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. 1, January/February

AAUP Council Member Remembered
AAUP activist and Council member Kenneth S. Tollett, Sr., died September 22 at his home in Washington, D.C. Tollett had been a longtime member of and consultant to the Committee on Government Relations and the Committee on Historically Black Institutions...
Academic Bill of Rights
The statement that follows was approved for publication by the Association's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Comments are welcome arid should be addressed to the AAUP's Washington office.The past year has witnessed repeated efforts to establish...
Academic Freedom and Tenure: Medaille College
(New York)1I. IntroductionThis report concerns events that occurred from June 2001 to April 2002 at Medaille College, a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution, located in Buffalo, with branch campuses in Amherst and Rochester, New York. Founded...
Academic Freedom and Tenure: Philander Smith College
(Arkansas)1This report concerns (a) the dismissal, effective November 6, 2002, of Professor Janice S. Chaparro from the faculty of Philander Smith College on stated grounds of insubordination; (b) the termination of the appointments, effective December...
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...
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind Gerald Graff. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003Books that include in their titles blanket indictments of the profession or of institutions of education have become fashionable....
Contingent Faculty and the Courts
More colleges and universities are relying on contingent faculty-that is, faculty in part- or full-time non-tenure-track positions-to teach. As the number of such faculty grows, so does the amount of litigation on related issues.Not only does the joint...
Contingent Faculty and the New Academic Labor System
Many faculty members today are employed as temporary, seasonal, and part-time workers. Can academic freedom and governance survive in a sweatshop university?Over the past few decades, the increase in contingent appointments-part- and full-time positions...
Free-Speech Rights of College Newspapers Contested
A federal appeals court in Chicago will rehear a case dealing with whether administrators are entitled to approve the content of college student newspapers. The case, Hosty v. Carter, was brought by student journalists at Governors State University in...
Good Sports
Reporting on the breakout of a particularly egregious scandal in intercollegiate athletics last year, a national newspaper asked how such abuses could have continued for so long? Why had no one in the institution blown the whistle earlier? Such questions...
Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education
Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education Valen E. Johnson. New York: Springer Publishers, 2003Valen Johnson's provocative book is sure to arouse heated debate on two topics dear to the hearts of professors: grade inflation and student ratings....
Letters
Litters to Academe 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.Tenure ExpectationsTO...
Open-Source Unionism: New Workers, New Strategies
New patterns of academic employment chalenge traditional notions of the academic worker. Can new technologies help organize today's dispersed, mobile faculty?In "Open-Source Unionism: Beyond Exclusive Collective Bargaining," published in fall 2002 in...
Oral History Exempted from Federal Oversight
The U.S. Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the Department of Health and Human Services announced in October that most oral history interviewing projects will no longer fall within the purview of institutional review boards, or IRBs. Such...
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)...The Council has proposed an amendment to the Association's Constitution, dealing with classes of members. Deletions are indicated by strikeout, and substitutions...
Record of the Council November 7-9, 2003
The Council of the Association met on November 7, 8, and 9, 2003, at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C.President Jane Buck presided. Members of the Council (with the exceptions of Eileen Durcheil, Sharon Ng, and Gerald Turkel) were present,...
Refinancing the College Dream: Access, Equal Opportunity, and Justice for Taxpayers
Refinancing the College Dream: Access, Equal Opportunity, and Justice for Taxpayers Edward St. John with Eric H. Asker. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003For more than a decade, Edward St. John has been conducting innovative research on...
Standing Rules Governing the Annual Meeting
Regulations governing the Association's annual meeting were first formulated by the Council and the annual meeting in 1957. The regulations were last amended in November 2000.I. ProgramPursuant to its responsibility under Article IV of the Constitution...
Supporting Women and Minority Faculty
To retain and promote a more diverse workforce, institutions need to welcome tacuty newcomers differently.We must cultivate and value diversity within the faculty, and the fact that we have not done so, despite our frequent expressions of good intentions,...
Taking Teaching Seriously
The work of teaching is our most common abor. We need to value that labor more fully.Most college and university administrators claim to care deeply about the quality of teaching at their institutions. But, too often, their actions belie their words....
The Academy in the Age of Digital Labor
Employers are increasingly asking universities and colleges to produce a digital labor force. Despite the demands for high-tech skills, today, more than ever, faculty need to promote liberal learning.Much discussion among academics today centers on labor...
The Costs and Benefits of World-Class Universities
The race is on to claim higher status and prestige. What gets left behind in the competition for world-class status?Everyone wants a world-class university. No country feels it can do without one. The problem is that no one knows what a world-class university...
The Entrepreneurial Adjunct
To make a living, contingent faculty sell their labor on the open market. What happens to professional identity in the new era of free agency?Increasingly, the higher education community is witnessing what I call the "entrepreneurial adjunct phenomenon":...
The New Academic Labor System
What is academic labor? Professors, after all, engage in a lot of different kinds of work: grading papers, participating in curriculum committees, writing book and literature reviews, leading online discussions, conducting research. While all these tasks...
The Poetry of Disrespect
College and university faculty do not always pay as much attention as they should to the plight of their secondary school colleagues. The situation of former Rio Rancho High School humanities teacher Bill Nevins, who is suing the school district, is...
The Wisdom Will Survive
In "To an Anxious Friend," a 1922 editorial that won the Pulitzer Prize, William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas, replied to a friend who believed "that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress." "The sad truth," White wrote,...
Trading Spaces
The Faculty Office in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveThe faculty office is our most familiar institutional workplace. How it's organized says much about who we are and what we do.My next-door neighbor, Mr. Sato, contentedly puffs away on one of many morning...
Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education
Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education Derek Bok. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2003In Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education, Derek Bok, a former president of Harvard...
University Redefines Academic Freedom
The University of California issued a new statement on academic freedom in September. The policy it supersedes had been in place since 1934. The statement establishes that faculty have primary responsibility for articulating the professional standards...
Will Universities Lock out Students?
How well prepared are academic administrators to meet the challenge of unionization? Understanding the new academic workpace will require new skills and knowledge.Invoking the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. president moves to terminate a ten-day...