Eric Palmer, J.D.

Executive Director

Eric is a graduate of Elon University and of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He has a diverse background in labor, student, and community organizing, nonprofit management, and law. After graduating from law school, he served as a clerk for New York State Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk.

Eric has worked as a representative for the Service Employees International Union and the United Electrical Workers Union, as Executive Director of the Council on International & Public Affairs in New York City, and as Research and Campaign Strategy Director for Northeast Action. Eric comes to the UC Chapter after four years as a staff attorney with Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where he represented low-income clients in housing and consumer cases.

Eric’s work with the AAUP – UC Chapter includes responding to faculty members’ questions about the contract, advising and assisting faculty members with possible grievance cases, and media and communications outreach.


Anne Feldman, B.A.

Business Administrator

Anne is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 with a B.A. in English Literature.

She was employed at the University of Cincinnati from 1986 until 1999 in the Facillities Management and A&S/Mathematical Sciences Departments. In November, 1999, she joined the staff at the UC AAUP as an Administrative Assistant. Anne handles the day-to-day business operations of the chapter, including website and communications functions, database maintenance and analysis, payroll and finance, as well as interface with various UC offices.


Stephanie Spanja, J.D.

Director, Contract Administration

Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University in 1989 with a B.A. in English Literature, and earned an M.A. in English Literature at the University of California-Davis in 1994.  After graduating from Fordham Law School with a J.D. in 1999, Stephanie entered private practice for several years.  In 2004, Stephanie became Staff Attorney for Teamsters Local 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, where she was employed until she joined the UC Chapter AAUP as Director, Contract Administration in June 2008.

Stephanie responds to faculty members’ questions about the contract and assists faculty in attempting to resolve contractual disputes, whether informally or through the grievance process.  In addition, Stephanie works to keep members informed about their contractual rights through publications and workshops.


Jeff Cramerding, J.D.

Director, Contract Administration and Communications

Jeff graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1999 and is a member of the bar in the State of Ohio.

Before joining the AAUP-UC, Jeff served as the principal of a communications and government affairs agency for 8 years.

Jeff assists faculty members with grievance and other contractual issues. He is responsible for the chapter’s communication and media endeavors.


Dave Rubin, Ph.D.


Dave has BS (Cornell) and MA (Indiana State) degrees in Vertebrate Zoology, and received the first PhD (Ecology and Systematics) given by Indiana State. His specialty is herpetology. He is Emeritus Professor of Biology at Central State University (OH) from which he retired in 1995 after 25+ years on the faculty.