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Chatham Faculty United hearings resume for fourth week

Dr. Lisa Lambert finishes time on witness stand after 50 hours
Carson Gates
Chatham Faculty United Update

The ninth day of the Regional National Labor Relations Board hearing for Chatham Faculty United resumed on April 1 after about a week break. 

Dr. Lisa Lambert started the hearing on the witness stand and has been on the stand since the beginning of the hearing. The Vice President of Academic Affairs has given nearly 50 hours of testimony since she was first brought to the witness stand. 

What was asked

Dr. Lambert was asked by the University’s lawyers how much say faculty have in deciding changes to academic programs and policy. 

Dr. Lambert was asked to testify about examples of changes made to the curriculum, majors offered and teaching methods used.  She also testified about the administrative responsibilities of specific individuals in the roles of program directors, associate program directors and department chairs. 

The University’s lawyers asked about faculty authority in budgeting, enrollment, evaluating faculty performance and resolving faculty grievances.

The April 1 hearing marked the end of Dr. Lambert’s time on the witness stand. The cross-examination lasted around 90 minutes and focused on the faculty manual.

What is next

Dr. Edith Barrett was then called to the witness stand to round out the rest of the day’s hearing.

It is currently unknown how long this hearing will last, or how much the University is paying for its lawyers. The Communiqué will continue to cover this hearing until its conclusion.

Hearings will resume at 9 a.m. on April 2.

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Kyle Ferreira
Kyle Ferreira, Contributing Writer
Kyle Ferreira 25' is a Media Arts major with a concentration in photography. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kyle chose Chatham because it is a bastion of tranquility and natural beauty in the heart of the city, and because the size of the University lends itself to a more personal experience of higher education. An avid photographer, Kyle believes in the power of visual storytelling for documentary and journalistic endeavors. Kyle seeks to incorporate compelling visuals with the Communique's written stories. He considers photography and the visual arts to be an essential tool for capturing the attention of an audience and engaging them with stories. In his free time, Kyle enjoys exploring the city or hiking in the wilderness with his camera as his guide. His passion for photography motivates Kyle to perfect his craft, for there is always more to learn and new places to see.
Carson Gates
Carson Gates, Editor in Chief
Carson Gates ’25 is a Communications major with a concentration in journalism. Carson is from the Buffalo, New York area, and chose Chatham University for its quiet and homey feel on campus, while also being smack dab in a major city. Carson is the editor-in-chief for the Communqiué, and when he writes, he writes primarily for the sports section but has been known to dabble in other areas as well. While being a writer, Carson is the host for the Communqiué podcast in the quad, the "Quadcast." Carson is also a goalie for Chatham's men's ice hockey team. Carson Gates can be reached best at [email protected] or via Instagram or Twitter @gatesy35.

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