Thursday, August 10, 2017

NFA-UNLV ready for 2017-2018 academic year

NFA worked hard in the 2017 legislative session-- you can see our wrap-up here, and some previous reports here and here (all reports can be found on the NFA website). We are proud of what we accomplished in the realm of faculty compensation and are already planning for the 2019 session.

The NFA-UNLV Chapter is looking forward to advocating for faculty and students at NSHE and with UNLV Administration in the upcoming non-legislative year.

The NFA-UNLV Chapter officers for 2017-2018 are:

Sandra Owens, School of Social Work, President
Nate Bynum, Department of Theatre, Vice President
Al Izzolo, College of Hotel Administration, Secretary

Monday, October 10, 2016

NFA-UNLV Facebook group

NFA-UNLV Chapter President Sandra Owens and Organizer Steven Cohen created a new NFA-UNLV Facebook group.

You can find Facebook group at:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Message from new NFA-UNLV President Sandra Owens

Dear NFA-UNLV Chapter Members,

Welcome back for the fall 2016 semester! During the summer we held elections and I am pleased to announce our slate of new chapter officers:
Sandra Owens, President;
Al Izzolo, Vice President;
Barbara Luke, Treasurer;
and Nate Bynum, Secretary

We are all long time members of the chapter and we are honored and eager to serve you. We are inviting all members and potential members to our first chapter meeting of the semester. The meeting will be held at noon on Friday, September 23, 2016 in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Dean’s Conference Room, 5th floor. Come to the meeting to discuss our/your plans for the chapter, and to enjoy a lunch that will be catered by Stefano’s Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine.

This year our UNLV chapter and NV state activities will continue to be focused on advancing the academic freedom, shared governance and financial security of full-time and part-time faculty and academic staff through advocacy, organizing, and nurturing strong alliances

NFA-UNLV has a membership seat on the UNLV President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and we will continue to be active participants in the PAC discussions and decisions of the UNLV President and his cabinet members. At our membership meeting we will discuss items that members what me to bring to the next PAC meeting. In August the NFA state board met in Reno and among other items we accepted the endorsement recommendations from the members of our Southern and Northern Political Action Committees. Come to the meeting to learn the details of the endorsed races and the various amounts of money we have thus far donated to individual candidates. We will also have a couple of as yet unendorsed candidates attend the meeting.

As your new NFA - UNLV chapter president I am committed to improving the employment experiences of our faculty via confidential consultations, supportive advocacy, and policy change. And I invite you to contact me in confidence regarding any matter that may be of concern to you or your colleagues. We want to hear about the problems, solutions, questions, and successes related to your working conditions as UNLV faculty, academic professionals and graduate students. Thank you in advance for your time and energy to be focused our NFA activities in the coming year.

In Solidarity,

Sandra Owens, NFA - UNLV President (702) 612-6371
David Steel, NFA Nevada Executive Director ( Steven Cohen, NFA - UNLV Part-time Organizer (

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NFA-UNLV table at new faculty orientation

NFA-UNLV President Sandra Owens and former President John Farley, along with NFA Executive Director David Steel, tabled at the UNLV new faculty orientation. The strength of NFA-UNLV comes from its members, and Owens and Farley were keen to explain the collective and individual benefits of membership to new faculty. NFA-UNLV is looking forward to building momentum this year and this event was the first step.

Thursday, October 1, 2015



1. The NFA protects academic freedom.

2.  The NFA advocates for faculty to the administration.

3.  The NFA provides a voice for faculty and higher education in the Nevada Legislature.

4.  The NFA is an advocate and watchdog for decent faculty salary and benefits and, for several years, has had an NFA member on the PEBP Board.

5.  The NFA provides legal advice and representation for members.

6.   The NFA was directly involved in originally establishing the NSHE merit pool, and competitive salaries for faculty.

7.  The NFA is the Nevada affiliate of the American Association of University Professors, the longest existing national organization advocating for faculty.

8. NFA members receive the AAUP publication ACADEME, and the NFA publication ALLIANCE that keeps members up to date on national and state faculty employment issues.

9. NFA-UNLV has a track record of success.

10. NFA-UNLV needs your support to grow stronger.

For more information, contact:
John Farley, NFA-UNLV President

or see:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Statement from an NFA member

" I would like to thank you and the other members of the NFA leadership for the advice and counsel during the last academic year regarding Faculty-in-Residence workload issues.  I appreciated receiving objective and fact-based opinions that assisted in resolving the issue amicably."  

Prof X, UNLV