AAUP At-Large Chapter

At the June 2019 AAUP Annual Meeting, the membership voted to approve a set of organizational changes as part of the association’s restructuring proposal, including the creation of a new at-large chapter, effective January 1, 2020. The at-large chapter is made up of individual AAUP members who are not eligible for membership in a campus chapter of the AAUP. An overview of restructuring is available here.

The primary purpose of the new at-large chapter is to provide its members with the opportunity to nominate and elect delegates to the AAUP biennial meeting, where the delegates will cast the votes of the chapter in the election of AAUP officers and on other matters. As a national chapter, the at-large chapter does not represent individual members in disputes, nor does it intervene on behalf of its members at their institutions. At-large chapter members are encouraged to form their own campus AAUP chapter if they are interested in addressing specific issues or situations on their campus. 

2023 At-Large officers 

At-Large Chapter Bylaws

Guide for starting a chapter at your campus


(Through June 21, 2023)

Sally Dear-Healey, President
Executive Director, New York State Conference of the AAUP

Steven Finner, Vice President 
Retired, AAUP National  Staff

Rudy Fichtenbaum, Secretary
Professor Emeritus, Wright State University

Reginald Williams, Board Member
Early Childhood Education, SC State University

Tatiana Mann, Board Member
AAUP At-Large Chapter

Ellen Kress, staff

Mariah Quinn, staff

At-Large Chapter Officer Bios

Sally Dear-Healey (President)


Vice President, NYSC AAUP (2012-2016); President, NYSC AAUP (2016-2017); Executive Director, NYSC AAUP (2017-present); Chair, NYSC AAUP Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession (2010 to present); Elected At-Large chapter Delegate to AAUP National (2020-present); Elected District VIII Delegate to AAUP National (2012-2020); Member, AAUP National Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession (2012-2020); The Drake Group Advisory Council (2010-present); The Drake Group Executive Committee (2017-2020); Secretary, The Drake Group (2017-2020); Recipient of the 2010 Robert Maynard Hutchens Award for “courageous defense of academic integrity in collegiate sports.”

Stephen Finner (Vice President)

I have been a member of the AAUP since 1966 when I was a faculty member at the University of Maine.  In 1971, as Vice President of the AAUP Chapter at the University of Delaware, I chaired the successful union organizing drive and served on the first negotiating team and as the first grievance officer of the chapter.  In 1974, I was elected as Vice-Chairperson of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, a position I held until appointed to the staff of the AAUP in 1979.  My staff career started in the then field office in New York City called the "Northeast Regional Office".  In 1985, regional offices were closed and I joined the staff in Washington DC as Director of Collective Bargaining Services, a position I held until my retirement in 2002.  During that time I visited over 300 institutions of higher education assisting in organizing and servicing AAUP chapters, both union and advocacy.

Reginald Williams (Board Member) 

Reginald Harrison Williams, Ph.D., is CAEP Assessment Coordinator, professor, and early childhood coordinator at SC State University. He is the president of the South Carolina Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators and a past President of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children. Governor Henry McMaster appointed him to serve on the Governor's Advisory Board for Child and Day Care Licensing. He currently serves as Vice President for Membership of the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and as a member of the NAEYC Governing Board. Previously he served on the NAEYC Early Childhood Higher Education Accreditation Commission and NAEYC CAEP Audit Team. A SC Certified Early Childhood Teacher, published author, and former public school prekindergarten lead teacher, Dr. Williams is currently researching the use performance-based coaching to train pre-service early childhood primary school teachers that use developmentally appropriate practice who are seeking state initial licensure. He is a SC Certified Master Child care Trainer and Certified Technical Assistance Provider. He is formally trained to administer the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS), for the CLASS Observation Assessment, for the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), and as a High Scope Preschool Curriculum Teacher. Dr. Williams earned his Artium Baccalaureus in English from Duke University, his MAT in Early Childhood Education from SC State University, and his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in infant/toddler curriculum and educational administration. He is married to Shannon Williams (an early childhood special education teacher) and a father of two children, nine-year old Kennedy Madison Williams and seven-year old Reginald Harrison Williams, Jr.