2015 AAUP In the News

05.06.2015 | Superfund Site Gives UNCA Profs Lesson in Politics

Hans-Joerg Tiede, a member of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure said, ""Broadly speaking, trying to intimidate faculty members is not a rare occurrence and there are a number of ways intimidation can be used against a faculty member." More popular methods include quoting emails and research out of context, which has led to threats against academics.

05.05.2015 | Faculty Compensation Report Raises Questions

“It is pitting the students and their families, who we care about, who we want to educate, against us,” Susan Michalczyk, president of the Boston College chapter of the AAUP and second vice president of the AAUP, said about rising tuition rates. “We are the heart and soul of the university, but right now it is hard.”

04.28.2015 | Sample of Media Coverage for AAUP's New Report

"Academic Freedom and Tenure: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" a new report from the AAUP has received extensive media coverage. Read some of the stories. Also, read about a panel discussion on possible censure by AAUP hosted by the UIUC.

04.27.2015 | House Panel Removes Faculty Union-Busting Language

John McNay, president of the AAUP Ohio Conference, writes, "We know that genuine problems exist at Ohio’s colleges and universities that are making attendance more expensive for students. But when, on average, less that a quarter of college and university budgets are spent on faculty salaries and benefits, it is not possible to blame faculty for the high price of attending college."

04.27.2015 | Not the Full Picture

"Two sources offer a more accurate picture of faculty salaries in the commonwealth. The AAUP publishes comprehensive data each year. The second source of information is more casual: Go to any major university in the commonwealth and compare the cars in the faculty lots with those in the student lots."

04.22.2015 | SU Rightly Reinstates Salary Data Report

In addition to addressing concerns of transparency, the information also has a lot of power; this information provides a comprehensive source that students, faculty and third parties can look to when comparing SU to other academic institutions. This data could be useful for students to better understand university finances.

04.20.2015 | Ohio College Faculty Oppose Measure Budget Bill Would Exempt Some from Bargaining

"Certainly we know that what faculty do through shared governance does not amount to real decision-making authority," AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum said. "In light of what's been happening in Wisconsin, where there have been calls for the outright abolition of tenure and shared governance, it's pretty clear what these legislators are after. This amounts to a declaration of war on the faculty."

04.17.2015 | The New Thought Police

This essay by Joan Scott is adapted from a talk delivered in March at the AAUP’s centennial conference, held at California State University, East Bay.

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