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  • From the President: The Next 100 Years | AAUP
    those who don t So making statements about the future especially without a crystal ball can be risky Perhaps this is why Yogi Berra who recently passed away at the age of ninety once said The future is not what it used to be Fortunately for me I will not be around for the AAUP s bicentennial so I am free to speculate about the next hundred years In our first century of existence the AAUP s work centered on protecting academic freedom and shared governance and providing faculty members with economic security Clearly academic freedom has been and will remain a critical issue for all of those individuals involved in teaching in the broadest sense faculty graduate students academic professionals and postdocs It is equally important to those involved in research and other creative forms of scholarship Shared governance is a collective form of academic freedom allowing faculty as a group to bring their expertise to bear on the curriculum academic policy diversity hiring and retention and institutional priorities all of which affect the primary missions of colleges and universities Economic security is important because it allows institutions of higher education to attract the best faculty I believe that these core issues will remain as important in the next hundred years as they have been in the AAUP s first century of existence The need for an organization like the AAUP which recognizes that higher education is a public good and that it must serve the public interest by promoting the free exchange of ideas whether in the classroom in the lab on the stage or in the public square is enduring Significant positive changes in higher education are unlikely to occur however until there is a broader mass movement that addresses the overall neoliberal agenda which has been pushed by corporations and the super rich One of the main manifestations of the corporatization of higher education has been the transformation of academic labor Recognizing the changes that were beginning to take place faculty began unionizing in both the public and the private sectors in the 1970s The Supreme Court s 1980 Yeshiva decision which all but ended new organizing at private colleges and universities struck the first blow against faculty unionization Despite this setback public sector faculty unions particularly those representing tenured and tenure track faculty continued to grow Of course in many states public employee collective bargaining is prohibited by law Elitism among faculty at many public flagship institutions has also been an impediment to the growth of unions While the AAUP was one of the earliest voices calling attention to the growing use of contingent labor in higher education our Collective Bargaining Congress and other faculty unions were slow to adapt to the changing landscape The decline of tenure and the growth of both full and part time non tenure track faculty have radically changed the labor market in higher education While the faculty was being divided administrations were busy carrying out the neoliberal agenda in

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  • New Volume of JAF and Call for Papers | AAUP
    help shape the future of our profession In addition there are practical benefits such as discounts insurance programs and a subscription to Academe including the annual report on faculty compensation Click here to read more about the benefits of an AAUP membership Learn more Current Issue Previous Issues Contact Advertising Submissions Subscriptions Check out the current issue Visit the Academe Blog The Academe Blog is an extension of the magazine exploring a wide range of topics including academic freedom governance of colleges and universities working conditions and more New Volume of JAF and Call for Papers By Kelly Hand The AAUP published volume 6 of its online Journal of Academic Freedom in September Eight of the sixteen essays in the volume edited by Michael Bérubé discuss the case of Steven Salaita Each of those essays considers a different aspect of the controversy that ensued when the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign rescinded Salaita s appointment to a tenured faculty position The other eight articles examine academic freedom issues relating to unionization Catholic institutions institutional review boards Title IX requirements personal ethics and a textbook controversy The Journal of Academic Freedom which receives funding from the AAUP Foundation is freely available on the AAUP s website at http www aaup org JAF The AAUP has appointed Jennifer H Ruth as the journal s new editor Ruth who will begin her term as editor with the seventh volume of JAF is an associate professor of English at Portland State University Her scholarly work covers many areas including Victorian literature and industrialism professionalism and academic labor in the Victorian era and the present She is the author of Novel Professions Interested Disinterest and the Making of the Professional in the Victorian Novel and coauthor with Michael Bérubé of The Humanities Higher Education

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  • Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts | AAUP
    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 November December 2015 Join the AAUP By joining the AAUP you help shape the future of our profession In addition there are practical benefits such as discounts insurance programs and a subscription to Academe including the annual report on faculty compensation Click here to read more about the benefits of an AAUP membership Learn more Current Issue Previous Issues Contact Advertising Submissions Subscriptions Check out the current issue Visit the Academe Blog The Academe Blog is an extension of the magazine exploring a wide range of topics including academic freedom governance of colleges and universities working conditions and more Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts By Kelly Hand The AAUP website now includes a newly updated legal resource for members a state by state guide to faculty handbooks as enforceable contracts When faculty members face termination of their appointment or other negative personnel actions faculty handbooks may serve as legal evidence of a contractual relationship between a professor and an institution Because contract claims are governed primarily by state law the guide is organized by state The AAUP s legal department updated the guide extensively in 2015 and adds new cases as they arise To learn about legal precedents concerning faculty handbooks in your state and for links to other AAUP resources for faculty members with potential contractual claims visit http www aaup org faculty handbooks member login required New Volume of JAF

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  • A Twenty-Five-Year Career at the AAUP | AAUP
    academic freedom governance of colleges and universities working conditions and more A Twenty Five Year Career at the AAUP By Kelly Hand Robin Burns the AAUP s assistant director of media relations retired in September after twenty five years of service When she began her career at the AAUP in 1990 the national office had a mainframe computer system but no personal computers Burns was the first employee to request a PC after her colleagues saw what she could do with it everyone wanted one A few years later as the world was beginning to grasp the potential of the new World Wide Web Burns was asked to develop the AAUP s first website This was quite a daunting project at a time when the office still lacked dial up Internet access and the WYSIWYG what you see is what you get concept had not yet revolutionized website design It is a wonderful irony that the person who ushered the AAUP toward an exciting new digital future also happened to be a Civil War history buff who had written a master s thesis on Union general John Gibbon After a reorganization Burns moved from the membership development and public information office to the AAUP s Department of External Relations where she worked on a series of websites and expanded the AAUP s press program by developing a broader network of media contacts One example of her strategic approach to cultivating new contacts was her decision to reach out to student newspapers This effort paid off because student reporters have a natural interest in issues affecting faculty and sometimes go on to cover higher education as professional journalists The media environment has grown increasingly competitive for higher education coverage during Burns s career at the AAUP Except at a handful of

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  • Governance Violations at Union County College | AAUP
    the magazine exploring a wide range of topics including academic freedom governance of colleges and universities working conditions and more Governance Violations at Union County College By Gregory F Scholtz The AAUP s Committee on College and University Governance has authorized publication of a report on serious departures from AAUP supported standards of academic governance at Union County College in Cranford New Jersey The report published in November on the Association s website will be printed in the forthcoming Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors It was prepared by former AAUP president Robert Gorman an emeritus professor of labor law at the University of Pennsylvania The national AAUP s governance staff asked Gorman to visit the campus to meet with representatives of the faculty administration and governing board to attempt mediating an amelioration if not a resolution of the issues and to write a report for the AAUP that would be shared with all interested parties President Margaret M McMenamin however declined to meet with Gorman as did the chairs of the college s two governing boards The report details how McMenamin instituted changes in the college s governance system that sharply diminished the role and influence of the faculty through filing a scope of bargaining petition with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission Under New Jersey law most matters of faculty governance are nonmandatory subjects of bargaining not subject to negotiation Over one hundred provisions many of them related to the faculty s role in institutional governance were eventually stripped from the collective bargaining agreement In contrast to other administrations which voluntarily agree to include provisions on faculty governance in the collective bargaining agreement or in the faculty handbook the McMenamin administration acted to remove all such provisions and halt the longstanding practices they supported The

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  • Press Offers Special Discount to AAUP Members | 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 Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home November December 2015 Join the AAUP By joining the AAUP you help shape the future of our profession In addition there are practical benefits such as discounts insurance programs and a subscription to Academe including the annual report on faculty compensation Click here to read more about the benefits of an AAUP membership Learn more Current Issue Previous Issues Contact Advertising Submissions Subscriptions Check out the current issue Visit the Academe Blog The Academe Blog is an extension of the magazine exploring a wide range of topics including academic freedom governance of colleges and universities working conditions and more Press Offers Special Discount to AAUP Members By Kelly Hand Through an arrangement with the AAUP Johns Hopkins University Press is offering a 30 percent discount on two books that treat subjects of special interest to AAUP members The press published Larry G Gerber s The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance Professionalization and the Modern American University in August 2014 Hans Joerg Tiede s University Reform The Founding of the American Association of University Professors was published in September 2015 and is reviewed by Matthew Finkin in this issue of Academe For more information and a discount code please visit http www aaup org JHUPdiscount Governance Violations at Union County College up Demonstration at Akron Add new

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  • Shared Governance | AAUP
    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 Shared Governance Grading Although the right of professors to evaluate and grade students in their courses may seem obvious teachers sometimes face the prospect of students who refuse to accept the grade they have received Read more about Grading Faculty Adrift What Ever Happened to the Faculty Drift and Decision in Higher Education Mary Burgan Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 2006 paperback edition 2009 Read more about Faculty Adrift Global Trends in Academic Governance U S professors feel less powerful than their colleagues abroad Read more about Global Trends in Academic Governance A Call for Faculty Reengagement in Governance Why faculty must resist the don t worry be happy approach to governance Read more about A Call for Faculty Reengagement in Governance Governance Beyond the Campus Faculty in Nevada are involved not only in institutional governance but also in the legislative process Read more about Governance Beyond the Campus Faculty Governance and Special Interest Centers New entities challenge the traditional role of the faculty Read more about Faculty Governance and Special Interest Centers How to Make Faculty Senates More Effective Lessons learned by a senate chair Read more about How to Make Faculty Senates More Effective Creating a Flexible Budget Process Contingency budgeting is one response to economic uncertainty

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  • Larry G. Gerber | AAUP
    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 Larry G Gerber From the Editor Governance in a Time of Financial Crisis Calls to resist the corporatization of higher education and for faculty control over educational issues go back at least to Thorstein Veblen s publication of The Higher Learning in America in 1918 However as many of the articles in this issue demonstrate the current economic crisis has greatly intensified threats to the practice of shared governance Read more about From the Editor Governance in a Time of Financial Crisis College and University Governance Most discussions of the AAUP s origins and subsequent history focus on the Association s role in

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