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  • Statement on Case of Steven Salaita | AAUP
    military action in Gaza Because both Professor Salaita and the university administration have so far declined public comment a number of facts concerning this case remain unclear In particular it is not certain whether the job offer had already been made in writing when Professor Salaita was informed that he would not be hired and hence whether or not Salaita could be considered to have already acquired the rights accruing to a faculty member at Illinois However if the information communicated in yesterday s report is accurate there is good reason to fear that Professor Salaita s academic freedom and possibly that of the Illinois faculty members who recommended hiring him have been violated We feel it necessary to comment on this case not only because it involves principles that AAUP has long defended but also because Cary Nelson a former president of the Association and a current member of our Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure is quoted as approving the Illinois Chancellor s action Professor Nelson is entitled to his opinions Indeed one of AAUP s great strengths is our ability to bring together many differing viewpoints and ideas including about the meaning of academic freedom However we wish to make clear that Professor Nelson s comments do not reflect an official position of AAUP or of its Committee A While opinions differ among AAUP members on a wide range of issues the AAUP is united in its commitment to defend academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas more broadly On the basis of this commitment we have opposed efforts by some pro Palestinian groups to endorse an academic boycott of Israel This commitment has also led us to defend the rights of critics of Israel including the right of faculty members such as Professor Salaita

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/statement-case-steven-salaita (2016-02-13)
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  • New Union for University of Illinois Educators | AAUP
    and more experience in the classroom In May tenure track and NTT faculty at UIUC s sister school University of Illinois at Chicago UIC signed its first union contract a move that was widely supported by students and community members who saw a lack of respect for their professors as a lack of respect for their education We are excited to become a certified union and lead non tenure track faculty toward a rewarding future said Dorothee Schneider history lecturer at UIUC We represent a very diverse community of teachers researchers and scholars Our union looks forward to finally giving our members a strong voice as educators as innovators and above all as faculty at the University of Illinois In May NTT faculty at UIUC submitted union authorization cards signed by a majority showing interest in union representation and today the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board IELRB officially approved their efforts NTT faculty is a diverse group comprised of lecturers instructors as well as clinical visiting teaching and research faculty whose labor is vital to the teaching and research missions of the U of I While ineligible for tenure and generally paid less than their tenure track colleagues they perform much of the classroom teaching laboratory and field work and help promote student retention and achievement NTT faculty organized towards a future that includes longer term contracts clear guidelines for promotion higher salaries and respect as faculty These improvements in working conditions often lead to higher faculty retention and more experience in the classroom The union organizing drive was a joint effort between NTT faculty represented by the Campus Faculty Association CFA The Illinois Federation of Teachers IFT the American Federation of Teachers AFT and the American Association of University Professors AAUP Union representation is a win for educators and students said Dan Montgomery President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Adjuncts face low pay little job security and often no benefits This kind of part time unstable employment for educators makes it difficult for universities to retain and grow experience in the classroom Unionization at UIUC is a first step in securing rights for these hard working educators This is a great victory for academic labor as this group of faculty stood up for collective bargaining at a major research university said Howard Bunsis chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress By working collectively the students faculty and university will benefit from this group of faculty having a voice in the process and a seat at the table This victory for our new members at UIUC is a significant win in our fight to end the exploitation of non tenure track faculty and to restore respect and dignity to all faculty on college campuses said AFT President Randi Weingarten By having a voice at work these faculty members will be able to advocate for better learning conditions for students and to further strengthen their college The Campus Faculty Association is a democratic union organization is dedicated to improving conditions

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/new-union-university-illinois-educators (2016-02-13)
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  • Vermont Congressman Wins Yost Award | AAUP
    causes of higher education He was nominated for the award by the Executive Committee of United Academics AAUP AFT the union representing 850 full and part time faculty members at the University of Vermont A delegation of AAUP members present Congressman Peter Welch VT with the Henry T Yost Congressional Recognition Award For more photos visit our Flickr page The award was presented on Thursday June 12 at 9 30 a m in the Congressman s office 2303 Rayburn House Office Building by Professor Brian Turner of Randolph Macon College chair of the AAUP Government Relations Committee Also present were Professor Denise Youngblood president of the United Academics and AAUP Executive Committee member Professor Charles Baker of the College of the Holy Cross Representative from which Congressman Welch is a magna cum laude graduate As Professor Turner noted Today we honor Representative Welch s ongoing efforts to expand educational opportunities for underserved students his commitment to lowering student debt and his support of public sector higher education all of the values articulated by Tom Yost during his years of service to the AAUP A video of the award presentation was shown at an afternoon reception for the AAUP s Capitol Hill Day attended by college and university faculty members from across the country who had spent the day talking with their legislators about key issues facing higher education Going back to his days in the state senate and serving as President Pro Tem Congressman Welch has been a strong supporter of public sector higher education His concern and efforts to deal with high student debt has focused the attention of Congressional Republicans as well as Democrats on this national problem Denise Youngblood commented Upon receiving the award Congressman Welch responded I am especially honored that the American Association of University

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/vermont-congressman-wins-yost-award (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Censures One Administration, Authorizes a Committee to Remove Another from Censure, and Closes Its File on a Previous Investigation | AAUP
    an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure With this action fifty three 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 The annual meeting approved delegating to the Association s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure the authority to remove Louisiana State University Baton Rouge from the censure list once the committee can attest that actions are in process at the institution that will ensure the protections of academic due process for full time faculty members holding contingent appointments At the 2013 annual meeting the Association had taken no action on an investigating committee s report on program closures at the University of Northern Iowa UNI in order to give the incoming administration time to address the issues raised in the report In its report on the matter to this year s meeting Committee A stated that it was closing its file on the investigation citing favorable testimony from key faculty groups and the UNI administration The president of the AAUP collective bargaining chapter wrote that by working cooperatively the administration and the faculty had made significant progress in restoring respect for academic freedom tenure and faculty governance at the University of Northern Iowa Background information and the full investigative reports are available at Censured Northeastern Illinois University http www aaup org report academic freedom and tenure NEIU For more information please contact Jordan Kurland 202 737 5900 Conditional Removal of Censure Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Full Committee A Recommendation http www aaup org sites default files files LSU Statement2014 pdf Investigative Report http www aaup org report academic freedom and tenure louisiana state university baton rouge For more information please contact Jordan Kurland

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-censures-one-administration-authorizes-committee-remove-another-censure-and (2016-02-13)
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  • Western Nevada College Faculty Overwhelmingly Ratifies First Collective Bargaining Agreement | AAUP
    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 AAUP in the News AAUP Updates For the Media 2013 Media Releases 2012 Media Releases 2011 Media Releases 2010 Media Releases Western Nevada College Faculty Overwhelmingly Ratifies First Collective Bargaining Agreement June 5 2014 For more information please contact Jim Strange NFA State Vice President Carson City Fallon Douglas NV After nearly two years of negotiations the faculty of Western Nevada College ratified their first collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 42 yes 2 no with 8 not voting The contract will significantly improve working conditions for faculty and return faculty to the forefront of the academic decision making process at WNC WNC is the second Nevada college after Truckee Meadows Community College to move to collective bargaining This is a huge step forward for WNC faculty We will now have a much stronger voice in college decisions and will have additional protections for academic freedom shared governance and due process said James Strange chief negotiator and Nevada Faculty Alliance Vice President The Nevada Faculty Alliance represents academic and administrative faculty and graduate students in the Nevada System of Higher Education The CBA was signed by representatives of the Nevada Faculty Alliance and the WNC administration and forwarded to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for final approval on the consent agenda The Board approved the CBA unanimously at the June 5th 2014 meeting Media Contact Jim Strange strangewnc gmail com Publication

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/western-nevada-college-faculty-overwhelmingly-ratifies-first-collective-bargaining (2016-02-13)
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  • Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education One Hundredth Annual Meeting of the AAUP | AAUP
    online education Other highlights include the following Thursday June 12 Capitol Hill Day the AAUP s annual grassroots lobbying event provides members an opportunity to advocate for higher education AAUP members visit their senators and representatives and speak up about the issues that matter most to academia The day concludes with a congressional reception on Capitol Hill in room B 340 of the Rayburn House Office Building Risa L Lieberwitz will be the featured speaker at the AAUP CBC banquet Her topic is Expanding Unionization in Private Universities New Possibilities Pending at the NLRB Lieberwitz is professor of labor and employment law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and an associate of the Worker Institute at Cornell Much of her research has focused on the corporatization of colleges and universities and the impact of these developments on academic freedom and the role of higher education in a democratic society Her current research addresses the role of collective bargaining in higher education in creating contractual protections for academic freedom and faculty governance Lieberwitz is a longtime activist in faculty governance at Cornell She is a member of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure Friday June 13 The plenary luncheon speaker will be Daniel Maxey who will speak about Understanding the Changing Faculty and Promoting Opportunities for Change on Campuses Maxey co principal investigator at The Delphi Project is dean s fellow in urban education policy in the University of Southern California s Rossier School of Education and the Pullias Center for Higher Education At USC Maxey s research and publications have largely focused on non tenure track faculty His research interests also include higher education policy and governance politics of higher education civic engagement and the public roles and responsibilities of colleges and universities Prior to beginning a career in higher education policy research Daniel had an accomplished career in public policy and politics in Washington DC He holds a bachelor of arts in government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a master of education in higher and postsecondary education from the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University A cash bar reception with complimentary hors d oeuvres will be held Friday evening Saturday June 14 The AAUP s centennial kickoff luncheon will feature a special presentation To Make Collective Action Possible The Founding of the AAUP by Hans Joerg Tied e Tiede is a professor of computer science at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington Illinois He is editor of the 2015 edition of Policy Documents and Reports the Redbook and chair of the AAUP s Committee on the History of the Association He also serves on Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure the Committee on College and University Governance and the Membership Committee In addition to publications in mathematical linguistics and applied logic he has authored and co authored reports of the governance committee articles in Academe and entries on the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/annual-conference-state-higher-education-one-hundredth-annual-meeting-aaup (2016-02-13)
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  • 2014 Media Releases | AAUP
    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 2014 Media Releases 05 28 2014 Mary King Wins Georgina M Smith Award This 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 05 14 2014 Broken Pledges and Cuts Affect Doctoral Programs Receive Awards for Excellence The AAUP s purpose in giving these awards is to recognize exceptional journalism and to encourage thoughtful in depth coverage of issues that are critical to faculty and higher education The Molotsky Award will be presented at the AAUP s Annual Award Banquet on Saturday June 14 04 25 2014 UIC Faculty Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contracts After nearly two years of collective bargaining with university administration today faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago UIC overwhelmingly ratified their first labor contracts which will dramatically improve work life and professional conditions for tenure track and non tenure track members 04 07 2014 Losing Focus AAUP Releases Faculty Salary Report Developments in recent decades diversion of resources to administration ballooning of contingent positions and runaway spending on athletics signal that our colleges and universities are losing focus on their academic missions 03 05 2014 Proposed Maryland Legislation Ill Conceived The AAUP and the NCAC criticize academic boycotts but warn public officials against interference with political expression open discussion and debate 02 18 2014 UIC United Faculty Strike Faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago are striking Tuesday

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2014?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance Violations at Northeastern Illinois University | AAUP
    in Chicago violated principles of academic freedom when it denied tenure to a candidate who had opposed its wishes in a dispute between linguistics faculty and teachers of English as a second language TESL concludes an AAUP investigating committee in a report issued December 17 The committee found that the activity of the professor was protected under principles of academic freedom and that the administration had allowed allegations that the tenure denial was retaliatory to go unrebutted Additionally the committee concluded that the administration in not providing a credible explanation for the tenure denial placed itself fundamentally at odds with a requirement in the AAUP s Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities The candidate an assistant professor of linguistics had been recommended for tenure during the 2011 12 academic year by his tenured linguistics colleagues his department chair the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and unanimously the faculty s elected University Personnel Committee The NEIU president however rejected his candidacy the only rejection among the sixteen candidacies for tenure to reach her desk that year The president cited two reasons for denying tenure the candidate s failure to meet a deadline for filing a plan regarding student advising and the inadequacy of his cooperation with colleagues and students But the AAUP s investigating committee found that neither reason was credible NEIU faculty members interviewed by the investigating committee believed that the president was instead motivated by the fact that the rejected candidate had been a leader in the dispute between linguistics and TESL faculty which culminated in faculty votes of no confidence in the president and her provost AAUP s fundamental principles of academic freedom are found in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure which was jointly issued by the AAUP and the American Association of Colleges now the American Association of Colleges and Universities and has been endorsed by more than two hundred other organizations The Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities also commonly accepted in the academic world describes principles of academic governance The NEIU administration provided lengthy objections to a draft text of the investigative report emphasizing its commitment to AAUP policy recommendations and its resentment about being faulted for having declined to provide confidential personnel information to the AAUP an external organization In response the chair of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure wrote that the basic problem is not NEIU s refusal to provide the information to AAUP The AAUP s concern is instead that the candidate was not afforded credible reasons stated in detail for the decision to deny him tenure and as called for in the AAUP s procedural standards opportunity for him and his supporters to contest what they alleged to be an unstated reason that violated principles of academic freedom AAUP investigating committees which are authorized in a few selected cases when significant violations of academic freedom tenure or governance have been alleged and persist despite AAUP staff

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/academic-freedom-tenure-and-governance-violations-northeastern-illinois-university (2016-02-13)
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