VHEAD 2019

Dear colleagues,

The Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the Faculty Senate of Virginia invite you to join us on Thursday, January 10, 2019, for the annual Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Virginia state capitol. We will once again visit the offices of our state legislators to advocate for our interests and the interests of higher education in the Commonwealth.

If you can, bring a student or three with you! Legislators always enjoy meeting with our students.

Our key legislative issues are still being worked out. The budget is of course always a top concern, and we have been discussing how best to address longer-term issues such as effective planning for the predicted precipitous decline in the number of traditional college-age students in the coming decade (the so called “demographic cliff.”) I will let all of you know when our position papers have been finalized.

We will as always be active in support of legislation that would improve higher education and faculty status, and oppose legislation that would reduce the quality of higher education and/or erode faculty status and working conditions.


Thanks to our colleagues at VCU for again hosting VHEAD. The draft schedule will be posted here soon.


FSVA will provide limited travel grants for faculty and/or students who will be attending VHEAD on January 10, 2019, but are not receiving travel support from their school. The travel grants will cover part or all of mileage and parking. Travel grant proposals should be sent to the FSVA President, Anand Rao (arao at umw.edu), by January 7, 2019, and should include:

  • names of those traveling to VHEAD, noting faculty or student
  • school(s) represented
  • support requested, including expected mileage and parking fees

Final funding decisions will be made by the FSVA President and Treasurer.