The OU-AAUP Advisory Forum

In 2013 the OU-AAUP membership changed and extended the role of the Bargaining Forum, a representative body that formed in bargaining years to advise the Negotiating Team, into a permanent Advisory Forum. The role of this organization is two-fold: first, it serves as a conduit for information between the Negotiating Team and the membership, second, it provides an on-going venue and direct link to the chapter's Executive Committee for discussing and clarifying what are the main concerns of the faculty. It is the most important force for democratization of our AAUP chapter.

How is the Advisory Forum created? The Advisory Forum is chaired by the Vice President of the AAUP chapter unless the VP is a member of the Negotiating Team (in that case, the President appoints another member of the Executive Committee to chair the Forum).  During bargaining years, all members of the Negotiating Team serve as ex-officio members. Every academic unit, and the group of Special Lecturers, is allocated one representative to the Advisory Forum for each 20 members (or fraction thereof). Each unit is responsible for selecting those members. At-large members shall be selected by and from each of the groups of department chairs and untenured faculty.

When does the Advisory Forum meet? The Advisory Forum meets approximately once per month. During bargaining years, the members of the Advisory Forum may be asked to meet more often for consultation with the Negotiating Team.

What does the Advisory Forum discuss? Advisory Forum meetings will focus on issues presented by the members of the Advisory Forum, AAUP Executive Committee and the Negotiating Team during bargaining years. These issues normally concern university governance, benefits structure, tenure and promotion procedures, and salary, but are not limited to these categories.

Why are these discussions important? To represent our interests in the contract, members of both the Negotiating Team and Executive Committee must listen to a wide spectrum of opinion from the faculty. They must understand what is important to the membership as a whole. Moreover, they need to understand how the interests of different groups within the faculty can be balanced. By meeting regularly with a broadly constructed group like the Advisory Forum, they will be better equipped to negotiate a contract that reflects the goals of the entire faculty. Every unit has the right to express its concerns and goals for the next three years.

2019-20 Advisory Forum

Chair: Beth Kraemer, OU-AAUP Vice President
Secretary: Tom Discenna

Scheduled meetings, Winter 2020:
February 11, 2020
March 12, 2020
April 16, 2020
at Noon in 225B KL

Advisory Forum Representatives:

Eye Research Institute (1)Ken Mitton
Library (1)Katie Greer
School of Business Administration (4)Rob Nehmer
Austin Murphy
Caitlin Demsky
School of Engineering and Computer Science (3)Debatosh Debnath
Mike Latcha
School of Education and Human Services (4)Michael Long
Shannan McNair
Richard Pipan
Brian Taber
School of Health Sciences (2)Sumit Dinda
School of Nursing (2)Sarah Newton
Judi Fouladbakhsh
Department of Art and Art History (1)Galina Tirnanic
Department of Biological Sciences (2)Mi Hye Song
Fay Hansen
Department of Chemistry (1)Jessica Koppen
Department of Communication and Journalism (2)Tom Discenna
Department of English (2)David Shaerf
Justin Reifert
Department of History (1)Karen Miller
Department of Linguistics (1)Matt Tucker
Department of Mathematics and Statistics (2)Laszlo Liptak
Eddie Cheng
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (1)Emily Stow
Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo
School of MTD, Dance (1)Thayer Jonutz
School of MTD, Music (1)Mark Stone
George Stoffan
School of MTD, Theatre (1)
Department of Philosophy (1)Paul Graves
Department of Physics (1)David Garfinkle
Steffan Puwal
Department of Political Science (1)Cody Eldredge
Department of Psychology (1)Dean Purcell
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice (1)Jacob Becker
Wendi Johnson
Department of Writing and Rhetoric (1)Emily Freeman
Special Lecturers Nicole Dambrun (MTH)
Vanessa Stauffer (ENG/CW)
Allison Bohn (WRT)
Mary Anne Mikus (ExSci)
Donna Voronovich (AAH)
Tara Gardner (DMLL/SPN)
Jennifer Coon (WRT)
Melissa St. Pierre (WRT)
Janell Hallauer (BIO)
Catarina Pieri (DMLL/Ital)