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AAUP Updates

AAUP president Irene Mulvey issued a statement on September 9 calling on faculty and administrations to condemn President Trump's attack on critical race theory and to actively support the work of critical race theorists and other academics who offer indispensable resources for understanding the past and present and for building a more racially just society.

The AAUP sent a letter to the president of Illinois Wesleyan University and to the chair of the university's board of trustees regarding action taken by the board to discontinue programs in anthropology, French, Italian, and religious studies and potential termination of tenured appointments. 

The AAUP’s Committee on Contingency and the Profession has issued a statement with recommendations and resources for the higher education community.

AAUP president Irene Mulvey has issued a statement of solidarity with medical faculty who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. AAUP members and supporters can send a message of support and donate personal protective equipment.

In a mail ballot election, AAUP chapter and section delegates have elected Irene Mulvey of Fairfield University as the new president of the 105-year-old faculty-led organization. Paul Davis of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College was elected as vice president, and Christopher Sinclair of the University of Oregon was elected as secretary-treasurer. Chapter and section delegates also elected Nivedita Majumdar and Glinda Rawls as at-large Council members.

The AAUP released today a new research report, Policies on Academic Freedom, Dismissal for Cause, Financial Exigency, and Program Discontinuance, that examines the prevalence of AAUP-supported policies in faculty handbooks and collective bargaining agreements at four-year institutions that have a tenure system. 

The AAUP joined over seventy other higher education organizations yesterday in submitting an amicus brief, prepared by the American Council on Education (ACE), in support of a legal challenge filed by Harvard University and MIT against the US Department of Homeland Security in the US District Court in Massachusetts to prevent DHS’s July 6 directive, which rescinds a prior COVID-19 exemption for international students participating in online education, from taking effect.

The AAUP joins many other higher education organizations and colleagues in the labor movement in calling on the Trump administration to allow all international students to obtain or retain visas to continue their education at US institutions, regardless of whether they participate remotely, in person, or through a hybrid model and regardless of whether they are studying inside or outside the United States, during this unprecedented global health crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic must not become the occasion for administrations or governing boards to jettison normative principles of academic governance.

AAUP in the News

Wed, 09/02/2020  |  Associated Press

The Georgia Southern University AAUP chapter released an open letter asking its administration to take steps to demonstrate its commitment to prioritize the health and safety of its university, but also of the state's residents.

Thu, 08/27/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Glenn Colby, senior researcher for the AAUP, said that “at its worst,” remote instruction might resemble something like Skype. But that’s when professors take a "banking" approach and try to "deposit" facts into students. When remote instruction is working right, faculty members treat their students like “co-investigators” -- and use new technology to foster communication among everyone in the class.

Tue, 08/25/2020  |  Washington Post

AAUP Purdue Chapter Leader Alice Pawley, told the Washington Post that faculty instruction, “should be about student learning, and not about the optics of ‘teaching face to face no matter what."

Fri, 08/21/2020  |  Cleveland.com

The AAUP survey garnered 304 responses which indicated faculty felt discriminated against during the administration’s cost-saving measures: 78% said the university failed to provide the union with objective criteria used to identify which employees’ positions would be eliminated.

Fri, 08/14/2020  |  NOLA.com

Faculty and staff of Tulane University are voicing concerns about resuming in-person classes. “There has been messaging that everybody is on board,” said Tulane professor Carola Wenk, who heads the AAUP Tulane chapter. That's not the case, she said, citing an AAUP-backed survey.

Wed, 08/12/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Caprice Lawless, an adjunct faculty member at Front Range Community College in Colorado and the chair of the AAUP's Committee on Contingency and the Profession, said that every principle in the committee's statement is necessary, "as our colleagues are terrified of being forced to work or die, or maybe work and die."

Tue, 08/04/2020  |  Richmond Times-Dispatch

The AAUP chapter of Virginia Commonwealth University called on President Michael Rao to “immediately declare that classes for the Fall 2020 semester should be held exclusively online, except in cases where in-person education is deemed absolutely necessary."

Thu, 07/30/2020  |  News & Observer

The faculty letter originated from the Chapel Hill AAUP, which, along with the Faculty Council, also has expressed serious misgivings about UNC’s plans to reopen. “The belief that we can safely return to campus together with 30,000 students is quickly eroding,” said the letter from the chair of the Faculty Council to the UNC Board of Governors.

Wed, 07/15/2020  |  Cleveland.com

“For years, the university has disinvested in academics while simultaneously losing millions on its athletics programs," Akron University's AAUP chapter wrote in a position paper about proposed cuts earlier this month. “In the spirit of shared sacrifice, we believe that it’s time to move to a responsible and sustainable model of funding for athletics.”

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Upcoming Events

September 21, 2020

A special meeting of the AAUP's national Council.

October 1, 2020

This webinar will provide AAUP members with an overview of recommended AAUP-supported standards on financial exigency and program elimination that should be included in faculty handbooks and collective bargaining agreements, with a particular focus on financial exigency and the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 20, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's national Council.

November 21, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's national Council.

November 22, 2020

The AAUP 2020 biennial meeting was postponed due to the pandemic and has now been rescheduled. 

Announcements

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the AAUP office has transitioned to telework until further notice. The best way to reach staff members is to write to the appropriate email address for the staff member or department you need to contact. Please consult the AAUP staff page for guidance. 

The AAUP election for three national officers and two at-large Council members closed on July 17, and results were announced on July 21.

Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

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