2015 AAUP In the News

10.14.2015 | EMU Faculty Unhappy with University's Presidential Search Process

Eastern Michigan University's Faculty Senate is urging the EMU Board of Regents to give faculty a primary role in its presidential search process and to consider a range of options recommended by the AAUP. The regents' initial plan was to include only one faculty member on the search committee. "[T]he Regents have offered to appoint two more," said Sandy Norton, President of EMU's Faculty Senate. "The Senate doesn't think that's adequate."

10.14.2015 | EMU Faculty Members May Abort Advisory Roles if Presidential Search Kept Private

Responding to faculty concerns about a closed presidential search process, the EMU AAUP chapter voted to pull its sole representative from the advisory committee for the search, and the faculty senate will vote on removing its representative if the process remains confidential. In a speech to regents, EMU AAUP spokesperson Howard Bunsis said, "We're being told that the white smoke is going to come and your president is going to appear, so we'll have no way of knowing anything about him or her and that's not a good way to start."

10.09.2015 | An Attack on Tenure From a Democratic Administration

The Connecticut State University system is entering contract negotiations with a wish list that includes provisions for transferring tenured faculty to other campuses without guaranteeing tenure, making new librarians and counselors ineligible for tenure, and increasing caps on part-time faculty. Vijay Nair, president of CSU's four-campus AAUP chapter, said “I am shocked and bewildered by these proposals . . . We have never seen anything so harsh.”

10.09.2015 | On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On

Many older faculty members remain in tenured positions long past traditional retirement age, even when offered attractive buyout packages. AAUP senior researcher John Barnshaw said, "Faculty are not immune from the larger economic challenges that the U.S. and the larger economy face . . . They maybe had planned to retire because they hit a certain financial threshold, but then they had a setback." He also noted many institutions are eager to replace tenured older faculty with cheaper adjunct faculty.

10.08.2015 | AAUP: Miami U Making a Big Mistake

Miami University and Ohio AAUP leaders Karen Dawisha, Keith Tuma, and John McNay warn that the university's decision to conduct a secret presidential search goes against the norm and undermines shared governance. "What has happened at the University of Iowa is a cautionary tale . . . Miami has a chance to take a different road and to make a choice based on maximum feedback from all concerned parties – faculty, students, staff, alumni and the administration." 

10.07.2015 | Embarrassingly Public Doubt of Our Academic Freedom

The Daily Illini Editorial Board urges students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to consider the implications of  AAUP censure. "Although the list doesn’t affect the University in any physical or legal way, it changes the atmosphere of higher education and the way professionals view the University."

10.06.2015 | National Professor Association to Investigate UI Presidential Search

Responding to faculty concerns about the University of Iowa's recent selection of incoming president J. Bruce Harreld, the AAUP is sending two representatives to conduct an inquiry. Emphasizing that the inquiry will focus on the search process rather than on the candidate's nontraditional qualifications, AAUP associate general secretary Jordan E. Kurland said, “For a major research university of that caliber to have private meetings and things done on the side … the deviation from sound and due process is striking.” 

10.02.2015 | To Sign, or Not to Sign?

Novelist and creative writing professor James Sallis made news when he resigned his Phoenix College teaching position rather than sign Arizona's state loyalty oath. When asked why loyalty oaths, which recall McCarthy-era paranoia, still exist, Hans-Joerg Tiede, a member of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said "not too many people object because they don't want to endanger their jobs.”