2014 News

01.17.2014 | PSU Gets a Lesson in Tough Labor Talks

The faculty are 'up in arms,' says Mary King, an economics professor who leads the 1,250-strong PSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “They are as close to a strike as I might have seen in my academic career.”

01.16.2014 | Analysis of Finances Shows Layoffs Not Needed

Based on a financial analysis by AAUP-CBC Chair Howard Bunsis, Jonathan Rees, AAUP Colorado Conference co-president, asks, “Why is upper level admin going up so much?  And how can they ask faculty to be laid off given these increases in admin costs?”

01.15.2014 | GOP’s Enron-esque Higher Ed Plan

AAUP-CBC Chair Howard Bunsis discusses faculty layoffs with Salon, and why you can't just fire them to pay for dorms.

01.14.2014 | Overuse and Abuse of Adjunct Faculty Members Threaten Core Academic Values

"If left unchecked, it will undermine the university's status as an institution of higher learning because the overuse of adjuncts and their lowly status and compensation institutionalize disincentives to quality education, threaten academic freedom and shared governance, and disqualify the campus as an exemplar of democratic values."

01.14.2014 | Protecting Faculty Records

The AAUP's Hans-Joerg Tiede said, "As the UCLA statement notes, ‘these requests have increasingly been used for political purposes or to intimidate faculty working on controversial issues.’ Thus, it is highly appropriate for institutions to adopt statements of principles that can provide general guidance to university officers charged with evaluating individual requests for records.”

01.10.2014 | National Research Council Panel Seeks Rules Overhaul on Human-Subjects Studies

The system has proved resistant to any significant change since 1981, said Zachary M. Schrag, a professor of history at George Mason University who was an author of a 2012 report on human-subjects rules for the American Association of University Professors. [password required]

01.09.2014 | Dispute Over Climate Scientist's Records Pits Academe Against Media Groups

The AAUP, in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists, filed a brief with the court arguing that granting access to the private materials would have a severe chilling effect on scientists and other scholars and researchers.

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