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  • AAUP Council Meeting | AAUP
    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

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  • Building Campus Coalitions | AAUP
    academe and need your suggestions and ideas to fashion a response 3 Start small with actions or events you can assure will have a good outcome Hold educational events Focus on consciousness raising Have a public meeting with a brief presentation and an experienced facilitator to involve the participants in agenda setting and decisionmaking Be sensitive to process as much as to outcome It will take time experience working together and some initial victories to build up trust and the willingness to act in concert 4 Coalitions have a low level of unity Do not overburden them with every problem or issue at once It is hard enough to agree on what the problem is and what to do about it rather than why the problem exists Focus on areas of common concern and on common action rather than on ideological or political explanations Coalitions are action oriented groups not debating societies At education events individuals can offer critiques of corporatization or other relevant issues but the coalition itself must have low barriers to participation For example a coalition may unite organizations and individuals that want to stop the overuse and abuse of part time faculty regardless of how different actors account for the situation 5 Move from your strengths to your weaknesses and from the administration s weaknesses to their strengths Like unions coalitions use the resources of stronger citizens to help promote the organization of weaker ones because it is in everyone s long term interest to do so Start acting where you are strong and move gradually into areas where you are weak For example it is typical that the public sector is more highly unionized and can provide resources and lower the risk for private sector activists Conversely when plotting strategy and tactics do not rush to a frontal assault on the whole of administrative policy or high ranking individual administrators but look for opportunities to isolate a particularly obvious weakness in policy to hone in on 6 Coalitions are fragile do not try to control them Overzealous steering committees or forcing through agendas are the kiss of death because people will simply withdraw Establish accountable and transparent leadership structures Avoid consensus in meetings larger than a handful Keep meetings short and task oriented If people want to debate theory or vent anger have pre or post meeting get togethers for coffee or drinks 7 Leaders should avoid expediency Politics is the mobilization of people and ideas not the administration of tasks The aim of coalitions is movement building and that means developing new leaders and passing on skills The point is to stimulate and facilitate local organizing so delegate tasks out to the widest possible range of people even if it takes longer to get the job done and efficiency suffers Commitment comes from contributions made not from having a few leaders do all the work Pay attention to the process of organizing and the policy goals will be easier to achieve 8 Focus on

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  • Communicating Through the Media | AAUP
    be easily reached often a problem for academics who may be on the go If reporters aren t interested in your headline they won t read the release Make it punchy and use a large font Place key information in the lead paragraph who why when where and how The most important information is in the lead with additional paragraphs in descending order of importance If possible include quotes in the release this makes it more interesting and is a convenience for reporters who may lift the quotes directly from your release Avoid the passive voice Use action verbs and make it lively Avoid jargon and technical terms Write simple declarative sentences and short paragraphs Your audience members are neither academics nor necessarily well versed in the details of higher education legislation contract negotiations or financial exigency Prepare boilerplate language describing your AAUP chapter or other organization and include it at the end of the release It may also be useful to develop a folder of materials that includes basic information about the financial crisis at your institution or in your state as well as other relevant background information for reporters For example you might include salary data showing that your institution s compensation is already low compared to peers or data showing past tuition hikes or news articles on how similar institutions are handling similar crises better whatever helps you make your case Talking to the Media Some suggestions Nothing is ever really off the record Many reporters are on tight deadlines return calls immediately or they will move on If you are not sure how to respond to a question write it down and find out the reporter s deadline Consult with your colleagues and call back before the deadline If a reporter calls with something you haven t heard about say so Be sure to emphasize and repeat your key points those are the quotes you want to appear in the paper When time allows ask for the reporter s e mail address and send a follow up message reiterating these points Familiarize yourself with two or three sound bites Write them down When possible turn the question back to your message Prepare yourself by writing down key facts to look at during the call For critical quotes only ask a reporter to read back your quotes Be sure of what the reporter is asking you Be helpful Volunteer to send background information Anticipate questions and know the opposing points Don t get frustrated by difficult questions Stick to your message Tell the reporter you have more to add if he or she overlooks something you think is important Writing Op Eds and Letters to the Editor An op ed is an essay written by an outsider and published in the opinion section of a newspaper as opposed to the unsigned editorials written by newspaper staff Letters to the editor usually respond to particular articles that appeared in the paper while op eds generally do not Both

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  • Opinions | AAUP
    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 Get Involved Issue Campaigns Speak Up Speak Out Protect the Faculty Voice Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Centennial Declaration Campus Equity Week Intellectual Property at Risk One Faculty Public Employees and Higher Ed Under Fire Speak Up Speak Out Protect the Faculty Voice Legal Cases Affecting Academic Speech Opinions Action Items How to and Success Stories and Policies Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter Opinions These opinion columns by leading academics on the implications of Garcetti and the importance of protecting faculty speech are available for republication with appropriate attribution Academic Freedom Under Threat By Larry Gerber Chair American Association of University Professors Committee on College and University Governance Professor Emeritus of History Auburn University Auburn Ala A Huge Loss for the Public s Right to Know And Its Safety By Helen Norton Associate Professor of Law University of Colorado School of Law Garcetti More Chilling Than the Unabomber By Michael A Olivas Professor of Law University of Houston Two term General Counsel American Association of University Professors Troubling Days for Academic Freedom By Ellen Schrecker Professor of History Yeshiva University New York N Y For Faculty Free Speech the Tide Is Turning By Thomas Sullivan and Lawrence White The Chronicle of Higher Education September 30 2013 Chapters and Conferences Are you looking for a campus based chapter of the AAUP or for your local state organization See a list of chapters or state conferences Start a Chapter Active AAUP chapters serve the profession on more than 450 campuses by supporting principles and programs that vitally affect the

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  • The AAUP Action Plan for Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice | AAUP
    in institutional decision making and implementation is essential to ensuring the success of institutional initiatives Decisions reached without faculty input may be insufficiently attentive to core academic values may not reflect the realities on campus or may simply be difficult to execute The explicit protection of academic freedom including freedom of involvement in institutional governance is critical to assuring the success of such initiatives It promotes shared responsibility and reduces institutional liability Any university insisting that it has the unfettered discretion to control faculty speech might also be responsible for that speech Both faculty and the administration will be served best if faculty are free to express themselves on institutional and other matters without institutional control or intrusion What Can You Do Faculty Senates and Other Campus Based Faculty Groups Can Carefully assess the adequacy and coverage of existing institutional policies that affect faculty speech or expressive activity These can be found in faculty handbooks university policies or regulations collective bargaining agreements and occasionally state laws or regulations Where the policies are insufficient advocate for change Gather support from as broad a range of faculty and faculty groups as possible on campus or across multi campus systems to work with administrations and governing boards in enacting policy changes For those faculties represented by a collective bargaining agent incorporate language protecting academic freedom in the next negotiated agreement between faculty and governing boards Where existing institutional policy meets recognized needs or could be so adapted with minor revisions continue to raise awareness and make protections standard practice Publicize the issue in campus based media and to local news outlets to raise awareness within the community To highlight faculty s contribution to the public good supply examples of faculty speaking on issues of importance to the community Notify AAUP and other national faculty and free speech groups about the activity on your campus Report all litigation involving issues of academic freedom and faculty speech rights so that the AAUP and others can consider offering support at an early stage Sharing your experiences as broadly as possible can bring support to your efforts and help others in theirs National State and Regional Higher Education and Free Speech Organizations Can Widely disseminate examples of policy statements that explicitly protect faculty speech including speech on institutional matters see suggested language below and urge their adoption at the institutional level Rigorously monitor cases involving faculty members who have spoken up about misconduct or problems on their campuses and been disciplined for such actions Report these cases as they emerge to AAUP and other faculty organizations Educate the governing boards senior administrators and attorneys at public universities about the potential risks of using this new speech doctrine against faculty members Help them recognize that pre Garcetti public employee speech concepts have been effective in protecting their institution s vital interests while also safeguarding academic freedom and free expression What Language Can be Used to Protect Faculty Speech Any policy considered should expressly protect faculty participation in institutional

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  • How-to and Success Stories and Policies | AAUP
    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 Get Involved Issue Campaigns Speak Up Speak Out Protect the Faculty Voice Upcoming Events Local Toolkit Issue Campaigns Centennial Declaration Campus Equity Week Intellectual Property at Risk One Faculty Public Employees and Higher Ed Under Fire Speak Up Speak Out Protect the Faculty Voice Legal Cases Affecting Academic Speech Opinions Action Items How to and Success Stories and Policies Find Chapters Conferences Start a Chapter How to and Success Stories and Policies The pieces below were written by faculty who have spearheaded successful efforts to amend policies on their campuses in order to protect the right of faculty to participate in shared governance We have also compiled a summary of policies passed at public institutions and organizations in response to post Garcetti threats to academic freedom and shared governance we hope the chart below is useful in your efforts to implement similar language See also the end of the subcommittee s report pdf or executive summary for suggested policy language Have you done the same Let us know Defending Academic Freedom in the Age of Garcetti Summary of Institutional Academic Freedom and Shared Governance Policies doc The University of Minnesota Revises its Academic Freedom Policy The University of Wisconsin Counters Garcetti v Ceballos Chapters and Conferences Are you looking for a campus based chapter of the AAUP or for your local state organization See a list of chapters or state conferences Start a Chapter Active AAUP chapters serve the profession on more than 450 campuses by supporting principles and programs that vitally affect the quality of

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  • Cary Nelson | AAUP
    financial crisis now upon us In higher education we confront the consequences campus by campus The pressures vary according to each institution s funding stream Read more about From The President Campus Equity Year Always Lobotomize Save the World on Your Own Time Stanley Fish New York Oxford University Press 2008 Read more about Always Lobotomize From the President Whose Academic Freedom Thirty years ago as a recently tenured associate professor I was one of the first beneficiaries of a new department rule that all faculty members would periodically teach first year composition The guidelines for the course had changed quite a bit over the years but two that were in place at the time presented me with problems that I had to choose one of five textbooks that had been selected and that I had to assign ten papers over the course of the fifteen week semester Invoking academic freedom I informed the course chairperson that I would do neither Read more about From the President Whose Academic Freedom From the President Dues Reform Those of you who were at the AAUP s annual meeting this year had the opportunity to attend our immensely successful international conference on academic freedom From an experience that has often mixed moments of inspiration with the rhythms of an annual death march the annual meeting overnight was transformed into a major intellectual event The Chronicle of Higher Education alone carried nine separate stories about the conference People enjoyed themselves We will expand the conference next year Read more about From the President Dues Reform From The President Bad Faith Bargaining As the AAUP moves toward implementation of its restructuring plan and the creation of a traditional 501c 5 labor union we should ask ourselves how we can further enhance the effectiveness and visibility

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  • AAUP | 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 AAUP An AAUP Chapter Can Transform Your Campus Big or small established or fledgling an AAUP chapter on your own campus can accomplish a surprising number of things that even the most committed faculty member can t do alone Read more about An AAUP Chapter Can Transform Your Campus One Historian s Perspective on Academic Freedom and the AAUP It s our brand academic freedom Whatever else the AAUP does the defense of academic freedom is what distinguishes it from every other organization As the American system of higher education has evolved so too has the Association s mission but despite embracing collective bargaining and the provision of other services to the professoriate the AAUP has not abandoned its central concern with protecting the

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