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  • “Multiple Ways to Salvation”: Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments | AAUP
    Until September 7 819 441 3416 September 8 and after 408 402 2185 On this Labor Day the AAUP released a new report on academic labor Tenure and Teaching Intensive Appointments argues that institutions that employ teaching intensive faculty should hire them and evaluate their teaching through the rigorous system of peer review known as the tenure system As the report notes tenure was designed as a big tent to unite faculty of diverse interests and professional responsibilities It was not designed as a merit badge for research intensive faculty or as a fence to exclude those with teaching intensive commitments As E Gordon Gee the highest paid university president in the United States puts it campus employers must preserve multiple ways to salvation inside the tenure system even at research intensive institutions Before 1970 as today most full time faculty appointments were teaching intensive Nearly all full time teaching intensive positions were on the tenure track Most faculty who spent most of their time teaching were also campus and professional citizens with clear roles in shared governance and access to support for research or professional activity Today campus employers have shunted the majority of teaching intensive positions outside of the tenure system This has in most cases meant a dramatic shift from teaching intensive appointments to teaching only appointments As a result many faculty are now barred from participation in scholarly and institutional governance activities and have only tenuous relationships to campus and disciplinary peers The seismic shift from teaching intensive faculty within the big tent of tenure to teaching only faculty outside of it has a direct impact on student retention and achievement as a growing body of evidence clearly demonstrates American students deserve the same professionalism in their classrooms that they expect from physicians and police officers says Marc Bousquet co chair of the AAUP s Committee on Contingency and the Profession which produced the new report In 1970 most undergraduates took nearly all of their classes from tenure eligible faculty most with terminal degrees in their fields This fall however at many institutions a first year student is more likely to drop out than ever to meet a tenure track professor The boom in non tenure track and often part time faculty jobs puts faculty like many other American workers in an increasingly insecure and precarious position The public should be outraged by the deplorable working conditions imposed on many college teachers says Mayra Besosa co chair of the AAUP committee These working conditions are in violation of basic human rights articulated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for example the rights to equal pay for equal work to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment The central question we have to face in connection with this historic change is clear Should more classroom teaching be done by faculty supported by the rigorous peer scrutiny of the tenure system Most of the evidence says yes and a host of diverse voices

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/%E2%80%9Cmultiple-ways-salvation%E2%80%9D-tenure-and-teaching-intensive-appointments (2016-02-13)
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  • U.S. Should Not Ban People on Ideological Grounds | AAUP
    States Morris was one of 12 international journalists selected to participate in the Nieman fellowship program at Harvard University during the 2010 11 academic year However when he applied for a visa in order to attend the program he was informed by the U S embassy in Bogota that he had been found permanently ineligible for a visa under the Patriot Act According to today s letter the exclusion of Morris limits the ability of his colleagues and hosts to exercise fully their First Amendment rights and is out of step with this administration s stated commitment to fostering a free exchange of information and ideas between the U S and the world Earlier this year Clinton signed orders effectively lifting the exclusion from the United States of prominent scholars Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan The full text of the letter is online pdf and below July 13 2010 Hon Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State U S Department of State 2201 C Street N W Washington D C 20520 Dear Secretary Clinton We are writing on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union the American Association of University Professors and PEN American Center to express our alarm over reports that prominent Colombian journalist Hollman Morris has been denied a visa to travel to the United States Mr Morris has traveled to the United States numerous times in the past at the invitation of leading human rights and journalists organizations interested in his experiences as a journalist covering the armed conflict in Colombia and his perspective on the political situation in his country In 2007 he was honored by Human Rights Watch with its prestigious Human Rights Defender award and he was one of 12 international journalists selected to participate in the Nieman fellowship program at Harvard University for the 2010 2011 academic year The Nieman fellowship program is the oldest and most distinguished program for mid career journalists in the world It was in applying for a visa to attend this program that Mr Morris was reportedly informed by a consular official at the U S embassy in Bogota that he has been found permanently ineligible for a visa under the security provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act Earlier this year our organizations wrote to thank you for signing orders effectively ending the exclusion of Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan two internationally recognized scholars who had been barred from traveling to the United States by the previous administration Professor Habib and Professor Ramadan were among dozens of prominent foreign intellectuals and writers who had visas canceled or denied between 2001 and 2008 to prevent them from assuming teaching posts at U S universities fulfilling speaking engagements with U S audiences and attending U S academic conferences Deeply troubled by this resurgence in the discredited practice of ideological exclusion we were gratified by your efforts to lift the ban on these two colleagues and hopeful that this signaled a willingness on the part of the Obama administration to end

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/us-should-not-ban-people-ideological-grounds (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Censures Two Administrations and Sanctions One | AAUP
    A on Academic Freedom and Tenure the Annual Meeting voted to place Clark Atlanta University on the Association s list of censured administrations University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Censured The report of the investigating committee concerns the actions taken by the administration of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston after a declaration of financial exigency at that institution by the University of Texas Board of Regents to terminate the appointments of more than 120 faculty members approximately one third of them tenured The actions followed a suspension of operations at the medical branch and its affected hospital as a result of the devastation inflicted on September 13 2008 by Hurricane Ike Faculty members received between six and nine months of notice depending on their tenure status and length of service The administration proceeded under the regulations of the University of Texas system set forth in the provisions of Regents Rule 31003 Abandonment of Academic Positions and Programs which do not set forth any definition of financial exigency and which give primary decision making authority regarding appointment terminations and appeals to department chairs and administratively appointed panels rather than to representative faculty bodies Many affected faculty members did appeal their appointment terminations with Rule 31003 placing on them the burden of demonstrating that the financial exigency was not bona fide or that the actions taken to terminate their appointments were arbitrary or unreasonable The investigating committee found such procedures to be seriously deficient when measured against the standards set forth in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure Regulation 4c Financial Exigency of the Association s derivative Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities Moreover the committee concluded that the faculty role in determining the existence of a financial exigency at the institution and in assessing its impact on academic programs and faculty status was essentially nonexistent When measuring administrative actions against the Recommended Institutional Regulations the committee also noted the inadequacy of notice or severance salary for many affected faculty members the administration s failure to assist actively with opportunities for relocation to available suitable positions and the administration s insufficient provisions for faculty recall Finally the committee found that the administration had begun recruiting new faculty members in spring 2009 without demonstrating that many of the appointment terminations could not have been rescinded Although an advisory committee is proposing revisions to the University of Texas System s financial exigency policies for consideration by the board of regents the texts of the proposals and information as to any final action have not yet been shared with the Association Neither has word been received of rescissions of notice of termination or extensions of the effective date of notice since the online publication of the investigating committee s report in April Accordingly following a recommendation from Committee A the Annual Meeting voted to place the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/aaup-censures-two-administrations-and-sanctions-one (2016-02-13)
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  • Donald Payne Receives 2010 AAUP Recognition Award | AAUP
    to Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey The Association honors selected members of Congress with the Yost award in recognition of their outstanding leadership on behalf of higher education In conferring the award the AAUP s Committee on Government Relations highlighted Representative Payne s longstanding commitment to enhancing the Pell Grant program his important role in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and especially his leadership this spring in protecting student aid programs during the health care reform and budget reconciliation debate AAUP president Cary Nelson presented the award commending Payne for his work on behalf of students and higher education Representative Payne recognizes the vital importance of a college education in today s world stated Nelson As a senior member of the House Committee on Education and Labor Congressman Payne was instrumental in passing the historic Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act SAFRA Payne s leadership in passing SAFRA will lead to increased access to affordable college education for American students and will build a world class community college system all at no cost to the taxpayers In discussing the future of federal student aid Payne acknowledges that SAFRA will change the way the student loan system functions by originating all new loans through the government s Direct Loan program But he says it will save jobs and maintain competition among private lenders and nonprofits to provide top notch customer service for student borrowers SAFRA benefits American workers as well as students and families As Payne has said unlike loans made by banks loans originated directly through the government must be serviced by workers in the United States These reforms will make college loans more reliable for students and families and ensure that loans operate in the best interests of borrowers by reducing many of the potential conflicts

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/media-release/donald-payne-receives-2010-aaup-recognition-award (2016-02-13)
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  • 2010 Media Releases | AAUP
    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 2010 Media Releases 06 02 2010 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education The AAUP will host its Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education on June 9 13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D C Members of the media are welcome to attend 05 27 2010 Threat to Academic Freedom in Virginia 7 6 10 Update A Pennsylvania State University investigative committee cleared Michael Mann of ethical misconduct 05 13 2010 Robert M O Neil Appointed AAUP General Counsel As general counsel O Neil will work closely with the AAUP s legal staff to pursue the Association s legal activities The appointment takes effect on July 1 2010 05 03 2010 Texas Administrators Violated Academic Standards AAUP issued a new investigation report regarding the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 04 16 2010 Scholar Activist Cary Nelson Elected AAUP President Cary Nelson a well known scholar activist has been elected president of the American Association of University Professors for a third two year term 04 12 2010 AAUP Releases Annual Report on Faculty Salaries The 2009 10 salary survey provides the most up to date and comprehensive analysis available of faculty salaries at colleges and universities around the country 02 19 2010 Court Urged to Uphold First Amendment In Churchill Case The AAUP and other groups submitted an amicus brief yesterday to a Colorado Court of Appeals arguing that the University of

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2010?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2010 Media Releases | AAUP
    Civility Conflicts of Interest Collective Bargaining Hiring and Promotions Discrimination Diversity Affirmative Action Ethics Faculty Work Workload Family Work Grading Graduate Students The Academic Bill of Rights Minority Serving Institutions Post Tenure Review Retirement 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 2010 Media Releases 01 13 2010 New AAUP Investigation Report AAUP reports outrageous violations of faculty rights at Clark Atlanta University Pages first previous 1 2 3 AAUP Awards The Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Ed and the Martin D Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education recognize coverage of higher education nationally

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/media-releases/2010?page=2 (2016-02-13)
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  • Call for Proposals: 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops | AAUP
    Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home Get Involved Upcoming Events Governance Conference Upcoming Events AAUP Annual Conference Governance Conference Call for Proposals Past Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter Call for Proposals 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops The AAUP will hold its 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington DC from September 30 to October 2 2016 We are now accepting proposals for presentations on topics relating to academic governance We seek proposals from individuals or groups on topics relating to college and university governance Proposers are encouraged to explore connections between their institutions and other institutions and to consider the relevance of AAUP governance policies to problem solving solutions Possible areas of focus include Corporatization and challenges to shared governance Shared governance and assessment accountability and accreditation Faculty participation in budgeting financial exigency or strategic planning Governance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Principles structures and best practices of shared governance Governance and faculty hiring promotion and tenure Faculty governance pedagogy and curriculum Governance and collective bargaining The relationship of faculty governance to administrations and legislatures Motivating faculty from underrepresented groups to participate in shared governance The role of tenured tenure track and contingent faculty in shared governance Departmental governance issues Instructional technology Please send proposals of one to two pages by July 29 2016 to Michael DeCesare AAUP Committee on College and University Governance at decesarem merrimack edu Proposals submitted before July 1 will receive notice of acceptance or rejection prior to the July 29 deadline All accepted presenters must register for the conference Chapters and Conferences Are you looking for a campus based chapter of the AAUP or for your local state organization See a list

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/aaup-shared-governance-conference-and-workshops/call-proposals-2016 (2016-02-13)
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  • Governance conference | AAUP
    Minority Serving Institutions Post Tenure Review Retirement 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

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/event-categories/governance-conference (2016-02-13)
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