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Embracing the “New Civics”

BY AARON BARLOW Two great failings of the American professoriate are timidity and self-righteousness. Casting about to orient myself in my new calling a decade or so ago, I found David Horowitz defining one extreme view of it and Michael Bérubé standing out on the other. Horowitz was pushing professors further into timidity and inaction…

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Academic Governance (and Protest) at Fordham

BY MICHAEL DECESARE In discussions of academic governance, administrators like to emphasize the need for trust. Trouble is, they’re usually the ones to betray it. The latest case in point comes from Fordham University. As reported in a February 1 article in the Fordham Ram, the administration announced in June 2016 that “it would impose a…

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Faculty, Data, and Decisionmaking

BY DAVID P. NALBONE This is a guest post by David P. Nalbone, associate professor of social psychology at Purdue University Northwest. He is the past president and external liaison of the Purdue University Northwest AAUP chapter and was just elected secretary of the Indiana AAUP conference. My article in the January–February issue of Academe,…

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Shakespeare on Shared Governance

BY TIMOTHY V. KAUFMAN-OSBORN This is a guest post by Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn, the Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership at Whitman College. Offering a sorry imitation of the Bard, I composed my recent history of shared governance in Wisconsin in the January–February issue of Academe as a tragedy in three acts. In my article, I explain…

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New Paradigm of Faculty Senate

BY JOSLIN MAR-DAI PICKENS This is a guest post by Joslin Mar-Dai Pickens, coauthor along with Sonya D. Hester and Harolyn Wilson, of the article, “Organizing Real Faculty Governance in Northern Louisiana,” in the January–February issue of Academe (please note that an AAUP member login is required to read the full article). Pickens is a member of…

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New Academe is a Call to Action for the Fight Ahead

BY KELLY HAND With the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump just two days away, and with legislators in several states targeting higher education—through efforts to eliminate tenure (Iowa and Missouri) and specific courses or programs (Wisconsin and Arizona)—there is an urgent need for faculty to take action to protect academic freedom and quality higher education. The…

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Wisconsin GOP Set on Legislating Greater “Intellectual Diversity”

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal, there is an article by Nico Savidge titled “Complaining of Bias on Campus, Republicans Push for ‘Intellectual Diversity’ at UW Schools.” Here are the opening paragraphs: “Conservative critics of higher education in Wisconsin have opened a new chapter of their long­running complaints about institutions such as…