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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    Tags Academic Freedom Brooklyn College Read more about AAUP Commends Brooklyn College President AAUP s letter to FAU s President Saunders In a letter to the president of Florida Atlantic University the AAUP defended a communication professor s right under principles of academic freedom to speak on matters of public concern without fear of institutional discipline Tags Florida Atlantic University Academic Freedom Read more about AAUP s letter to FAU s President Saunders Terminations of Tenured Faculty Appointments at SUBR An AAUP investigating committee s report on Southern University Baton Rouge focuses on the termination of nineteen tenured faculty appointments in spring 2012 The actions followed a declaration of financial exigency in October 2011 by Southern University s board of supervisors in response to a budgetary shortfall and a concurrent plan to reorganize SUBR by reducing the number of its colleges from nine to five Read more about Terminations of Tenured Faculty Appointments at SUBR The Red Scare in the New York City Schools Priests of Our Democracy The Supreme Court Academic Freedom and the Anti Communist Purge by Marjorie Heins New York New York University Press 2013 Read more about The Red Scare in the New York City Schools Berkeley the American Police State and the Making of a Governor Subversives The FBI s War on Student Radicals and Reagan s Rise to Power Seth Rosenfeld New York Farrar Straus and Giroux 2012 Read more about Berkeley the American Police State and the Making of a Governor AAUP Statement on Academic Boycotts The recent decision by noted physicist Stephen Hawking to call off plans to attend a major conference in Israel out of deference to an academic boycott advocated by some pro Palestinian groups and the vote in late April by the membership of the Association for Asian American

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/academic-freedom?page=6 (2016-02-13)
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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    after he distributed a pamphlet that made proposals to change the direction and focus of the Murrow School of Communications Demers sued the university alleging that the university s actions violated his First Amendment rights The trial court applied the Supreme Court s analysis in the 2006 Garcetti v Read more about Appeals Court Expands Protections for Academic Speech Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association The AAUP which opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom is disappointed by the ASA council s vote and urges ASA members to reject this resolution Tags American Studies Association Academic Freedom Read more about Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association AAUP Colorado Conference Condemns University This statement condemns the University of Colorado s treatment of a sociology professor as a clear violation of academic freedom and an unwarranted infringement on her professional obligation to choose effective instructional methods to communicate disciplinary knowledge in her classroom Tags University of Colorado Academic Freedom Colorado State AAUP Conference Read more about AAUP Colorado Conference Condemns University Academic Freedom Violated at University of Colorado The American Association of University Professors AAUP joins its Colorado state conference in condemning the University of Colorado Boulder s treatment of sociology professor Patricia Adler Tags University of Colorado Patricia Adler Academic Freedom Read more about Academic Freedom Violated at University of Colorado Social Media Policy Violates Academic Freedom The AAUP condemns as a gross violation of the fundamental principles of academic freedom new Kansas Board of Regents rules under which faculty and other employees may be suspended dismissed or terminated from employment for improper use of social media Tags Academic Freedom Kansas Board of Regents Read more about Social Media Policy Violates Academic Freedom Kansas AAUP Conference Statement The social media policy passed last week

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/academic-freedom?page=7 (2016-02-13)
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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    with protecting the professional autonomy and intellectual integrity of the nation s faculties Read more about One Historian s Perspective on Academic Freedom and the AAUP 1 comment Anti Boycott Bill Threatens Academic Freedom The AAUP has released a statement opposing New York s proposed Assembly Bill A 8392 While the AAUP opposes all academic boycotts the statement explains that the restrictions threatened by Assembly Bill A 8392 could impose even greater restrictions on academic freedom Tags New York Academic Freedom State governments Read more about Anti Boycott Bill Threatens Academic Freedom Demers v Austin 746 F 3d 402 9th Cir Wash Jan 29 2014 In this important decision the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reinforced the First Amendment protections for academic speech by faculty members Adopting an approach advanced in AAUP s amicus brief the court emphasized the seminal importance of academic speech Accordingly the court concluded that the Garcetti analysis did not apply to speech related to scholarship or teaching and therefore the First Amendment could protect this speech even when undertaken pursuant to the official duties of a teacher and professor Read more about Demers v Austin 746 F 3d 402 9th Cir Wash Jan 29 2014 Controversy in the Classroom The AAUP clarifies that the group Students for Academic Freedom which purports to rely on AAUP principles concerning controversial subject matter in fact goes well beyond the AAUP s statements and is inimical to academic freedom and the very idea of liberal education Read more about Controversy in the Classroom AAUP Opposes Anti Boycott Legislation The AAUP released a statement opposing legislation currently pending in New York and Maryland which would prevent public funds from being used to support organizations which have voted to boycott higher education institutions in other countries Tags academic boycotts State governments Academic Freedom Read more about AAUP Opposes Anti Boycott Legislation 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 Read more about Proposed Maryland Legislation Ill Conceived Letter Urges Legislature To Restore Funding Penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements of the educational program is educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect it threatens academic freedom and the quality of education Tags Academic Freedom First Amendment GLBTQ Read more about Letter Urges Legislature To Restore Funding More than MOOCs On August 13 2013 William C Powers the president of the University of Texas at Austin sent out a campuswide e mail about educational technology While campuswide e mails seldom make news this one did because few university presidents ever address this particular subject Rapidly advancing technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives Powers wrote and education is no exception The changing landscape presents challenges but it also gives us great opportunities Read more about More than MOOCs 1 comment Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications This revised report brings up to date and expands upon the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/academic-freedom?page=8 (2016-02-13)
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  • Academic Freedom | AAUP
    century and what role the faculty the workforce of the education industry will play Read more about A Journalist s View of the Assault on Public Education Palestinian Universities and Everyday Life under Occupation On my last night in the old city of Jerusalem I enter through the Flower s Gate and walk through a busy market past boys chasing each other on narrow streets clusters of old men visiting in shop doorways women leaning out of upper windows The fading afternoon light amplifies the social relations of a neighborhood bound by intimate conversation and cheerful laughter Just before I reach the Muslim cemetery however teenagers loitering a block away from the Lion s Gate fling an empty glass bottle in front of a car backing out of a narrow driveway Read more about Palestinian Universities and Everyday Life under Occupation 3 comments Why Academic Politics Are So Vicious Twenty years have passed since I taught my first day of classes as a beginning assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University To be honest these days I often find myself bored as well as exhausted But I do not seek a life elsewhere It is the fact that I can spread ideas that keeps me faithful to what I do Read more about Why Academic Politics Are So Vicious AAUP Welcomes Jennifer Ruth as Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom Henry Reichman AAUP first vice president and chair of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure said Jennifer Ruth s wide ranging interests in topics as diverse as Victorian literature and higher education in China her fervent commitment to academic freedom and shared governance and her ambitious innovative and courageous efforts to address the profound implications of universities increasing reliance on non tenure track faculty make her an ideal candidate to edit the Journal of Academic Freedom Tags JAF Academic Freedom Read more about AAUP Welcomes Jennifer Ruth as Editor of Journal of Academic Freedom Response to Cary Nelson In a response to an essay in this issue of the Journal of Academic Freedom by Cary Nelson about the appointment of Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois the author seeks to set the record straight and suggests that Nelson is grinding a political ax Read more about Response to Cary Nelson Brief Supports Academic Freedom in Research The American Association of University Professors filed an amicus brief on October 26 with the Arizona Court of Appeals arguing that academic freedom to conduct research is essential to a vital university system and warrants protecting certain research records from disclosure The case involves a lawsuit filed by the Energy Environment Legal Institute a free market legal foundation which is using public records requests in a campaign against climate science Read more about Brief Supports Academic Freedom in Research Does Academic Freedom Have a Future Prognostications about the future of academic freedom will be informed best by the lessons of its past And if there is any lesson to

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/academic-freedom?page=11 (2016-02-13)
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  • On Extending the Probationary Period | AAUP
    If It Ain t Broke What problem is the proposed change designed to address and resolve Advocates of a multiyear extension believe that the seven year limit simply does not allow enough time for tenure track faculty to establish a record of achievement sufficient to justify a tenured appointment They offer a variety of reasons that research has become more complicated and time consuming than it used to be that extensive peer review processes delay the initiation of externally funded research and the publication of results that there is more high risk high gain research leading to more research dead ends and delays in obtaining results and that extending the probationary period would particularly benefit women faculty and they appear to be motivated by concerns of fairness to tenure candidates Before citing these reasons however advocates of extending the probationary period should consider whether more fundamental conditions that underlie the seven year limit have been met These conditions essential to the fairness of the existing system include the following The recruitment process used to identify and appoint probationary faculty is sufficiently selective The standards for achieving tenure are appropriate Reappointment and evaluation procedures appropriately direct the efforts of probationary faculty Institutional support for probationary faculty is adequate Working conditions for probationary faculty encourage them to continue actively to pursue an academic career by offering attractive compensation and benefits effective mentoring acceptable teaching and service assignments attractive research opportunities and sufficient time for recreational activities and family responsibilities Deficiencies in the above areas of faculty support should be addressed before an extension of the probationary period is contemplated Unfortunately the evidence suggests that these conditions are not always satisfied at U S institutions of higher education In fact many tenured faculty members would acknowledge that tenure standards have been slowly raised and continue to rise that the process leading to tenure recommendations often does not receive the critical peer attention it requires that institutional support of probationary faculty is not all that it should be and that the experiences of probationary faculty may not reinforce the initial choice to pursue an academic career Those who argue that particular academic units or disciplines require a different and more prolonged probationary period however should be reminded that the application of the seven year limit to all U S higher education faculty works because those who are primarily responsible for making the critical judgment about the candidate s qualifications for tenure are the candidate s faculty peers and the administrators of the candidate s academic units Thus a particular institution s and an academic unit s missions the candidate s academic discipline and particular areas of specialization and emphasis and the institution s standards for the granting of tenured appointments are all potentially incorporated into the tenure review and recommendation process The seven year limit is a necessary safeguard to protect the candidate from prolonged exploitation by his or her institution The limit is based on the recognition that the qualifications for tenure whatever

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  • From the General Secretary: What We do to Our Young | AAUP
    tenure standards as a lever to increase their status and are thereby compromising the future of our profession And I believe that too often we are complicit in a process that does more harm to prospective and junior faculty than it does good for the profession as a whole The point of tenure has been to ensure professors academic freedom for the benefit of students and society Tenure was originally intended to provide faculty members the security needed to pursue ideas in teaching and research participate in shared governance and engage in extramural speech freely But too often today the tenure process fosters insecurity as senior faculty and administrators try to increase departmental or institutional prestige by ratcheting up standards Too often tenure is being employed as an artificially high bar that contingent colleagues because of their working conditions cannot reach Too often the lives or lack thereof to which we subject postdoctoral personnel and assistant professors are persuading bright graduate students that a faculty career is not for them We are being speeded up Junior faculty are expected to publish more generate more grants teach more students in more contexts and be responsive 24 7 At colleges and universities seeking to move up the institutional ratings scale research productivity expectations and tenure standards are raised without providing the teaching loads and research infrastructure required to enable faculty to reach them And faculty promotion and tenure committees often are complicit even when the vitas of senior professors would fall short of those that candidates are expected to achieve At research universities there is also speedup the push to do more of everything and less of nothing except nonacademic life Promotion and tenure candidates must demonstrate ever higher levels of publication productivity and grant revenue and their work is expected to have ever greater national and international impact At some universities the number of external letters required for promotion is now absurdly high as is the expectation that letters come from independent referees who have never so much as had lunch with the candidate I believe in standards I do not believe they must be forever fixed But they should be realistic and should encourage exploration and risk taking not narrow work on a small grindstone How do our top students view us I recently spoke with an AAUP leader an engineering professor about the need for new tenure track positions in science technology engineering and mathematics fields where many recent PhDs are in contingent postdoc purgatory She said Many of our graduate students start out saying they want a faculty position by the end of their education none of them want to be professors What messages are we sending our graduate students and junior faculty In a graduate class I taught on the sociology of academe one student shared what she had heard a senior biology professor saying about a junior colleague She s a breeder insinuating that the junior professor was not serious the senior professor was a woman

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  • Fighting Back: The Human Cost of Layoffs | AAUP
    to figure out how to cope with diminished funding Feeling the Cuts At present I don t teach at the college I used to teach there full time but eight years ago I accepted a position teaching in the local school district s juvenile corrections system My husband though is a tenured faculty member as are many of our friends The college administration reacted to the budget cuts perhaps reasonably logically by deciding to cut all faculty members who were probationary for tenure But the results of that decision are horrific personally experientially Tenure comes with retention after seven years of service Seven years of service in a small town means home ownership friendships and strong connections to the community to churches to cultural organizations Seven years It s almost enough to make you an old timer in a small town No matter any tenure track faculty member who had not served long enough to be granted tenure faced losing his or her position The positions of forty one faculty members from our campus and from one satellite campus serving Navajo students further south were slated for termination That s forty one out of seventyone full time positions more than half of the full time faculty Aside from devastating the academic life of the campus such terminations would represent a strike at the heart of the institution True the administration promised to reappoint these nontenured faculty members if the legislature restored funding but that was a big if I casually interviewed several faculty members tenured and nontenured Almost all of them declined to be quoted directly especially the tenured I still have my job don t I So I m not saying anything They all responded similarly though Tension runs high in the college but no one is talking about it Just about everyone sees places to cut budgets reducing the number of full scholarships for athletes who rarely win a game or for the ambassador scholars who show visitors around campus for example This type of cutting could have covered the deficit and also provided money for some advertising The college hasn t advertised in two decades no one knows why Everything we say depresses us further College policy requires notification of nonrenewal for probationary faculty in December so that faculty can look for other jobs So we stand to lose our bright new capable faculty mourned one tenured instructor Reprieve I didn t blame the administration what could it do but deal with what came down from the legislature What a pity though that education had to take the hits It s easy to cut higher education especially for a legislature that sometimes is characterized as uneducated itself The education cuts revealed the priorities of Utah s policy makers and the administration was prepared to reduce the college s budget in a way that would have had devastating consequences for the residents of my community But this year at least we were granted a reprieve Near the end

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  • An Examination of the Tenured Mind | AAUP
    these scholars work the author is more interested in what she calls passionate thought which she describes as strivings for honest understanding for thought that is emotive in its honesty drawing its creator to it equally for what in honesty it is and also what in substance it represents Neumann found faculty members who variously associated passionate thought with the pursuit of beauty or the search for expressive space with a single or crosscutting area of study and with individual or shared endeavors In other words individuals in multiple fields experience passionate thought in many ways Neumann concludes that most of those she interviewed experienced their scholarly learning as being powered by a search for passionate thought The author s voice is clear and well passionate throughout The tone of the book is like a conversation over coffee Even so the text has extensive references citations and footnotes that enable the reader to follow the trajectory of the author s thought This is one of the best written academic texts I have read in quite some time Why then do I say the book fails In a book that is so particular so rich with quotations I came away disappointed that the contexts in which we live and work were fused together as if we all think and act alike The book for example allowed me to reflect on my own academic life Pennsylvania State University where I began my academic career and the University of Southern California where I am now are vastly different research universities The institutions my colleagues the environment the culture of the places have shaped how I approach academic life yet we do not get much sense of such differences in Neumann s book It is as if passionate thought occurs in similar fashion in all places and that has certainly not been my experience I might have passionate thoughts as Neumann describes them but they also are shaped by my own identity as a gay man My scholarship is not shaped simply by the texts I read and write and the research I conduct I am inevitably framed by who I am as an individual Although Neumann refers to how children or family are also valued by these academics we do not get a sense of how one particular value shapes distorts collides with the others One participant for example says in relation to the place of scholarly work in her life It s one of four or five things that I value When asked what else she values she states My children my broader family community things and it may sound silly but I exercise a lot Fitness is very important to me Passionate thought to me cannot be cordoned off from the rest of my life Fitness is important to me too but when I am hiking in the Pecos Wilderness I also am thinking through particular problems I have in writing or with a text I have read or with a

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