Panel: Shared Governance, Collective Bargaining, and the Future of Online Learning in Light of COVID-19

Panel Description

Over the past two decades, the prevalence of online learning in U.S. colleges and universities has grown considerably. University administrators, educators, and students have regarded this form of education with both excitement and suspicion. Distance learning holds the promise of greater educational inclusion and increased revenue generation for higher education institutions, yet has been the subject of critiques by its various stakeholders. This panel will provide a multifaceted examination of online learning especially in view of COVID-19.

Panelists Bios

Anthony G. Picciano holds faculty appointments in graduate programs in Education Leadership at Hunter College, the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and the doctoral certificate program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 1998, Dr. Picciano co-founded CUNY Online, a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that provided support services to faculty using the Internet for course development. He was a founding member and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium).  Dr. Picciano was elected to the Inaugural Class of the Sloan Consortium’s Fellows in 2010, in recognition of “outstanding publications that have advanced the field of online learning”. Dr. Picciano was also the 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium’s National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual.

Irene Mulvey is the President of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). She has a PhD in mathematics and is a professor of mathematics at Fairfield University, where she has taught since 1985. Mulvey has served multiple terms as president of the Faculty Welfare Committee/AAUP, Fairfield’s AAUP chapter, and as president of the Connecticut AAUP conference. She has also served multiple terms as treasurer of both her chapter and the state conference; has served multiple terms on the AAUP’s Council; and was elected by the Council to serve on the AAUP’s Executive Committee three times. She is currently a member of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure on which she will continue to serve ex officio.

Joe McConnell is an experienced litigator and negotiator defending management on employment and labor law matters. Businesses, in-house counsel and human resources professionals look to Joe’s sophisticated experience to resolve their employment law needs. They rely upon his practical day-to-day employment law counseling to keep their businesses run smoothly. Joe also adeptly guides clients through all labor law matters — during union organizing campaigns, in collective bargaining, and throughout the grievance and arbitration processes. Joe’s clients hail from many industries, in particular from higher education, retail, financial services, insurance and traditional manufacturing settings. Joe advocates on their behalf before the Federal and State courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies, including the EEOC, NLRB, MCAD, Department of Labor, and the Attorney General’s office.

Theodore H. (Terry) Curry is the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources at Michigan State University. Prior to becoming Associate Provost, he served eight years as Director of the graduate School of Labor and Industrial Relations (Now the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations) of Michigan State University. He is also a professor of human resources management and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in business administration with concentration in human resources management from the University of Kansas. He has served as a consultant to a number of companies, associations, and governmental units in the United States and abroad on human resources management and training concerns, including the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed a charter member of the Michigan Governor’s Labor Management Advisory Committee. He served as President of the University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Programs. He has written a number of articles for professional publications including the Personnel Administrator, Training and Development Journal, and Effective Practices for Academic Leaders.