Election of Officers - NYS Conference 2018

Last Updated : Wed 13th December 2017 09:42pm

The Election Committee of the New York State Conference of the American Association of University Professors has certified the following candidates for office in the 2018 elections. NYS Conference elections will be held in parallel with national AAUP elections. The ballots will be mailed together to all eligible members in March or April.

President:   Jeffrey Baker

Education: BS - Regents College; MS - Syracuse University; Ph.D. -  Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University.

Academic Employment:  Professor of Psychology (adjunct), Monroe Community College, (16 years including lower ranks and temporary full time); Previously: Adjunct faculty, Excelsior College, Albany (8 years); Adjunct Faculty, Thomas Edison State University (7 years); Adjunct Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology (10 years).

Organizational Experience: (number of years): Interim President (.6), Vice President (1), Delegate at Large (4) NYS Conference of AAUP; Faculty Council (6) and member of negotiating team (2), Monroe Community College Faculty Association (NYSUT/AFT/ NEA); President (2), Vice-President (2) and Board of Trustees (10), LDA Life and Learning Services; President (1.5), Board of Trustees (10), Learning Disabilities Association of NYS; Alumni Trustee (7), Alumni Association Secretary (1), Regents (now Excelsior) College.

Completed AAUP Association of State Conferences Leadership Training in Washington, D.C., 2010; AAUP Summer Institute, 2014.

Candidate Statement

As AAUP members, whether we are in a collective bargaining unit, an advocacy chapter, or the independent council, we need to work together to promote our common interests as faculty as well as the interests of our students. In the past few years, some progress has been made in New York in organizing faculty at both public and private institutions. There has also been some success in at least partially restoring funding for higher education in the state. Some measures, such as the Excelsior Scholarship program, have yet to be fully evaluated. But there is still a long road ahead of us in New York and we face unprecedented challenges at the Federal level.

While the leadership of the state conference can do much to help attain our mutual goals, we need the support of all members. Many of us who are active at the state level are retired or nearing retirement. We need the participation of early career members to whom we can pass on the institutional knowledge that, along with new ideas, can help lead AAUP and its New York State Conference into the future. While I ask for your vote again, I also ask you to think about participating, either now as a committee chair (we have several openings), committee member, or as a candidate in a future election.


Treasurer:  Patrick J. Cihon

Biographical Statement – Patrick Cihon

I am an Associate Professor of Law & Public Policy Emeritus; I retired in January 2014 after spending  nearly 36 years at Syracuse University.  I have been an AAUP member since 1979, have served as President of the Syracuse University Chapter of the AAUP for a number of years, and have been Treasurer of the NYSC-AAUP since about 1996.  I would love to continue to serve in that capacity if the members of the state conference would allow me that honor. 

Secretary:  Mary Rose Kubal

Mary Rose Kubal

Candidate Statement


Mary Rose Kubal is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies major at St. Bonaventure University. She received her B.A. from Haverford College (1993) and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995, 2001). She has been a member of the AAUP since 2001.

Candidate Statement:

I enthusiastically submit my name as a candidate for Secretary of the New York State Conference. I am committed to fighting for the core AAUP principles of academic freedom and tenure and shared governance. I joined the AAUP almost immediately upon joining the faculty at St. Bonaventure University in 2001 and became active in our local chapter. I currently serve as the St. Bonaventure University chapter president, a position I have held since 2014 (and 2008-2010). I served as chapter vice-president 2013-14. As a chapter officer I helped play a role in the removal of St. Bonaventure University from the AAUP’s censure list and became aware of the important role of the NYS Conference. My commitment to shared governance led me to serve on our University’s Faculty Senate, as an Arts Representative (January 2007-May 2008) and currently as Chair (since fall 2016).

My participation with the State Conference began in 2014 when I became a member of Committee A and soon joined the Steering Committee. As a Steering Committee member I have regularly attended the bi-annual Conference meetings and have often stepped in to take minutes. At the October 2017 meeting the Steering Committee appointed me as Interim Secretary and I hope to be elected to serve a full term. Higher education is facing serious challenges nationally and in New York. Given the magnitude of these challenges, it is crucial that the New York State Conference continue to expand its good work in supporting local chapters and individual members in cooperation with AAUP National. We must also increase lobbying efforts in Albany and Washington in conjunction with other labor and educational organizations to advocate for higher education resources and defend against attacks on core AAUP principles so we can best serve our students and maintain and expand access to higher education. I am committed to working with the other officers, standing committees, and the Steering Committee in this effort.

Officer at Large, 2 year term:  Hollis Glaser

Statement for Officer-at-Large, two-year term, NYS AAUP

Hollis F. Glaser

            I am a full professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College in the Department of Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts.  I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in organizational communication in 1992.  I have taught a variety of communication courses including public-speaking, mass media, interviewing and small group decision-making.  In addition to my teaching duties, I have been chair of the department, chair of the academic senate, served on the Middle States Steering Committee, am a teaching mentor and have been on numerous committees throughout my 30 years in the profession.  My research has focused on democratic organizing and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

            I am now fully committed to helping the higher education institutions of New York embody the principles and practices of shared governance and academic freedom as defined by the American Association of University Professors.  There is nothing more important to help our students and to ensure the highest quality of education than to ensure that the faculty have a full and proper voice in their teaching, research and the governance of their institutions.  I would be honored to serve on the New York State AAUP conference and will work for every faculty member in this state.

Officer at Large, 4 year term, two vacancies:  Makini Beck, Anne Friedman, Kimberley Reiser

Makini Beck

No statement provided.

Anne Friedman

Anne Friedman, Ed. D. Professor Emerita, Academic Literacy and Linguistics, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), City University of New York (CUNY)

Candidate: Four-Year At-Large Seat

In 2015 I retired from BMCC where I served full-time for 30 years.  Prior to that I was an adjunct at various branches of CUNY and SUNY. With a doctorate from Columbia University, my research has focused on psycholinguistics, metacognition, schema theory, and critical thinking.  I also study the theory and practice of how adults learn (andragogy), with a focus on CUNY’s growing body of students aged 25 and older.  I have received awards for outstanding service in my discipline, including the New York State Teachers (NYSUT) 2014 Award for Higher Education Member of the Year.

In June 2018 I will complete six years representing District VIII on the AAUP National Council and on the AAUP Executive Committee. I have also served on AAUP’s Community College Committee, the Credentials Committee and currently on the Nominations Committee.  I am well versed in AAUP issues of academic freedom, tenure, the corporatization of the university, increased reliance on and exploitation of part-time faculty and growing national attacks on governance and labor unions. At the national level I have been involved in discussions and strategy sessions related to the imminent Supreme Court decision on agency fee (the Janus case). 

My service to AAUP stems from my commitment to our nation’s students. I have been active in Open Admissions struggles for over 40 years and am committed to maintaining access to higher education at a time when our colleges are threatened by shrinking budgets and political interference.

I have over 25 years of service as a leader and organizer in governance and labor.  At CUNY I was member-at-large and secretary of the University Faculty Senate where I served as faculty representative on Board of Trustees Committees on Faculty, Staff and Administration and Student Affairs.  At the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) I served five terms as Vice President for Community Colleges and as a member of the union’s negotiating team for four contracts. Through my work at the PSC I have worked closely with allies in UUP and at SUNY Community Colleges. 

Academia faces increasingly harsh attacks on shared governance, academic freedom and tenure.  Anti-labor political forces are demonizing unions nationwide and AAUP values are being undermined by long-term changes in higher education. The AAUP must adapt to an academy that is far different than it was at its founding over 100 years ago. Our organization depends on the strengths of its conferences and chapters.  While we fight attacks on labor unions we must also pay close attention to maintaining and building our advocacy chapters.

 If elected as member-at-large I will continue to advocate with a strong and informed voice to represent the AAUP faculty and staff of this state.  I have a tested commitment to collective decision-making and a facility for listening to and learning from others.   I hope that I can count on your support.

Kimberley Reiser

Kimberley Reiser, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Nassau Community College

Dear colleague,

I am running for the position of delegate-at-large for the AAUP NYSC (New York State Conference). I have twenty-six years of experience as a tenured faculty member at Nassau Community College (NCC). My education includes receiving a B.A. in Zoology from Drew University and a Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences in the field of Microbiology from New York University at the School of Medicine.

 My record at the national, state,  and local level speaks to my commitment to AAUP and advocacy work. Much of my career has been devoted to advancing shared governance, academic freedom, educational equality and the hiring of a diverse faculty - all to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.

In 2015, I was elected as delegate-at-large, and I would like to serve for one more term.  I fulfilled all of my responsibilities as your delegate by attending and representing you at all New York State Conference (NYSC) meetings, Steering Committee meetings, national AAUP meetings and Assembly of State Conference meetings. I believe I have the experience and dedication to ably represent you.

National Experience:

I have served as NYS delegate-at-large to annual AAUP meetings and Assembly of State Conference meetings since 2015. In addition to attending AAUP meetings for over a decade, I have several times presented papers. Since 2013, I have chaired the national AAUP Committee on Community Colleges.

State experience:

As delegate at-large I’ve attended all fall and spring  NYSC meetings and chaired the Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession. In 2016, I was appointed chair of the NYSC College and University Governance Committee.  Most recently, I chaired the Search Committee for both the Interim and Permanent Executive Director.  Prior to my AAUP elected positions at the state level, I served for over ten year in various positions on SUNY’s Faculty Council of Community Colleges  including President, Vice President, Executive Committee member and NCC delegate.

 Local Experience:

At NCC I  served on the Academic Senate as an academic senator for over twenty-five years and also as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and member of the Executive Committee. In 2014, I started an AAUP Advocacy chapter on my campus, which quickly became effective in its work advocating for shared governance and academic freedom. I was elected president and served for two years.

I will continue to  work hard to represent your interests at the state and national level.  I believe that I have the experience, knowledge and commitment to do the work of a delegate-at-large.