Instructors, ASPs and ARPs: please join us at our Executive Board Meeting Th, 4/3 at 3:00 CLS 2081

Dear Instructors, ASPs and ARPs:

We have lots of activity on next week, and we hope you make getting to “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity'”  Tuesday, 4/1 @ 2:30 in Alumni Hall your priority.
But we also hope you have time to join us at the NEIU/UPI Executive Board Meeting Thursday, 4/3, 3:00-4:00 in CLS 2081.
See you next week and have a good weekend!

Instructor Evaluation Schedule: NOTE UPCOMING DATES!

Welcome Back from Break Everyone:

We have due dates on the horizon for Instructor Evaluation.  The first one to get ready for is Monday, March 31, 2014.  Here are all of the dates.

In solidarity,


By Monday, March 31, 2014

Instructors submit materials to be evaluated to the Department Personnel Committee.

By Monday, April 14, 2014

Department Personnel Committee forwards their recommendation to the Department Chair.

By Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Department Chair forwards Chair and Department Personnel Committee evaluations to the Instructor and to the appropriate Dean.

By Friday, May 10, 2014

Dean forwards Chair and Department Personnel Committee evaluations to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Higher Education Under Attack: What Can We Do?

A colloquium in support of higher education will be held at Northeastern Illinois University (5500 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago) on Tuesday, April 1 from 2:30-4:15 pm. The event, titled “Public Education in an Age of ‘Austerity’,” will bring together Chicago faculty, staff, students, administrators, and union organizers to consider the future of public universities.

Topics under discussion will include rising student debt, shrinking state contributions to public universities, the corporatization of higher education, adjunct and contingent workers, and attempts to de-unionize workers in public institutions. The colloquium is inspired by the national defunding of higher education along with local events in Chicago, such as the University of Illinois-Chicago’s recent two-day strike, NEIU’s history of labor struggles, and NEIU student government resolutions against higher tuition and new systems of scheduling. Conference participants include James Thindwa (from the American Federation of Teachers); Jason Lukasik, Christina Gomez, Ellen Larrimore, and Sergio Almodovar (all from NEIU); and John Shuler (from UIC).

Free and open to the public, this event will be held in Alumni Hall on the main campus of NEIU. Come to hear significant discussion about the future of higher education, to voice your opinions and ideas, and to share some snacks.

Get Out SUMMER and FALL Registration

Dear Colleagues,

The UPI Executive Board is putting up fliers asking students to register ASAP for Summer and Fall classes.

Please announce in each of your classes that Summer and Fall Registration is on and encourage students to register as soon as possible.

Cheers and all the best,


NEIU Board of Trustees TODAY @ 1:30 in Golden Eagles

Hi all, the BOT is today and starting earlier than usual. Here are the specifics and all the best,


The next meeting of the Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in the Golden Eagles Room, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

The committee meetings will begin at 12:45 p.m. and board meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Board meeting materials, calendars and additional information are available online. To access the site, go to the NEIU website, click About NEIU and Board of Trustees.

EVENTS THIS WEEK: BOT this Thursday, 2/27 at an earlier time, College Assembly for CAS, Tuesday, 2/25 at 3:00, Learn and Lead All Week

Hey folks, check out these events and move forward in solidarity!


(1) The time of meetings for the Board of Trustees is earlier than usual this week, so heads up and here are the details.

The next meeting of the Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in the Golden Eagles Room, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

The committee meetings will begin at 12:45 p.m. and board meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Board meeting materials, calendars and additional information are available online. To access the site, go to the NEIU website, click About NEIU and Board of Trustees.

(2) And for those of us in CAS, the College Assembly tomorrow at 3:00 will be on the following:

Reminder — we have a College of A&S Assembly tomorrow during activity hour (3 – 4) in BBH – 101 — Kate Hahn will be here to talk about the UAC, and also we need to discuss budgetary feedback to the UPBC.

(3) Make sure you drop in on the Learn and Lead Program. The registration is closed–so no lunch if you didn’t check in–but for most panels walk-ins are welcome.

If you miss this registration, you may still attend sessions as a walk-in. However, lunch cannot be offered to walk-ins because of cost and catering restrictions.
Two sessions are already full and will be closed to walk-ins. These are Brad Ginn’s session on Communication Skills (on Tuesday afternoon) and Suzanne Benson’s “Getting What You Want out of Life” (on Wednesday afternoon). Other sessions are nearing their maximum capacity and may have to close to walk-ins later. In some sessions, there may be standing room only.
Doors will open to walk-ins five minutes before the start of each session. We ask that walk-ins wait in the Student Union loft (just outside of SU214, 215, and 216) until the folks who preregistered take their seats.

FRIDAY @ 1:00: University Advisory Committee Meeting in Library 467 on The Former Classroom Building

Dear UPI:

Please join our fellow members at the University Advisory Committee Meeting tomorrow. A student member of the committee has issues around discussion, et cetera of Lech Walesa’s homophobic remarks on the agenda.

Below is what they sent and would like passed along.

Heads up and all the best,


Ashor Jajou, President of the NEIU SGA, and member of the University Advisory Committee (UAC), submitted a request to the UAC Executive Committee for this Friday’s UAC meeting, which will take place at 1:00 pm in the Center for Academic Writing, Library 467.

Ashor has requested to continue a discussion of the administration’s plan to commission a work of art to memorialize its process for rendering a decision on the name of the LWH building. Discussions and public comments in previous UAC meetings questioned the administration’s plan as well as its statements relative to discrimination and homophobia on our campus.

All faculty and staff and students are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Support for Academic Labor – NYT Editorial 2/16/2014

Dear all,

Check out this Editorial in the New York Times below and at

It notes the problem of increasing immiseration of teaching labor in higher ed and the concomitant burgeoning of academic administrations.

An upshot of this analysis is that we need to make all higher ed teachers less insecure and contingent. This is a point that has been coming up in our constituency meetings as we prepare for negotiations. And UIC United Faculty is trying to secure multi-year contracts for their Instructors.

Also note the House Democratic Staff Report on the “Just-in-Time Professor” linked in the editorial below and here at

The title tropes on the shift from Fordism to systems of flexible specialization and accumulation. It is clear that many of the enrollment management policies currently practiced on our campus are attempts at these sorts of just-in-time production techniques.

In solidarity,


The New College Campus

February 16, 2014

Imagine meeting someone who says she works at a university. Some years ago, it would have been fairly safe to assume that she was a professor, and a member of the middle class with enviable job security. Not anymore. Two reports make clear that the nature of the college work force has changed substantially, possibly to the detriment of educational quality…

Read more at the New York Times

Excellence Awards for AY 2012-13 (July 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013)

Dear all,

The call for Excellence Awards for work done during the 2012-2013 Academic Year has been posted. These awards are for activities performed between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

Remember the deadlines are different if you are self-nominating or nominated by someone else:

Self-nominations and all supporting documentation are due in Academic Affairs by March 7.

If someone else nominates you, their nomination is due in Academic Affairs by March 7; they will send you a copy of their nominating letter; and you have until March 14 to get all of your supporting documentation to Academic Affairs.

Please carefully review the links to the official calls for awards at the following links.

For Teaching Professionals and Resource Professionals:

For Instructors, Academic Resource Professionals, and Academic Support Professionals:

Good luck people!


Official site of the NEIU Chapter of University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100

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