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An historical documentation on the origin and establishment of faculty collective bargaining at Hofstra University


2004 2004

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The purpose of this study was to understand and describe the origin and establishment of faculty collective bargaining at Hofstra University. Analysis focused on documents found in the Hofstra University archives and oral histories conducted with former and current faculty members, administrators, trustees and lawyers who experienced the origin and establishment of faculty collective bargaining at Hofstra University.

The data indicated that a change in institutional culture, an unsuccessful president, salary inequalities, and the resolve of a professional organization (AAUP) were important factors in faculty adoption of collective bargaining. The Hofstra University institutional culture changed during the decade of the 1960s with the rapid shift from local commuter college to regional residential university at the same time that there was a change in presidential leadership. The faculty identified external inequities in their pay compared to other institutions and, internally, there were inequities caused by practices institutionalized during the John Cranford Adams presidency and carried over to the Clifford L. Lord presidency. President Lord's inability to control the financial crisis and the staff that surrounded him contributed to faculty loss of confidence in the president. The change in institutional culture, an unsuccessful president and inequality of salaries provided a forum for the AAUP leadership who used the opportunity to form a faculty collective bargaining unit.

Therefore, the prevailing explanations of increased governance and better working conditions for faculty collective bargaining at institutions of higher education may be necessary, but not sufficient, components of these decisions. This study suggests that institutions that adopt faculty collective bargaining might have additional factors and unique institutional cultures that contribute to these decisions. The findings of this study have implications for former, current, and future faculty members, higher level administrators, and higher education researchers, providing a perspective on faculty collective bargaining in general, and the process at Hofstra University specifically.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
Education history;
Labor relations
Classification
0745: Higher education
0520: Education history
0629: Labor relations
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Collective bargaining; Faculty; Hofstra University; New York
Title
An historical documentation on the origin and establishment of faculty collective bargaining at Hofstra University
Author
Adams, Christopher J.
Number of pages
210
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0086
Source
DAI-A 66/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496952168, 0496952161
Advisor
Shakeshaft, Charol
University/institution
Hofstra University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3161758
ProQuest document ID
305197346
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305197346/abstract
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