On University Leadership Team Policy

Regarding University Leadership Team Policy
February 2006

To the New York University Community: In the past week the University Leadership Team (ULT) has announced two policies, one on grading, the other on punitive consequences for graduate student union (GSOC) members. In neither case was the faculty as a whole consulted. Both of these policies encroach upon a sphere of academic decision making that traditionally and logically belongs to faculty. The threatened consequences in particular deny departmental officers the right to make and maintain teaching appointments. This continues a pattern of unilateral ULT action of which the recent Blackboard incident is only the most highly publicized example. Such policies force graduate students to choose between being fired and defending their right to representation. Such policies threaten to destroy our graduate programs.

Signed

Molly Nolan

Anna McCarthy

Greg Grandin

Dana Polan

Hartry Field

Andrew Ross

Andrew Lee

Linda Gordon

Tim Mitchell

Ana Dopico

Adam Green

George Yudice

Alan Sokal

Marion Kaplan

Steven Lukes

John Singler

Ann Pellegrini

Sylvia Law

Robert Hinton

Edwin Amenta

Norm Fruchter

Steve Hutkins

Thomas Bender

Manu Goswami

Suzanne Cusick

Judith Stacey

Bernd Huppauf

Christine Harrington

Virginia Jackson

Jeff Sammons

Marita Sturken

Don Kulick

Randy Martin

Richard Allen

Rebecca Karl

Martha Hodes

Eliot Borenstein

Herrick Chapman

Paul Mattingly

Mary Louise Pratt

Walter Johnson

Sinclair Thomson

Elaine Freedgood

Jim Uleman

Allen Hunter

Lisa Duggan

Nick Mirzoeff

John Archer

Kristin Ross

Jeff Goodwin

Diana Taylor

Ed Guerrero

Crystal Parikh

Connie Sutton

Ada Ferrer

José Muñoz

John Waters

Ned Seeman

Marilyn Young

Emily Martin

Martin Harries

Stephen Duncombe

Harry Harootunian

Moss Roberts

Arlene Davila

Joanna Waley-Cohen

Philip Harper

Nina Cornyetz

Miriam Frank

Michael Shenefelt

Diana Turk

Mark Crispin Miller

Fred Myers

Barbara Heyns

Amy Bentley

Keith Vincent

Lorie Novak

Philip Hosay

Christopher Ratte

Sally Guttmacher

Zachary Lockman

Una Chauduri

Karen Shimakawa

Bretty Gary

Nancy Regalado

Thomas Abercrombie

Rebecca Rosenfeld

Neil Brenner

Patrick Deer

Khaled Fahmy

Eduardo Capulong

Carolyn Dinshaw

Beth Shinn

Marta Peixoto

Robert Sklar

Vivek Chibber

Claudie Bernard

Robby Cohen

Bertell Ollman

Rita Wright

Gerard Aching

JoEllen Fisherkeller

Mark Tuckerman

Karen Kupperman

Christopher Colling

Ellen Willis

Jane Malmo

Tavia Nyong’o

Adam Becker

Massimo Porrati

Charles Affron

Michele Lowrie

Timothy Reiss

John Maynard

Robert McChesney

Angela Zito

Matthew McKelway

Georgina Dopico Black

Chris Rzonca

Avital Ronell

Emily Apter

Richard Arum

Robert Cohen

Patricia Crain

Mark S. Smith

Antonia Lant

Arvind Rajagopal

Jean Graybeal

Cyrus Patell

Kathryn Smith

Elizabeth McHenry

Jeffrey Spear

Gabriela Basterra

Eduardo Subirats

Sylvia Molloy

John Mayher

Sibylle Fischer

Nancy Morawetz

Holly Maguigan

Alyshia Galvez

Dipti Desai

Daniel Walkowitz

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Jairo Moreno

Richard Pollack

Joy Gould Boyum

Susie Linfield

Maria de Lourdes Davila

Hasia Diner

Jonathan Kahana

Kim Phillips Fein

Bella Mirabella

Xudong Zhang

Sharon Friedman

Everett Frost

Kathleen Ross

Lynne Haney

Robert Vorlicky

Toby Miller

Joy Connolly

Gwendolyn Alker

Zvi Ben-Dor

George Shulman

Jan Cohen-Cruz

Caitlin Zaloom

Kathleen Gerson

Richard Sieburth

Lara Nielsen

Lok Siu

Karl Appuhn

John KuoWei Tchen

Michael Nash

Yukiko Hanawa

Eric Klinenberg

Assia DjebarYael Feldman

Iris Fodor

Eugène Nicoole

Edward Ziter

Angela Dillard

E. L. Doctorow

Michael Westerman

Michael Gomez

Paul Thompson

Abed el-Rahman Tayyara

Michael C. Gilsenan

Tycho Sleator

MaryAnn Dicker

Margot Ely

Ernest Gilman

Jeff Strabone

Thomas Heise

Angela A. Frattarola

Robert Malgady

Tania Friedel

Troy Duster

Esther Katz

Michael Dinwiddie

Radha Hegde

Karen Hornick

Stacy Pies

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