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Joining the AAUP says that you want to help shape the future of our profession. You want a voice in matters such as academic freedom, faculty governance, career issues, tenure, … Continue reading


Colorado Community College Faculty Fight for Equity

In Colorado, somewhere between 70% and 80% of all community college faculty members teach part-time on term-to-term contracts.  Yesterday, July 27, following the AAUP’s successful 2015 Summer Institute in Denver, … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists

From Cathy Davidson, “Universities Are No More Illusory Than Journalists: Rsp to Kevin Carey and NYT”: The reputational system of the classroom and of universities is all we’ve got. We … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Given the Choice between a Feckless and Hyperbolic Foreign Policy . . .

While being interviewed by Breitbart on Sirius XM radio, Mike Huckabee said the following: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. He’s so naive he would … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

No Special Treatment for Political Activists of any Stripe

AcademeBlog invited Jay Schalin, Director of Policy Analysis at The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to respond to a critique by John K. Wilson of Schalin’s essay … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

My Dream Date with Donald Trump

By Alice Dreger, reprinted from Last night I dreamed I had a date with Donald Trump. We were in the Trump International Hotel and Tower® in Chicago, in a ballroom … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Decline of the Conservative Mind

These are dark days for conservatives: 7 years of President Obama, gay marriage spreading across the land, health insurance coverage growing every day, and a collection of mediocre Republican candidates … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Outcome of Assessment

Perhaps because we have come to assess businesses through the “bottom line,” that is, through numbers, we have begun to feel that everything can and should be quantifiable. We put … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

AAUP/AFT‐Wisconsin Joint Statement on Wisconsin Biennial Budget

The following statement was issued today, July 20, 2015: The AAUP and AFT‐Wisconsin stand together in condemning the attacks on higher education that the Wisconsin Legislature included in its biennial … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Christopher Newfield on Defending Tenure

Today’s Inside Higher Ed includes an exceptionally perceptive essay by Christopher Newfield, professor of literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, cosponsor of the Remaking the … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, and the Far Right

In a number of instances, I have been told that many on the Far Right are every bit as concerned about constraints on academic freedom as Progressives are. When I … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 4 Comments

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