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Issues related to the promotion process at Pratt

ARPT Forum: September 10, 2010

ARPT: Committees on Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure
(see Article XVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, available on this website).

Last year the UFCT sponsored such a forum for the first time, which was – as
based on the many responses we received – a rousing success [over fifty-plus
in attendance representing some sixteen Pratt department/areas!] At the
close of last year’s event, we agreed that such a forum should become a
perennial affair!

As such, this year’s forum will take place on: Friday, September 10th, from 10:00-2PM (I apologize to anyone who is teaching at this time and cannot seek a replacement as scheduling is never ideal when factoring in the needs of over six-hundred potential guests!) Lunch and refreshments will be
served; however, the location for the event — at this time — is TBA.

If you would be kind enough to simply return email me ( if you wish to attend, this will be very helpful in terms of our finding an appropriate space as well as our catering needs, etc…

A simple response: *“Yes, I plan on attending,”* is all I need at this
point. As we get closer to the date of the event I will send confirmation of
your attendance.

Look for my ‘Status Report’ in the next week or so; until then though, enjoy
what remains of the summer. I hope to see you on 9/10 if not before!

In Solidarity,


ARPT Forum a rousing success

The first ever Union-sponsored forum on the Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure process at Pratt was well attended, by about 50 faculty from every department at Pratt.  The event was historic in bringing together faculty from across the Institute to discuss Pratt's unique ARPT process, memorialized in Article XVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The discussion helped to clarify the faculty's role and rights in a process that is often greatly misunderstood, and uneven in its functioning across the Institute.  This will be the first of many such necessary events.




The UFCT Executive Committee would like to invite you to a discussion/meeting/conference on matters pertaining to: Appointments, Reappointments, Promotions and Tenure (i.e. ARPT, see: article XVI of the CBA). This will take place on Friday, August 28th, from 10:00 to 2:00 on Pratt's Brooklyn campus (actual room TBA as dependent on how many members will be attending). Lunch will be served.


If you have served or are presently serving your department/area’s Peer Review, CART or PART Committee(s), are currently preparing to apply for, or have applied for a faculty action (reappointment, status change, promotion or tenure) in years past, or, are simply interested in knowing more about how the ‘process’ works; what the differences are between ‘procedures’ and ‘standards', or are just curious about how other department/area’s address these ARPT matters, we welcome your attendance as this forum is open to any and all UFCT members.


Therefore, please RSVP ASAP (by email: or phone: 718-636-3614) as we'll need to know how many will be attending so we may make the necessary accommodations regarding food, drink and space.


In Solidarity,


The UFCT Executive Committee:


Kye Carbone

Adjunct Professor w/CCE (Foundation Art)

President UFCT Local 1460


Suzanne Verderber

Associate Professor (tenured, English & Humanities)

VP UFCT Local 1460


Holly Wilson

Assistant Professor (tenure-track, Libraries)

Secretary UFCT Local 1460


Anne Turyn

Adjunct Professor w/CCE (Media/Photo)

Treasurer, UFCT Local 1460


The Question of Collegiality

Is "collegiality" a valid category in assessing whether a faculty member merits promotion?  This statement from the American Association of University Professors explains in the plainest terms the dangers of separating collegiality out from those criteria traditionally taken into account at most institutions of higher learning: teaching, research, and service.  The statement argues that by necessity, collegiality is a component of all of these areas, indeed, for one's overall performance as a faculty member.  Separating collegiality as its own category could, the AAUP argues, have a chilling effect on a faculty member's expressions of dissent in various areas where such dissent is constructive and important (such as curriculum committees or job searches), and thus threaten academic freedom, and it could tend to enforce homogeneity.  The UFCT 1460 stands by, as always, the procedures laid out in Article XVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement when questions of reappointment, promotion, and tenure are raised.

–Suzanne Verderber