Welcome to our Newsletter Site!

Our F&M chapter is growing and we want to keep you informed about meetings and initiatives. We will be updating our Newsletter at least once a semester, so we invite you to visit our website at the beginning of each semester.  

Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or suggestions you have for the chapter.

Your F&M AAUP Executive Committee,

President, Matthew Hoffman (History)

Vice-President, Laura Shelton (History)

Secretary, Kerry Sherrin-Wright (Writers House )

Treasurer, Sean Flahrety (Economics)

Ex Officio, Dennis Deslippe (American Studies), immediate former President

Spring 2014

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


Centennial In 2015

The AAUP is marking its centennial by highlighting its historical role in establishing the principles that govern the academic profession. Through publicationsevents, 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.

Fall 2013


Chapter to Host November 14th Dinner for New Faculty

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.

The event is informal (pizza, beer, wine, & soda!). We'll meet at the Writers' House, 633 College Ave.  Please R.S.V.P. (Dennis.Deslippe@fandm.edu) by November 12th.

We look forward to seeing you on November 14th!


F&M Chapter Forms Ad Hoc Committee on Contingent Faculty

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.

Welcome to Our New Intern!

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. 

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.

Are you an AAUP Member?

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).