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Petition to the Trustees

Petition to the Trustees of New York University

In his e-mail to the University Community, NYU Board of Trustees Chair Martin Lipton announced that John Sexton’s term as NYU’s president would be extended until at least 2016. Although Lipton’s message was directed to the University Community, Lipton and the Board failed to consult that community, its faculty, students, and staff in making this decision.  We can think of few decisions more important to the life of the university than who ought to serve as its president and how long a term the president ought to serve. Opinions may differ over the performance of the current president of NYU, but the faculty is united in believing that it must be consulted on the appointment and re-appointment of NYU’s president as well as on the length of the president’s term.

The process problems exhibited in Lipton’s letter represent an unfortunate repetition of the problems when John Sexton was appointed to NYU’s presidency seven years ago. That appointment was made with no faculty consultation and without a national search. NYU’s Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for making the presidential appointment, but the decision-making process should involve full consultation with faculty and students about the performance of the incumbent. The fact that neither the Board nor the President saw the need for any such consultation raises questions about the commitment of both to joint faculty-administration governance of the university .

We the undersigned faculty call upon NYU’s Board of Trustees to negate the Lipton letter and set up a process to decide on the president’s re-appointment in which faculty are consulted both on who NYU’s president ought to be and the length of the presidential term. We also urge that students and staff be included in this process so that the entire university community can participate. Such an inclusive process would accord NYU’s president greater legitimacy as a university leader since it would make the president the choice of its large community rather than merely the NYU Trustees

1 Nicholas Mirzoeff Professor, Media, Culture, &

Communication Steinhardt

2 Andrew Ross Professor, Social and Cultural

Analysis FAS

3 Robert Cohen Professor & Chair, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

4 Marita Sturken Professor & Chair, Media,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

5 Nancy F Regalado Professor, French

FAS

6 Haruko Momma Associate Professor, English

FAS

7 Dana Polan Professor, Cinema Studies

TSOA

8 Randy Martin Professor & Chair, Art and

Public Policy, TSOA

9 Nikhil Singh Associate

Professor, Social & Cultural Analysis FAS

10 Christine Harrington Professor, Politics,

FAS

11 Suzanne G Cusick Professor, Music

FAS

12 John Victor Singler Professor , Linguistics

FAS

13 Stephen Duncombe Associate Professor

Gallatin

14 James Uleman Professor, Psychology

FAS

15 Robert McChesney Professor Emeritus, History

FAS

16 Patricia Crain Associate Professor, English

FAS

17 Rebecca Karl Associate Professor, East Asian

Studies FAS

18 Barbara Browning Associate Professor , Performance

Studies TSOA

19 Diana Turk Associate Professor,

Social Studies Steinhardt

20 Jeff Goodwin Professor , Sociology

FAS

21 Sylvia Molloy Professor, Spanish and

Portuguese FAS

22 Julian Everett Allgood Serials Librarian

University Division of Libraries

23 Brett Gary Associate Professor, Media

Culture & Communication Steinhardt

24 Carolyn Dinshaw Professor, English &

SCA FAS

25 Martin Harries Professor , English

FAS

26 Lala Straussner Professor,

Silver School of Social Work

27 Ann Pellegrini Associate Professor

FAS &TSOA

28 Mary Nolan Professor, History

FAS

29 Judith Stacey Professor, Sociology

FAS

30 Lisa Duggan Professor, Gender & Sexuality

Studies, SCA FAS

31 Anna McCarthy Associate Professor, Cinema

Studies TSOA

32 Mark Crispin Miller Professor, Media, Culture,

& Communication Steinhardt

33 Bertell Ollman Professor, Politics

FAS

34 Rodolfo Aiello Sr. language lecturer

FAS

35 Susie Linfield Associate Professor,

Journalism FAS

36 Moss Roberts Professor, East Asian Studies

FAS

37 Sally Guttmacher Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies

& Public Health Steinhardt

38 John Maynard Professor, English

FAS

39 Marilyn Young Professor, History

FAS

40 Tavia Nyong’ o Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

41 Herrick Chapman Associate Professor, History

FAS

42 Ada Ferrer Associate Professor, History

FAS

43 Martha Hodes Professor, History

FAS

44 Angela Zito, Associate Professor,

Anthropology & Relig. Studies FAS

45 Richard Sieburth Professor, French & Comparative

Literature FAS

46 Miriam Frank Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

FAS

47 Greg Grandin, Professor, History

FAS

48 Thomas Abercrombie Associate Professor, Anthropology

FAS

49 Phillip Brian Harper Professor, Social & Cultural

Analysis, Chair, English FAS

50 Martin Simon, Professor, Math Education,

Teaching & Learning Stieinhardt

51 Marta Peixoto, Associate Professor, Spanish and

Portugese FAS

52 Guenther Stotzky, Professor Emeritus, Biology

FAS

53 Linda Gordon, Professor, History

FAS

54 Neil Brenner, Professor, Sociology &

Metropolitan Studies FAS

55 William Serrin, Associate Professor, Journalism

FAS

56 Jo Ellen Fisherkeller Associate Professor, Media ,

Culture, & Communication Steinhardt

57 Emily Martin, Professor, Anthropology

FAS

58 Manu Goswami Associate Professor, History

FAS

59 Jeffrery L. Spear Associate Professor, English

FAS

60 Robert Hinton Associate Professor, Africana

Studies, SCA FAS

61 Faye Ginsburg Professor, Anthropology

FAS

62 Daniel Walkowitz, Professor, History & SCA

FAS

63 Zachary Lockman, Professor, Middle Eastern &

Islamic Studies FAS

64 Assia Djebar, Silver Professor, French &

Francophone Studies FAS

65 Ernest Gilman, Professor, English

FAS

66 Mary Lousie Pratt, Professor, SCA, Spanish &

Portugese FAS

67 Dennis Donoghue, University Professor, English

FAS

68 Patrick H. Deer Associate Professor, English

FAS

69 Lisa Gitelman Associate Professor, Culture &

Communications Steinhardt

70 Karen Shimakawa Associate Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

71 Kristin Ross Professor, Comparative

Literature FAS

72 John Archer Professor, English

FAS

73 Jennifer Morgan Professor, History &SCA

FAS

74 Allen Mincer Professor, Physics

FAS

75 Diana Taylor Professor, Performance

Studies TSOA

76 Mark Alter Professor, Teaching &

Learning Steinhardt

77 Barbara Weinstein, Professor, History

FAS

78 Eugene Nicole, Professor, French,

FAS

79 Amy Bentley Associate Professor

Nutrition, Food Studies, Public Health Steinhardt

80 Andrew Lee Associate Curator

Libraries

81 Lawrence Wu Professor, Sociology

FAS

82 Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor, Nutrition,

Food Studies, & Public Health Steinhardt

83 Juan Corradi, Professor, Sociology