Activism

I have worked for many years to advance the cause of higher education by advocating for the faculty, students, and staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through my work as president of the 1400-member union of faculty and librarians, the Massachusetts Society of Professors, as elected member of the eight-person Executive Committee of the 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, as a member of the progressive caucus of the MTA, Educators for a Democratic Union, and through PHENOM, the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, which unites faculty, students and staff across the three sectors (UMass, state universities, and community colleges) of the public higher education system in Massachusetts. Some of PHENOM’s accomplishments are discussed here.

Here are a few articles and speeches related to my work in higher education activism:

Amherst Regional Schools, Convocation Speech, 2012

A Call for a New Morrill Act, WFCR Radio, 2012

The Ideals Behind Umass’ Stained Concrete, Boston Globe, 2013

The Value of Inspiration in Higher Education, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2014

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