Voting and Elections

Voting and Elections

Spring 2015 [current]

On April 27 and 28, 2015, CFA Local #6546 will hold its annual officer elections; see the announcement here. Nominations are now in for all officer positions:

President – Shawn Gilmore
Vice President – Dennis Dullea
Secretary – Matt Goodman
Treasurer – Ed Maclin
Bargaining Research Chair – Kay Emmert
Grievance Committee Chair – Christina de Angelo
Communications and Publications Chair – Dorothee Schneider

Biographical information on all candidates is available here.

Voting will take place on April 27 and 28, from 9am-7pm, in-person only, at the CFA Local #6546 office, in the McKinley Foundation Building, 809 S. Fifth Street (on the corner of Fifth and Daniel):

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Fall 2014 [archived]

In the last few weeks of the Fall 2014 semester, CFA Local #6546 will hold a vote to ratify its constitution, followed by officer elections. Procedures for each will appear here, as will informational materials. You can read an overview of each process here: announcement.

Constitution Ratification

CFA Local #6546 ratified its constitution by an overwhelming majority on November 18, 2014. A final draft of the CFA Local #6546 constitution is available here: draft. For an overview of the proposed structure of CFA Local #6546’s Executive council, Committees and chairs, and member’s roles, see this infographic.

Officers Elections

The follow officers were elected by voting held on December 1 and 2, and will take their offices immediately:

President
Shawn Gilmore (English)

Vice President
Alex (Sasha) Mobley (Media and Cinema Studies)

Secretary
Matthew Goodman (Materials Science and Engineering)

Treasurer
John Claborn (English)

Bargaining Research Chair
Kay Emmert (English)

Grievance Committee Chair
Christina de Angelo (Spanish and Portuguese)

Communications and Publications Committee Chair
Jennifer Burns (Art and Design)


Officer Nominations and Elections [archived]

Officer elections for CFA Local #6546 were held on Monday and Tuesday, December 1st and 2nd, from 9am-7pm at the McKinley Foundation (see below for map). You will be asked to vote for one candidate for each office; write-ins will be accepted.

Candidates for Officer Positions

President
Shawn Gilmore (English)
Dorothee Schneider (History)

Vice President
Dorothee Schneider (History)
Alex (Sasha) Mobley (Media and Cinema Studies)

Secretary
Matthew Goodman (Materials Science and Engineering)
Kirstin Wilcox (English)

Treasurer
John Claborn (English)

Bargaining Research Chair
Kay Emmert (English)

Grievance Committee Chair
Christina de Angelo (Spanish and Portuguese)

Communications and Publications Committee Chair
Jennifer Burns (Art and Design)

Candidate biographical notes

Jennifer Burns
Jennifer Burns has worked as an Instructor in the School of Art + Design since 2006, teaching courses in art history and visual culture. She joined Local #6546 to achieve greater equality, transparency and respect for non-tenure-track faculty, who contribute greatly to UIUC’s mission of teaching and research but are often under-recognized and undervalued in their home departments. As Communications Chair, her goal would be to maintain open and honest communication with bargaining unit members, and develop a strong and consistent voice for the Union in our dealings with the administration and our surrounding community.

John Claborn
I graduated with my PhD in English from the University of Illinois in 2012. I am currently a lecturer in the English Department. I was active in G.E.O. from 2008-2012, serving on the Stewards’ Council, the organizing subcommittee, and the communications committee before becoming Co-president for a year. I would like to see the CFA become a fully realized, member-run union.

Christina de Angelo
I am an Instructor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and have been NTT faculty at UIUC for 4 years. Through my experience as an elected officer of the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) here at UIUC I learned that upholding the gains earned in bargaining can only be done through a close connection between membership actions and a dedicated grievance committee. If elected, I will advocate for all members, maintain open communications with departments, and ensure that the needs of each member are heard.

Kay Emmert
Kay Emmert has been working toward unionization since 2012. As a lecturer in the English Department, she teaches writing, including collaborations with non-profits. She’s taught writing for seven years including high school, liberal arts colleges, Bill Gates charter schools, and first-time instructors. Currently, she’s serving on the academic Senate. As Vice-President for historic CFA, she also works with tenure-stream faculty on academic freedom and activism. For CFA Local #6546, she’s been serving as Lead Negotiator and spokesperson, and has been intimately involved in identifying, researching, drafting and finalizing contract proposals most important to all faculty represented by Local #6546.

Shawn Gilmore
Shawn Gilmore is a Lecturer in the English Department, where he primarily teaching literature and composition. He also serves on a number of departmental committees and is a member of the Academic Senate. He was a member of the Graduate Employee’s Organization for a number of years, which led to his current union activism with CFA Local #6546. For the last year, he has served on the Organizing and Steering committees of Local #6546, and has been handling the majority of communications duties. As President, he plans to help grow and develop the community that is our union.

Matthew Goodman
Matt Goodman is a new Lecturer in the Materials Science and Engineering department after obtaining his doctorate this past summer, also from the MatSE dept. here at UIUC. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Hoeft Technology and Management Program, a minor established between the College of Engineering and the College of Business. He is currently teaching two introduction to materials courses, one primarily for engineering students with the other open to all majors. He is excited to lend his voice and unique perspective to the union.

Alex (Sasha) Mobley
Sasha Mobley is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and candidate for vice president. I was part of the Graduate Employees’ Organization during our first contract negotiation and am still convinced of the necessity of unions in order to secure transparency, fair working conditions, and shared governance in higher education. I am eager to serve our union in the capacity of vice president so that I can continue to work closely with membership concerns and actions through the Stewards’ Council.

Dorothee Schneider
I first started teaching at the University of Illinois in the Fall of 1990 and have been working as a full time lecturer in History since 2008. I teach modern U.S. History and have published a number of books and articles in that field. A core activist for the Campus Faculty Association, I have served on the CFA Executive Committee, the Organizing Committee of Local #6546 and am now a member of its negotiating team. As president I would continue to work for employment security, improved pay and a voice in academic self-governance for all NTT faculty at UIUC.

Kirstin Wilcox
I have been faculty in the University of Illinois Department of English since January of 2004, after getting a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2003. I teach courses in eighteenth-century literature, Enlightenment literature and culture, fiction, and poetry. I’m also currently directing the English department’s undergraduate internship program. I tweet as @goodenoughprof and blog at goodenoughprofessor.blogspot.com and chroniclevitae.com. I’ve been involved with CFA since 2010.

Voting Location

Voting will take place at the CFA Local #6546, in the McKinley Foundation Building, 809 S. Fifth Street (on the corner of Fifth and Daniel):