GWuFA Missives


Friday 9/11 @ 12 EVENT DETAILS HERE! Meet us at Kogan Plaza to demand that GW do better! Wear a mask and be sure to social distance. Bring signs and wear GW colors!  Can’t join us in person? No worries, join us virtually from wherever you are!  PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS, INVITE YOUR STUDENTS,Continue reading “NO CONFIDENCE RALLY”

Building the University We Want

Inside the University We Have On Monday more than four hundred people attended the meeting organized by the Faculty Association to discuss our ongoing responses to the disastrous and haphazard leadership of the LeBlanc administration.  We had much to bemoan and much to celebrate. We have lost friends and necessary co-workers to unnecessary and destructive layoffs. Our presidentContinue reading “Building the University We Want”


Let’s Talk. What’s been going on at GW is wild. Let’s gather so we can listen and share ideas about how to deal with the layoffs, retirement contribution suspensions, potential salary cuts, and bizarre hiring decisions the administration is enacting. This meeting is open to ALL FACULTY. You don’t need to be a GWUFA memberContinue reading “MEETING for ALL FACULTY”

Angry? So are we.

This is a call to move our anger to action. If the University updates from last week weren’t so shocking, it would be easy to describe them in a single word: brutal. In the span of just three days, we learned that retirement contributions will be frozen beginning in October; academic tech is being mergedContinue reading “Angry? So are we.”

GW Students Call for an End to Layoffs

Increase GW Admin’s Transparency and Stop Unnecessary Staff Firings Petition text reproduced with permission below: As students of the George Washington University, we stand with staff and support their desires to be heard, respected, included, and most importantly, to advocate for themselves collectively and without retaliation now and in the future with GW leadership. WeContinue reading “GW Students Call for an End to Layoffs”

You are about to get a 10% pay cut.

The Faculty Association has learned that the LeBlanc administration plans to announce a 10-15% salary cut for all faculty next week. We have taken the unusual step of attempting to reach every full-time* faculty member at GW because we think you deserve to know about administrative decisions that will directly impact your livelihood.  There areContinue reading “You are about to get a 10% pay cut.”

Washington DC-area Professors Call for Online Instruction this Fall

Reprinted with permission from the Academe magazine blog. Faculty, Fearing COVID-19 Community Spread, Call for Online-Only Fall Semester Guest Blogger / 4 hours ago BY MARCUS ALFRED, ERIN D. CHAPMAN, PHILIP N. COHEN, HEIDI LI FELDMAN, BETHANY L. LETIECQ, BINH Q. TRAN, AND JULIA G. YOUNG We are professors at universities across the DC metropolitan area. And,Continue reading “Washington DC-area Professors Call for Online Instruction this Fall”

Sacrifice Property, Not People

We in the Faculty Association are awed and galvanized by the honor and courage of GW’s Council of Librarians in declaring their prioritization of people—their coworkers—over the material resources they oversee. Especially in this unprecedented moment of instability and fear, this principle must guide the university as a whole.   Like the Council of Librarians, weContinue reading “Sacrifice Property, Not People”

Caregivers, we see you.

My son ran into my Zoom room last week and yelled, “Fart! Poop!”  It was no big deal, but it is part of the reality that we who are caregivers constantly manage.  In truth, he needed my attention.  He has been home since March 13–over four months–playing way too much Fortnite, watching a billion seasonsContinue reading “Caregivers, we see you.”

Layoffs have begun.

Late last week, eleven workers at GW lost their jobs. The Faculty Association learned that the administration immediately made their email addresses inoperative, leaving them unable to  contact any of their colleagues. At least some of these employees were involved in the reopening plans for fall, and after they were fired, GW asked at leastContinue reading “Layoffs have begun.”

Dear Students,

We are writing to you today with heavy hearts. We prefer to teach our classes in person but many of us have filed requests to teach online this semester, for a variety of reasons we detail below. This week we are launching a petition requesting that faculty be given the choice to determine which teachingContinue reading “Dear Students,”

Petition for employee control over safety in the fall semester

We are thrilled that nearly 200 members of the GW faculty have signed the pledge, which commits us to solidarity in protecting GW by fighting the layoffs and furloughs of those people who support its mission of research and teaching. Now, we take a further step to declare our solidarity and to secure the futureContinue reading “Petition for employee control over safety in the fall semester”

A GW Pledge to Act for the Common Good

On June 4th, the GWU Faculty Association received confirmation in an email from President LeBlanc that senior leadership believes layoffs at GW cannot be avoided. While layoffs have yet to be officially announced, such an announcement is seemingly imminent. Our friends in the senate tell us that there are administration task forces considering both facultyContinue reading “A GW Pledge to Act for the Common Good”


There is no financial crisis at GW (pass it on) Since our last meeting and communication about the Faculty Association’s pledge, we’ve received requests for talking points about GW’s financial situation. We share these points below. For those of you who have signed, we hope these points help you keep your commitment to stop layoffs.Continue reading “pssst…”

LeBlanc has confirmed there will be layoffs. Now is the time for each of us to fight them in every way we can.

We have received some very alarming information from President LeBlanc. On Thursday, in a response to our email of May 18, LeBlanc wrote to us that “we won’t be able to continue to avoid layoffs any longer.” We reproduce President LeBlanc’s email and our own response below. As you know, and as we wrote toContinue reading “LeBlanc has confirmed there will be layoffs. Now is the time for each of us to fight them in every way we can.”

On Race and Diversity at GW

In his May 31st message on the Black Lives Matter protests, President LeBlanc assured the university community that he looks forward to “working together—harnessing the power of the community that comprises this great institution—to address racism and injustice on our campus and in our society.” We charge LeBlanc and the GW Board of Trustees toContinue reading “On Race and Diversity at GW”

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Summer Membership Meeting June 15th, 2020!

Are you, like us, pissed off that the GW administration continues to announce transformational plans for the university without consulting in good faith the faculty or other members of the university community?  Are you as irritated as we are by the administration’s continued farce of shared governance, with its manufactured committees composed of hand-picked faculty members with marching orders imposedContinue reading “Summer Membership Meeting June 15th, 2020!”