2015 AAUP In the News

02.20.2015 | Faculty SOS

Henry Reichman, professor emeritus of history at California State University at East Bay and chair, Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure at the American Association of University Professors -- which is singled out in the report as one of the groups that can help drive change -- said that tenure can’t be underestimated in any such discussions.

02.19.2015 | Who Is Being Political?

Jim Carmichael, a professor of library and information studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and president of the state conference of the American Association of University Professors, called the committee's vote to kill the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity an attack on academic freedom. "This is completely ideological," he said. "It sends a clear message to faculty members that our freedom of speech is endangered."

02.18.2015 | More Than Adjuncts

Henry Reichman, chair of the AAUPs’ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said there was a lot to like about the new Denver policy, including its strong protections of academic freedom and endorsement of tenure. But he said he also had some concerns, including why -- if the teaching professional series was supposed to honor strong academics -- they wouldn’t be put on the tenure track.

02.12.2015 | At Last, Private Sector Faculty Get Green Light to Unionize

“Our strategy is to look at faculty work, and not so much who’s doing the work,” said AAUP Executive Director Julie Schmid. “We believe the people doing the work of the faculty should be organized together, whether adjunct, tenure-track, or full-time, non-tenure track.”

02.11.2015 | Strengthening the Faculty's Role in Governance

Commenting on a flow chart that exhibited the governance structure at Virginia Tech, the AAUP's Donna Young said, "It appears, at least from this diagram, that the faculty senate has no place in the governance of the university. From an AAUP perspective, that is a very serious situation.”

02.11.2015 | Flurry of Complaints at College Openings

“How is anyone supposed to get to class?” said Boston College professor Susan Michalczyk, who is president of the school’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “You can’t walk on the sidewalks. There’s no place to park. The T is shut down."

02.10.2015 | Who Grades Deans?

"The AAUP says in its Statement on Faculty Participation in the Selection, Evaluation and Retention of Administrators that all 'All decisions on retention and nonretention of administrators should be based on institutionalized and jointly determined procedures which include significant faculty involvement'"

02.10.2015 | Women, Minorities Face Prejudice in Academia

Citing an AAUP study, this columnist concludes,"As these data clearly show, there is no question that institutions of higher education need to be more proactive in promoting both opportunities and equity for both women and minorities in their ranks. To be successful, those undertakings must be initiated by the leadership of those institutions."