University of Northern Iowa

Decision Shows Why Arbitration is Important

AAUP chapter prevails on wages because arbitration process allowed the facts to come out.

University of Northern Iowa United Faculty–AAUP

The University of Northern Iowa United Faculty, an AAUP collective bargaining chapter, was certified in 1976 as the faculty union at UNI, a comprehensive public university in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Enrollment at UNI is about thirteen thousand; the bargaining unit consists of approximately seven hundred part- and full-time faculty members.

Here, chapter president Cathy DeSoto shares her chapter’s strategies for effectively representing its members.

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Academic Governance Standards Require Faculty Involvement

In response to reports that the University of Northern Iowa administration, without consulting with the faculty, has proposed eliminating academic programs and terminating faculty appointments in areas such as physics, geography, religion, philosophy, and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, the AAUP today sent a letter urging the administration to follow normative standards of academic governance.

Faculty at Northern Iowa Fight Unilateral Cuts

Faculty and students at the University of Northern Iowa are protesting academic cuts to programs and departments that have been proposed by the institution's administration. The cuts would result in layoffs, including layoffs of tenured faculty.

Crisis at the University of Northern Iowa

The University of Iowa AAUP chapter issued a statement of support for and solidarity with its sister AAUP chapter at the University of Northern Iowa. Read more about the situation at Northern Iowa.

University of Northern Iowa President Endangered Professor

University of Northern Iowa president Benjamin Allen appeared to engage in retaliation when he made prejudicial and inflammatory statements about a professor to the media, AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum charges.

Report on UNI and Statement on Sexual Abuse Forthcoming

In late January, the AAUP will publish the final text of an investigative report by Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure that examines actions taken by the administration of the University of Northern Iowa to discontinue nearly one-fifth of the university’s academic programs and close the university’s laboratory school. Also forthcoming is the final version of Campus Sexual Assault: Suggested Policies and Procedures, a statement by the AAUP’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession.

Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of Northern Iowa

Report examining the move last year by the administration of the University of Northern Iowa to discontinue nearly one-fifth of the university’s academic programs and close the university’s laboratory school. More than fifty faculty members were threatened with layoffs, and numerous tenured professors were constructively dismissed.

AAUP Censures Two Administrations, Removes Two from Censure

Delegates to the AAUP's Ninety-ninth Annual Meeting voted to place the administrations of Southern University, Baton Rouge and National Louis University  on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations and to remove Our Lady of Holy Cross College and St. Bonaventure University from the list. Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure.

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