Academe

Academe is the bimonthly magazine of the American Association of University Professors. Academe features analysis of higher education issues from the perspective of faculty members, including news affecting professors and feature articles on tenure, affirmative action, part-time faculty appointments, intellectual property, and a host of other timely academic issues.

Articles from Vol. 90, No. 6, November/December

AAUP Participates in International Meeting
The following report was written by Ariel Anderson, chair of the Association Collective Bargaining Congress.In July, I had the honor of serving as a delegate for the AAUF to the Fourth World Congress of Education International (EI) in Porto Alegre, Brazil....
Academic Freedom and National Security
Let me take you back, if I might, to May 5 of last year. The day was memorable for me as the thirtieth birthday of a son and the fourth birthday of a grandson-neither of which event would remotely justify my inviting your attention. The date was also...
Academic Freedom and Tenure: City University of New York1
This report arises out of the decision made by the central administration of the City University of New York to relieve Mohamed Yousry of his teaching responsibilities and to discontinue his further service as an adjunct lecturer at York College, a component...
Academic Freedom and Tenure: Meharry Medical College (Tennessee)1
This report has its immediate origin in events at Mcliarry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee, which led to the issuance of notices of nonretention to more than a dozen faculty members, most of whom had completed over seven years of full-time service...
Association Officers and Council, 2004-05
Association officers are ex officio members of the Council, as are the chair and past chair of the Assembly of State Conferences (ASC), the chair and past chair of the Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC), and the immediate past president of the Association....
Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work
This issue of Academe is about the difficulties of balancing family care with an academic career. It points to the special burden that balance represents for women who pursue faculty careers, to the point of constraining their ability to achieve equity...
Balancing Work and Family for Faculty: Why It's Important
More satisfaction, progress toward gender equity, and an edge in recruiting the best faculty-helping faculty balance their careers and their family lives promises benefits for all.We are defined by the work we do. In the United States, and in the twentyfirst...
Campaign for the Common Good
As the American Association of University Professors prepares to celebrate the anniversary of its founding ninety years ago, it cannot be too cheeky to indulge in self-congratulations for all the good the Association has done. The AAUP has waged a nonstop...
Censured Administrations
Investigations by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed below show that, as evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and...
Committees of the Association
Appointments to standing committees of the Association are ordinarily for a term of three years; the terms of approximately one-third of the members of each committee expire with the adjournment of each annual meeting. By Council action in June 1977...
Contingent Labor Conference Grades Institutions
The following story ums written by Association president Jane Buck.AAUP leaders and staff participated August 6-8 in the sixth Conference on Contingent Academic Labor, held in Chicago on the campuses of Columbia College and Roosevelt University. The...
Developing and Implementing Work-Family Policies for Faculty
Policies supporting integration of work and family are already in p ace at many larger universities, Other colleges and universities can learn from those examples.Today, American families juggle many competing priorities: home, work, school, medical...
Do Babies Matter (Part II)?: Closing the Baby Gap
Research suggests that having a family may slow the career progress of women faculty, But does achieving academic success first leave time for children later?Even though women make up nearly half of the PhD population, they are not advancing at the same...
Family-Friendly Policies and the Research University
There are plenty of pitfalls on the road to a family-friendly university climate, The commitment to a positive change must start at the top.Imagine, if you will, a major research university with family-friendly policies and practices, one that could...
Family Matters
We've come a long way, baby: in 1876, a Minnesota court explained that women did not need access to a legal education because they were involved in caring for children, and today women make up more than half of all incoming law students. Nevertheless,...
Fear Factor: How Safe Is It to Make Time for Family?
Policies supporting family involvement among faculty may be in place. Making sure that they will be used is another matter.Meet Amy. She's a thirty-six-year-old second-year professor at Flagship University and an emerging scholar in her field. She's...
Financial Conflicts Not Disclosed, Says Group
Four prominent medicine and science journals do not enforce their own policies for disclosure of financial conflicts of interest, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The center examined 163 articles published in the...
Hitting the Maternal Wall
There are many subtle ways in which women are disadvantaged in pursuing academic careers, Recognizing stereotypes is the first way to eliminate them.Women's lack of progress in academe is well documented: in its 1999-2000 report, the AAUP's Committee...
Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace
Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace By Roger L. Geiger. Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2004Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace is Roger Geiger's third...
No News Equals Good News?
The 108th Congress may well go down as one of the most unproductive sessions in American history. Its final legacy will include scores of unfinished issues, and the label "can't do" is already being applied to congressional leadership. For colleges and...
Poetry Earns a Little Respect
Bill Nevins, a former teacher at Rio Rancho High School in Albuquerque, who claims he was dismissed because he allowed his students to read "disrespectful" poetry, reached an out-ofcourt settlement with his school district in August. His suit charged...
Report of Independent Auditors
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSWE HAVE AUDITED the accompanying statements of financial position of the American Association of University Professors (the Association) as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the related statements of activities...
Report of the 2004 Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee met in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2004, for the purpose of nominating two candidates from each district for the Association's governing Council. The nominees are listed below, along with their disciplinary and institutional...
Report of the Ninetieth Annual Meeting
The Association's Ninetieth Annual Meeting was held June 10-13, 2004, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.d. The theme of the meeting, "A Decade of Challenge," looked hack on Mary Hurgan's ten years as general secretary. (She retired from...
Rhode Island Chapter Defends Academic Freedom
When women's studies professor Donna Hughes and the University of Rhode Island were threatened with a lawsuit last fall over documents posted on her university Web site, Hughes agreed to the documents' removal while administrators looked into the relevant...
Scientific Research in Education/Evidence Matters: Randomized Trials in Education Research
Scientific Research in Education Richard J. Shavelson and Lisa Towne, eds. Washington, D.C.: National Research Council, National Academy Press, 2002Evidence Matters: Randomized Trials in Education Research Frederick Mosteller and Robert Boruch, eds....
Settlement Reached in Freedom of Speech Case
In July, student Christina Axson-Flynn and the University of Utah reached a settlement in the case of Axson-Flynn v. Johnson. Axson-Flynn had filed suit against theater professors at the university who required, as part of the curriculum, that students...
The Other Brown
In July, a divided National Labor Relations Board reversed its 2000 finding that New York University's teaching assistants, research assistants, and proctors were statutory employees, and ruled that graduate employees at Brown University (and, by extension,...
Verification and Trust: Background Investigations Preceding Faculty Appointment
The following report was initially published for comment in the March-April 2004 issue of Academe. This revised text was approved for publication by the Association's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure in June 2004.Many employers in the United...
Working Part Time after Tenure
This tenured professor created a solution that works well for her. Luckily, she's willing to share her insights with the rest of us.Much of the dialogue about part-time faculty on the tenure track has focused on individuals who have not yet earned tenure...