Welcome to the first issue of our monthly e-newsletter! Our F&M chapter is growing and we want to keep you informed about meetings and initiatives. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or suggestions you have for the chapter. We invite you to visit our website: http://www.fandm.edu/aaup.
Your F&M AAUP Executive Committee,
Dennis Deslippe (American Studies & WGS)
Matt Hoffman (History)
Barbara Nimershiem (Math)
John Campbell (Psychology)
Sylvia Alajaji (Music)
The F&M chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) invites all new faculty—including adjuncts & visitors-- to attend a dinner at 6:30 p.m. on November 14th (immediately following the new faculty orientation session). This is an opportunity to find out about the important work of the AAUP in helping to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.
We look forward to seeing you on November 14th!
Most academics are familiar with these sobering figures: 46 percent of all faculty are part-time, and non-tenure-track positions of all types account for 65 percent of all faculty appointments in American higher education. They often serve in insecure, unsupported positions with little job security and few protections for academic freedom.
Our chapter has formed an ad hoc committee whose first charge is to study the status of contingent faculty at F&M. Its members are John Campbell (Psychology), Dennis Deslippe (AMS/WGS), Giovanna Lerner (Italian), and Kerry Sherin Wright (Writers House).
In the coming weeks we will be contacting you to conduct a survey that will provide a detailed look at the working conditions of all those who teach on our campus. We will be collecting the responses anonymously.
We are pleased to welcome Anayeli Garcia ’15 as our new AAUP intern for 2013-14. This is a new position funded through the Provost's Office. Anayeli, who is from San Diego, CA, is a Public Policy and Government major. She is a member of the Workers Advocacy Group. They work with fellow students, faculty from various departments, as well as administration looking into working conditions on campus with the goal of improving student-worker relations.
Some of the AAUP intern’s many responsibilities include coordination of our monthly e-newsletter, website maintenance, and conducting research on academic freedom and tenure, collegial governance, and policies ensuring due process.
All faculty members are invited to attend, and participate in, AAUP meetings, and to avail themselves of AAUP advice. The F&M chapter provides an open forum, separate from the pressures of college meetings, where members can engage in open dialogue and take action collectively, as appropriate, on matters pertaining to this mission. Like the national AAUP, the F&M chapter seeks to promote best practices in higher education on a range of topics: academic freedom, teaching and research, compensation, contingent faculty, diversity, ethics, workload, family/life balance, and other issues.
We do encourage you to join our local chapter and the national organization. Our local chapter suggested yearly contribution is $20 (all amounts accepted!). You may send your contribution and name to AAUP chapter treasurer Sylvia Alajaji (Music). For national membership please consult the AAUP website (http://www.aaup.org/membership/join).