GWuFA Missives

Naughty or Nice?

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?”

We’re Not Tired, Provost Blake

“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”

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Trick or Treat?

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?”

Shock Doctrine at GW

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”


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”


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,”