In 1988, the Merrimack College chapter of the AAUP established the Thomas P. Hogan Award for Excellence in Collegial Governance to recognize those members of the college community who have contributed to furthering equity, openness, and joint professional responsibility as principles of collegial governance. The award is named for Tom Hogan, professor emeritus of economics and longtime academic dean. This year’s recipient of the Hogan Award is Dr. Marie A. Plasse, professor of English.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 25 for a ceremony and reception in honor of Dr. Plasse. Light refreshments will be served. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of English.
More information about the Hogan Award, including a list of past recipients, can be found here.
Along with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the chapter is co-sponsoring an introduction to academic governance session for new faculty on Tuesday, April 3. The event will take place between 4:00 and 5:00 pm in Crowe Hall 210. Light refreshments will be served.
The annual meeting of the Massachusetts AAUP Conference will be held at Curry College on Saturday, November 4. The theme is “Academia in the Age of Trump.” Click here to view the latest issue of the conference newsletter, which includes additional information about the meeting.
Last week, full-time non-tenure-track faculty at Emerson College’s Boston campus voted 35-0 to join the existing collective bargaining chapter, ECCAAUP. Read more here.
AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum released this statement yesterday in response to President Trump’s decision to eliminate the DACA program.
9/1/17 UPDATE – After receiving the AAUP’s letter of August 30 (see below), the administration rescinded Professor Storey’s firing.
The AAUP has sent this letter to the University of Tampa regarding the administration’s dismissal on Tuesday of Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of sociology.
Hans-Joerg Tiede will give a talk entitled “Academic Freedom in the Era of Trump” at Simmons College on September 11, 2017. He is editor of the most recent edition of the Redbook and senior program officer in the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. View the flyer for more information.
Yesterday, the AAUP sent this letter to Trinity College urging the administration to reinstate Dr. Johnny Williams.
The AAUP has issued the following petition condemning threats against faculty members. Add your name by clicking here.
We are dismayed that another faculty member, John Eric Williams of Trinity College, has become the target of a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform. In this case, the college was shut down for a day so that law enforcement officials could investigate threats to the college and to the faculty member. This is the second time this month that an institution of higher education has had to close down in response to threats, disrupting education and creating an environment of fear on campus.
We condemn the practice, becoming all too common, of bombarding faculty members and institutions of higher education with threats. When one disagrees with statements made by others, threats of violence are not the appropriate response. Such threatening messages are likely to stifle free expression and cause faculty and others on campus to self-censor so as to avoid being subjected to similar treatment. Targeted online harassment is a threat to academic freedom.
We support and stand with our colleagues and campus communities whose academic freedom is threatened. The free exchange of ideas is incompatible with an atmosphere of fear.
The May-June issue of Academe, which is devoted to academic governance, is available here.