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Webinar Library

This member-only library of recent webinars on topics of general interest to faculty includes a list of topics organized by category and a list in reverse chronological order below. You can click on the links for each webinar to access webinar recordings, presentation slides, and/or handouts associated with the webinars.

Related resources:

Targeted Harassment

Targeted Harassment of Faculty: Understanding the Problem, Preparing Successful Responses

Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom Basics
Academic Freedom in the Classroom
Academic Freedom and Educational Gag Orders

Faculty Handbooks and Policy Basics

Academic Freedom Language for Handbooks
Faculty Handbooks and AAUP Principles
Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts
Strengthening Faculty Handbooks

Shared Governance

Working With the Faculty Senate to Fight Educational Gag Orders
Shared Governance and Contingent Faculty
Shared Governance during a Crisis
Improving Shared Governance on Your Campus

Tenure

What Is Tenure?

Financial Exigency

Financial Exigency and Program Elimination during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Work and Family

Pregnancy in the Academy
Family and Medical Leave Act

Teaching and Research

Remote Teaching, Recording of Classes, and Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property
Academic Freedom in the Classroom

 


Webinar Materials Archive

Targeted Harassment of Faculty: Understanding the Problem, Preparing Successful Responses

Presented by Faculty First Responders, a program that monitors right-wing attacks on academics and provides resources to help faculty members and administrators respond. Support for Faculty First Responders has been provided by the AAUP Foundation. 

In recent years, the targeted harassment of faculty has become common. Conservative think tanks, media outlets, and politicians seek to censor the teaching of “controversial” topics such as slavery and the Holocaust. Right-wing outlets publish hundreds of stories each year accusing faculty of liberal bias. Despite regularly containing gross misrepresentations, these stories circulate widely within the right-wing media ecosystem and often culminate in faculty members and universities receiving barrages of unwanted, hateful, and threatening messages. These manufactured controversies can result in faculty losing days and months of work, and even their jobs, and they may experience severe emotional distress. The threat of viral outrage also creates a chilling effect on academic speech and threatens academic freedom. This webinar offers an overview of the political organizations that facilitate such harassment, the effects such harassment has on faculty members, and how faculty and administrators can develop strategies for successfully responding to such attacks.

Presenters: Isaac Kamola is an associate professor of political science at Trinity College in Connecticut. He is a founder of his campus chapter of the AAUP and the creator of Faculty First Responders. Monica J. Casper is Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and professor of sociology at San Diego State University. Jennifer Lundquist is professor of sociology and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Academic Freedom and Educational Gag Orders

This joint AAUP-AFT symposium explores the origins of academic freedom, the current threats to academic freedom posed by “divisive concepts” legislation, and how these most recent attacks fit within the larger anti-Black political agenda in America. We also discuss how faculty, unions, and political groups are pushing back against these proposals and winning.

Recording 

Working With the Faculty Senate to Fight Educational Gag Orders

Presented by the African American Policy Forum. State legislatures across the nation have passed legislation barring the teaching of "divisive concepts." In some states, this legislation excludes teaching about race and gender at the university level. Faculty senates at Michigan State, Portland State, DePaul University, Molloy College, and the Universities of Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, and Oregon have all passed resolutions defending academic freedom and rejecting such educational gag orders. In this webinar, we discuss the importance of these resolutions to the preservation of education and why institutions of higher education need to commit to ideologically free classrooms.

Two members of the African American Policy Forum, DePaul University professor Valerie Johnson and Portland State professor Jennifer Ruth (who also serves on the AAUP's Committee A), lead the webinar and answer questions about how to use shared governance to fight back against this assault on academic freedom. Resources to pursue the resolution campaign on your campus are provided.

Recording | Presentation Slides

Improving Shared Governance on Your Campus

Financial exigency, force majeure, program cuts, reduction in force—these are the challenges that faculty governance has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a recent AAUP report detailed, some administrations effected drastic responses to the pandemic with little or no consultation with the faculty even where austerity and emergency measures had dramatic effects on the curriculum and faculty status, areas traditionally considered the faculty’s primary responsibility. This beginner-level session will help you understand the AAUP’s recommended standards for faculty governance.

Presenter Mark Criley is a senior program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. Michael DeCesare is a faculty member at Merrimack College and former chair of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance. October 2021. 
 

Academic Freedom Language for Handbooks

The successful implementation of AAUP policies is largely dependent upon faculty working toward and insisting upon sound policies at their own institutions. This webinar reviews language about academic freedom that should be included in faculty handbooks. It considers ways in which institutional regulations may fall short and need to be revised.

Presenters Mark Criley and Anita Levy are senior program officers in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance.

Recording | Slides1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure | Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities | Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure | Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments | The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency

What Is Tenure?

Over the course of the last century, the AAUP has advocated for the expansion of the protections of tenure and of the right to participate in governance to larger segments of the academic profession. Each expansion arguably served to reinforce the other and served to solidify academic freedom. This webinar gives a brief overview of the historical developments that led to the AAUP's conception of tenure in 1940 and the impact of ever rising levels of contingent hiring on academic freedom today. 

Presenter Julia Schleck is associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She's chair of the local Committee A on Academic Freedom both at the UNL chapter and for the Nebraska state conference. Her forthcoming book is called Dirty Knowledge: Academic Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2021). Presenter Hans-Joerg Tiede is a senior program officer and research director with the national AAUP.

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Racial Justice Roundtable

AAUP chapter leaders talk about racial justice work their chapters have engaged in. We talk about initiatives that different chapters are working on or have completed, the factors that prompted the chapters to focus on these initiatives, and challenges encountered in the process. 

Moderator Glinda Rawls is an associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, a national AAUP Council member & chair of the national AAUP’s racial justice working group. Charles Toombs is president of the California Faculty Association and professor of Africana studies at San Diego State University, where he teaches literature and a range of other courses. Megan Horst is a faculty member in urban and public affairs at Portland State University, and a member of her AAUP chapter's executive council. Aurora Sherman is an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University and current chair of the Social Justice Committee for her faculty union, United Academics of OSU.

Recording | AAUP Racial Justice Resource Page

Faculty Handbooks and AAUP Principles

The successful implementation of AAUP policies is largely dependent upon faculty working toward and insisting upon sound policies at their own institutions. This webinar reviews AAUP principles that should be included in faculty handbooks. It considers ways in which institutional regulations may fall short and need to be revised, as well as statistical information about the prevalence of AAUP principles in faculty handbooks and collective-bargaining agreements.

Presenter Hans-Joerg Tiede is director of AAUP's research department. Presenter Mark Criley is a program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance.

Recording | SlidesFaculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts: A State GuidePolicies on Academic Freedom, Dismissal for Cause, Financial Exigency, and Program Discontinuance

Shared Governance and Contingent Faculty

This webinar discusses general principles of shared governance and their relevance for the growing ranks of faculty members who hold contingent appointments. Shawn and Mark present AAUP-supported recommendations for the equitable inclusion of non-tenure-track faculty members in governance.

Presenters: Shawn Gilmore is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is secretary of NTFC Local #6546 (AFT/IFT, AAUP), chair of the University Statutes and Senate Procedures committee of the UIUC Academic Senate, and a member of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance. Mark Criley is a program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance.

Recording | Presentation Slides

Academic Freedom Basics

This webinar provides an overview of the concept of academic freedom. Academic freedom includes freedom in research, teaching, and governance. It also discusses extramural speech, along with the differences between academic freedom and free speech, and the language in which is it most frequently codified at US colleges and universities, which comes from the AAUP’s 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure

Presenters: Julia Schleck is associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is chair of the local Committee A on Academic Freedom both at the UNL chapter and for the Nebraska state conference. Her forthcoming book is called Dirty Knowledge: Academic Freedom in the Age of Neoliberalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2021). Presenter Hans-Joerg Tiede is a senior program officer with the national AAUP. January 2021.

Recording | Presentation Slides | 1940 Statement | Academic Freedom One-Pager

Shared Governance during a Crisis

Financial exigency, force majeure, program cuts, reduction in force—these are the challenges that faculty governance faces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under pressure, administrations may seek to minimize the faculty role in making key decisions about these matters in which faculty should have primary responsibility. This session will help you understand the AAUP’s recommended standards for faculty governance. We will also review relevant research highlighting the standard roles that faculty play throughout US higher education.

Presenters: Allison Buskirk-Cohen, a faculty member at Delaware Valley University and a member of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance; Hans-Joerg Tiede, a senior program officer with the national AAUP. October 2020.

 Recording | Presentation Slides | Related Resources

Financial Exigency and Program Elimination during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Provides an overview of recommended AAUP-supported standards on financial exigency and program elimination that should be included in faculty handbooks and collective bargaining agreements, material particularly revelant during the COVID-19 crisis.

Presenter: Hans-Joerg Tiede, AAUP senior program officer and Mark Criley, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. October 2020.

Recording | Presentation Slides

Remote Teaching, Recording of Classes, and Intellectual Property

This webinar reviews the impact of the move to remote teaching as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on copyright and intellectual property. We discuss what faculty can do to protect their intellectual property, and focus on the recording of lectures, the uses and abuses of these recordings, and what options faculty have when addressing recordings. December 2020.

Presenters: Aaron Nisenson is AAUP counsel. Chris Sinclair is a faculty member at the University of Oregon and secretary-treasurer of the national AAUP.

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Pregnancy in the Academy

Explains how the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and other federal laws related to pregnancy apply to the academic workplace. Addresses such issues as the differences between pregnancy disability leave and family medical leave, sources of leave entitlements, academic employees’ rights, and how to file a complaint if rights are violated. Note that this webinar is based on the AAUP guidebook Pregnancy in the Academy and covers some of the same material (the guidebook is more comprehensive).

Presenter: Saranna Thornton is a professor of economics and business at Hampden-Sydney College and the author of the AAUP’s guidebook Pregnancy in the Academy. November 2016.

Presentation SlidesHandout

Working with Faculty Handbooks

Reviews AAUP principles that should be included in faculty handbooks and considers ways in which institutional regulations may fall short and need to be revised.

Presenters: Hans-Joerg Tiede is a senior program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. Irene Mulvey is a faculty member at Fairfield University and a member of the AAUP’s executive committee. October 2016. 

Presentation Slides | Handout

Intellectual Property

Covers what professors need to know about university copyright policies. Discusses how copyright law interacts with copyright policies, identifies how these interactions affect professor ownership and use of copyrighted works, and applies these concepts through the use of hypothetical situations.

Presenters: Jack Lerner is assistant clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, and director of the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. Simarpreet Ahluwalia and Erica Row are UCI law students. Aaron Nisenson is AAUP senior counsel. April 2016. 

Recording | Presentation Slides | Overview of Relevant Law and Current Trends | Relevant Statutory Provisions

Academic Freedom in the Classroom

Gives an overview of what academic freedom in the classroom consists of, and discusses threats to freedom in the classroom, including attacks on the academic freedom of individual faculty; legislative attacks; policies, such as those concerning trigger warnings, that may threaten academic freedom; and threats posed by new teaching technologies. We also review what the national AAUP and chapters can do to protect academic freedom in the classroom.

Presenters: Henry Reichman is chair of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Jonathan Rees is a faculty member at Colorado State University and a member of the AAUP’s national Council who writes about technology and education. March 2016.

Presentation Slides

Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts

Gives an overview of contract issues and case law pertaining to when faculty handbooks may be enforceable as contracts. We also familiarize participants with a state-by-state guide on the AAUP website that was developed by AAUP legal staff. We look at one example case and leave time for questions and comments. The webinar provides general legal information about this area of the law, but please note that we cannot provide specific legal advice to individuals.

Presenter Nancy Long is AAUP associate counsel and is a member of the AAUP’s legal department. January 2016. 

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Strengthening Faculty Handbooks 

Explores the key areas that should be covered in a faculty handbook with presenters Hans-Joerg Tiede, a faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and a member of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and Hank Reichman, first vice president of the AAUP and chair of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. September 2014.

Presentation Slides | List of Policies Frequently Used in HandbooksFaculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts: A State Guide

Family and Medical Leave Act

This webinar looks at the entitlements provided by the FMLA, how they may apply to faculty, and where else you should look for leave entitlements. Presenter Saranna Thornton, professor of economics and business at Hampden-Sydney College, is co-author of the AAUP’s FMLA guidebook. December 2013.

Recording | Presentation Slides