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2021 AAUP Shared Governance Conference

Registration is now open for the online 2021 AAUP Shared Governance Conference, from June 14 through June 18, 2021, and we are still accepting proposals for paper presentations on topics relating to academic governance. In addition to paper presentations, the conference will include panels, plenary presentations, and workshops for current and future governance leaders. Register now (Member log-in required. Not a member? Join now!)

Each day there will be two events at 1pm ET and 3pm ET, respectively. The 3pm slot is for paper panels. The schedule for the 1pm events is as follows:

  • Monday: An overview of the AAUP governance investigation related to the Covid pandemic. Michael Berube, Pennsylvania State University, and Michael DeCesare, Merrimack College, co-chairs of the investigating committee.
  • Tuesday: A panel on governance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities led by Glinda Rawls, Western Michigan University.
  • Wednesday: Results of the 2021 AAUP Shared Governance Survey. Hans-Joerg Tiede, AAUP Director of Research.
  • Thursday: A workshop on shared governance. Greg Scholtz and Mark Criley, AAUP Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance.
  • Friday: Closing Plenary. Irene Mulvey, Fairfield University, AAUP President.

Proposals for paper presentations are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to college and university governance. Authors are encouraged to explore connections between their institutions and other institutions, and to consider the application of AAUP governance policies.

Possible areas of focus include:

  • Shared governance and the COVID-19 crisis
  • Corporatization and challenges to shared governance
  • Shared governance and assessment, accountability, and accreditation
  • Faculty participation in budgeting, financial exigency, or strategic planning
  • Governance mechanisms that address interests and concerns of scholars of color
  • Governance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Principles, structures, and best practices of shared governance   
  • Governance and faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure
  • Faculty governance, pedagogy, and curriculum   
  • Governance and collective bargaining
  • The relationship of faculty governance to administrations and legislatures
  • The role of tenured, tenure-track, and contingent faculty in shared governance
  • Departmental governance issues
  • Instructional technology

Proposals of one to two pages should be sent by April 16, 2021, to Michael DeCesare, chair of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance, at All accepted presenters must register for the conference, which will be free for members.

Register (member log-in required)

Date & Time: 
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 12:00am to Friday, June 18, 2021 - 12:00pm
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