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  • NLRB Decision Strengthens Organizing Rights of Private-Sector Faculty Members | AAUP
    educational environment and if so then second whether it holds out the petitioned for faculty members as performing a specific role in creating or maintaining the school s religious educational environment The employer and its supporters argued that only the threshold question of whether the university was a bona fide religious institution was relevant in which case the act would not apply to any faculty members The board responded that this argument overreaches because it focuses solely on the nature of the institution without considering whether the petitioned for faculty members act in support of the school s religious mission Therefore the board established a standard that examines whether faculty members play a role in supporting the school s religious environment In so doing the board recognized concerns that inquiry into faculty members individual duties in religious institutions may involve examining the institution s religious beliefs which could intrude on the institution s First Amendment rights To avoid this issue the new standard focuses on what the institution holds out with respect to faculty members The board explained We shall decline jurisdiction if the university holds out its faculty members in communications to current or potential students and faculty members and the community at large as performing a specific role in creating or maintaining the university s religious purpose or mission The board also found that that faculty must be held out as performing a specific religious function such as integrating the institution s religious teachings into coursework or engaging in religious indoctrination emphasis in original This would not be satisfied by general statements that faculty are to support religious goals or that they must adhere to an institution s commitment to diversity or academic freedom Applying this standard the board found that while Pacific Lutheran University held itself out as providing a religious educational environment the petitioned for faculty members were not performing a specific religious function Therefore the board asserted jurisdiction and turned to the question of whether certain of the faculty members were managerial employees This second question arises from the Supreme Court s decision in Yeshiva where the Court found that in certain circumstances faculty may be considered managers who are excluded from the protections of the act The board noted that the application of Yeshiva previously involved an open ended and uncertain set of criteria for making decisions regarding whether faculty were managers This led to significant complications in determining whether the test was met and created uncertainty for all of the parties Further in explaining the need for the new standard the board specifically highlighted as AAUP had in our amicus brief the increasing corporatization of the university The board stated Indeed our experience applying Yeshiva has generally shown that colleges and universities are increasingly run by administrators which has the effect of concentrating and centering authority away from the faculty in a way that was contemplated in Yeshiva but found not to exist at Yeshiva University itself Such considerations are relevant to our

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/nlrb-decision-strengthens-organizing-rights-private-sector-faculty-members (2016-02-13)
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  • Expanded Right to Use E-mail for Union Organizing | AAUP
    7 of the National Labor Relations Act The decision is available at http mynlrb nlrb gov link document aspx 09031d45819e22c9 In Purple Communications the board explained that the use of email as a common form of workplace communication has expanded dramatically in ecent years Therefore the board ruled that employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted by employers who have chosen to give employees access to their email systems While the case addressed communications supporting the union during an organizing drive given the board s expansion of protected activity this also includes communications critical of the employer s employment related policies practices and management decisions Therefore employees who are given access to their employer s e mail system for business purposes now will be able to use that system on non working time to engage in a wide range of protected communications including union support and comments critical of the employer s employment related policies and management decisions While the board did not directly address other types of electronic equipment and communications such as instant messaging or texting from employer owned smartphones and other devices the board noted that a similar analysis would potentially apply However there are limitations to the decision First since the decision was issued by the NLRB under the statute protecting private sector employees it only applies to private sector employees Second the board only addressed employee use of work e mail and did not extend the protection to cover use by non employees Third the protected use was limited to non work time and absent discrimination against the union it does not give the employees right to use the work e mail during work time Fourth the employer may in certain limited circumstances prohibit or limit the

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/expanded-right-use-e-mail-union-organizing (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Urges Voluntary Recognition of Faculty Union | AAUP
    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 AAUP UPDATES AAUP Urges Voluntary Recognition of Faculty Union On November 26 AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum wrote a letter to Dr Jorge l Sánchez Colón the president of the Board of Governors University of Puerto Rico In the letter he expressed the AAUP s support for the efforts currently being undertaken by the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors APPU to achieve collective bargaining for the faculty at the university and urged him to accept the petition for voluntary recognition presented by the APPU File AAUP Letter of Support of the APPU petition for voluntary recognition Publication Date Tuesday December 2 2014 Tags Jorge l Sánchez Colón APPU University of Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Association of University Professors AAUP Awards

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/aaup-urges-voluntary-recognition-faculty-union (2016-02-13)
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  • AAUP Supports Oregon Teaching Fellows | AAUP
    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 AAUP UPDATES AAUP Supports Oregon Teaching Fellows AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum issued the following statement on the situation of graduate teaching fellows at the University of Oregon The AAUP commends the University of Oregon faculty senate on its stand against the administration s attempt to subvert faculty governance and weaken academic standards as means to undermine the potential Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation s strike In the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities the AAUP affirms that the faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum subject matter and methods of instruction research faculty status and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process This standard is reaffirmed in the University of Oregon s constitution Decisions related to these fundamental academic areas must involve the faculty through the appropriate shared governance body and we commend the faculty senate for demanding that the administration adhere to these professional standards The university administration s attempt to circumvent the shared governance process in order to break a potential strike by the graduate employees makes their action all the more troubling The AAUP has long recognized academic unionization as both a fundamental right and an effective means of furthering AAUP s core principles of academic freedom due process and economic security for all academic workers We stand in solidarity with the GTFF and call on the administration to return to the table

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/aaup-supports-oregon-teaching-fellows (2016-02-13)
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  • Teaching Evaluation | 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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES Teaching Evaluation The AAUP s Committee on Teaching Research and Publications is interested in determining to what degree there is consistency nationally in attitudes toward faculty teaching evaluations in methods used for it and in institutional practices surrounding it We have developed a survey and urge you to provide us information about your institution and your experience The survey can be taken at https www surveymonkey com s teaching evaluation Without your input we cannot effectively bring these issues into the national conversation on the quality and the future of higher education This is not intended to be a survey only of AAUP members but of as many faculty in higher education in the USA as we can reach Please share this with colleagues and encourage them to participate

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/teaching-evaluation (2016-02-13)
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  • Centennial Declaration | 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 AAUP UPDATES Centennial Declaration Show your support for restoring colleges and universities as a public good by signing the AAUP Centennial Declaration We ll add your name to the growing ranks of citizens who support free and open higher education learning opportunities that don t leave students with crippling debt and new levels of engagement between campus and community Nearly one hundred years ago the AAUP issued the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure AAUP principles helped build the largest and most successful system of higher education in the world A century later US institutions of higher learning need a new commitment from faculty students and community allies to reclaim the possibilities that have been threatened by corporatization Let s stand together to show our unwavering support for higher education and expanded learning

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/centennial-declaration (2016-02-13)
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  • New AAUP Advocacy Chapter at Seton Hall University | AAUP
    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 AAUP UPDATES New AAUP Advocacy Chapter at Seton Hall University We re pleased to announce that faculty on the South Orange campus of Seton Hall University have recently formed an AAUP advocacy chapter The chapter will focus on increasing faculty recruitment creating a faculty survey to better understand and respond to the concerns of current faculty members and developing a more open dialogue between faculty Elected officials of the Seton Hall AAUP chapter are vice president Mary Balkun chair and professor of English president Roseanne Mirabella chair and professor of the department of political science and public affairs and secretary and treasurer Michael Taylor associate professor of political science The AAUP is the only national organization for university faculty cutting across disciplinary boundaries to advance values for the profession president Mirabella said Faculty on the South Orange campus will now have access

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/new-aaup-advocacy-chapter-seton-hall-university (2016-02-13)
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  • Berube to Edit Journal of Academic Freedom | AAUP
    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 AAUP UPDATES Berube to Edit Journal of Academic Freedom The AAUP is pleased to announce that Michael Bérubé has agreed to serve as guest editor for the next volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom Bérubé is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and the director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University where he teaches American and contemporary literature disability studies and theory and cultural studies He was awarded the Faculty Scholar medal for research from Penn State in 2012 and was previously named a University Scholar for research at the University of Illinois in 1995 Bérubé currently sits on the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and previously served on the AAUP s Council from 2005 to 2011 He was the 2012 president of the Modern Language Association and is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Bérubé is the author of seven books and an editor of two other anthologies His book Life As We Know It A Father A Family and an Exceptional Child was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 1996 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Maureen Corrigan of National Public Radio Life as We Know It is Bérubé s personal account of raising a child born with Down syndrome and explores issues of disability rights health care and societal and cultural responses to disability The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom publishes scholarship on academic freedom and on its relation to shared governance tenure and collective bargaining

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/berube-edit-journal-academic-freedom (2016-02-13)
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