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Author Archives: Joerg Tiede

“To Make Collective Action Possible”: The Founding of the AAUP

Among the articles in this year’s edition of the Journal of Academic Freedom is one I wrote on the history of the founding of the AAUP. Since I am not … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

“They May be Flying Machine Advocates”

The American conception of academic freedom arose with the Progressive Era in the 1890s primarily because of social scientists who advocated for reforms that negatively affected financial interests. The press – muckrakers and … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

The 1920 Governance Committee Survey

Before 1915, AAUP founders Arthur Lovejoy and James McKeen Cattell stressed the need for significant reform of the traditional mode of governance prevalent in US higher education. Both proposed to have the president … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Guido Marx and “The Problem of the Assistant Professor”

(Courtesy of Stanford University Archives) Stanford engineering professor Guido Marx (1871-1949) was a member of the committee that organized the founding meeting of the AAUP. Between 1915 and 1919, he … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Mecklin Case

(John M. Mecklin, ca. 1940, Courtesy of Dartmouth College Library) That the AAUP made academic freedom its early focus, which happened largely by accident rather than design, was due to … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

H.W. Tyler

Much of the credit for the survival and success of the early AAUP belongs to its long-serving secretary, the MIT mathematician Harry Walter Tyler (1863-1938). Tyler served as secretary from 1916 … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Ross Case

  The AAUP’s first investigation of dismissals of faculty members was at the University of Utah in 1915. However, two such investigations preceded the founding of the AAUP. Each of these investigations, that … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 6 Comments

James McKeen Cattell

  One of the less-frequently mentioned founders of the AAUP is Columbia University psychologist James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944). Cattell was perhaps the most prominent academic gadfly of his time. He … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Hopkins Call

The first call for a meeting to discuss the founding of the AAUP was organized by Arthur O. Lovejoy at Johns Hopkins University in the spring of 1913. It was … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

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