Posted on January 17, 2023 · Posted in Public Programs, Roosevelt House General News

On March 26-28, 2023, the National Center will be holding our 50th annual conference at Hunter’s main campus and at Roosevelt House.

The theme of the 2023 annual conference will be Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Looking Back, Looking Forward, 1973-2023.


Complimentary Registration

We encourage faculty, students, and other members of the Hunter College community to register to attend the conference including the keynote address by Michael Sandel on March 28 in the Kaye Playhouse.

The promo code for complimentary registration for the Hunter College community is 1920. Click here to register.


Student Volunteers

Lastly, we are seeking Hunter College student volunteers to assist with registration and to provide guidance for attendees. Students can sign up here to be a conference volunteer


50th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker:
Political Philosopher and Harvard Professor Michael J. Sandel

The National Center is very pleased to announce that political philosopher and Harvard University professor Michael J. Sandel will be the keynote speaker at our 50th anniversary conference on March 27, 2023 at Hunter College.

Professor Sandel’s writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, markets, and higher education have been translated into 30 languages. Among his books are The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?; What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics; Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.

National Center’s 50th Annual Conference Confirmed Panels and Panelists

Panel: The 50-Year History of Collective Bargaining at Hofstra University with Herman Berliner, Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor, Provost Emeritus, Hofstra University, Peter C. Daniel, Professor of Biology, Hofstra University, Bernard J. Firestone, Professor of Political Science, Hofstra University, Estelle S. Gellman, Professor Emerita, Hofstra University, Elisabeth Ploran, Associate Professor of Psychology, Hofstra University, and Liora Pedhazur Schmelkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University.

Panel: Cultivating a Collaborative Culture in a Climate of Semi-Permanent Austeritywith Nicholas DiGiovanni, Partner, Morgan, Brown & Joy, Chief Negotiator, University System of New Hampshire, Patrick Dolenc, Professor of Economics, Keene State College, Chair of Keene State College faculty union bargaining team, Kimberly Harkness, Executive Assistant to the Provost and former Director of Human Resources, Keene State College, and Emile Netzhammer III, Chancellor, Washington State University, Vancouver, former Provost at Keene State College.

Panel: Yesterday and Today: Experienced Administrators Reflect on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education with Margaret E. Winters, Former Provost and Professor Emerita French and Linguistics, Wayne State University, Theodore H. Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University, Letitia Silas, Executive Director, Labor Relations, University of California, Jeffery Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan (retired), and Michael Eagen, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Moderator.

Panel: Yesterday and Today: Experienced Faculty Leaders in Higher Education with Jamie Dangler, former Vice President for Academics, United University Professions, Jeffrey Halpern, former President, Rider University AAUP, Phil Kugler, American Federation of Teachers, Charles Toombs, President, California Faculty Association, and James Davis, President, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, AFT Local #2334, Moderator.

Panel: Treasuring the Past and the Spirit of Change: Perspectives from Experienced Arbitrators with Rosemary A. Townley, Arbitrator and Mediator, Howard C. Edelman, Arbitrator and Mediator, Jacquelin F. Drucker, Arbitrator and Mediator, and Homer LaRue, Arbitrator, Mediator, and Professor, Howard University Law School, Moderator. Co-sponsored by the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Panel: Higher Education Unionization: Perspectives from Labor Relations Agencieswith John Wirenius, Chairperson, New York State Public Employment Relations Board, Marjorie Wittner, Chairperson, Massachusetts Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, Mary Beth Hennessy-Shotter, Director of Conciliation and Arbitration, NJ Public Employment Relations Commission, and Michael P. Sellars, Executive Director, Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission, Moderator. Co-sponsored by the Association of Labor Relations Agencies.

Panel: College Athletes, the NCAA, and the NLRA with Jeffrey Hirsch, Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, Joshua Nadreau, Fisher Phillips LLP, and Mark Gaston Pearce, Executive Director, Workers’ Rights Institute, Georgetown University Law School, and former National Labor Relations Board Chairman (panel in formation).

Panel: Collective Bargaining and Building Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisiswith Melissa Sortman, Director, Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, Michigan State University, Kate Birdsall, President, UNTF and Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Daniel L. Fay, Assistant Professor, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University, Adela Ghadimi, PhD Candidate, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University, and Braden Campbell, Reporter, Law360, Moderator.

Panel: Non-Discrimination Contract Clauses in Higher Education: Substance and Procedures with Erin Ward, PhD Student in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, Anu Biswas, Graduate Student, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, Melanie Kruvelis, Graduate Student, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Ana Avendano, Professor, CUNY School of Law, Moderator.

Panel: Past, Present, and Future of Graduate Student Employee Unions with Bob Muehlenkamp, first TAA President, Julie Schmid, Executive Director, AAUP, Candi Churchill, Executive Director, United Faculty of Florida, Emily Schkeryantz, Organizer, UAW Local 1596, Danielle Dirocco, Organizational Specialist, NEA, Cassidy Wagner, Vice President for Communication, Coalition of Graduate Employees, AFT Local 6069, and Joseph van der Naald, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY, Moderator.

Panel: Collective Bargaining and Governance: In Harmony or In Conflict? with Amitabha Bose, President, NJIT Professional Staff Association/AAUP, Fadi Deek, former Provost & Senior Executive Vice President and Dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts, NJIT, Rene Castro, CSU, Dominguez Hill, Carl Levine, Levy Ratner, and Christopher Sinclair, Secretary/Treasurer, AAUP, Moderator.

Panel: Title IX: Its Past, Its Present, and Its Future with Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Lance Houston, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity and Compliance, Adelphi University, Risa Lieberwitz, Professor of Labor and Employment Law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Tamiko Strickman, Special Advisor to the President and Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX, University of Michigan, and Moderators: Karen R. Stubaus, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University and Alexandra Matish, J.D., Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan.

Panel: Medical Training and Collective Bargaining: Histories and Challenges with Dr. Srinivas Pentyala, Professor & Director of Translational Research in Anesthesiology & SARAS Coordinator; Faculty in Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, Urology, Health Sciences, Physiology & Biophysics, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Dr. Samuel Marquez, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, David Dashefsky, Director of Strategic Campaigns, CIR-SEIU Healthcare, and Sara Slinn, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Moderator.

Panel: Labor and Anti-Discrimination Rights at Religiously-Affiliated Institutionswith Gerald J. Beyer, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Villanova University, Saerom Park, Assistant General Counsel, SEIU, Sarah M. Phelps, General Counsel, Trinity Washington University, and Michael Loconto, Labor Arbitrator, Loconto ADR, Moderator.

Panel: History of Full-time and Part-time Contingent Faculty Unionization since the Early 1990s with Joseph P. McConnell, Morgan, Brown & Joy, Anne McLeer, Director of Higher Education and Strategic Planning, SEIU Local 500, Andrew Cantrell, Field Service Director, Illinois Federation of Teachers, and Katherine H. Hansen, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, Moderator (panel in formation).

Panel: Past and Present of Negotiated Contingent Faculty Job Security: Labor Perspectives from the University of California and the University of Michigan with Mia McIver, former UC-AFT President, Kirsten Herold, President, Lecturers’ Employee Organization, AFT Local 6244, Eric Beuerlein, Vice President, Lecturers’ Employee Organization, AFT Local 6244, Luke Elliott-Negri, Legislative Representative, PSC-CUNY and Researcher, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Alissa G. Karl, Vice President for Academics, United University Professions, Moderator.

Panel: Looking Back, Looking Ahead: State and Federal Higher Education Financing Over the Past Half-Century with F. King Alexander, Faculty Fellow, College Promise Foundation & Senior Faculty Fellow, Education Policy Center, University of Alabama, Sophia Laderman, Associate Vice President, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Fred Floss, Professor, SUNY at Buffalo & Co-Director, Center for Economic Education, Mary Taber, Director of Research, United University Professions, and Thomas Harnisch, Vice President for Government Relations, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Moderator.

Panel: Economic and Other Factors Impacting Enrollment Trends, 1973-2023 with James Castagnera, Adjunct Professor of Law, Drexel University, former Associate Provost/Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs, Rider University, Brad Litchfield, Assistant Provost for Finance and Administration, Academic Affairs, Montclair State University, Karina Salazar, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Arizona, Melanie Carter, Associate Provost & Director of the Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy, Howard University, and Nicole Bennett, Associate Provost & Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, Hunter College, CUNY, Moderator.

Panel: Annual Legal Update with Amy L. Rosenberger, Willig, Williams & Davidson, Monica C. Barrett, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Henry Morris, Jr., Partner, ArentFox Schiff LLP, Aaron Nisenson, Senior Legal Counsel, AAUP, and Brian Selchick

Cullen and Dykman LLP, Moderator.

Panel: Salary Equity in Higher Education with Johanna E. Foster, PhD., Associate Professor of Sociology, Helen Bennett McMurray Endowed Chair of Social Ethics, Department of Political Science and Sociology, President and former Chief Negotiator, FAMCO AAUP-AFT, Monmouth University and Annie Kopecky, Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania (panel in formation).

Panel: Exploring the Retirement Income Equity Gap with Brent Davis, Economist, TIAA Institute, Alison Hirsh, Assistant Comptroller for Pensions and Senior Advisor, Office of the New York City Comptroller, and Valerie Martin Conley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Idaho State University, and Anne Ollen, Programs & Operations, TIAA Institute, Panelist and Moderator.

Panel: Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Labor-Management Cooperation for Campus and Community Benefits with Jeri O’Bryan-Losee, Secretary-Treasurer, United University Professions and Jessica Saint-Paul, Chair, Adjunct Faculty Action Committee (AFAC), Lead, Student Debt Clinic Trainer, Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, Local AFT 1521, (panel in formation).

Updates about panel and panelists will be announced in future newsletters and on our website.