The City University of New York University Faculty Senate
Spring Conference
Shared Governance: Structures and Best Practices
Friday, April 28, 2017
John Jay College of Criminal Justice


8:30 – 9:15 RECEPTION: Light Breakfast – Room L61


¨      UFS Chairperson, Prof. Kay Conway, BMCC

¨      CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken

¨      Host Institution, President Jeremy Travis, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

9:30-10:30 PANEL:  Shared Governance at CUNY

¨      Moderated by Prof. Terrence Martell, Baruch, past chairperson of the CUNY UFS

¨      Chairman, CUNY Board of Trustees, William C. Thompson, Jr.

¨      President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, Queens College

¨      Professor James Cauthen, Chair, Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Followed by Q & A from 10:30-11:00

11:00 KEYNOTE:  “Shared Leadership and Shared Responsibility: Successful Shared Governance

Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, President, The College of New Jersey, recipient of the AAUP Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance.

Followed by Q & A from 11:30-12

12:00 – 1:30 WORKSHOPS & LUNCH:

  1. Creating or Amending Your Campus’ Charter.  Moderator: Prof. Philip Pecorino, QCC, Faculty Governance Leader and UFS Executive Committee.
  2. Shared Governance and the Budget Process. Moderators: University Executive Budget Director Cathy Abata and Prof. John Verzani, CSI and Chair, UFS Budget Advisory Committee.
  3. Ways to Make Shared Governance Work on Your Campus. Moderator: Prof. Karen Kaplowitz, John Jay and UFS Executive Committee. Practical solutions for improving shared governance on your campus.
  4. Legal and Procedural Issues and Resources. Moderator: Prof. Jay Weiser, Baruch and UFS Executive Committee. CUNY structure, Article 78 and standard of review, Roberts Rules, contract versus governance issues.


AAUP Policy Statements and Reports

Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities. 1966.

 The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments. 2012.

On the Relationship of Faculty Governance to Academic Freedom. 1994.

 Faculty Participation in the Selection, Evaluation, and Retention of Administrators. 1981.

 On Institutional Problems Resulting from Financial Exigency: Some Operating Guidelines. 1978.

The Role of the Faculty in Budgetary and Salary Matters. 1972.

Financial Exigency, Academic Governance, and Related Matters. 2004.

Governance Standards in Institutional Mergers and Acquisitions. 1981.

Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians. 1973.

The Role of the Faculty in the Governance of College Athletics. 1989.

Statement on Intercollegiate Athletics. 1991.

 The Faculty Role in the Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics—Principles and Recommended Practices. 2002.

Confidentiality and Faculty Representation in Academic Governance. 2013.

Faculty Communication with Governing Boards: Best Practices. 2014.

The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments

The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments: Recomendations

Legal Round-Up: What’s New and Noteworthy for Higher Education? By AAUP Counsel. These yearly legal roundups summarize and highlight significant court decisions and legal developments on this topic.

Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and the First Amendment after Garcetti v. Ceballos. (.pdf) February 2011. By Rachel Levinson, Senior Counsel. Presentation for Stetson University College of Law 31st Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education.

Some Legal Aspects Of Collegial Governance. 2003. By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel. Presentation made to the AAUP 2003 Governance Conference: Making Teamwork Work.

“How Unions Strengthen Shared Governance: A Response to a Chronicle of Higher Education Opinion Piece.” By Ernst Benjamin, Senior Consultant.

Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance.

Colleges and Universities, International. Links to institutions of higher education worldwide.

AAUP Policy Analysis & Other Resources

Some Legal Aspects Of Collegial Governance2003. By Donna Euben. AAUP.

Evaluation of Shared Governance. AAUP. A list of questions designed to allow for the immediate evaluation of the state of shared government at institutions of higher education, for preparation of assessment reports, and for evaluation and enhancement of shared governance.

Indicators of Sound Governance. 1994. By Keetjie Ramo.  A tool for assessing the faculty’s role in shared governance.
• Introduction
Survey Instrument (.pdf)

Survey on Higher Education Governance. 2001. By Gabriel Kaplan. AAUP and the American Conference of Academic Deans.
Survey Instrument (.pdf)
Survey Results (.pdf)

Articles on governance from the 1997 September-October issue of Academe, “Behind Closed Doors? Reaffirming the Value of Shared Governance,” are available in .pdf format..

The .pdf file contains the following articles:
• “Reaffirming the Value of Shared Governance.” By Larry Gerber.
• “University Presidential Searches: Exercises in Secrecy or Shared Governance?” By Dennis M. Clausen.
• “Presidential Search Committee Checklist.” By Muriel Poston.
• “Faculty and Governing Boards: Building Bridges.” By James Perley.
• “Reforming Shared Governance: Do the Arguments Hold Up?” By Keetjie Ramo.

Traits of Effective Senates. By Joseph Flynn. AAHE/National Network of Faculty Senates. A checklist of traits.


American Association of University Professors. 2015. “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.” In AAUP Policy Documents and Reports. Baltimore. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. 2010. Statement on Board Responsibility for Institutional Governance <>.

Bahls, Steven C. 2014. Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges. Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Birnbaum, Robert. 1988. How Colleges Work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

______________. 2004. “The End of Shared Governance: Looking Ahead or Looking Back.” New Directions for Higher Education 127:5-22.

Bowen, William G. and Eugene M. Tobin. 2015. Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Cordes, John W., David Dunbar, and Jeff Gingerich. 2013. “How to Evaluate a Faculty Governance Structure.” Academe 99:34-9.

Del Favero, Marietta. 2003. “Faculty-Administrator Relationships as Integral to High-Performing Governance Systems – New Frameworks for Study.” American Behavioral Scientist 46:902-22.

Dill, David D. and Karen P. Helm. 1988. “Faculty Participation in Strategic Policy Making.” In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Vol. 4, ed. John C. Smart. New York: Agathon Press.

Dimond, John G. 1991. “Faculty Participation in Institutional Budgeting.” New Directions for Higher Education 18:63-78.

Duderstadt, James J. 2004. “Governing the Twenty-first Century University.” In Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm, ed. William G. Tierney. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Eckel, Peter D. 2000. “The Role of Shared Governance in Institutional Hard Decisions: Enabler or Antagonist? The Review of Higher Education 24:15-39.

Finsen, Lawrence. 2002. “Faculty as Institutional Citizens: Reconceiving Service and Governance Work.” In A New Academic Compact: Revisioning the Relationship between Faculty and their Institutions, eds. William G. Berberet and Linda A. McMillin. Boston, MA: Anker.

Gaff, Jerry G. 2007. ʺWhat If the Faculty Really Do Assume Responsibility for the Educational Program?ʺ Liberal Education 93: 6‐13.

Gerber, Larry G. 1997. “Reaffirming the Value of Shared Governance.” Academe 83:14-8.

_____________. 2014. The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance: Professionalization and the Modern American University. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hamilton, Neil W. 2002. Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Ethics and Shared Governance. Westport, CT: American Council on Education and Prager Publishers.

Hearn, James C. and Michael K. McLendon. 2012. “Governance Research: From Adolescence toward Maturity. In The Organization of Higher Education: Managing Colleges for a New Era, ed. Michael N. Bastedo. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hines, Edward R. 2000. “The Governance of Higher Education.” In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Vol. 15, eds. John C. Smart and William G. Tierney. New York: Agathon Press.

Kaplan, Gabriel E. 2004. “Do Governance Structures Matter?” New Directions for Higher Education 127:23-34.

Kezar, Adrianna. 2004. “What is More Important to Effective Governance: Relationships, Trust, and Leadership, Or Structures and Formal Processes?” New Directions for Higher Education 127:3546.

Kezar, Adrianna and Peter D. Eckel. 2004. “Meeting Today’s Governance Challenges – A Synthesis of the Literature and Examination of a Future Agenda for Scholarship.” Journal of Higher Education 75:371-399.

King, C. Judson. 2013. “Tailoring Shared Governance to the Needs And Opportunities of the Times.” Center for Studies in Education, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Research & Occasional Paper Series <>.

Lee, Barbara A. 1991. “Campus Leaders and Campus Senates.” New Directions for Higher Education 75:41-61.

Minor, James T. 2003. “Assessing the Senate – Critical Issues Considered.” American Behavioral Scientist 46:960-77.

Olson, Gary A. 2009. “Exactly what is ‘Shared Governance’?” Chronicle of Higher Education 55:A33-5.

Ramo, Keetjie. 2001. Indicators of Sound Governance. American Association of University Professors <>.

Schuetz, Pam. 1999. “Shared Governance in Community Colleges.” ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges Los Angeles CA <>.

Tierney, William G. 2006 “Trust and Academic Governance: A Conceptual Framework.” In Governance and the Public Good, ed. William G. Tierney. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Tierney, William G. and James T. Minor. 2003. Challenges for Governance: A National Report. Center for Higher Education Analysis, University of Southern California, Los Angeles <>.

Weingartner, Rudolph H. 2011. Fitting Form to Function: A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions. Lanham, MD: American Council on Education and Rowman and Littlefield.