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The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
Anyone may attend the ISU AAUP Forums. You need not be an AAUP member.
2020 Indiana AAUP Spring Meeting
Dear Indiana AAUP members,
Greetings! I hope you’re off to a good start in a new academic year. I write to notify you of several important news items:
- Our statewide spring meeting will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 11:00-2:00 EDT at the University of Indianapolis. At it, we will discuss keeping up with state developments in higher education, including recent attempts by administrations to claim financial troubles to justify cuts to faculty and to academic programs, and other issues that are of concern to chapters. As always, the event is free, but donations are accepted to help to offset costs. Please hold the date, and plan to attend (with fellow chapter members and other interested colleagues); more details will be forthcoming in a few weeks.
- Immediately after the spring meeting, from 2:00-6:00 pm EDT, we will hold a financial analysis workshop, at which we will finalize work already under way, as an act of transparency and a signal to administrations that we are monitoring the financial health of each of Indiana’s colleges and universities. I am delighted to announce that Rudy Fichtenbaum, the national president of the AAUP and a forensic accountant, has agreed to attend and to oversee our work. We will both finish up any remaining institutions’ analysis and then discuss how best to roll out this information to campus stakeholders, including AAUP chapters, faculty, staff, students, boards, and others. If you are interested in being part of the teams that will conduct these analyses (based on spreadsheets used at the AAUP Summer Institute by our national AAUP president and his co-presenter, both of whom are trained in forensic accounting), let me know, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (1) your name, (2) your institution, and (3) your e-mail. (FYI, there is a modest learning curve for this, but I expect anyone with 2-3 hours’ time in can perform this work.) We will get to work in earnest on this project shortly.
- We are still accepting applications for funds to be used by chapter members to increase membership in the AAUP; I have pasted below the application, which you can forward on to me at email@example.com. If applying, just be sure to tie your efforts and expenses into how they will affect your ability to promote and retain chapter members.
Looking forward to seeing you at the spring meeting, and working with you to protect academic freedom, shared governance, and quality higher education.
David P. Nalbone, PhD
President, Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
For more information, contact Rich Schneirov, Dept. of History and President of AAUP~ISU Chapter, or visit the website of National AAUP: https://www.aaup.org/