Academic Freedom and Tenure: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

The board of trustees and the president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in interfering with faculty appointments, in virtually eliminating the appropriate faculty role in making new appointments, and in disregarding existing procedures and the unanimous faculty will in the selection of a new academic dean, have acted in ways inimical to the principles set forth in the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities. Additionally, a number of actions by the board of trustees and the president, foremost among them restricting further faculty appointments to those holding a particular and narrowly construed ideological stance, have placed academic freedom in peril at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The text of this report was written by the members of the investigating committee. In accordance with Association practice, the text was then edited by the Association's staff, and, as revised, with the concurrence of the investigating committee, was submitted to Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. With the approval of Committee A it was subsequently sent to the faculty members at whose request the inquiry was conducted, to the administration of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, to the president of the AAUP chapter, and to other persons concerned in the report. In the light of the responses received and with the editorial assistance of the Association's staff, this  report wsa published in the May-June 1989 issue of Academe.