2014 News

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 | Why We’re On Strike

Lennard Davis and Walter Benn Michaels of the University of Chicago Illinois' United Faculty (AAUP/AFT) explain why "We have to end the divide-and-conquer mentality of corporate management and realize again the perennial message of labor and unions—we’re all in this together."

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

02.18.2014 | 2-Day Faculty Strike Is Set to Begin on Tuesday at U. of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Chicago are scheduled to begin a two-day walkout on Tuesday, after failing to reach a contract agreement with administrators, according to a union announcement and reports in the Chicago newspapers. The union, UIC United Faculty (AFT/AAUP), was certified in 2012 and represents some 1,150

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