The University of Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Association of University Professors


About Our Pitt AAUP Chapter

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By Philip K. Wion

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By Mark B. Ginsburg and Philip K. Wion
  About our President, Beverly Gaddy
Associate Professor of Political Science, Greensburg campus
  • Beverly has been President of Pitt-AAUP since January 2011.  She is also a member of the Pennsylvania AAUP Committee on College and Business Governance (Committee T) and has presented at conferences of the National AAUP.
  • Beverly is immediate past-president of the Faculty Senate at Pitt’s Greensburg campus, where she has been since 2003.  She has been active on several other committees and student organizations at Greensburg.
  • On Pitt’s Oakland campus Beverly serves on the Senate Council, Faculty Assembly, University Planning and Budget Committee, Senate Budget Policies Committee and Gender Discrimination Subcommittee.
  • Beverly teaches courses in American Politics and Political Theory. Her scholarly interests range from voting behaviors and voting rights in the U.S. to theories in religion and politics.  She is currently working on a book relating the political theologies of Søren Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  About our Secretary-Treasurer, Philip K. Wion
Associate Professor of English, Emeritus, Oakland campus
  • Phil obtained his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College in 1963, and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1967.
  • Phil has been a member of the AAUP since his arrival at Pitt in 1967.  He also joined the Pitt AFT local when it was formed, and as its president played a leading role in its merger with Pitt's AAUP chapter to form the United Faculty in 1982.  Phil served as UF president until 1992; since then he has been treasurer (later secretary/treasurer) of the UF and now the Pitt AAUP.
  • Phil has served numerous terms on Faculty Assembly, Senate Council, the University Planning and Budgeting Committee, and the Senate Budget Policies Committee.
  • Phil's primary areas of research and teaching were in literature of the English Renaissance and in psychoanalytic literary criticism.  He retired from Pitt in 2009.
  About our Oakland Campus Representative, Maria Kovacs
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Oakland campus
  • Maria received her B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, her M.Ed. from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Maria has been the Oakland Campus Representative for our Pitt AAUP chapter since January, 2011. She has also been a member of the University Senate’s Faculty Assembly since 2010.
  • Maria has been a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, since 1977 and has served on various committees in that department, including the Academic Promotions Committee.
  • Maria’s academic focus has been clinical research, with a primary interest in risk factors for and outcomes of juvenile-onset depressive disorders. She is the Principal Investigator on several grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and is interested in the training of young researchers and post-doctoral research fellows.
  About our Regional Campus Representative, Richard P. Mulcahy
Associate Professor of Social Science-History, Titusville campus
  About our Immediate Past President, John J. Baker
Associate Professor of Oral Biology, Oakland campus
  • John obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1965, Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and worked at the National Institutes of Health before coming to Pitt in 1977.
  • John joined United Faculty in 1994 and for many years was the Oakland Campus Representative.  He was UF's President from 2007-2010, and has written many articles on faculty salary and budget issues.
  • John has served on numerous departmental, university and Senate committees, including Faculty Assembly and Senate Council.  He served three terms as President of the University of Pittsburgh Senate from 2006 to 2009, and still serves on the Senate’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.
  • John currently serves as a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees’ Budget Committee, is the Chair of the Senate Budget Policies Committee, serves on the University Planning and Budget Committee, is a member of the Senate’s Executive Committee, and is the Executive Committee liaison to the Senate Benefits and Welfare Committee, Admissions and Student Aid Committee and Bylaws and Planning Committee.
  • John's main research interest is periodontal disease; he teaches microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases to dental students, nursing students, dental hygiene students and other health sciences students.

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This website went online August 11, 2011, and was last revised August 11, 2011.