Founded 100 years ago, the American Association of University Professors is the organization that helped institute the principles of faculty governance that have made U.S. colleges and universities among the very best in the world. But now with the increasing corporatization of the university, these principles are under fire.
As of November 29, 2016, the Emory AAUP chapter calls for creating a path to tenure for the Lecture Track Faculty in Emory University’s college of arts and sciences. In line with the national AAUP’s “one faculty” campaign, the chapter holds that tenure is vital to protecting academic freedom.
The principal purpose of tenure is to safeguard academic freedom, which is necessary for all who teach and conduct research in higher education. When faculty members can lose their positions because of their speech or publications research findings, they cannot properly fulfill their core responsibilities to advance and transmit knowledge.
The chapter also endorsed a set of recommendations that the LTF had made to improve faculty climate. The recommendations include calling for more transparency and equity, more scholarship support, more recognition of excellence in teaching, and salary and security parity with other institutions.
On November 29, 2016, the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors endorsed a petition to establish Emory University, including all its units, as a sanctuary campus of higher learning for our undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. In addition, we ask that these sanctuary measures extend to all Emory employees. The full petition is available here.
The national office of the American Association of University Professors has sent a letter to Emory University President James Wagner supporting our local chapter’s call for the administration to suspend implementation of the cuts to programs and departments (which were announced September 14) pending substantive faculty review. After noting the many ways in which the faculty were not given “adequate opportunity to exercise its primary responsibilities in this matter,” the letter closes as follows:
We share the Emory AAUP chapter’s concerns that adequate standards of academic governance have not been met in the administration’s actions to close programs. Further, we are troubled that long-serving faculty members appear not to have been afforded the due process protections that, under our standards, should be accorded those who have exceeded the maximum probationary period. We support the chapter’s call for a substantive faculty review of the process and resulting decisions and for the suspension of any implementation of the closures pending such a review.
Here is a link to a pdf of the letter from national AAUP
The purpose of the American Association of University Professors is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. The Emory University chapter is deeply committed to furthering these aims.
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