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2007-10-19 Working With Faculty (SWSLC)

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How to leverage the faculty at your school for the benefit of students.

19 October 2007
Southwest Student Leadership Conference
Tempe, AZ

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2007-10-19 Working With Faculty (SWSLC)

  1. 1. Working With Faculty<br />How to leverage the faculty at your school for the benefit of students.<br />Nicole Allen<br />The Student PIRGs<br />Southwest Student Leadership Conference<br />October 11, 2008<br />
  2. 2. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Washington, 2007:<br />After 6 weeks of deadlock, the WA textbooks bill was scheduled for a hearing 2 days after the faculty association endorsed it.<br />
  3. 3. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Grassroots pressure<br />Illinois, 2008:<br />The Illinois Faculty Council generated 500 calls from faculty against proposed changes to the textbooks bill.<br />
  4. 4. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Grassroots pressure<br />Expertise on issues<br />Florida, 2008:<br />An economics professor from UF testified against a bill that would not address the economic problem of textbook costs.<br />
  5. 5. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Grassroots pressure<br />Expertise on issues<br />Access to resources<br />Lane College, OR<br />The math department at Lane Community College sponsors storage space and donates books to the SGA-run textbook rental program.<br />
  6. 6. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Grassroots pressure<br />Expertise on issues<br />Access to resources<br />Access to students<br />Powershift, 2007:<br />The key strategy that brought 6,000 students to DC for Powershift was 4,000 professors who forwarded emails and recommended 1,400 student leaders. <br />
  7. 7. Why work with faculty?<br />Strengthen coalitions<br />Grassroots pressure<br />Expertise on issues<br />Access to resources<br />Access to students<br />Textbooks<br />UCLA, 2005:<br />The UCLA math department negotiated a 25% price cut on a common textbook. <br />
  8. 8. Why work with faculty?<br />Your examples?<br />
  9. 9. Understanding faculty<br />What are faculty?<br />Teachers<br />
  10. 10. Understanding faculty<br />What are faculty?<br />Teachers<br />Professional Scholars<br />
  11. 11. Understanding faculty<br />What are faculty?<br />Teachers<br />Professional Scholars<br />Employees<br />
  12. 12. Understanding Faculty<br />Faculty Members?<br />Faculty?<br />Faculties?<br />
  13. 13. Understanding Faculty<br />Faculty Concern: <br />Academic Freedom<br />The principle that freedom of ideas is essential to higher education<br />i.e. faculty should be able to teach their subject how they see fit<br />
  14. 14. Understanding Faculty<br />Faculty Concern: <br />Student Success<br />They are most sensitive to student issues when they impact student learning<br />They feel threatened when student issues conflict with student learning<br />
  15. 15. Working With Faculty<br />Hierarchy of Faculty Members<br />Deans (staff management)<br />Department Chairs (academic management)<br />Tenured Professors<br />Tenure-Track Professors (“assistant” or “associate”)<br />Emeritus Professors (retired, honorary title)<br />Lecturers, Instructors<br />
  16. 16. Working With Faculty<br />Faculty Organizations<br />Departments <br />Faculty Senate (similar to SGAs)<br />Faculty Associations (similar to SSAs)<br />Faculty Unions<br />Academic Societies<br />
  17. 17. Working With Faculty<br />Principles for Approaching Faculty<br />Make it clear that you understand and respect their academic freedom<br />Context everything through its impact on students’ ability to receive an education<br />Be clear about what you are asking to avoid misunderstandings<br />
  18. 18. Working With Faculty<br />Tips for Approaching Faculty<br />Know exactly what you want, and be prepared to make a strong ask<br />Have a clear, concise overview of the issue<br />Be prepared to explain, in detail, why your proposition is going to have an impact <br />Ruthless followup<br />
  19. 19. Breakout Groups<br />Outline a plan to work with faculty to achieve your goal. <br />What is your strategy for working with faculty?<br />Which faculty member(s) will you talk to?<br />What action(s) will you ask them to take?<br />How will you make the ask?<br />Group 1: Get 100 professors at your school to sign a pledge to prefer low-cost textbooks.<br />Group 2: Pass legislation requiring publishers to provide textbook prices to professors<br />Group 3: Register 2,000 students to vote<br />

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