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Summer Institute Trains Faculty, Inspires Action

Steve Mockabee (faculty) and Deborah Herman (union staff) from the University of Cincinnati, examined the public’s perception of university professors and analyzed different approaches to public messaging. In another workshop, former AAUP President Cary Nelson and intellectual property expert Gerald Barnett surveyed the landscape of IP policies and gave attendees tools to improve those policies. “It was difficult to choose which sessions to attend, of course, because I wanted to attend all of them” said Caprice Lawless, an AAUP member from the Front Range Community College chapter. “I chose to attend a broad spectrum of sessions to become aware of issues, to learn the vocabulary and to hear what experts had to share with one another on each topic.”

Besides exploring the nearby University district and downtown Seattle, the institute’s attendees spent time building new friendships, watching a Mariners baseball game, and enjoying a boat cruise to nearby Tillicum Village.

The Summer  Institute also featured open discussion panels on contingent faculty issues and the student debt crisis. These sessions created discussion on these timely subjects and sparked networking opportunities for academic activists from all across the country. "You make a lot of connections at Summer Institute, which helps you understand the national picture and brainstorm new ideas to bring to your campus," said David Kociemba, president of Emerson AFEC-AAUP.

See Martin Snyder's PowerPoint presentation for Workshop 3E Online Education.

See photos on our Facebook page. We've also posted more pictures from the Summer Institute on our Flickr page. All of the photos are licensed so chapters and conferences are welcome to download and use them in their own publications. 


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013