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April 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Meeting

Dear Colleagues:

Our F&M AAUP chapter will hold its spring meeting for all faculty and professional staff on Thursday, April 17th at 4:45 p.m. in the Weis House Great Room. Our agenda will include a presentation & discussion of the results of the just-completed survey of contingent faculty and the election of new executive board officers for 2014-16.

We invite everyone to attend! The usual array of AAUP refreshments will be served. 

On behalf of the AAUP Executive Board,

Dennis Deslippe

Matt Hoffman


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Centennial In 2015

The AAUP is marking its centennial by highlighting its historical role in establishing the principles that govern the academic profession. Throughpublicationsevents, and other activities, the AAUP will celebrate its contributions to American higher education. Additional activities related to the centennial, including a video project and a centennial contest, are being coordinated by the AAUP Foundation.

While we celebrate the Association’s accomplishments, we also recognize the challenges that lie ahead. Decreasing state support for public higher education, the encroachment of corporate culture into college and university administration, and the rapid growth in contingent faculty appointments are eroding the quality of higher education across the United States. The AAUP is uniquely positioned to respond to these threats, but it cannot do so effectively without broad support from faculty members and others engaged in postsecondary education. As the AAUP looks toward the next hundred years, it reaffirms the core principles of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance that its founders first articulated a century ago and invites you to join it as it defends the profession against a new set of threats.

In honor of our 100th Anniversary and if you want to learn more about Academic Freedom, we would like to share with you the following book. The link below will take you to a website with more information about it. 

For the Common Good Principles of American Academic Freedom written by Mathew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post

Chapter Host Forum On Provost Search

The last few months have been busy and productive for the F&M chapter. In addition to conducting our survey of contingent faculty we hosted an open forum at 4:45 p.m. on February 6th in preparation for the visit of Provost candidates.  We brainstormed about characteristics we  would value in a new Provost, and developed questions that would most likely to elicit useful information during their campus visits.

Dinner Honoring Retirees


     John Campbell                        
   Roger Thompson                                                    
         are  retiring! 

As I had announced in my February 23 e-mail, the AAUP dinner to honor them will be on April 25 (cocktails at 5:30 p.m; dinner at 6:00)

The dinner will be at Gibraltar. 

I hope you will join in celebrating our colleagues's accomplishments and contributions and in wishing them the best in their emeriti times. 

For more information contact Antonio Callari.