Walter P. Metzger (1920-2016)

Walter P. Metzger, professor of history at Columbia University for his entire career and the AAUP’s official historian for most of that time, has passed away. Professor Metzger dedicated his entire professional life to the AAUP, both by contributing to the ongoing work of the Association, in particular on Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and…

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Colorado Faculty Respond to Trump Appearance

The following is the text of a letter signed by 114 members of the faculty at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in response to a campaign appearance at the university by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  July 28, 2016 Dear Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, With the pending visit of the Republican nominee for President, Donald J.…

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Separating Perks from Principles

The ongoing reduction of tenure-track positions at colleges and universities has been news for decades, and advocates for increased tenured positions usually point to rising numbers of administrators and unchecked administrator salaries as the root cause of this reduction and the site for change. I agree wholeheartedly that administrators are overpaid and overabundant, but another…

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Exactly Why I Don’t Like Dependence on Grant Funding

Over the past few years, I’ve become less and less enthusiastic about grants as a funding mechanism for higher-education-related projects. It’s not just the Koch brothers and their use of grants to promote particular ideologies but even the gentler tugs by funders such as the NEH toward consideration of particular arenas or inclusion of certain classes…

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What’s a Teacher to Do?

When you rely on the numbers, you count out the people. How often have we heard that? How frequently do we remind ourselves that it’s the people—in our case as educators, the students—who matter most, the individuals and not the numbers that reflect the aggregate? Yet our actions continue to be toward the group and…

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It’s All the Fault of the “Socialist” Faculty!

BY HANK REICHMAN The following comes from a story published yesterday by The Hill: Republican pollster Frank Luntz on Tuesday told delegates at the Republican National Convention that the GOP has “lost” the millennial generation of voters. Addressing the South Carolina delegation, Luntz attributed the Democratic Party’s hold on younger adults to colleges and universities…

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Democrats Revise Education Platform; Step Back From Phony “Reform”

BY HANK REICHMAN Up until Sen. Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton yesterday, it was common to view the main fault line dividing the Democratic Party as that between Sanders’ largely younger and definitely more radical supporters and a more cautious and aging party “establishment” represented by Clinton.  But another fault line has been that…

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Abandoning Tenure’s Golden Handcuffs

BY GILLIAN STEINBERG I gave up tenure last summer after an excruciating year of fighting against budget cuts for the writing program I directed. I was told that, to save money, students would have only one semester of writing instead of two and that the program’s full-time professors would, over time, be replaced by adjuncts.…

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Just Who’s the Troll?

Originally posted on One Flew East:
When I’ve tried to deal directly with internet trolls, I’ve had little luck. What I mean is, their minds were made up about me before they trolled whatever I might have written. No matter how politely I’ve tried to engage them, rarely do I get anything in response but…