January 26, 2010
Contact: Cary Nelson
The American Association of University Professors announces the publication of a new online journal—The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom. This is the first journal devoted entirely to the subject of academic freedom and is funded by the AAUP’s Academic Freedom Fund. AAUP president Cary Nelson is the editor. It is available free of charge to everyone interested in the topic at http://www.academicfreedomjournal.org/index.html.
Some of the essays in the inaugural issue include:
“The Last Indian Standing,” about a decade-long and continuing assault on Native American faculty. “Basically,” remarked one Native American faculty member who would say no more, “`they killed us all.”
“ Hidden (and not so Hidden) New Threats to Faculty Governance,” about a recent university-wide program of politically correct indoctrination: “This so-called `educational’ program was a flagrant violation of students’ rights.”
“The Demise of Shared Governance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” about a university president who shut down a faculty senate when it expanded its membership. The authors call it “a cautionary tale in the annals of declining shared governance across the nation’s institutions of higher education.”
“The AAUP, Academic Freedom, and the Cold War,” a compelling account of a McCarthy-era persecution of a progressive faculty member: “To suspend a man without a hearing is not only unfair but a serious breach of the academic freedom in which we both believe.”
“Ward Churchill at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain,” the most detailed independent analysis of the Ward Churchill case: “It is only by construing academic freedom in the very narrowest of procedural terms that we can conclude it was not violated.”
“Paranoia and Professionalization,” in which a graduate student explains why academic freedom matters: “The general movement toward uniformity across sections of courses prevents graduate students from developing a pedagogy and persona that is tied to their scholarship.”
The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure, academic due process, shared governance and standards of quality in higher education. The AAUP has over 48,000 members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.