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  • “The Real Science Gap” Receives the AAUP’s Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education | AAUP
    cover story for Miller McCune on June 14 2010 The AAUP s purpose in giving this award is to recognize exceptional journalism and to encourage thoughtful in depth coverage of issues that are critical to higher education to faculty and other professionals engaged in the enterprise The judges were unanimous in their praise of the investigation of a little known and unpublicized yet serious issue The Real Science Gap gave a compelling and very convincing description of the disconnect between the popular belief in the lack of able young scientists and the reality of the lack of jobs for them Business leaders have cried scientist shortage but scores of thousands of young PhDs are laboring in US university labs as low paid temporary workers ostensibly training for permanent faculty positions that will never exist Benderly states The nation s future welfare requires that this issue receive serious attention from the nation s academic and science policy communities This prestigious recognition from so important an academic organization will help that to happen Cat Warren editor of Academe presented the award at Saturday s plenary luncheon saying This is one of those stellar pieces of interpretive journalism that does it all it garners an enormous number of facts it takes those facts and gives them a new frame that upends some widely held beliefs And it does so in a manner that is so graceful that when you reach the end of the piece and realize that it has done the next to impossible change your mind about something you don t resent it in the least You re grateful Beryl Lieff Benderly writes the monthly Taken for Granted column on science labor force for the Science website Her articles have appeared in Miller McCune Scientific American Scientific American Mind Prism Science

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/%E2%80%9C-real-science-gap%E2%80%9D-receives-aaup%E2%80%99s-award-excellence-coverage-higher-education (2016-02-13)
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  • Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education | AAUP
    in Washington D C Panels providing a faculty perspective on critical issues in higher education will run all day Wednesday June 8 through Saturday June 11 The conference will also include special AAUP sponsored workshops on Understanding Institutional Financial Information Making Senates Effective and Effective Faculty Handbooks Other highlights include Thursday June 9 Capitol Hill Day Professors from across the country will visit Capitol Hill to talk with their representatives and senators about academic freedom funding and other issues affecting higher education The day will be capped with a reception The reception will be held at Rayburn B 338 from 4 30 6 30 pm Congressman Joe Courtney representing the second congressional district of Connecticut will be presented the Henry T Yost Award The Yost Award is given to the senator or representativs who make the greatest contribution for higher education each year Friday June 10 Michael Mann Pennsylvania State University will be the plenary luncheon speaker and his topic is The Hockey Stick On the Front Lines in the Climate Wars Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is seeking records from the University of Virginia related to the communications and research of professor Mann a former UVA professor In its most strongly worded court filing to date UVA has characterized Cuccinelli s investigation as an unprecedented and improper governmental intrusion into ongoing scientific research and has said that Cuccinelli is targeting Mann because he disagrees with his academic research regarding climate change Saturday June 11 AAUP s Annual Business Meeting On Saturday the annual meeting business session begins at 9 am and will include consideration of the recommendations of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure regarding the AAUP s censure list This list is published for the purpose of informing Association members the profession at large and the public that academic freedom is not adequately protected at the institutions listed The AAUP s Committee on College and University Governance recommendations regarding the AAUP s sanction list will also be under consideration In 1991 the Association s Council made it possible for an AAUP annual meeting to sanction an institution for substantial noncompliance with standards of academic governance AAUP Plenary Lunch Paul Kniest Policy and Research Coordinator for the National Tertiary Education Union will address the luncheon In addition the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education will be presented to Beryl Lieff Benderly of Miller McCune Magazine for her article The Real Science Gap Fifty year members will be also be recognized Saturday night Banquet The Ralph S Brown Award for Shared Governance will be presented to Anthony S Tricoli President Georgia Perimeter College This award is given to an American college or university administrator or trustee or to a board of trustees as a group in recognition of an outstanding contribution to shared governance preferably during the previous year Special guest speakers at the banquet Judy Ancel University of Missouri Kansas City and Don Giljum University of Missouri Saint Louis will talk

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/annual-conference-state-higher-education-1 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2011 Media Releases | AAUP
    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 2011 Media Releases 05 24 2011 Idaho Board Unjustified in Axing Faculty Senate This not only violates fundamental principles of academic governance but poorly serves the teaching and research mission of the university 04 29 2011 New Faculty Union in Illinois University of Illinois Chicago becomes the first large public research university to unionize in Illinois history 04 28 2011 Labor Studies Faculty Targeted 5 12 11 Update University of Missouri St Louis Chancellor Thomas George and Provost Glen Cope issued a statement declaring that adjunct professor Don Giljum remains eligible to teach at UMSL 04 26 2011 AAUP Supports University s Effort to Protect Academic Freedom A joint amicus brief to the Virginia Supreme Court explains why scientists and other scholars must be able to communicate freely without fear of government intrusion 04 16 2011 AAUP Elects National Council Members and ASC Chair The AAUP elected thirteen members to its national Council and a chair for the Assemlby of State Conferences 04 14 2011 UVA Should Defend Academic Freedom The attack on professor Michael Mann is similar to the recent attack on University of Wisconsin professor William Cronon 04 11 2011 It s Not Over Yet It s Not Over Yet The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession 2010 11 is now available 03 24 2011 Review of Policies on

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2011?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2011 Media Releases | AAUP
    Sexual 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 2011 Media Releases 03 21 2011 Groups Request Review of Visa Denial 3 24 Update A U S Embassy today granted acclaimed Afghan human rights activist and former MP Malalai Joya a visa a little over a week after she was initially turned down 03 16 2011 Decision Shows Why Arbitration is Important AAUP chapter prevails on wages because arbitration process allowed the facts to come out 02 18 2011 Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions A new AAUP report issued for comment states that political or religious beliefs should not be grounds to hire fire or discipline faculty 02 02 2011 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Administration Violated Academic Good Practice An AAUP investigating committee reports that in suspending the faculty senate and refusing to grant governance rights to contingent faculty the administration of RPI contravened basic principles of shared academic governance 01 13 2011 Administration Will Address Ideological Exclusion The Obama administration will take steps to reduce the exclusion of scholars and others from the U S on the basis of their political views according to a State Department letter made public by the AAUP the ACLU and PEN American Center Pages first previous 1

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2011?page=2 (2016-02-13)
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  • Emerson College Part-Time Faculty Union Achieves ‘Fair Share’ | AAUP
    Move Puts Union on Strong Financial Footing Boston MA The Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College collective bargaining chapter of the American Association of University Professors AFEC AAUP scored a decisive victory today when it announced that the chapter had met the November 1 deadline to achieve the 58 percent membership required to trigger the fair share provision of its latest contract Chapter president David Kociemba notified the Emerson College administration that AFEC AAUP had achieved 68 percent membership among the nearly 220 part time faculty at Emerson 10 percent more than necessary to activate fair share The provision sometimes called agency fee requires every faculty member covered by the contract to contribute to the cost of negotiating administering and enforcing it Fair share is based on the premise that since everyone benefits from the contract through legally binding pay raises access to a grievance process and outside arbitration and other rights everyone should help to cover the costs incurred by the union given the union s legal responsibility to represent all members of the bargaining unit The strong majority membership and fair share provision will provide the resources necessary for the AFEC AAUP chapter to more effectively represent part time faculty and enforce their contract Emerson part time faculty voted to unionize in 2001 and successfully negotiated their second contract in August 2009 The contract s highlights include a professional development fund for faculty research and conference travel annual pay increases of two to four percent increased compensation for service work access to healthcare benefits and a strong grievance procedure Today the college s administration officially recognized the union s achievement of fair share The Emerson chapter s victory follows a similar win at Suffolk University last fall where the Suffolk Affiliated Faculty SAF AAUP succeeded in triggering a similar

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/emerson-college-part-time-faculty-union-achieves-%E2%80%98fair-share%E2%80%99 (2016-02-13)
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  • The Conflicted University: Special Issue of Academe | AAUP
    the issue a group of internationally respected academics policy makers and science journalists tackle what have become some of the thorniest issues facing higher education corporate conflicts of interest the chilling of scientific speech and academic freedom and the urgent need to protect the integrity of scientific research One cluster of articles in the issue examines how powerful economic and political interests influence and chill scientific research and legal efforts to understand and protect our vulnerable environment In Kneecapping Academic Freedom Washington University law professors Robert R Kuehn and Peter A Joy describe how this year across the nation state legislators and powerful corporate interests have launched an unprecedented number of attacks on law school clinics In The Costs of a Climate of Suppression Michael Halpern of the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the personal and professional harassment of scientists and explains how such ideological attacks undermine sound public policy In BP Corporate R D and the University Russ Lea vice president for research at the University of South Alabama examines the behavior of BP following the Gulf oil spill and concludes that public universities should not agree to restrictive contracts that limit research publication or transparency And a group of eminent historians examine how industry seeks to influence academic expertise inside both the lab and the courtroom A Not So Slippery Slope by Allan M Brandt dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University argues that rejecting tobacco funding isn t rocket science it s basic ethics And in The Historians of Industry Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner recount their experiences serving as expert witnesses and the lengths that industry goes to to suppress and discount testimony With over 30 billion in federal funds invested in science the public must be assured that the production of knowledge is free from political or financial influences that corrupt objectivity and scientific autonomy says Sheldon Krimsky Below is the table of contents and author contact information for the November December 2010 issue of Academe Kneecapping Academic Freedom Corporate attacks on law school clinics are escalating Washington University School of Law professors Robert R Kuehn and Peter A Joy The Costs of a Climate of Fear Ideological attacks on scientists undermine sound public policy Michael Halpern Scientific Integrity Program Union of Concerned Scientists BP Corporate R D and the University New lessons for research universities thanks to a catastrophe Russ Lea Vice President for Research University of South Alabama When Research Turns to Sludge Tying strings to sludge is not as hard as it sounds Steve Wing epidemiologist at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill A Not So Slippery Slope Rejecting tobacco funding isn t rocket science It s basic ethics Allan M Brandt historian and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University The Historians of Industry What happens when historians enter the courtroom Mostly industry rules Gerald Markowitz historian at CUNY and David Rosner historian at Columbia University Hubris in Grantland Languor and

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/conflicted-university-special-issue-academe (2016-02-13)
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  • Virginia Attorney General Vs. Science | AAUP
    materials 8 30 update In a victory for academic freedom the judge sided with the university and dismissed attorney general Ken Cuccinelli s subpoena for records related to the research activities of a former University of Virginia climate change scientist Read the amicus brief pdf August 18 2010 Contacts ACLU of Virginia Kent Willis 804 644 8022 Union of Concerned Scientists 202 331 5452 The AAUP ACLU of Virginia Union of Concerned Scientists and Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression have joined forces to file an amicus brief pdf asking a Virginia judge to set aside a demand from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for documents related to the research of a global warming expert once employed by the University of Virginia AAUP President Cary Nelson states Cuccinelli s ocean wide fishing expedition not only infringes on academic freedom it also carries the threat of a chilling effect on all scholars working in controversial areas affecting public policy His nets were cast without sufficient justification We are delighted to join the effort to have them withdrawn Cuccinelli whose opposition to global warming theories is well known created a public stir earlier this year when he sought records from UVA related to the communications and research of former professor Michael Mann a widely published proponent of global warming theory Among the broad range of records sought were emails that Mann sent to and received from colleagues since 1999 After learning of Cuccinelli s demand for information on Mann and reading media reports indicating that UVA was inclined to comply the AAUP and the ACLU of Virginia urged university officials pdf to exercise their right to oppose the demand In late May lawyers from UVA filed papers in court arguing that the attorney general does not have the authority

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/virginia-attorney-general-vs-science (2016-02-13)
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  • By a Wide Margin, Bowling Green Faculty Vote for AAUP Union | AAUP
    Association of University Professors AAUP declared victory today in its two year campaign to unionize both the tenured tenure track and full time non tenure track faculty at both of its northwest Ohio campuses Approximately 85 percent of the 800 voting eligible faculty members cast ballots over a two week mail in voting period that ended October 12 The final vote count today was 391 to 293 in favor of unionization The win represents a significant victory for faculty at BGSU and nationally it is believed to be the largest combined faculty union to organize at a research institution in the US since the University of Akron faculty voted for collective bargaining in 2003 At a time when university administrations are forcing drastic cuts in faculty salaries and benefits despite tuition hikes and record enrollments the positive vote also reflects academics growing alarm over the erosion of faculty shared governance in university decision making about programmatic changes curricula and university spending AAUP president Cary Nelson states The faculty at Bowling Green have sent a message to the country that shared governance and a quality education are best guaranteed by a legally enforceable union contract The election was triggered last February when 59 of the full time faculty petitioned for a vote The BGSU administration delayed the election by trying to split the faculty arguing against non tenure track faculty members inclusion in the proposed unit but in June just before the matter was litigated before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board SERB the university changed its position and agreed that the unit was in fact appropriate The SERB issued an election order in August Balloting began September 28 Howard Bunsis chair of the AAUP s Collective Bargaining Congress comments Collective bargaining is an appropriate mechanism for improving the educational environment at an academic institution In these difficult economic times the faculty at Bowling Green have recognized that working collectively is the best path to success for the students and faculty The BGSU FA began its organizing drive in the summer of 2008 compelled by a decade of revolving door upper administrators who routinely dismissed the findings and recommendations of faculty welfare grievance and university planning committees Faculty concerns that drove the campaign included salaries that have consistently ranked 11th among the state s twelve public four year institutions the university s declining numbers of tenured faculty programmatic changes made without adequate faculty input and the lack of job security for the growing numbers of BGSU faculty hired off the tenure track This marks the third time the BGSU faculty has held a vote on unionization In the last election in 1994 the university administration s pledges to improve salaries and shared governance without the need for collective bargaining contributed to the election loss Today s victory for collective bargaining is in part a reflection of the administration s failure to make good on those promises in the intervening years The faculty at BGSU have voted to strengthen their voice in

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/wide-margin-bowling-green-faculty-vote-aaup-union (2016-02-13)
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