Rudy Fichtenbaum

From the President: No Faculty Member Is an Island

Like it or not, our profession has been changing in a number of ways. First, 70 percent of faculty appointments are now off the tenure track. So, although we will continue to fight to expand the number of tenure-track faculty, we must do more to expand our membership among faculty who are off the tenure track. Likewise, because in many cases faculty responsibilities have been “unbundled” and academic professionals are now performing tasks formerly done by faculty, we must also do a better job of reaching out to those professionals. 

From the President: Inequality, Corporatization, and the Casualization of Academic Labor

When we think of threats to academic freedom, legislative threats are likely the first thing that comes to mind. For example, bills that threaten to withhold funds from institutions that are members of certain associations or that simply run programs that teach about unions.

From the President: The Election of Donald Trump and the Future of the AAUP

Many are in shock after the election of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States. But the election results are not altogether surprising when one considers the weaknesses in the Hillary Clinton campaign that Bernie Sanders brought into view during the primaries.

From the President: The Impact of Trump's Budget on Higher Education

In the years I have been writing the president’s column, I haven’t felt compelled until now to write about the same topic in two consecutive issues. My last column was written shortly after November 8 and focused on the significance of Donald Trump’s election as the forty-fifth president of the United States. There, I predicted that Trump’s presidency would be “neoliberalism on steroids.” In this column, I focus on how that neoliberalism, as reflected in Trump’s March budget proposal, might affect higher education.

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