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David Chapman

I have been employed in the Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts since the summer of 1999, where, as a PTL, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, performance practice, and ethnomusicology. I have also taught courses in the Anthropology Department and in the English Writing Program at Rutgers New Brunswick. In addition to my teaching activities, I am the author of the monograph Bruckner and the Generalbass Tradition and have contributed articles and reviews to various scholarly journals. I am also an active performer, specializing in historically informed instruments and practices.

I have served on the Rutgers PTL Executive Board for the past seven years. I have held my current position as Vice President of the Chapter since 2017. In this capacity, I have served as Chair of the Health Benefits Committee and also been a member of the Joint Committee for Evaluation and Career Advancement and the Committee for Online Teaching. Based on research into practices and procedures at other Big Ten universities, I have provided testimony to these committees and have testified regarding this research before the New Jersey State Assembly.

As a member of the bargaining team for the latest round of contract negotiations, I am pleased that we were able to come away from the bargaining table with significant gains related to career advancement, pay raises, and job security. The new structure of PTL employment allows for the first time the possibility of advancement to different levels of employment with commensurate compensation. We intend to build on the research into best practices of comparable institutions that informed the improvements found in the new contract and improve on the gains that we have established there in the next contract. I look forward to continuing this work in the position of Vice President of the PTL Chapter. This is a crucial period for labor unions in this country, and I hope, with the rest of the members of our slate, to be able expand on the progress that we have made thus far.

 

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