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  • Part-time Faculty Request to Join Existing Union | AAUP
    of an existing union of part time faculty at Emerson College Part time faculty at the college s main campus in Boston are represented in collective bargaining by the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College which is affiliated with the American Association of University Professors AFEC AAUP An overwhelming majority of part time faculty at Emerson LA have signed cards indicating support for joining AFEC AAUP Faculty at the Emerson LA campus teach the same students offer classes for credits towards the same degrees and are employed by the same institution as the members of AFEC at the Boston campus Faculty in Los Angeles merely seek the same treatment as part time faculty in Boston The Emerson LA program benefits from an incredibly accomplished and dedicated faculty who care a great deal about the students experiences here in Los Angeles explains Jennifer Vandever who has taught in the Los Angeles program for 14 years It comes down to a basic issue of fairness We re doing the same work as our colleagues in Boston and believe we should receive the same compensation and benefits Indeed Emerson LA relies heavily on part time instructors 90 of its twenty faculty members are part time compared with 56 at Emerson s Boston campus and the national average of 48 In addition to teaching classes Emerson LA s faculty participates in devising curriculum provides outreach to the Los Angeles creative intellectual community and participates in long term institutional planning The Emerson LA faculty was a significant contributor to the success of Emerson College s 2014 move from its Burbank location to a state of the art 110 million facility on Sunset Boulevard Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions says David Kociemba the president of AFEC and an adjunct professor at the Boston campus When

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/part-time-faculty-request-join-existing-union (2016-02-13)
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  • New Report Raises Concerns about LSU Firing | AAUP
    with an unblemished eighteen year performance record was being evaluated for promotion to full professorship when a district school superintendent and an LSU student filed complaints against her alleging sexual harassment as defined by LSU Her dean immediately suspended her from teaching and eventually despite a faculty hearing committee s unanimous recommendation against dismissal the LSU board of supervisors accepted the administration s recommendation that she be dismissed Buchanan was a highly productive scholar and teacher She had a strong publication record and an excellent record of participation in university service Buchanan was supported in her bid for full professor by outside reviewers the promotion and tenure committee and the deans of her college and the graduate school Buchanan s situation underwent drastic change on December 20 2013 when she received a communication from her dean stating that serious concerns had been raised about her inappropriate statements Buchanan was known for occasional use of profanity but any previous complaints apparently were not serious enough to become part of her performance record The administration s Office of Human Resource Management investigated and found her guilty of sexual harassment Subsequently a faculty hearing committee was formed in accordance with LSU s policies It found unanimously that removal with cause should not be contemplated though it also faulted Buchanan for having violated LSU s policies on sexual harassment by her use of profanity poorly worded jokes and sometimes sexually explicit jokes in her methodologies The committee found no evidence that this behavior was systematically directed at any particular individual however only that some individuals observing the behaviors were disturbed The report raises questions about three issues The first issue relates to the administration s immediate action to suspend upon learning that a school superintendent and a student teacher had accused Buchanan of making inappropriate statements Buchanan s eighteen year record was devoid of any mention of misconduct and her application for promotion was on its way to the provost s desk Why did the administrators not talk to Buchanan rather than simply announce a series of drastic actions The second issue relates to investigation of the charges Why did the administration have the charges investigated by Office of Human Resource Management personnel instead of proceeding from the outset in accordance with LSU s policies which call for a faculty committee Once the faculty committee did consider the case and issue a unanimous recommendation against a severe sanction why was its recommendation not heeded or reported in the public explanation of the dismissal The third issue relates to Louisiana State University s level of tolerance for speech that people may find offensive Many commentators have noted that given the low number of complaints about Buchanan s profanity and sexual references the tolerance by the LSU administration seems astonishingly low for a public university The LSU supplementary report on a censured administration issued today is one of only seven such reports issued in the AAUP s century of existence It identifies significant new issues that

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/new-report-raises-concerns-about-lsu-firing (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Censures Four, Removes Censure from One | AAUP
    MD Anderson Cancer Center TX University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign University of Southern Maine and Felician College NJ on the AAUP s list of censured administrations Additionally Yeshiva University was removed from the list Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure With these actions fifty six institutions are currently on the censure list The full list of censured administrations is available at http www aaup org our programs academic freedom censure list Background information and the full investigative reports are available at Censured MD Anderson Cancer Center Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting Investigation Report For more information please contact Gregory F Scholtz AAUP senior program officer Tenure and Governance University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Committee A on Academic Freedomand Tenure s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting Investigation Report For more information please contact Henry Reichman AAUP First Vice President Hans Joerg Tiede Member of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure or Jordan Kurland AAUP senior program officer 202 737 5900 ext 3647 University of Southern Maine Committee A on Academic Freedomand Tenure s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting Investigation Report For more information please contact Michael Bérubé investigating committee chair 814 404 2178 or Jordan Kurland AAUP senior program officer 202 737 5900 ext 3647 Felician College NJ Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenures Recommendation to the Annual Meeting Investigation Report For more information please contact Diane Zannoni investigating committee chair or Greg Scholtz AAUP senior program officer Removal of Censure Yeshiva University Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting Investigation Report For more information please contact Jordan Kurland AAUP

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-censures-four-removes-censure-one (2016-02-13)
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  • Georgina M. Smith Award | AAUP
    Award June 10 2015 For more information please contact Emily McCann Barbara Hopkins professor of economics at Wright State University has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the AAUP s Georgina M Smith Award During her time as grievance officer at Wright State Hopkins has worked tirelessly to document report and remedy troubling patterns of racial bias in promotion and tenure in Wright State s College of Nursing and Health CoNH Through Hopkins s efforts three faculty successfully won their appeals before the university wide tenure and promotion appeals committee and received tenure In 2014 Hopkins wrote a letter to the Provost documenting the CoNH s on going promotion and tenure issues A subsequent investigation confirmed Barbara s findings and included recommendations for remedying bullying and bias of nursing faculty I am thrilled to receive the Georgina M Smith award said Hopkins I appreciate not only that it acknowledges the work that I have done but that it asserts the values that I hold dear that all women should be treated equally and with dignity and respect The Georgina M Smith Award was established in 1979 to honor the memory of Professor Georgina M Smith Rutgers University who was a committed feminist an AAUP leader and a strong supporter of her faculty union The award is presented to a person who has provided exceptional leadership in the past year in improving the status of academic women or in advancing collective bargaining and through that work has improved the profession in general Rather than award such recognition annually the Association reserves the distinction for those occasions when some accomplishment in either area is identified as so outstanding as to merit being singled out The last Georgina M Smith award was presented in 2014 The mission of the American Association of

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/georgina-m-smith-award (2016-02-13)
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  • 2015 Media Releases | AAUP
    News Media Releases AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2015 Media Releases 2014 Media Releases 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases 2015 Media Releases 06 02 2015 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education 101st Annual Meeting of the AAUP This year s conference has special significance as the AAUP marks the Association s centennial Members of the media are welcome to attend 06 01 2015 Ralph S Brown Award for Shared Governance The Brown Award is given to American college or university administrators or trustees in recognition of an outstanding contribution to shared governance This award will be presented at the AAUP s Award luncheon on Saturday June 13 05 26 2015 Education Empire Non tenured Faculty Hope for Better Working Conditions Win Awards for Excelllence The Molotsky Award will be presented at the AAUP s Award Luncheon on Saturday June 13 05 08 2015 AAUP Releases University of Southern Maine and Felician College Investigative Reports Both institutions were found to have violated AAUP supported standards 04 28 2015 Summary Rejection of Professor s Appointment Violated Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure The dismissal of Professor Salaita has roiled the UIUC community and much of academia it is one of the more significant violations of academic freedom this decade said Henry Reichman 04 21 2015 Emerson Adjuncts Ratify New Contract In a mail in vote affiliated faculty voted 184 3 to ratify a new contract The new collectively bargained contract includes up to a 30 increase in some faculty s pay doubles professional development funding awards and provides better job security 04 13 2015 Busting the Myths Faculty Aren t the Problem They Are Part of the Solution For decades the AAUP s faculty salary surveys and compensation reports

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2015?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2015 Media Releases | AAUP
    Diversity Gender Identity Teaching Evaluation Tenure Women in Higher Education Reports Publications AAUP Policies Reports Academe Economic Status Report Compensation Survey Bulletin of the AAUP The Redbook Journal of Academic Freedom AAUP Bookstore News AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media Get Involved Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter I Need Help With Workplace Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home News Media Releases AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2015 Media Releases 2014 Media Releases 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases 2015 Media Releases 03 03 2015 Proposed Closure of South Carolina State University The AAUP today sent a letter to South Carolina legislators calling on them to reject a panel s proposal to close South Carolina State University SCSU which was founded in 1896 and is the state s only publicly funded historically Black university 02 24 2015 AAUP Urges Board to Reject Poverty Center Closure Externally funded centers must be free to sponsor curricular and extracurricular programs and provide services to the public across the broadest range of perspectives and approaches Pages first previous

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2015?page=2 (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP and CUCFA Announce Partnership Agreement | AAUP
    of academic freedom shared university governance and the economic security of all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education In a formal agreement approved by the governing bodies of both organizations and signed last week the faculty groups agreed to join together as independent but allied and cooperating entities Under the arrangement which will last for three years and is renewable individual members of the nine campus faculty associations affiliated with CUCFA will be eligible to join the AAUP at special dues rates payable through their campus association CUCFA has also agreed to contribute financially to the AAUP and the AAUP has agreed to provide the California associations with some support services The two organizations will promote each other s activities and plan to initiate a joint membership organizing drive at all ten University of California campuses Henry Reichman AAUP first vice president and a faculty member at California State University East Bay negotiated the agreement on behalf of the AAUP The University of California system is the largest and most prestigious public research institution in the country arguably the world And the UC s have an exceptionally strong tradition of faculty activism dating back to the loyalty oath controversy of the 1950s and the Berkeley Free Speech Movement of 1964 he said We in the AAUP are therefore excited about working more closely with the dedicated faculty leaders who have built and sustained CUCFA and its constituent associations since their formation in the 1970s as effective advocates for the principles that AAUP has upheld for nearly a century CUCFA president Patricia Morton a faculty member at University of California at Riverside predicted that association members will welcome the opportunity to join the AAUP We believe that partnering with the AAUP will produce benefits for both organizations It will help CUCFA advance its mission and strengthen our ability to represent the interests of all UC faculty she said We also believe that the AAUP will gain from the valuable experience and ideas of CUCFA s members and leadership and from CUCFA s advocacy of our shared principles and goals throughout the University of California The Council of University of California Faculty Associations is a coordinating and service agency for the several Faculty Associations associations of UC Senate faculty on the separate campuses of the University of California and it represents them to all state or university wide agencies on issues of common concern It gathers and disseminates information on issues before the legislative and executive branches of California s government other relevant state units dealing with higher education the University administration and the Board of Regents The Faculty Associations are voluntary dues supported organizations and are therefore completely independent CUCFA is committed to renewing public investment in California higher education by giving every California family a stake in the system by restoring full access and by regaining the trust of the people by restoring accountability The public spirited legacy of generations will be squandered if the best of

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-and-cucfa-announce-partnership-agreement (2016-02-13)
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  • Risa L. Lieberwitz Appointed AAUP General Counsel | AAUP
    a codirector of the Cornell University Law and Society minor From 1979 to 1982 she was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board NLRB in the regional office in Atlanta Georgia Photo credit Rachel Philipson Lieberwitz is an expert on academic freedom with published articles including University Industry Relations in the U S Serving Private Interests in Academic Freedom In Conflict The Struggle Over Free Speech Rights in the University James L Turk ed 2014 Faculty in the Corporate University Professional Identity Law and Collective Action in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 2007 and Confronting the Privatization and Commercialization of Academic Research An Analysis of Social Implications at the Local National and Global Levels in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 2005 She has been active in the Cornell Faculty Senate and has served on special committees on academic freedom shared governance and standards for university industry relations Lieberwitz served on the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2012 to 2014 We are looking forward to working with Professor Lieberwitz who is a top notch legal scholar with experience in First Amendment issues and academic freedom as well as labor issues says Rudy Fichtenbaum president of the AAUP She has already contributed to the Association s work as a member of our Committee A and as the primary author of our amicus brief to the NLRB on whether faculty at Point Park University should be eligible for unionization under the National Labor Relations Act Lieberwitz will work closely with the AAUP s legal staff to pursue Association activities which include advising on higher education legal issues preparing amicus briefs monitoring legal developments in higher education around the country and keeping the Association apprised of new and emerging legal issues that may

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/risa-l-lieberwitz-appointed-aaup-general-counsel (2016-02-13)
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