Feminists Against Academic Discrimination (F.A.A.D.) helps women faculty, especially those associated with women’s studies programs and departments, who are subjected to different types of academic discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
Please support F.A.A.D. in providing assistance to women faculty who experience academic discrimination by making a donation. To make a donation, please send an e-mail message to email@example.com.
In sisterhood, THANK YOU!
The 26th Anniversary F.A.A.D. Fund Raising Dinner took place June 28, 2007 in St. Charles, Illinois,the site of the NWSA Conference. Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, UNESCO Chair of Mathematics and Economics and Prof. of Statistics at Columbia University-New York (standing) was the guest speaker and recipient of the “SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE” Award for her struggle to help women faculty gain equity at her institution.
Join us Nov 8 -11 at the 2012 NWSA Conference in the Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, California (1001 Broadway). Please visit the F.A.A.D. Table in the Book Exhibit area, come to the F.A.A.D. Business Meeting, and attend the FAAD-sponsored session.
SESSION: “The Corporatization of the U.S. Academy: Without Diversity and Women’s Studies As We Know It”
DAY: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, TIME: 5:20-6:35 p.m., LOCATION: Oakland Marriott Grand Ballroom G
MODERATOR: Sharon Leder (Feminists Against Academic Discrimination)
PRESENTERS: Betty J. Harris (University of Oklahoma, Norman); Ines Shaw (Nassau Community College); Rebecca Chase (Illinois State University); Pramila Venkateswaran (Nassau Community College); Ayse Daye (Towson University and Center for Transnational Women’s Issues)
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Participants will discuss how corporatization affects women’s studies programs/departments and how it leads to cases of bullying, harassment, and termination of staff members and of international and minority faculty in Women’s Studies, based on discrimination obscured by economic conditions.Rationale:U.S. universities’ and colleges’ increasing adherence to a corporate model involves the growth of computer technologies, the sciences and professional schools. Public funding is shrinking, academic programs rely increasingly on “soft” money, faculty and staff workloads have increased with no increased compensation, and universities rely more on non-tenured and part-time instructors. Students become victims of the profit motive. Pedagogical considerations are secondary to profit or short-term gain, and faculty are treated as factory workers and supervisors. Corporatizing also privileges conservative curriculum and employees, and provides justification for discrimination against programs and faculty that challenge “US domestic and foreign policies, class, race, and gender arrangements, normative cultural practices, and our much vaunted national mythology of American exceptionalism” (Annette Kolodny, “Thirty Years and Still Fighting: A Founder’s Perspective,” 2011). Kolodny’s critique, which began in 1998 with “Failing the Future: A Dean Looks at High Education in the 21st Century,” has become prescient. The organization she began, Feminists Against Academic Discrimination, is witnessing the disproportionate negative impact of financial exigency on the rights of feminist faculty and the actual gradual modification and eventual elimination of Women’s Studies, largely through various defunding mechanisms. In this roundtable, participants will discuss the effects of corporatization on women’s studies, programs/departments, staff, students, and faculty. They will also show how corporatization leads to cases of bullying, harassment, and termination of international and minority faculty and staff members in Women’s Studies, based on discrimination obscured by economic conditions.
BUSINESS MEETING - Sat. Nov. 10, 9:25-10:40 a.m., Oakland Marriott Kaiser
Please visit this site again for future announcements!