Executive Committee of the CUNY University Faculty Senate 2018-19


Martin Burke portait

MARTIN J. BURKE is the Chair of the University Faculty Senate and ex-officio member of the CUNY Board of Trustees.  He was elected by the UFS in 2018 for a two-year term.  He is an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College and serves on the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center. After several years as a Senator representing the Graduate Center he was elected member-at-large of the University Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee and served two terms.  He also served as the Chair of the UFS Academic Affairs Committee and participates in the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders (FGLs). Dr. Burke recently also represented the UFS on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Policy, Programs and Research (CAPPR).

He has been an Exchange Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University of Belfast; a Fulbright Junior Lecturer in American Studies at the Università degli studi di Firenze; and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Professor Burke is a member of the Society of Fellows of the University of Chicago and a research associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has held academic appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Pennsylvania, and has lectured regularly at Helsinki University and El Colegio de México.

Dr. Burke’s scholarly interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century American intellectual and cultural history, in particular the history of religion and of political thought and the history of modern Ireland. Among his publications are: The Conundrum of Class: Public Discourse on the Social Order in AmericaWhy Concepts Matter: Translating Social and Political and Social Thought; and a critical edition of Dermot MacMorrough; or, The Conquest of Ireland by John Quincy Adams.  He is currently at work on an intellectual biography of Adams. Professor Burke is an Executive Co-Editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas, the premiere international journal in the field. In addition, he is the Chair of the History of Concepts Group and the President of the Conference of Historical Journals, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association.

Dr. Burke received his A.B. in History from the City College of New York (CUNY) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Vice Chair


KATHLEEN BARKER is a Professor of Psychology at Medgar Evers College and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the University Faculty Senate (UFS). Prior to her employment at CUNY, Dr. Barker was the Director of Gender Studies at Bard College; directed Via Pace, a social action consortium; was elected Senior College Representative to the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) for 2 terms (six years); a PSC Grievance Counselor for too many years; and served since 2001 as a Senator in the UFS. In 2009, she conducted the Faculty Experience Survey, a study of faculty experiences among both full- and part-time faculty. The study, a technical report and 4 appendices, is available on this website and the results can be compared with subsequent COACHE surveys  (also on this website) for a longitudinal view. Dr. Barker was a member of the Status of the Faculty Committee since 2001, and chaired the committee before being elected to the Executive Committee of the UFS in 2012.

Dr. Barker received her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and has authored/co-authored 46 publications and 52 presentations. She has conducted multidisciplinary research in the areas of nonstandard work, higher education and social justice, as well as on methodological issues. Dr. Barker’s reputation in labor studies was established by her forward-looking examination of contingent work in the United States: Contingent Work: American Employment Relations in Transition (ILR/Cornell University Press). The text was selected by Princeton University’s Firestone Library as its year’s noteworthy book in industrial relations and labor economics.

Executive Committee Members

Kerin Coughlin

KERIN E. COUGHLIN is Parliamentarian and legal adviser to the University Faculty Senate, and a member of the UFS Executive Committee.  She has been an Assistant Professor of Law and Paralegal Studies at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) since 2014, where she is also a member of the Academic Integrity Committee.  Professor Coughlin was elected Senator for City Tech in Spring 2017; she was appointed UFS Parliamentarian and legal adviser in Fall 2017; and she was elected to the Executive Committee in Spring 2018.  Professor Coughlin also represents the UFS on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committee on Faculty and Staff Affairs (CFSA).

Professor Coughlin earned her BA in Political Science at SUNY at Albany, her MA in Urban Studies at Queens College (CUNY), and her JD at Columbia University School of Law.  She is currently working toward her PhD in History at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Before joining CUNY, Professor Coughlin was a full-time attorney for twelve years: as a clerk to a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, and as an antitrust and commercial litigator with a private law firm.  Professor Coughlin was also an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) for four years, and before she became an attorney, she taught Social Studies to junior high school students at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for six years.

HUGO FERNANDEZ is a Cuban-American photographer from Miami, Florida. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art and Photography programs of the LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) Humanities Department, where he has taught since 1994. His photography is predominantly made in a documentary style, in color, which includes stills, large scale panoramas, and scans of archival images juxtaposed with anecdotal text dealing with his family’s Cuban history and exile experience. He has been in the University Faculty Senate (UFS) for LaGCC for five years and he begins his fourth one-year tenure as a member-at-large of the Executive Committee (EC) in May of 2018. He has been a member of the UFS Library and Information Technology Committee, as well as the Student Affairs Committee. He is currently the EC Liaison to the Student Affairs Committee, as well as UFS representative to the CUNY Board of Trustees Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, and an observer of the City University Construction Fund meetings.

Professor Fernandez did his undergraduate work at Miami Dade Community College and Florida International University, and received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in Fine Art Photography.


KIMORA  has been a University Faculty Senator since 2011. She was honored to chair the Student Affairs Committee during 2017-2018.

She teaches Corrections courses in the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department (LPS) as well as the Graduate School at John Jay College. She developed the curriculum for COR 397: Corrections and the Media.  She also developed COR 395: Educating behind bars and Policy Implications, the first college correctional education course in the United States. She also teaches two leadership courses that she designed in the Honors Program.

Kimora is an accomplished teacher in the classroom as well as online. In April, 2015, Criminal Justice Pursuit named her the best criminal justice professor in the United States. In 2012, Princeton Review named her the second best professor (of all professors) in the United States.

Professor Kimora’s research, publishing and teaching focus is on correctional educational programs for correctional officers as well as for participants in the jails and prisons in the United States. In March, 2015, Kimora published two books: 1) When Young People Break the Law: Debating Issues on Punishment for Juveniles and 2) Ethnic Profiling: A Modern Framework. In 2012, she presented research regarding the need for prevention and treatment services in the criminal justice system in Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Maribor in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dr. Kimora is the Education Director for Treatment Services at the Osborne Association, which is a New York State based prison, re-entry and family services program.

Kimora has served on the Board of Directors of Reality House, Inc., a New York City advocacy group for veterans and their families since 2004. In 2017, she was unanimously elected Vice Chair of Reality House, Inc.

Kimora has a Ph. D. in Education from the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “The need for cognitive skills training in correctional vocational education programming” was published in the Yearbook of Correctional Education, 1998-1999.

Kimora is deeply honored to serve on the UFS Executive Committee.

James McElwaine

JAMES McELWAINE has been a University Faculty Senator since 2013. He previously chaired the UFS Student Affairs Committee, and serves now as a member-at-large on the CUNY-UFS Executive Committee.

He teaches digital audio production, songwriting, lyric writing, melody writing, college writing, and music appreciation at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College – CUNY and at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Prior to CUNY, he was a professor of music for 38 years at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College–SUNY in Westchester County. Shortly before being named a SUNY professor of music emeritus, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Lifetime Award for Excellence.

As a college educator, Prof. McElwaine is regarded as an innovator and pioneer in popular music studies, specifically for his curricular developments in the incorporation of popular music and media arts into conventional music, arts, and history curricula in public higher education, developing eight new curricula in these professional studies over the last 40 years.

Since 1970, he has composed, performed, conducted and produced popular music, (and some unpopular music too) on stages and in recording studios throughout the world.

He has received the Critic’s Outer Circle Award for best orchestrations for Goblin Market (1985) as well as acclaim for his musical work for two Broadway shows, Starmites (1989) and The Slow Drag (1996). Formerly, he was a biographer for Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives.


PHILIP PECORINO is a Professor of Philosophy at Queensborough Community College (QCC) where has been an instructor for 46 years and is currently Chair of the Faculty.  He has also been head of the Governing Body, the Academic Senate at QCC for a number of years.  He has served as PSC-QCC Chapter Vice Chair, Executive Committee Member and Grievance Counselor. He has actively served on many committees in the UFS, including: Intellectual Property Committee, Steering Committee for Online Resources and Education, the  Task Force on Computer Use and Privacy, and the UFS Committee on Educational Technology and Library and Information Technology Committee. He has served as Faculty representative on BOT Committees on Facilities and on Student Affairs and on Faculty, Staff, and Administration and as alternate on Academic Affairs. He is also a frequent contributor to the UFS Blog and has organized UFS Conferences, the last in Spring 2017 with Professor Karen Kaplowitz on Shared Governance .  Professor Pecorino is an ardent defender of academic freedom and freedom of expression and serves on the UFS Committee for such and frequently advocates on behalf of faculty rights on such matters as CUNY use of a Standardized Test of Basic Skills (CLA), The CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) and its relation to local Mission and Governance, and the new MSCHE accreditation standards and Pathways. He serves currently on the CUNY Committee on Academic Technology and is faculty co-chair of the Cloud Policy Advisory Group.  He advises CUNY Faculty on Governance Plans.

Professor Pecorino attended Fordham University, where he received both an M. A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has also attended New York University for post graduate work in Educational Psychology. Professor Pecorino has published several articles in philosophical publications, humanities publications and elsewhere. He has developed and maintained a number of online textbooks in Philosophy offered as Open Educational Resources.  He has held offices in such local and national organizations as the Long Island Philosophical Society, the Community College Humanities Association, the American Philosophical Association, the Committee on Two-Year College Philosophy, and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, where he served a term as President. He follows and writes poems about baseball.

John Verzani

JOHN VERZANI  is a Professor of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island. After serving as a senator for many years, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate in 2018. He was a three-term department chair. He is a four-term College Council chair at CSI and facilitated the completion of extensive governance plan revisions.  He is also a member of the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders, and a member of the UFS Budget Advisory Committee, which he chaired until recently.  He continues to serve as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Committee Fiscal Affairs, the Investment Subcommittee, and the Audit Committee.

Professor Verzani received his doctorate degree at the University of Washington and a masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Currently, Professor Verzani is the editor in chief of the R Journal (the R project for statistical computing).  Professor Verzani also serves on the board of the non-profit South Mountain Conservancy.

Jason Young

JASON YOUNG  is on the faculty of the department of Psychology at Hunter College.  He also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. He was elected to the Executive Committee of the UFS in May 2018. He has participated in faculty governance since 1995, first as a faculty representative to the Hunter College Senate and, from 2006-2009, as President of Hunter’s Faculty Delegate Assembly. For the past ten years, he has been a member of Hunter’s delegation to the UFS. Since 2009, he has been a member of the UFS Budget Advisory Committee, and, from 2013-2015,  he chaired the UFS Committee on the Status of the Faculty, during which he steered the committee’s focus on adjunct faculty concerns, as well as increasing faculty involvement in the presidential evaluation process (PMP).  In the current year, he chairs the UFS Advisory Committee on Enrollment Management and serves as the alternate faculty representative on the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration.

Among external leadership positions, he served for seven years on the board of directors of Psi Chi, The International Honors Society in Psychology, and was society president from 2011-2014.  He recently stepped down as chair  of the Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education of the American Psychological Association, which is developing assessment strategies for programs in psychology.

His research focuses on practical implications of how people make risky decisions. Since 2005, he has collaborated with colleagues at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago examining fear of crime and perceived public safety.  Recent research also examines how individuals’ math anxiety influences their financial behavior.

Dr. Young received his B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from Indiana University at Bloomington and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota.



KATHERINE M. CONWAY is the immediate past Chair of the University Faculty Senate (UFS), now serving as the ex-officio member of the UFS Executive Committee for one year.  She was elected in 2016 to a two-year term by the UFS and did not run for re-election. A Professor of Business at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), she is currently a co-Principal Investigator on a multi-year National Science Foundation grant on online education. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on online education, and issues of accessibility and success of community college, minority, non-traditional and STEM students. Prior to joining CUNY in 1996, Dr. Conway worked in finance for more than a dozen years, leading credit teams in both commercial and private banking. She currently also serves on the Board of Trustees’ Standing Committee on Audit, the Committee on Fiscal Affairs and its Subcommittee on Investment.

Dr. Conway received her B.S. in Marketing, her M.B.A. in Finance, and her Ph.D. in Administration, Leadership and Technology – all from New York University.