Vice President for Academics

Mark Ferrara, Oneonta Vice President for Academics

Thank you for electing me to the positions of Vice President for Academics and Academic Delegate (2021-2023). My previous work with UUP Oneonta includes serving as interim Membership Officer, Contingent Officer, and Chief Negotiator. As Contingent Officer, I worked with part-time faculty members to resolve problems on a case-by-case basis, raised awareness about the shortcomings of the contingency model, and met with management bi-monthly to resolve part-time concerns. As Chief Negotiator, I helped to finalize the Adjunct MOU and to revise Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure guidelines. My hope for the next two years is to build on that work by contributing to a variety of efforts to improve working conditions for faculty.

As a scholar of literary and cultural studies, I have written five books, including Palace of Ashes (Johns Hopkins UP) and American Community (Rutgers UP), and published eleven single-author, peer-reviewed journal articles. Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta, I taught for Kyungnam University in South Korea, Fudan University in China, and Middle East Technical University in Turkey (on a Fulbright scholarship). I directed the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program at Drake University from 2004 to 2007 and was appointed Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley during the spring 2015 semester.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any thoughts, questions, or concerns. We are working for you in these challenging times.