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UFS Shared Governance Conference Wrapup

posted May 3, 2017, 2:24 PM by Emily Tai   [ updated May 15, 2017, 1:52 PM by Stasia Pasela ]
By Kay Conway


Last Friday, April 28, the University Faculty Senate sponsored its Spring Conference, Shared Governance: Structures and Best Practices, at John Jay College.  The audience included faculty, Presidents, Provosts and other administrators. The full room was a testament to the importance of the topic.

President Jeremy Travis provided a welcome greeting and shared his experiences with shared governance at John Jay. There was much head nodding when he spoke of the need to be nimble while still consulting with stakeholders, and the revelation that at John Jay they identified 197 active college committees!

Past UFS Chair Terrence Martell moderated a panel comprised of CUNY Board of Trustees Chair William C. Thompson, Jr.; Queens College President Felix Matos-Rodriguez, and Professor James Cauthen, Political Scientist and Chair of a study group that examined the Governance Charter of John Jay College of Criminal Justice . Each provided their perspective on shared governance, with transparency, trust and communication being key themes. Chair Thompson emphasized collaboration, President Matos suggested that we put the institution first, and Prof. Cauthen shared best practices at other governance bodies.

Prof. Cauthen cited The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), which leads me to our Keynote speaker, its President, Dr. Barbara Gitenstein, the 2006 recipient of the AAUP Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance. Our conference website offers her thoughtful remarks, 
Shared Leadership and Shared Responsibility: Successful Shared Governance.  We will be updating the website with other conference materials.

Our fall conference, Innovations and Disruptions in American Higher Education: A View From the Professoriate will be held November 3rd at the CUNY Graduate Center. Save the date!

Kay Conway is a Professor of Business Management at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Chair of the University Faculty Senate. 

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