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  • AAUP Statement on ASA Vote | AAUP
    Diversity Affirmative Action 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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES AAUP Statement on ASA Vote The AAUP today released a statement on the vote announced this morning by the membership of the American Studies Association ASA to endorse an academic boycott of Israel While the AAUP takes no position on the Israeli Palestinian conflict we have opposed all academic boycotts in principle since 2005 when we published our report On Academic Boycotts Publication Date Monday December 16 2013 Tags American Studies Association academic boycotts AAUP Awards The Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Ed and the Martin D Snyder Award for Excellence in Student

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/aaup-statement-asa-vote (2016-02-13)
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  • On Academic Boycotts | AAUP
    that the AAUP supports no practices that correspond to the AUT boycott undertaken in the interests of its members Under AAUP policy chapters that engage in collective bargaining can participate in a strike Moreover while AAUP policy states that strikes and other such actions are not desirable for the resolution of conflicts within institutions of higher education it also states that in certain cases resort to economic pressure through strikes or other work actions may be a necessary and unavoidable means of dispute resolution 4 A strike is an economic boycott we will distinguish among types of boycotts below but it often involves pressures that are not exclusively economic such as the local faculty union s asking outside speakers not to come to a campus during a strike or the refusal of faculty elsewhere to attend conferences held on a campus where a strike is in process So while the AAUP insists on action that conforms to its principles practical issues sometimes produce dilemmas that must be addressed AAUP History In 1970 the AAUP published two conflicting commentaries on institutional neutrality there followed an intense debate on the subject 5 The context was the war in Vietnam and the question was whether universities should take a position on the war One side by far the majority argued that all ideas had to be tolerated within the academy lest the university become an instrument of indoctrination and that therefore a university should not take a position on disputed public issues The other side asked whether perilous situations called for extraordinary action It might be worthwhile to debate just how bad things would have to get before the principle of academic neutrality were no longer absolute While this discussion about institutional neutrality led to no policy recommendation it raised issues that have since surfaced in discussions about academic boycotts Are there extraordinary situations in which extraordinary actions are necessary and if so how does one recognize them How should supporters of academic freedom have treated German universities under the Nazis Should scholarly exchange have been encouraged with Hitler s collaborators in those universities Can one plausibly maintain that academic freedom is inviolate when the civil freedoms of the larger society have been abrogated If there is no objective test for determining what constitutes an extraordinary situation as there surely is not then what criteria should guide decisions about whether a boycott should be supported In 1985 the AAUP s Seventy first Annual Meeting called on colleges and universities as investors to oppose apartheid to decline to hold securities in banks which provide loans to the government of South Africa and to favor divestiture of holdings in companies that did not adhere to the Sullivan principles The meeting also urged similar action on the part of public and private pension funds serving higher education faculty 6 Three years later the Association s Seventy fourth Annual Meeting urged TIAA CREF to divest itself of all companies doing business in South Africa 7 Although the resolutions did not apply to exchanges among faculty and in this sense did not constitute an academic boycott some argued at the time that the indirect effect of disinvestment would be harmful to university teachers and researchers Some individuals publishers University Microfilms and organizations the American Library Association for example did engage in an academic boycott but the AAUP limited its protests against apartheid to resolutions of condemnation and to divestment because it was considered wiser to keep open lines of communication among scholars in accordance with principles of academic freedom Throughout its history the AAUP has approved numerous resolutions condemning regimes and institutions that limit the freedoms of citizens and faculty but South Africa is the only instance in which the organization endorsed some form of boycott Indeed the Association has often called for greater freedom of exchange among teachers and researchers at the very time that the U S government has imposed restrictions on these exchanges as occurred with the Soviet Union and is still occurring with Cuba The Association has also disputed arguments of various administrations in Washington that the requirements of national security justify halting academic travel for bona fide academic reasons or scholarly communications Boycotts Though often based on assertions of fundamental principle boycotts are not in themselves matters of principle but tactical weapons in political struggles Different kinds of boycotts can have different results Economic boycotts can have a direct effect on a nation s economy other forms of boycott are usually more symbolic This is the case with sports boycotts such as the exclusion from international competitions the Olympics for example of a team that carries the flag of a nation whose policies members of the international community consider abhorrent Cultural boycotts have a similar status though they can affect the earning capacity of artists and writers who are banned from international events Academic boycotts too although they certainly have material effects are usually undertaken as symbolic protests In protesting against apartheid in South Africa the AAUP carefully distinguished between economic and academic boycotts largely on matters of principle Economic boycotts seek to bring pressure to bear on the regime responsible for violations of rights They are not meant to impair the ability of scholars to write teach and pursue research although they may have that result Academic boycotts in contrast strike directly at the free exchange of ideas even as they are aimed at university administrations or in the case of the AUT call for a boycott of Israeli universities political parties in power The form that noncooperation with an academic institution takes inevitably involves a refusal to engage in academic discourse with teachers and researchers not all of whom are complicit in the policies that are being protested Moreover an academic boycott can compound a regime s suppression of freedoms by cutting off contacts with an institution s or a country s academics In addition the academic boycott is usually at least once removed from the real target Rarely are individuals

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/report/academic-boycotts (2016-02-13)
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  • Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association | AAUP
    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 NEWS AAUP UPDATES Open Letter to Members of the American Studies Association On December 4 the American Studies Association ASA announced that its National Council had voted unanimously in favor of endorsing an academic boycott of Israel The council has submitted this resolution to a vote of the association s membership to be completed by December 15 The AAUP which opposes academic boycotts as violations of academic freedom is disappointed by the council s vote and urges ASA members to reject this resolution Read the AAUP s open letter to the members of the American Studies Association File AAUP Open Letter to the Members of ASA Publication Date Friday December 6 2013 Tags American Studies Association Academic Freedom AAUP Awards

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/open-letter-members-american-studies-association (2016-02-13)
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  • In New Hampshire, Lecturers Bid for Union | AAUP
    track faculty at the University of New Hampshire who have filed cards for an election for union representation with the AAUP Here s their media release about the card filing From UNH Lecturers United AAUP Contact Sarah Hirsch Phone 738 8633 Date 12 6 13 UNH Lecturers Form Union Durham NH Full time lecturers at the University of New Hampshire have successfully launched a bid to form a union as a chapter of the American Association of University Professors AAUP A relatively new teaching position at UNH lecturers do not have the same salary as professors and are not eligible for tenure or to join the professors union University of New Hampshire Lecturers United AAUP the group organizing the union drive has attained support from 70 of their colleagues in a grassroots effort on the Durham and Manchester campuses exceeding the 30 minimum mandated by the Public Employees Labor Relation Board After the bid is reviewed the lecturers will hold an election in early 2014 Sarah Hirsch Lecturer of Spanish says lecturers are unionizing because we lack a transparent process of evaluation a standardized process for contract renewals and fair and transparent grievance policies She added that in the last two years UNH has hired over 100 lecturers but there are often no policies in individual departments or in Human Resources that define their positions According to Adam St Jean Lecturer in Chemical Engineering transparent consistent contracts would greatly improve the sense of job security for lecturers and would enhance our ability to teach with excellence As more lecturers serve UNH it only makes sense to provide that security Currently there are 200 lecturers at UNH who teach nearly half the students on campus Lecturers have many of the same qualifications as tenure track professors such as advanced degrees and

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/new-hampshire-lecturers-bid-union (2016-02-13)
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  • Statement on the Freedom to Teach | AAUP
    statement on the freedom to teach Drawn in part from the 1999 statement Academic Freedom in the Medical School the statement discusses issues that arise when multiple faculty members work together to teach different sections of the same course The freedom to teach includes the right of the faculty to select the materials determine the approach to the subject make the assignments and assess student academic performance in teaching activities for which faculty members are individually responsible without having their decisions subject to the veto of a department chair dean or other administrative officer Teaching duties that are commonly shared among a number of faculty members require a significant amount of coordination and the imposition of a certain degree of structure often involving a need for agreement on such matters as general course content syllabi and examinations 1 In a multisection course taught by several faculty members responsibility is often shared among the instructors for identifying the texts to be assigned to students Common course syllabi and examinations are also typical but should not be imposed by departmental or administrative fiat The shared responsibility bespeaks a shared freedom which trumps the freedom of an individual faculty member to assign a textbook that he or she alone considers satisfactory The individual s freedom in other respects however remains undiluted Individuals should be able to assign supplementary materials to deal with subjects that they believe are inadequately treated in the required textbook Instructors also have the right to discuss in the classroom what they see as deficiencies in the textbook doing so could turn out to be as effective in engaging the students as requiring them to use an alternate textbook These principles apply equally to faculty in the tenure system and those with contingent appointments Although under these circumstances the decisions

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/statement-freedom-teach (2016-02-13)
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  • 2013 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    2010 AAUP Updates For the Media 2013 AAUP Updates 10 25 2013 Coalition Protests Ideological Exclusion The AAUP has joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and the PEN America Center to urge the US government to grant a visa to a London based human rights advocate who has been waiting for more than a year and a half for a visa for travel to the United States to speak at Harvard and other venues 10 17 2013 The Growing Crisis in Higher Ed Rudy Fichtenbaum AAUP president spoke recently at University of Cincinnati on the growing crisis of student loan debt and increasing tuition and decreasing funding for public colleges and universities 10 17 2013 CFA Celebrates Thirty Years The AAUP congratulates the California Faculty Association an AAUP affiliate on a strong thirty years 10 09 2013 The Role of Profit in Online Education A new report out from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education of which the AAUP is a part examines the role of profit in online education 10 07 2013 AAUP Opposes Pay It Forward Tuition Plan The American Association of University Professors has signed on to a statement opposing the proposed Pay It Forward tuition plan in which students would not pay up front for a public college education but instead pay a percentage of their income for about twenty five years following graduation 09 23 2013 Groundbreaking Contract at Wright State A first contract for non tenure track faculty provides unprecedented job security language 09 10 2013 Chapter Statement on Professor s Removal The MSU AAUP chapter says a student video is not an adequate basis for immediate punishment 08 24 2013 Statement on the President s Proposal for Performance Based Funding After this statement was issued Rudy Fichtenbaum was invited to

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/whats-new-aaup/2013?page=1 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2013 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    Communication sponsored a panel on academic freedom and the First Amendment AAUP senior associate general secretary Martin Snyder was a panelist at the event which was held at the Newseum in Washington DC 08 09 2013 AAUP Sends Follow Up Letter to SLU President Biondi On August 9 the AAUP wrote Saint Louis University President Biondi a follow up letter urging him that upon further reflection you will not want the concluding chapter of your legacy to be actions that call into serious question your commitment to principles of academic freedom We urge again that you rectify the situation 08 07 2013 DOE and DOJ Respond to AAUP Letter The United States Departments of Justice and Education responded to the AAUP s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession s June letter concerning the resolution agreement regarding an investigation of the University of Montana s handling of allegations of sexual assault and harassment 08 06 2013 Summer Institute Trains Faculty Inspires Action The 2013 Summer Institute was held July 25 28 in Seattle Washington This was an extensive four day series of workshops and seminars that helped to prepare the 230 attendees to organize their colleagues stand up for academic freedom and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education We ve also posted more pictures from the Summer Institute on our Flickr page All of the photos are licensed so chapters and conferences are welcome to download and use them in their own publications 07 29 2013 University of California Affirms Faculty Free Speech Rights The University of California Board of Regents has affirmed the right of faculty to speak out about institutional matters without fear of reprisal 07 24 2013 The Role of the Faculty in Conditions of Financial Exigency Recent years have witnessed

    Original URL path: http://www.aaup.org/news/whats-new-aaup/2013?page=2 (2016-02-13)
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  • 2013 AAUP Updates | AAUP
    members in addressing issues of institutional governance is a prerequisite for the practice of governance unhampered by fear of retribution 07 09 2013 AAUP Issues Statement on the Accreditation of City College of San Francisco The AAUP s Executive Committee expresses its support for faculty students staff and community members at CCSF urges the ACCJC to reconsider its revocation of CCSF s accreditation and to meaningfully and publicly address the complaints lodged by faculty and others about its functioning 07 02 2013 Higher Ed Coalition Affirms Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Diversity The AAUP joined with 36 other national organizations to affirm a shared commitment to diversity equity and inclusion in the wake of Fisher v University of Texas at Austin et al 07 01 2013 AAUP Issues Statement on UC Boulder Ideology Survey Henry Reichman chair of the AAUP s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure expressed concern that a survey of ideological diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder could be used to justify a political litmus test for faculty 06 26 2013 Confidentiality and Faculty Representation in Academic Governance This statement argues that requiring faculty members to sign confidentiality agreements as a requirement to serve on university committees is in most cases inconsistent with widely accepted standards of shared governance and with the concept of serving as a representative 06 25 2013 Supreme Court Issues New Rulings The Supreme Court issued three rulings on Monday that only slightly change the legal landscape for higher education 06 20 2013 University of Virginia Governance Investigation Update The Committee on College and University Governance in a statement presented to the Ninety ninth Annual Meeting condemned the deplorable actions of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors under its outgoing rector The committee sees reason to hope that principles of

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