2012-2013 Officer Biographies and RIT AAUP Vision Statements

President: Jack Beck[Phone: (585) 475-2761, Email:]

Biography: This is my 21st year at RIT, constituting most of my professional career. An Associate Professor, I have been a program chair in CIAS for 15 years, actively involved in all facets of the School of Film & Animation. I received an MA and MFA in Comm. Studies and Film/Video Production, respectively. I remain active as an artist and writer.

In recent years, I have taught filmmaking abroad in Croatia and Paris, and filmed environmental docs in Manitoba and Panama, but I see Rochester as a permanent home, and RIT as an exceptional academic setting.

Vision: Formerly, I sat on the Academic Senate and the Institute Council. I have served on multiple committees, chairing several: search, tenure, policy and curricular. Currently I am on the RIT Grievance Committee deliberating on issues important to all faculty.

My colleagues and students have made this experience most rewarding. Securing that success for the future is an imperative. I believe we all can have good intentions, but individuals and agencies can be misdirected or misaligned in the complexity of an institute of many disciplines and strata. To say that some are not heard, or not understood, amongst the chains of command and lines of communication would be true in any such environment.

The AAUP is a forum governed by passion and rationality, and comprised of sincere and noble faculty seeking to support some of the ablest among us.

(Years ago) my existentialism professor taught me that diversity, pluralism and peace are essential elements, not just to an organization’s success, but to the world’s. I (we) can only humbly ‘begin at home’.

Vice President: Open

Secretary: OPEN

Treasurer: Dr. Aaron McGowan [Email:]

Biography: Now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. McGowan earned his B.S. (2003) in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. (2007) in High Energy Physics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. McGowan completed two years as a Lab Graduate Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory while finishing his dissertation. He served on the physics faculty at St. John Fisher College as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2010. He joined the experimental neutrino physics group at the University of Rochester upon completion of his Ph.D. and has worked on the MINERvA experiment since then, including as a postdoctoral Research Associate from 2010 to 2011. Dr. McGowan's recent research activities include developing a tracking algorithm optimized for finding short and steep particle tracks in the MINERvA detector, calibrating the detector, and developing analysis tools to study the neutral-current elastic scattering of neutrinos on nucleons. He joined the physics department at RIT as a Lecturer in the fall of 2011 and enjoys teaching both the University Physics sequence (PHYS211/212) and the Experimental Physics courses Modern Lab (PHYS315) and Advanced Lab (PHYS316) . While at Cornell, he acted as Treasurer for two years for the Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity.

Vision: At RIT, I have served on the Academic Affairs Committee, the College of Science Promotion Committee, and the Physics Teaching Observation Committee, and have twice chaired the Physics Lecturer Search Committee. I enjoy work that addresses the needs of adjunct and other non-tenure track faculty, as this group often bears a workload that is incongruent with their compensation and benefits. I have served as Treasurer for RIT's AAUP chapter since 2012 because I have benefited from the friendships I gained from the chapter, and I enjoy giving back to the group with my service.