Town Hall Meeting

Happy New Year: May this year be a bit better than the last!

First, AAUP-UC President Connie Kendall Theado is on academic leave this semester. So you may be getting a few communications from me in the interim. Connie will be back after the spring semester.

Most importantly, AAUP-UC  will be hosting a Faculty Town Hall meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom invitation will be sent next week. The purpose of the meeting is to further discuss the AAUP-UC-Faculty Senate Joint Budget Report and next steps for the fall semester. The Faculty Senate will be meeting later that same day. Faculty are encouraged to attend both meetings.

In other news, the Administration recently announced that it was establishing a paid parental leave benefit for UC employees who are not represented by a union (unrepresented employees). In 2013 AAUP-UC was the first UC union to negotiate a paid parental leave policy. You should be very proud that AAUP-UC was able to raise the bar; now more UC employees are able to take advantage of this important benefit.

Finally, the AAUP-UC staff is facing a significantly heavier than usual workload. If you need assistance on a contractual issue, it is recommended that you contact the Associate Council member in your college as an initial step. If you need to contact a staff member, email the office at This will ensure that your contact is tracked and responded to in a timely manner.

Phoebe Reeves

Vice President, AAUP-UC



AAUP-UC Bulletin


Dear Faculty,

Yesterday the Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee released the Joint Budget Committee Report.  The Report was initially in response to the Administration’s proposal to reduce faculty salaries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. That proposal has since been withdrawn.

The purpose of the Joint Report is three-fold:

  • to analyze the extent of Covid-19’s impact on UC’s budget,
  • to identify possible strategies to preserve UC’s academic and research missions, and
  • to evaluate the shared sacrifice across all units

We heartily thank the Committee members–Amber Peplow, Dan Carl, Sarai Hedges, and Steve Mockabee–for their deeply positive work. The Report is thorough and comprehensive, a clarion call for real and dramatic change in the university’s budget priorities and an urgent appeal to refocus on the core academic missions of teaching and research.

The Joint Report is not the end, of course, but represents instead the beginning of a campaign for meaningful change. As a next step, we’re asking Faculty to please share the Report on social media. Click here for a summary that can be easily posted to social media sites.  Campaigning for meaningful change at UC involves students, parents, and the entire community. We need to make them part of the conversation, too.

AAUP-UC will be promoting the Report as part of the Fight for 51% campaign. A decade ago, 51% of UC’s budget was allocated to support the university’s teaching and research efforts. That percentage has been reduced over time to just 43% in 2020. A return to 51% will have a  demonstrably positive impact on teaching and learning at UC, and we hope all Faculty will join us in the Fight for 51% campaign.

If UC doesn’t make fundamental changes to its funding priorities and budget, our university will find itself in a position similar to Wright State University.

Thank you again to the Committee. And thanks to all of you, in advance,  for doing your part in promoting the Report.

In Solidarity,
Connie KendallTheado

Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Committee Report

Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee Report
November 9, 2020

Committee Chair:
Amber Peplow
Blue Ash College
Faculty Senate Budget Priorities Chair 2019-2020
AAUP Budget and Compensation Chair

Committee Members:
Dan Carl
College of Allied Health
Faculty Senate Vice Chair 2019-2020

Sarai Hedges
College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty Senate Vice-Chair 2020-2021
AAUP Executive Council At Large Member

Steve Mockabee
College of Arts & Sciences
AAUP Treasurer

Click here to view the Faculty Senate and AAUP Joint Budget Committee Report

Click here to view the Joint Committee Report powerpoint presentation from the AAUP Chapter Meeting on 11/12/2020.