2014 News

02.28.2014 | Kansas AAUP Pushing for Stronger Patent Rights for Faculty

Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Kansas Conference AAUP president, said the university has every right to patent inventions that faculty create in the course of university research. The problem for him is that mandatory university contracts on intellectual property are binding through the entire year, including the summers, when many faculty leave.

02.28.2014 | PSU Faculty Protest, Get Student Support

Hundreds of Portland State University professors and students rallied Thursday to gain support for a new contract. Also, see Epoch Times KOIN 6, and Northwest Cable News for a video and more pictures.

02.26.2014 | Termination of 55 Programs Made in Haste

The executive committee of the University of Akron AAUP wrote a letter to the editor expressing disappointed that the paper would endorse the proposed termination of 55 programs. The decision to terminate was made in haste, without faculty input, without an indication of where funds might be reallocated, and without even clear explanations for which programs were singled out.

02.24.2014 | Higher Ed's Low-Wage Instructors

Angela Brommel, president of the Nevada Faculty Alliance, told the Gazette Journal, "Students need continuous contact with faculty, but part-time faculty often don’t have offices and they aren’t compensated for office hours.” Part-time faculty try to meet with their students. “But some of them don’t have much time because they’re working other jobs to make ends meet.”

02.21.2014 | UNH Lecturers Vote to Unionize

Lecturers at the University of New Hampshire voted to unionize Thursday, with 86 percent favoring union representation. By a 141 to 23 vote, the lecturers agreed to form UNH Lecturers United-AAUP, an affiliate of the national group known as the Association of American University Professors.

02.21.2014 | Academic Prioritization—An Attack on Tenure

"The new fad of prioritizing academic programs is spreading across North America. My own school—the University of Alaska Anchorage—is undertaking an effort at academic prioritization. So it’s high time we take a critical look at this process euphemistically called 'academic prioritization.'"

02.20.2014 | Faculty Not On Tenure Track Rises Steadily

NPR talks about the rise in academic contingency and the strike at UIC, involving tenure-track and non-tenure-track members of the UIC United Faculty (AAUP/AFT).

02.19.2014 | Agreement on Cuts at Bowling Green State

Under the agreement, those faculty members who have worked at Bowling Green full-time for four or more years will be offered severance packages based on salary and years of servic