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. 95, No. 2, March/April

Academic Freedom and Tenure: Stillman College (Alabama)1
I. IntroductionThis report concerns the suspension and subsequent dismissal of Assistant Professor Ekow 0. Hayford, effective April 11, 2008, by the administration of Stillman College on grounds that he had violated the section of the faculty handbook...
Campus Equity Year
A crisis, we often say nervously, is also an opportunity. But such opportunities are available to multiple, competing constituencies that may not share the same values, priorities, loyalties, goals, and sense of mission.Such is the nature of the financial...
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...
Committee to Examine Status of Librarians
In 1973, the AAUP adopted as policy die Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians, a document drafted jointly with the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities) and the Association...
Explanation of Statistical Data
Instructional Faculty. The instructional faculty is defined as all those members of the instructional-research staff who are employed full time, regardless of whether they are formally designated "faculty." It includes all those whose major regular assignment...
Labor and Capital, Working for You
In the eyes of budget balancers with blinders, professors are labor costs, to be capped, furloughed, and riffed. To those with more vision, however, we are the nation's key intellectual capital, the wellspring of future knowledge workers, and drivers...
On the Brink: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2008-09
In December 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research - the recognized arbiter of the beginning and end of U.S. recessions pronounced that the current recession had begun in December 2007. Since then, the U.S. economy has lost more than three million...
Proposed Constitutional Amendments Providing for "At-Large" Election of Council Members
The Council, at its November 2008 meeting, passed a motion recommending to the 2009 annual meeting constitutional amendments having the effect that approximately one-third of the elected Council membership would, as soon as practicable, be elected "at...
Record of the Council November 22-23, 2008
The Council of me Association met November 22-23, 2008, at the Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters in Washington, D.C. President Cary Nelson presided. Members of the Council (with the exceptions of Michael Bérubé and Arlene Bielefield) attended. Also...
The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2008-09
On the BrinkWith the broader economy in free fall and new indicators reported almost daily, the economic outlook for faculty members and higher education is anything but clear. Although our annual salary data represent the best information available,...
Three Legal Victories
The AAUP recently achieved three significant victories in court cases in which we submitted amicus briefs. In the first case, Otero-Burgos v. InterAmerican University, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a ringing endorsement of the...
Victory on the Horizon
The University of the Virgin Islands AAUP chapter received good news in February when a superior court in the Virgin Islands affirmed that faculty at UVI are eligible for collective bargaining. The ruling came after a five-year struggle with a hostile...
Warmer Climate for Labor
In January, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 - the first law enacted under his administration and the first step toward thawing the chill that characterized the federal government's relationship with labor during...