2015 AAUP In the News

10.29.2015 | Liberal Arts Minus Liberal Arts Professors

Drastic cuts in faculty and programs at Iowa's Wartburg College and other small liberal arts colleges raise concerns not only about the integrity of liberal arts education, but also about tenure and governance. In such cases, AAUP Associate Secretary Greg Scholtz said, “what we’re concerned about, of course, is whether the institution unilaterally starts firing tenured faculty just to save costs, without any faculty involvement.”

10.28.2015 | Grove City Apologizes to Professor It Fired in 1962

A former president of Grove City College has apologized to the professor whose firing in 1962 resulted in the college's AAUP censure. Grove City College has been on the AAUP censure list longer than any other institution. 93-year-old professor Larry Gara, who continued his teaching career at another college, said, "I never thought they would come around."

10.22.2015 | Accidental Activists

In an interview about his new book, University Reform: The Founding of the American Association of University Professors, Hans-Joerg Tiede discusses how the AAUP has evolved since its founding in 2015. Looking ahead to the next century, he said, "the AAUP should continue to do what it has done over the last 100 years: it should stress the core principles of academic freedom, tenure and governance, and respond to the changes in higher education, including the changing composition of the professoriate."

10.20.2015 | Akron University President Gives ‘State of the University’ as Professors Protest

Local AAUP chapter members demonstrated outside of a speech by Akron University President Scott Scarborough, who defended his decision to take extreme measures to address the school's financial challenges. AAUP chapter president John Zipp said "Between four and seven percent of the faculty agree with the direction the university is going with shared governance and . . . we are trying to drive home that point."

10.14.2015 | EMU Faculty Unhappy with University's Presidential Search Process

Eastern Michigan University's Faculty Senate is urging the EMU Board of Regents to give faculty a primary role in its presidential search process and to consider a range of options recommended by the AAUP. The regents' initial plan was to include only one faculty member on the search committee. "[T]he Regents have offered to appoint two more," said Sandy Norton, President of EMU's Faculty Senate. "The Senate doesn't think that's adequate."

10.14.2015 | EMU Faculty Members May Abort Advisory Roles if Presidential Search Kept Private

Responding to faculty concerns about a closed presidential search process, the EMU AAUP chapter voted to pull its sole representative from the advisory committee for the search, and the faculty senate will vote on removing its representative if the process remains confidential. In a speech to regents, EMU AAUP spokesperson Howard Bunsis said, "We're being told that the white smoke is going to come and your president is going to appear, so we'll have no way of knowing anything about him or her and that's not a good way to start."

10.09.2015 | An Attack on Tenure From a Democratic Administration

The Connecticut State University system is entering contract negotiations with a wish list that includes provisions for transferring tenured faculty to other campuses without guaranteeing tenure, making new librarians and counselors ineligible for tenure, and increasing caps on part-time faculty. Vijay Nair, president of CSU's four-campus AAUP chapter, said “I am shocked and bewildered by these proposals . . . We have never seen anything so harsh.”

10.09.2015 | On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On

Many older faculty members remain in tenured positions long past traditional retirement age, even when offered attractive buyout packages. AAUP senior researcher John Barnshaw said, "Faculty are not immune from the larger economic challenges that the U.S. and the larger economy face . . . They maybe had planned to retire because they hit a certain financial threshold, but then they had a setback." He also noted many institutions are eager to replace tenured older faculty with cheaper adjunct faculty.