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Author Archives: Joerg Tiede

UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise steps down

Below is the UIUC news release, which is posted here: Phyllis M. Wise steps aside as Urbana-Champaign campus chancellor Returns to faculty role, effective August 12 August 6, 2015 URBANA–University … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

The 2015 AAUP Redbook

The 2015 edition of the AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports (widely known as the AAUP Redbook) is now available to be ordered. The Redbook presents in convenient format a wide range of … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, AAUP!

One hundred years ago today, the AAUP was founded at an organizational meeting at the Chemists’ Club in New York. A committee of 33 professors, chaired by John Dewey, organized … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 6 Comments

UI Chancellor Responds To Salaita Report

Reported on WUIS: I received the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure’s report this morning, and I thank them for their time and effort. I have read the report. It … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Confidential Searches for Chief Academic Officers

This is a guest post by Joerg Tiede, a contributor to the recent November-December issue of Academe. Tiede is professor of computer science at Illinois Wesleyan University. He serves as … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

“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 · 4 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 · 5 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



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