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. 92, No. 6, November/December

Aaup Special Committee Preparing Report
In mid-August, members of the AAUP's Special Committee on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Universities, two or three at a time and with staff assistance, went to New Orleans to hold over fifty interviews with faculty members from several universities....
BS Are Rare
A recent op-ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Michael Gordon, a professor of management and global buisiness at Rutgers-"When Bs Are Better"-faults the AAUP in general and me in particular for failing to address the problem of rising grades,...
California Protects Student Press
In August, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill prohibiting censorship of college presses by administrators. California is the first state in the country to enact such a law. State assembly member Leland Yee authored the bill,...
Censured Administrations
Investigations by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed below show that, us evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and...
CFA Makes Commitment to Capital Campaign
The California Faculty Association (CFA) has made a major commitment to the Campaign for the Common Good, the AAUP's ten-year, $10 million capital campaign. In July, the CFA sent a check for $25,000, making it the largest collective-bargaining chapter...
Conference on Contingent Academic Labor
The seventh Conference on Contingent Academic Labor took place in August at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The biennial conference brings together contingent faculty activists and others interested in improving job security, compensation,...
Contingent Faculty across the Disciplines
Here are the latest developments for contingent academic labor around the country.At a recent conference, I met a woman who has been a visiting professor at her institution since 1998. She was hired before she finished her dissertation and thought the...
CONTINGENT ISSUES, HBCUs, AND OTHER STUFF OF THE PROFESSION
This issue of Academe features a cluster of articles on contingent faculty concerns. Julie Chisholm offers a thoughtful and sobering look at pedagogical technology in relation to contingent labor. Monica Jacobe gives us an overview of the state of contingent...
David Rabban Appointed Committee a Chair
David M. Rabban, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Law, has been appointed chair of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.Rabban has been with the AAUP in one capacity or another for thirty years; in 1976, he...
Disciplinary Research on Contingent Faculty
Disciplinary associations, including members of CAW, have continued to produce resources on contingent faculty across the disciplines since the CAW surveys. Below is a summary of available information on departmental staffing and contingent faculty use...
Doa: The Spellings Commission
DOA: THE SPELLINGS COMMISSIONA Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher EducationThe Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.REVIEWED BY WILLIAM G. TIERNEYEvery few...
Faculty Speech
Under a decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court this term, public employees with concerns about the internal operations of their employers now face a difficult choice. It they raise their concerns internally, they may face retaliation against which...
Federal Commission Issues Disappointing Report
The secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education issued its final report in September, concluding that American higher education is at odds with contemporary realities and that, as a result, the economic competitiveness of the...
Governance Review without Tears
You, too, can overhaul your governance structure without alienating anyone.Yes, it can happen. The faculty at the Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where we teach, recently conceived, developed, and implemented a complete governance...
How Can You Teach Composition without Adjuncts or Tenure Lines?
In an English composition program that depends primarily on per-course teaching, moving toward full-time positions comes first, even if they aren't tenure track.In the 1990s at Appalachian State University, as at many other colleges and universities,...
Ignore This Book
IGNORE THIS BOOKThe Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in AmericaDavid Horowitz. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2006.REVIEWED BY CARY NELSONPlease ignore this book. Don't buy it. Don't read it. Try not to mention it in idle conversation....
Letters
Letters to Academic of three hundred words or fewer are encouraged. Academe reserves the right to edit letters. Submit them by mail to the AAUP or by e-mail to academe@aaup.org. Submissions must include the writer's name and phone number.AAUP ERRS ON...
Minding the Academy's Business
When our graduate students think universities should be run like for-profit businesses, we know we're losing the PR battle.As a teacher of educational leadership. I have observed that an alarming number of my doctoral students tend to view colleges and...
Not Just Woodrow Wilson U
NOT JUST WOODROW WILSON UThe Making of Princeton University: From Woodrow Wilson to the PresentJames Axtell. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.REVIEWED BY MARVIN LAZERSDNThe writing of American higher education history has been shaped...
Ohio Applicants Must Disavow Terrorist Ties
Faculty who are interested in working at one of Ohio's public universities should double check their applications and make sure that they did not skip the six-question form that requires an affirmation of no connection to organizations defined as "terrorist"...
Pleasure and Danger in Online Teaching and Learning
Trends in teaching technology are dividing tenured and untenured faculty and threatening academic freedom.These days, most newly hired faculty are, like me, appointed on a part- or full-time non-tenure-track basis. The AAUP has reported that between...
Record of the Council June 9-11, 2006
The Council of the Association met on June 9-11, 2006, in conjunction with the annual meeting at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. The Council session on Saturday, June 10, ran concurrently with the annual meeting plenary session.President...
Shared Governance, Junior Faculty, and HBCUs
Athough there is a large body of scholarship on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), their governance practices have been underresearched. What little research we have on the topic points to campus climates that are "president-centric"...
Summer Institute Gets Northwest Exposure
AAUP leaders and emerging activists convened at Portland State University in Oregon July 27-30 for the 2006 Summer Institute, a premier training program for both advocacy and collective-bargaining chapters. Over 150 faculty activists from eighty-three...
The Aaup Needs You
I am writing to extend my greetings to the AAUP's members and to highlight some of our current priorities. All AAUP members-activists on campus, leaders at all levels-face grave challenge's now and in the near future. Power is shifting to central administrations...
The Color of Our Classroom, the Color of Our Future
Historically black colleges are key to producing African American faculty.Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) constitute only 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities, yet they enroll 28 percent of all African American students in...
What Does "Academic Freedom" Mean?
This plenary address from the AAUP's annual meeting says it's time to clear away the obfuscating rhetoric and emphasize the urgency of this basic democratic principle.In the past year, I've come to realize that few people know what academic freedom is...