Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure

Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work

Statement addressing some of the current issues facing faculty members as they seek to integrate family obligations and academic work.  It recommends principles and guidelines for formulating appropriate policies and practices regarding family leaves, modified teaching schedules, "stopping the tenure clock," and institutional assistance for family responsibilities.

 

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession

Report examing the costs to academic freedom incurred by the current trend toward overreliance on part and full-time non-tenure-track faculty.  The report recommends that for the good of institutions, of the educational experiences of students, and of the quality of education, the proportion of tenured and tenure-track faculty should be increased.

 

Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications

Report applying principles of academic freedom to the use of electronic and digital communications in academia.

Nonreappointment & Full-Time Renewable Term Appointments

Report addressing the applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to all full-time faculty members on renewable term appointments.

Institutional Review Boards and Social Science Research

Report addressing the government’s rules for protecting human beings who are the subjects of social science research.  It offers suggestions for the improvement of IRB practices and recommendations.

Research on Human Subjects: Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board

2006 report addressing aspects of the federal government’s regulations for research on human subjects that constitute a threat to academic freedom.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Greenville College

Report concerning due process and academic freedom at Greenville College, a religiously affiliated institution.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: New Mexico Highlands University

Report concerning tenure denial, academic freedom, due process and the role of faculty in governance at New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University: A Case of Denial of Tenure

Report concerning tenure denial by the board of regents of New Mexico Highlands University

Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of South Florida

Report dealing with actions taken by the administration and the governing board of the University of South Florida against Dr. Sami Al-Arian and deals with academic freedom, due process, extramural utterances, and national security.

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