Two New Staff Members Join the Association, One Retires
Two new staff members joined the Association this year, and one longtime staff member retired. John Curtis began work as director of the office of research in March. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University and has worked at universities in Germany and Kenya. Curtis, the former director of institutional research at Germanna Community College in Virginia, will have primary responsibility for the Association's annual report on the economic status of the profession. He plans to work to increase the report's usefulness to faculty and to develop a research program in other areas of interest to the Association.
Muriel Poston, a professor of biology at Howard University, joined the Department of Organizing and Services as a faculty organizer, focusing on assistance to advocacy (or traditional) chapters. A longtime AAUP member, Poston is particularly interested in shared governance and academic freedom on campuses serving diverse populations, and has been an active member of the AAUP's Committee on College and University Government. She was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Virginia in 1996-97. Poston has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and recently earned a law degree from the University of Maryland.
"We're pleased to have these two new colleagues, who both have experience as faculty members and a real understanding of higher education, including the administration's point of view," says AAUP general secretary Mary Burgan. …