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  • Faculty Speak Out | AAUP
    a Chapter I Need Help With Workplace Issues Understanding Terms and Abbreviations Responding to Financial Crisis You are here Home NEWS AAUP UPDATES Faculty Speak Out After faculty protested the statewide board of trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning dropped from its February agenda a discussion of language that would have changed tenure policy and due process protections in the state university system While there is no guarantee that the board will not reintroduce the idea faculty should take heart at the evidence that concerted faculty action can be effective says Garry Jennings president of the Mississippi AAUP conference The conference wrote to the state higher education commissioner protesting the proposed language which would have significantly weakened due process for the state s faculty and allowed administrators to fire tenured tenure track and contingent faculty more easily Higher education in Mississippi as in many other states is experiencing serious budget shortfalls and governor Haley Barbour recently vetoed a bill that would reinstate funding for all levels of education in the state But cuts and policy changes imposed from above are not the best or only way to address these At Jennings own institution Delta State University the administration has been working with the AAUP chapter and faculty senate to come up with alternatives to cutting faculty This cooperation has come as the result of AAUP work in making good arguments and supporting faculty who have come forward to protest what they consider to be the dismantling of the curriculum Jennings says The president of our university has nonetheless been happy to take our counsel and is very supportive of shared faculty governance In this sense our AAUP chapter couldn t be happier But we still must work through the rest of the year to protect the faculty the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/faculty-speak-out (2016-02-13)
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  • Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning | AAUP
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/mississippi-institutions-higher-learning (2016-02-13)
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  • Tenure and Teaching- Intensive Appointments | AAUP
    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 September October 2010 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 Tenure and Teaching Intensive Appointments By Gwendolyn Bradley The majority of faculty members hold teaching intensive positions and over the past few decades the majority of teaching intensive positions have been shunted outside of the tenure system and stripped of other responsibilities says Tenure and Teaching Intensive Appointments a report issued by the AAUP s Committee on Contingency and the Profession The report originally titled Conversion of Appointments to the Tenure Track was issued in draft form in October 2009 and prompted almost two hundred comments This final report has been revised in response to comments received on the draft The seismic shift from teaching intensive faculty within the big tent of tenure to teaching only faculty outside of it has had serious consequences for students as well as the faculty members themselves producing lower levels of campus engagement across the board and a rising service burden for the shrinking core of tenured and tenure track faculty members the report concludes It calls for stabilizing the faculty by converting contingent appointments back to the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/article/tenure-and-teaching-intensive-appointments (2016-02-13)
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  • Crisis In Public Higher Education | AAUP
    Mississippi art engineering technology geology German health Latin marine science religion and other programs and Winona State University in Minnesota French and German In three of these cases AAUP investigations have been authorized Collective Bargaining Republican governors and lawmakers in several states have initiated attempts to strip public employees including many faculty members of collective bargaining rights Details vary from state to state but pieces of legislation being introduced seek to undermine the fiscal solvency of unions by forbidding payroll deduction of union dues and forbidding agency fee provisions reduce drastically the number of subjects on which faculty may bargain collectively cap the amount a public employer is allowed to pay toward an employee s health insurance plan regardless of the employer s ability to pay require unions to hold recertification votes yearly so they are under constant threat of dissolution recognize unions only when a majority of the bargaining unit are paid members require unions to renegotiate contracts an expensive and time consuming process every year prohibit collective bargaining for public employees entirely Although these attacks have been reported in the media as battles over how to close budget gaps the emphasis on budget is often misplaced Public workers do not earn more than their private sector peers when individuals with similar education and training levels are compared In addition states without public employee unions are no better off financially than states with some or no collective bargaining demonstrating that the existence of unions does not exacerbate budget shortfalls Moreover most of the measures proposed are not immediate cost saving measures and some are clearly designed to weaken unions Attacks on collective bargaining affect a wide spectrum of workers AAUP conferences and chapters in the affected states as well as the national office staff have been working together with other groups of public employees to fight back against these attacks Each group of public employees faces unique issues Faculty members stand to lose not only the power to bargain over compensation but also contract provisions covering such matters as governance academic freedom and other important matters that do not relate to compensation For example many academic union contracts include provisions related to faculty senates faculty responsibility for participating in decision making on fundamental academic matters such as curriculum advising and degree requirements and faculty responsibility for setting promotion and tenure criteria and decision making on faculty personnel matters Others incorporate policies protecting the faculty s right to speak out on institutional matters of key importance after the 2006 US Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v Ceballos which determined that the government can restrict the speech of public employees when they comment on issues related to their official duties Although the decision specifically set aside academic speech recognizing that additional constitutional interests were at stake several lower courts have subsequently ruled that faculty members who speak out on matters affecting their institutions are not protected under the First Amendment Direct Attacks On Tenure And Faculty Governance This semester a bill

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/article/crisis-public-higher-education (2016-02-13)
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  • Tenure | AAUP
    Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure 1940 Post Tenure Review 1999 revision Read more about Resources on Tenure The Academy as a Public Works Project Our varied views of service come to the fore when we evaluate one another s work most notably in promotion and tenure reviews If you have worked on such reviews you may have observed the differences among your colleagues service contributions One faculty member may have served on an editorial board and evaluated grant proposals Perhaps another did committee work and served as a program director while a third was involved with outreach and bridge programs for minority students Read more about The Academy as a Public Works Project Stopping the Tenure Clock Upon request a faculty member should be allowed to stop the tenure clock or extend the probationary period with or without taking a full or partial leave of absence Read more about Stopping the Tenure Clock Revised Statement on Librarians The AAUP has issued a revised version of the 1973 Statement on the Faculty Status of College and University Librarians The revision builds on the earlier statement s call for granting faculty status to librarians involved in teaching and research Tags Special Committee on the Status of Librarians Tenure Read more about Revised Statement on Librarians Incentives to Forgo Tenure Tenure is indispensable to the success of an institution in fulfilling its obligations to its students and to society So declares the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure The academic community however has never lacked for proposals that would undermine tenure and thus its role in serving students and society Among such current proposals one in particular requires comment because it has surfaced in recent cases considered by Committee A 1 It proposes that prospective faculty members accept renewable term appointments and forgo consideration for tenure and or that current faculty members renounce tenure in return for some advantage such as a higher salary accelerated leave or other pecuniary consideration Proponents of these agreements argue that they embody a free exchange of mutual benefit to the parties If academic tenure withers in consequence they claim that only demonstrates that in a free market faculty will have demonstrated their unwillingness to support tenure Read more about Incentives to Forgo Tenure From the President Why Is US Higher Education in Decline A recent Harvard Business Review blog post by James Wetherbe It s Time for Tenure to Lose Tenure is one of many recent attacks on tenure The general theme of the article is that tenure raises costs at colleges and universities But before beginning this line of argument Wetherbe states that US higher education is in decline implying that the decline must be related to tenure In particular he argues that US universities have lost ground in science and engineering The evidence of this decline Read more about From the President Why Is US Higher Education in Decline 1 comment Bar Association Affirms Tenure In a victory for academic freedom

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/tenure?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • Tenure | AAUP
    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 Tenure Tenure Matters An Historian s Perspective This paper juxtaposes i the findings of the 2006 Modern Language Association Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion with ii the story that Alvin Kernan tells in his professorial memoir In Plato s Cave 1999 about his pursuit of tenure at Yale in the 1950s and early 1960s to advance the view that tenure is best understood as a practice defined by a set of protocols that have been created and elaborated over time Read more about Tenure Matters An Historian s Perspective The Personal Ethics of Academic Freedom Problems of Knowledge and Democratic Competence The following essay takes up Robert Post s influential account of academic freedom in order to consider the role of personal ethics in practices surrounding academic freedom The essay begins by outlining and proposing some revisions of Post s account It then considers three topics that are connected with academic freedom the responsibilities of academics in extramural speech in professional evaluation of research and finally in tenure decisions Read more about The Personal Ethics of Academic Freedom Problems of Knowledge and Democratic Competence 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 be learned from the AAUP s first century it is that academic freedom can never be taken for granted While academic freedom is one of the foundations of greatness in the American higher education system it has always been and always will be contested and vulnerable Academic freedom must be fought

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/tenure?page=2 (2016-02-13)
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  • Institutional Budgets | AAUP
    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 Institutional Budgets Financial Exigency Academic Governance and Related Matters Report discussing AAUP policies concerning the role of the faculty in budgeting in good times and when an institution must deal with a financial crisis Read more about Financial Exigency Academic Governance and Related Matters Creating a Flexible Budget Process Contingency budgeting is one response to economic uncertainty Read more about Creating a Flexible Budget Process From the President Collaborative Budgeting The AAUP has long been on the record about the importance of the faculty s participation in budgetary decisions The organization gave specific emphasis to the issue in its 1972 statement The Role of the Faculty in Budgetary and Salary Matters Yet it is no secret that the recession has led a number of administrations to undermine this principle either imposing actions without sufficient consultation or denying faculty members access to the financial information they need to

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/institutional-budgets (2016-02-13)
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  • Athletics | AAUP
    College Athletics Statement addressing the general allocation of authority in the governance of athletics It emphasizes the obligation of the faculty to ensure academic primacy in an institution s athletic program Read more about The Role of the Faculty in the Governance of College Athletics Are We There Yet Thirty seven years later Title IX hasn t fixed it all Read more about Are We There Yet Misplaced Priorities USA Today finds that at many institutions athletic programs continue to receive large subsidies even while instructional budgets are being cut Tags Program Cuts Athletics Read more about Misplaced Priorities Why the Athletic Director Wept He wept He sobbed uncontrollably and unashamedly The six foot ten twenty two year old did so in front of hundreds of onlookers in the middle of the gymnasium floor He cried not because the weight of the sins of the world had been placed upon his shoulders He hadn t lost a loved one or suffered wounded pride or a season ending injury He did not have a broken heart Read more about Why the Athletic Director Wept 1 comment Rutgers Inc or How Thorstein Veblen Explains Today s Policies in Higher Education On April 3 2013 Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusing his players The university s president had discovered the abuse in November 2012 This delay is representative of the wider institutional culture in modern American universities Read more about Rutgers Inc or How Thorstein Veblen Explains Today s Policies in Higher Education Losing Focus The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession 2013 14 The March April issue of Academe consists of the Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession commonly known as the compensation survey The main report assessing trends in full

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/import-tags/athletics (2016-02-13)
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