The GW Faculty Association is gratified that the Board of Trustees and GW administration have come to agree with us and the vast majority of the GW faculty that Thomas J. LeBlanc is not the right president for our university. We look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, the Faculty Senate and the faculty,Continue reading "Hallelujah!"
remark made by Thomas LeBlanc at April 23 CCAS Faculty Meeting,with regard to faculty expectations of shared governance The results of the Faculty Senate survey cannot be any clearer. 89% of faculty condemned LeBlanc’s integrity/ethics 85% expressed negative views of LeBlanc’s competence/execution 85% expressed a lack of trust in his leadership 84% expressed negative viewsContinue reading "“It never occurred to me…”"
Earlier this week we shared a flyer of highlights from our Caregiving and Mental Health Questionnaires. Now we are pleased to share a detailed report on mental health at GW. In it you will find aggregate data, a summary of themes from the narrative comments, as well as a listing of all comments that wereContinue reading "Caregiving and Mental Health Report"
As President LeBlanc’s contract comes up for review with the Board of Trustees, please make your lack of faith in him and his leadership known directly. You may write to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org to very simply say: “The time has come. I do not support the renewal of President LeBlanc’s contract.” The survey conducted by theContinue reading "Survey Says…"
Dear Comrades, Thank you again for your responses to our March 8 Questionnaire on the costs of remote work. As we have detailed elsewhere, the results are devastating: 70% of respondents are responsible for additional caregiving at home and just over half (51%) report that a loved one has fallen ill. Our work conditions over the pastContinue reading "Your Mental Health"
121 as of Wednesday evening—certainly more than a trickle, but not quite a deluge. So please consider nudging a few of your friends or colleagues to take the survey! As one respondent vouches for it, This survey asking for feedback is long overdue…it feels like when finally the Biden Administration acknowledged and memorialized all the COVID deaths long afterContinue reading "Responses to our most recent missive are streaming in."
Tell us how it’s going. Please take 10 minutes to complete this poll March 8th, International Women’s Day. It’s a reminder that holidays carry a double valence nowadays, as we mark the passage of time. So much tragedy over the past year. So many lives lost. So many livelihoods lost. As we celebrate the arrivalContinue reading "We Hear You"
President LeBlanc says he “appreciates” employees at GW. It’s going to take more than an email, Tom.
Yesterday, we wrote to underscore the damning results of the faculty survey: only 27% of faculty “feels confident in the President as a leader.” Today, on the heels of LeBlanc’s insulting “employee appreciation” email, we are writing to highlight the most recent example of why confidence in his leadership is so low. Just in caseContinue reading "President LeBlanc says he “appreciates” employees at GW. It’s going to take more than an email, Tom."
The results of the Faculty Survey of the President are in. Over the objections of the LeBlanc administration, and despite dubious last-minute procedural efforts at the November 18 Faculty Assembly, the Faculty Senate received official sanction to conduct a rigorous survey of faculty views of the LeBlanc administration. Highlights from the results have been publishedContinue reading "The Survey Results are in: No Confidence in the LeBlanc Administration"
Members of the GW community have long asked for a serious and sustained commitment to a much more diverse faculty. Amplify those voices with your signature. In the summer of 2020, the wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder prompted universities across the nation to ask themselves whether theyContinue reading "Support the Diversity Cluster Hire"
What a year this has been across the globe. And in our little corner of it, GW’s administration has been very … 2020 has been full of shenanigans from the LeBlanc/Speights administration. As a reminder of the year we’ve had: JANUARY Despite repeated faculty and student concern expressed throughout fall semester, President Thomas LeBlanc opensContinue reading "Naughty or Nice?"
Apparently there is more than one president in Washington, DC, who tries to get his way by suppressing votes, undermining institutions, and flouting established procedures of democratic decision-making. Over six-hundred faculty have registered for the Faculty Assembly taking place this Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 4-5:30PM. We have encouraged faculty to do so to support aContinue reading "Voter Suppression at GW"
“I am extremely sensitive to faculty fatigue…” Provost Blake wrote yesterday, describing why he has changed his mind about implementing his “shock doctrine” Academic Master Plan. We’d like to respond. We’re not tired, Blake. We’re energized, we’re focused, and we won’t back down. The Faculty Association is gratified that we and members of the Faculty SenateContinue reading "We’re Not Tired, Provost Blake"
Boo! It’s that time of year and we have good reason to be scared. The secret reorganization plan Provost Blake is trying to implement—his Shock Doctrine—is even worse than we feared. But there is also a treat. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 18 @ 4pm and keep reading to find out what it is. The Trick He’s got aContinue reading "Trick or Treat?"
It’s called “the shock doctrine.” A nation, city, corporation, or university falls on hard times, and eventually the axes begin to drop. Budgets are slashed. Programs are cut. And while the pain is felt first and foremost among the most vulnerable, the damage is systemic. Even the winners are losers. Unless we all take actionContinue reading "Shock Doctrine at GW"
GWUFA stands in solidarity with the Student Association. We not only support them, we are proud of them. In case any further proof was needed, on October 2nd Grace Speights demonstrated why she is unfit to be the Chair of the Board of Trustees at any university. At the Board meeting on that day, she berated GWContinue reading "Condescending much, Chair Speights?"
Dear colleagues, Remember summer … barely? We know, it’s difficult with so much happening, and not happening, at GW and in the world. But slow down for a second and try to recall. Remember when, in the midst of a hiring freeze and staff layoffs, LeBlanc hired Heather Swain to be Vice President of MarketingContinue reading "#ChopTheTop"
The GWU Faculty Association is pleased to circulate the Student Association Executive Order calling on President LeBlanc to resign and demanding genuine shared governance at GW. As the Executive Order states, LeBlanc has exhausted the patience and good will of every faction of the GW community – faculty, staff, and students. So bad is theContinue reading "GWUFA Supports SA Executive Order"