2016 AAUP Updates

03.24.2016 | New Title IX Report Shines Light on Present Uses

The AAUP released a draft report, The History, Uses and Abuses of Title IX, evaluating the history and current uses of Title IX. The report identifies tensions between current interpretations of Title IX and the academic freedom essential for campus life to thrive. The AAUP invites comment from its membership, the higher education community, and the public on this report.

03.14.2016 | 2016 Election Ballots Mailed

Ballots for this year’s national Officer and Council election were mailed March 7 to eligible voting members. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by April 15.

03.11.2016 | Plymouth State Faculty Petition to Form Union

The Plymouth State University AAUP chapter announced this week that tenured and tenure-track faculty at the university filed a petition on Wednesday, March 9, with the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board to form a collective bargaining chapter with the AAUP.  

03.10.2016 | Tenure Weakened in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin system Board of Regents has adopted a policy that provides weaker protections of tenure, and thus of academic freedom, than what has long been the norm in Wisconsin and than what is called for under AAUP standards. 

03.07.2016 | Conference Grants Available for Contingent Faculty

Thanks to a grant from the AAUP Foundation, a limited amount of scholarship money is available to defray 2016 AAUP Annual Conference costs for faculty members in contingent appointments. The application deadline is March 13, 2016. Preference will be given to accepted presenters for whom the conference costs would be prohibitive.

03.07.2016 | AAUP to Investigate University of Missouri's Dismissal of Melissa Click

Julie Schmid, executive director of the American Association of University Professors, today authorized a formal investigation in the case of professor Melissa Click at the University of Missouri. In February, the board of curators of the University of Missouri system summarily dismissed Click from the UM faculty. 

03.03.2016 | Letter to UM Discusses Next Steps in Melissa Click Case

AAUP Associate Secretary Hans-Joerg Tiede sent a letter to the chair of the MU board of curators and the interim chancellor expressing concern for the unresolved case of Melissa Click. It also discusses next steps, including a meeting with the AAUP executive director on whether to authorize a staff-recommended investigating committee.

02.29.2016 | AAUP Files Amicus Brief in Columbia University NLRB Case

The AAUP filed an amicus brief arguing that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should overturn its 2004 Brown University decision, because graduate assistants are employees who should have collective bargaining rights and collective bargaining rights, in fact, promote academic freedom.

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