Category Archives: Press Release

Announcing New and Continuing Officers

WCAAUP is pleased to announce it’s newly elected officers for 2015-17:

  • Cheryl Swift Vice President (2015-2017)
  • Joyce Kaufman Secretary Treasurer (2015-2017)
  • Ivannia Soto At Large (2015-2016)

Continuing in their roles will be:

  • Anne Sebanc President (2014-2016)
  • Bob Marks Past President

Officers are elected by current members of the Whittier College chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Money Matters at Whittier

Money Matters at Whittier College
Understanding Whittier College’s Finances

May 15th, 2014
Club 88
9 – 10:30 am

Presented by Dr. Howard Bunsis
Chair, AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress

Sponsored by WCAAUP \& AAUP

Howard Bunsis received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, his J.D. from Fordham, and his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bunsis is also an acclaimed teacher and accomplished scholar.   Using 990s, IPEDS, bond rating agencies, and other available documents,Professor Bunsis will provide a detailed analysis of Whittier College’s financial resources and operations in order to help. Whittier Employees (faculty, staff, and administration) and Trustees understand the college’s budget in the context of higher education.

2014 Member Survey

2014 Member Survey of Service and Contribution

member survey 2014

In April 2014, the Whittier College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors  (WCAAUP) conducted its first survey about its members and their engagement on campus and in the Whittier community.  The results show that WCAAUP’s membership is active, engaged, and has a positive outlook about Whittier College’s future.

WCAAUP members come from all levels of the professoriate.  Tenured, tenure-track and adjunct professors make up its ranks.  33% of the respondents have been at Whittier 0-7 years, 46% 8-15 years, and 21% more than 15.  About 1/3 of Whittier College faculty are members of AAUP.

WCAAUP Take an Active Role in Leadership
Service at Whittier is naturally a part of our job, but taking on the extra responsibility of chairing committees and bringing about change is largely voluntary.  The survey demonstrates the degree to which WCAAUP members contribute their time and energy, showing that our members far exceed the baseline expectations for service.  In fact, WCAAUP members are among the most generous and most active members of the campus community.  71% of WCAAUP members have chaired a committee, 67% have chaired a department, and 63% have brought policy changes to the faculty for approval.  In short, WCAAUP members not only believe in the college, they believe in making a difference.

WCAAUP Members Contribute
In addition to contributing their time and effort in exceptional ways, WCAAUP members have cumulatively donated more than 30 thousand dollars to Whittier College, and this number does not include estate planning or other planned giving in the future.   For those members that give regularly, the average yearly gift is 640 dollars.  In all, 50% of our members have given money, and 33% contribute annually.  It should also be noted that 65% of WCAAUP members report being active in the larger Whittier community.

Grants and Gifts
On top of personal donations, WCAAUP members have raised (or played significant roles in raising) money for external grants and gifts to the college.  25% of WCAAUP members report getting external funds over the last 7 years, raising a total of 1.97 million dollars in gifts and grants.  These monies go to funding salaries and the overall bottom line of the college.

WCAAUP Members Have a Positive Outlook
When asked how they feel about the future potential of the college, WCAAUP membership is overwhelmingly positive.  Though members had a somewhat critical stance about present circumstances, only 16% report a negative outlook going into the future. In fact, an overwhelming 84% of WCAAUP members believed that Whittier College is going to be as good or better in the future.  This positive outlook is probably highly correlated with WCAAUP members proven record in contributing time, effort and money to the college, and a belief in the potential to bring change.

Our first annual survey reaffirms both the description and mission of WCAAUP as an organization “dedicated to advancing the academic mission of Whittier College by supporting a sustainable model of education and shared governance.”

About the Whittier Chapter of AAUP
Re-established in September 2013, WCAAUP is a subsidiary chapter of the AAUP (the American Association of University Professors),  a professional organization established in 1915 for the purpose of protecting academic freedom, pursuing effective shared governance of colleges and universities, and advocating that colleges and universities provide adequate compensation to faculty to make the profession attractive.  These ideas and goals are spelled out in the “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure,” which can be found in the Whittier College Faculty Handbook, Appendix 1.  Whittier College had an active AAUP chapter in the 1970s, and AAUP guidelines were instrumental in the establishment of key aspects of our faculty governance system.

Membership in the Whittier College chapter of AAUP is open Whittier College Academic Staff, Adjuncts, Librarians, Visiting Professors and Faculty.

Letter Sent to Quaker Campus

To: The QC Editor

Re: “Adjunct professors begin to organize for unionization” (QC October 17, 2013)


As adjunct professors come to play a larger role in the Whittier College curriculum, the issues that they face become the issues that we all face.  Helping Whittier College be a place of employment that values adjuncts is also in all of our interests.  For these reasons, the Whittier College Chapter of AAUP supports our adjunct colleagues’ efforts to improve their terms of employment, which may include the formation of a union should they choose to do so, to voice and further their interests. We also invite all adjunct professors to join our Whittier College Chapter of AAUP.




Robert Marks

Acting President

Whittier College Chapter of AAUP


Faculty at Whittier College reconstituted an Advocacy Chapter of AAUP (the American Association of University Professors) after almost a thirty-year hiatus. The College had an active AAUP chapter in the 1970s and 1980s, and AAUP guidelines were instrumental to tenure and promotion policies and other principles of the Whittier College Faculty Handbook that remain in practice today.  One member of both the former and revived chapter, Joseph Price, Genevieve S. Connick Professor of Religious Studies, reflected, “More than thirty years ago when I accepted my first faculty position, two senior colleagues at Whittier encouraged me to join them as members of AAUP.  I did and benefited greatly, learning strong ways to work on behalf of faculty. Now that a Whittier chapter of AAUP has been reconstituted, I have enthusiastically re-affiliated with several long-time friends and a new generation of colleagues to promote faculty well-being.”

The Whittier chapter will support the policies and goals of the national association, including advancing the standards, ideals, utility and welfare of the profession. Robert B. Marks, the Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History and Environmental Studies is serving as Interim President of the Whittier Chapter of AAUP and formally announced AAUP’s recognition of the chapter on Thursday October 3, 2013.  “Bob” Marks said, “The re-establishment of the Whittier College AAUP Chapter will bring positive attention to the college and focus on the strengths of the academic program. Faculty at Whittier College work incredibly closely with our students to produce global citizens but they also are productive scholars, fundraisers, and part-time administrators. AAUP recognizes the many hats faculty wear and the protections and benefits they deserve.”

Elizabeth Sage, Interim Secretary-Treasurer and Associate Professor of History agrees, “The changing higher education landscape presents us with unique challenges and also unique opportunities. It is imperative that faculty work closely with all members of the college community from trustees to adjuncts and staff to live up to the mission of the college.” The chapter is already very active with scheduled events during alumni weekend October 18-20. Please visit our website for upcoming events.

About the AAUP
The AAUP’s purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. From:

Whittier College Mission Statement
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. From: