contingent faculty member who teaches film and media studies at CSU Monterey Bay. She represents her campus as one of 2 Statewide Academic Senators for the CSU, and serves on the Statewide Senate Faculty Affairs Committee. She is also an elected California Faculty Association (CFA) Lecturer Representative on the CFA Statewide Board of Directors, and CFA Lecturer Co-Representative for her campus.

Workshop 3

Guided Pathways: Challenges and Solutions for Shared Governance

What is this intrepid statewide initiative that endeavors to redesign community colleges and dramatically improve student success? Who is behind the project and how is it being funded? What is the role of faculty in its implementation? Are we to be partners in this restructuring scheme or hostages to a curricular redesign process that is preordained? What are the alternatives to the Guided Pathways model that faculty leaders might propose? This workshop will introduce participants to the Guided Pathways project and then invite response and discussion on its implementation in CA.

workshop leader: KATHERINE GRAHAM, Vice-President for Community Colleges CA-AAUP; adjunct lecturer in History at Diablo Valley College for twenty-two years and at Laney College for sixteen years. Katherine has been teaching history in CA Community Colleges for twenty-seven years.

Workshop 4

The $48 Fix: Reclaiming the California Master Plan for Higher Education

The $48 Fix, a carefully-researched report, proves that California can afford to restore top-quality public higher educationand make the system 100% tuition-free.

The 1960 Master Plan, Californias three-segment public system of higher education the Community Colleges, the California State University and the University of California was for decades the opportunity-and-growth blueprint for Californias prosperity. As the systems were strengthened by social movements pressing for broader inclusion, the Master Plan offered a way to fund access and quality at the same time while supporting racial equity. But the Master Plan has been eroded by decades of public funding cuts, tuition increases, and rising student debt. One result is a shortfall of college-educated employees; another is endangered social justice. The workshop brings together two of the reports authors to discuss its findings and show why threats to prosperity, equity, research, and personal development are not financially necessary.

workshop leaders:

CHRISTOPHER NEWFIELD is Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Much of his research is in Critical University Studies, which links his enduring concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by social and economic forces. His most recent books on this subject areUnmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class(Harvard University Press, 2008), andIvy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980(Duke University Press, 2003). A new book on the post-2008 struggles of public universities to rebuild their social missions, called The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2016. He blogs on higher education policy atRemaking the University, and writes for theHuffington Post, Inside Higher Ed,The Chronicle of Higher Education, WonkHE (UK) and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

JONATHAN A. ABBOUD is Vice President, Board of Trustees of Santa Barbara Community College District and

Interim General Manager of Isla Vista Community Services District


Convenient parking is provided in the adjacent parking structure.

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Purchase a validation ticket for $5 at the CA-AAUP meeting registration desk. Cash only, please.
You will need to enter both tickets upon exit. Without the validation ticket, parking is charged full price.

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