Feminist Issues Committee (FIC)

2016 Delegate Assembly Awards 

Two women faculty members were honored by the IFO Board of Directors and Feminist Issues Committee at the April 1 Delegate Assembly Banquet for their dedicated service to the organization.

On behalf of the IFO Board of Directors, Feminist Issues Committee (FIC) Co-Chair Laurie Blunsom of Minnesota State University Moorhead presented the IFO Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to the IFO by a Woman Member to Southwest Minnesota State University faculty member Vicky Brockman for her dedication and exceptional service to the IFO. Dr. Brockman has served in many leadership positions for the union, most recently as the Faculty Association President at SMSU. In this capacity, Vicky has been an excellent leader on women’s issues at the institution, working to change a culture of bullying that existed on campus. She also leads the strategic planning efforts at SMSU and serves on the local campus Feminist Issues Committee. Vicky Brockman has been a strong advocate for GLBT community on the SMSU campus and serves as the advisor for the GLBT Student Organization. As an IFO Board member, Vicky volunteered her time to work on many critical subcommittees of the Board and was a role model for newer Board members. Dr. Brockman has been an active member of the State IFO and served in many important roles, including as SMSU’s representative to the IFO statewide Feminist Issues Committee and Salary Equity Committee, and the joint IFO MnSCU Salary Review Committee. The many years of Dr. Brockman’s exemplary service made the IFO a better organization and a stronger union.

Tamara Berg, IFO Board representative from Winona State University and Board Liaison to the FIC, recognized the Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Advancement in MnSCU by Metropolitan State University faculty member Nancy J. Black for her six years of outstanding service as President of the Inter Faculty Organization and for her many other accomplishments. Dr. Black is the only IFO President to serve 3 terms and to sign 4 IFO contracts with MnSCU. After serving two terms as an effective IFO President ending in 2008, the membership again sought her leadership and elected her to serve as IFO President from July 2012- June 2014. As IFO President, Nancy’s priorities included domestic partner benefits, salary equity and transparency in faculty placement on the salary schedule. Nancy also saw improving faculty salaries as a core responsibility and contract agreements included record increases of 8.7% and 11.2%.  Nancy Black also served for two years as an IFO Academic Affairs Coordinator dealing with issues of policies and procedures with MnSCU. While at Metro, Nancy co-founded the Social Science Department, developed its major and curriculum, and was chair for the first nine years. She was active in local campus governance including dozens of search committees (Administrative and Faculty), task forces and local governance committees, and a leader on the Metro State women’s commission, chair of the Women’s History Month Planning Committee and a member of the Women’s Studies Consortium. Dr. Black made great strides in improving the lives of women faculty through her visionary leadership and her tireless energy.  

The IFO Feminist Issues Committee is especially grateful for the efforts of these women faculty members on behalf of their colleagues.

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