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The Tenure Top Ten

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following is taken from an op-ed piece, “Top 10 ways tenure benefits students and all Iowa residents,” by Katherine Tachau and Lois Cox of the University of Iowa AAUP chapter, published yesterday in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The University of Iowa chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)…

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We Can Make a Difference!

BY HANK REICHMAN This month saw what the AAUP quickly labeled “A Concerted Attack on Academic Freedom” in Iowa and Missouri, as well as a boneheaded bill introduced in Arizona that would have banned discussions of “social justice” at the state’s public colleges and universities.  But after faculty members and higher ed leaders pushed back,…

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Bills to Kill Tenure in Iowa, Missouri

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is from the “Capital Roundup for January 12, written by Lee Gazette for the Des Moines Register: “A state senator again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File…

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Important Legal Victory for Faculty Rights

BY HANK REICHMAN Is a faculty handbook a legally binding contract?  The question is not an easy one to answer, as the law may vary from state to state.  In 2015 the AAUP’s legal department updated its Faculty Handbooks Guide, which includes basic information for each state, although the Guide “is not exhaustive and is…

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Is It Time to Abandon Tenure?

BY HANK REICHMAN Alarmed by the headline?  I was when I encountered it above an article originally published in the online zine Salon, but republished in several other locations (for instance here).  Written by Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California Adrianna Kezar, co-director of the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty…

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WMU-AAUP on Tenure and Shared Governance

In March I reposted from the WMU-AAUP blog comments delivered to the Western Michigan University (WMU) Board of Trustees by WMU-AAUP President and AAUP national Council member Lisa Minnick.  Below are comments delivered today, June 29, to the same board by Professor Minnick. They offer a truly eloquent and effective defense of fundamental academic values…