2015 AAUP & CBC In the News

12.28.2015 | The Gazette

Faculty groups at Iowa public universities condemned controversial University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld's comment that unprepared teachers “should be shot” and called on the Board of Regents to “revisit” its decision to hire him.

A statement said, “Mr. Harreld’s crude, off-the-cuff comment makes it clear yet again that the Iowa Board of Regents disserved our students, our colleagues, and the state of Iowa when, through their dishonesty, they selected someone unprepared for the office of university president to lead one of the three universities for which they have a duty of care."

12.24.2015 | Times Union

The AAUP plans to launch an investigation into faculty and program cuts at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Faculty members held rallies and protested lack of faculty involvement and adherence to shared governance principles. "Given the importance of the issues raised by the mass layoffs and the evident controversy at Saint Rose regarding faculty participation in the academic prioritization process, we believe that an inquiry by two highly qualified AAUP members from other small church-related institutions would be helpful and may potentially ameliorate, if not resolve, key issues under dispute," the AAUP letter to the college states. .

12.20.2015 | Truthout

As public funding declines, corporate money and leadership styles take root in the university and the adjunct and contingent labor force grows. Howard Bunsis, chair of the AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress, says that "the reduction in tenure-track hiring is the number one driver of unionization campaigns among part-time adjuncts and non-tenure-track full-timers, campaigns that have led to successful unionization on 42 campuses since January 2013."

12.15.2015 | Inside Higher Ed

Part-time faculty members at Emerson College’s Los Angeles campus voted 16-0 to form a union affiliated with the AAUP. The 22 new bargaining unit members join part-time faculty at the college’s main campus in Boston, who already are represented by the AAUP. 

12.11.2015 | Inside Higher Ed

Rutgers faculty members, citing philosophical concerns and errors, push back against the use of corporate software "Academic Analytics" to evaluate their productivity. “I think in everybody in academia has an interest in collective and individual measures of productivity, but these are very blunt forms of measurement,” said David Hughes, a professor of anthropology and president of Rutgers’ AAUP-AFT union chapter.

12.10.2015 | KCRG-ABC Cedar Rapids

AAUP issued a report on the University of Iowa's presidential search. “[T]he board constructed the process in an attempt to preclude any meaningful faculty role in the selection of the final candidate. At that sole but crucial point, the board treated the faculty as irrelevant,” the authors wrote.

12.09.2015 | The Detroit News

Despite protest and disapproval from the Eastern Michigan University community, the Board of Regents chose to postpone a vote on its involvement with the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), ensuring the partnership will last through most of 2016. EMU-AAUP president Howard Bunsis posited the board may act differently if members were elected by voters, rather than appointed by the governor.

12.08.2015 | The New York Times

Michael E. Mann of the AAUP's Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee calls out the harassment of climate scientists. He decries Lamar Smith's (R-TX), subpoena to Kathryn D. Sullivan, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, demanding internal notes, emails and correspondence regarding a study its scientists published in the journal Science. This follows a trend in requests for scientists' and professors' personal emails and notes following climate-related studies and published works.