Indiana Conference of the
American Association of University Professors

ICAAUP Statement Regarding Recent Events at IPFW

The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors (ICAAUP) fully supports the faculty at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) regarding the current situation at IPFW. The announcement of the closing of academic programs, by all reports without the appropriate faculty input, and the notice of no-confidence in IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein, underscores how serious the issues at IPFW have become.

The ICAAUP understands that decisions that may ultimately result in program restructuring and/or closures are extremely difficult and must include numerous factors to minimize the negative impact to the affected students and the local community. Thus, it is vital that the faculty have a voice in these decisions, as they are uniquely positioned to be the most sensitive to the needs of the students and the community.

Therefore, the ICAAUP joins the senates of IPFW and Purdue, in urging the Board of Trustees of Purdue and the IPFW administration that, before any final decisions are made, they provide adequate time for the IPFW faculty and the Purdue University Senate to exercise their advisory rights and responsibilities regarding any program restructuring.

Dr. Marc Rogers

President, Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

Defending Academic Freedom: The Threat of Post-Tenure Review and Merit Pay

By Richard Schneirov

On Apr. 5, 2016, Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum, President of the AAUP, addressed the campus chapter of Indiana State University on the subject of post-tenure review. The talk was wide-ranging, and Dr. Fichtenbaum offered practical guidance on issues that Indiana AAUP members will find useful. His talk was a powerful defense of academic freedom and faculty voice in the field of higher education.

Over the last four decades academic freedom in higher education has been in continuous decline due to the increasing reliance on part-time and full-time temporary faculty. This group, which off the tenure track, comprises about 70 percent of all faculty in US institutions of higher learning. But, there is another source for the mounting threats faced by American faculty, chief among them the increasing use of post-tenure review.

At the start of his talk, Dr. Fichtenbaum made clear that post-tenure review needs to be distinguished from a number of misconceptions. First, it should not be confused with accountability. Virtually all tenured faculty members are subject after receiving tenure to some form of periodic evaluation at college and universities across the country. Nor does it mean that once being granted tenure, a faculty member has a job for life. Tenure simply means that if faculty members continue to perform their jobs, they cannot be let go unless for “just cause.” That means that the burden of proof is on the university to prove that a faculty member has either been incompetent, neglected his or her duty, or has engaged in unethical or immoral behavior (for definitions see AAUP’s 2004 Statement on Termination & Discipline). Typically, dismissal is a last resort following an opportunity to remediate behavior. Virtually all institutions of higher education have procedures for dismissal of faculty that cover such cases. Most members of the public, as Dr. Ficthenbaum pointed out, would agree with the statement that people should retain their job as long as they continue to perform it competently. Put simply, that is what tenure is, and we should not be shy about defending it.

Post-tenure review (PTR) is different. It is an attempt to periodically re-open the grueling and comprehensive tenure process under the supposition that underperforming faculty members need to be identified and purged from the university. In cases where PTR has been instituted—one estimate is that one-third of all universities have such systems in place—very few faculty members actually are let go. However, the result of such periodic evaluations is to chill the atmosphere of the academic community. Out of fear, many faculty members self-censor when it comes to making controversial statements whether in class, within the academic community, or in public. The result is that the seven-year probationary period that tenure-track faculty members undergo before the tenure decision, and during which they typically fear to give offense to those with power and authority, is extended indefinitely.

Academic freedom is often not well understood by either the public or even many faculty members. It is not the same as the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. That amendment only limits the government from infringing on freedom of speech. Thus, the right it establishes does not prevent employers from taking disciplinary action, including dismissal, for the speech acts of employees. Academic freedom is different because it limits the ability of Boards of Trustees and university administrators from infringing on the speech rights of faculty members, except under special circumstances.

Why should college and university faculty members, among all employees, be permitted to enjoy such freedom? Academic freedom is intended to enable institutions of higher education to serve the public good. Not for profit colleges and universities, both public and private, should be distinguished from proprietary or for-profit institutions of higher education. The former are publicly funded and expected to serve the public good, while in the latter faculty are merely employees and their voices can be presumed to be that of their employer. For the former type of institutions, faculty members’ voices are their own, and are not to be confused with that of their employer.

The AAUP was founded in 1915 for the purpose of defining and defending the autonomous voice for faculty in seeking the public good within and outside the university. Thus, to support academic freedom is not to defend an antiquated privilege of an elite or of individual faculty members to indulge their fancy, but to enable faculty members to use their best professional judgment in making institutions of higher education and the policies of government serve the public good. Where academic freedom does not exist, as for example at Indiana’s Ivy Tech community college system, faculty members are treated as employees and cannot avail the public of their considered judgments.

When administrators attempt to introduce PTR in one form or another, the intention is typically to increase control over the behavior of faculty members and reduce their ability to exercise their best judgments. The justifications are several. One of the most important is that PTR would increase the productivity of faculty, the assumption being that a significant number of professors are shirking their duties or not following the kinds of policies that the university deems necessary. There is a serious problem with this argument. It is almost impossible to measure productivity unless one can measure output. For businesses that produce commodities output can be measured in terms of standardized units that are sold on the market. But, in higher education the task is not to produce commodities but educated citizens and an enhanced democratic community. That “output” cannot be measured in any standardized way but only through a many-sided conversation in the academic community, with an independent faculty’s voice a vital contributor.

Because post-tenure review is fundamentally an abrogation of tenure, it has been resisted strenuously be faculty. More common have been various systems of merit pay, some of them quite elaborate. The AAUP does not oppose merit pay per se, but merit pay like PTR can be constructed in a way that undermines the robustness of academic freedom. Often an enormous amount of time and energy of faculty members and administrators is put into evaluating faculty with the object of distinguishing between those who are performing at, above, or below “expectations.” Even if the very few who are identified as performing below expectations are not dismissed, the drain of scarce university resources to identify this tiny minority is hard to justify. Moreover, by creating an incentive for faculty members to compare themselves to each other in a zero sum, mad scramble for a small bonus, the system sets faculty members against each other. It widens the gap between administrators and faculty, demoralizes faculty, and contributes to the sense that they are under siege.

Merit pay like PTR creates a system that administrators use to gain more control over faculty in their everyday duties. For example, at Indiana State University, the provost recently decreed that all faculty members who did not turn in interim grades would be classed as performing below expectations and denied the typical pay increase used to make up for the rise in the cost of living. If one really wanted to create an incentive for excellence, Dr. Fichtenbaum suggested that the university offer additional promotions beyond the two now available, each accompanied by a substantial pay increase.

If we understand various systems of post-tenure review and merit pay in the context of administrative attempts to monitor and control tenured faculty, reduce their status from that of professionals to employees, and thus limit the scope and scale of academic freedom, it behooves the faculty to resist. A common argument against resistance is that if we don’t accommodate administrative demands to institute PTR, a worse result will be imposed from above. But, by taking ownership of such a system and trying to make it work, faculty members find it more difficult to resist its underlying imperatives.

In asking faculty members to resist, Dr. Fichtenbaum suggested that they enlist students and voluntary associations in the larger community, for example, church groups, professional associations, unions, and activists in social movements, to support our cause. We can also create a concerted movement on the state level enlisting the efforts of faculty on multiple campuses. Faculty cannot limit themselves to passing Faculty Senate resolutions.

Discussion after the talk raised the point that faculty need a counter-discourse to the present one of “accountability” with its productivity and accountability schemes imposed from above. There may be no better alternative than to revive the discourse with which AAUP began its existence: that of protecting and expanding the voice of the faculty along with other members of the community to make education serve the best interests of our democracy.

News from State Conference President Dan Murphy, Dec 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

It is a busy time of the year as we wind up the term and look forward to the Holidays.

Even as we prepare for a vacation, important issues need to be considered. Last April, the General Assembly gave the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) the authority to review, and if necessary restructure programs with low graduation rates at Ivy Tech. Those of you who attended our Spring Meeting know that this deal was cut very late in the session, and without any opportunity for us to offer public comment. This was a significant moment in the history of higher education in Indiana; a state agency was given unusual power over the curriculum of a state educational institution, raising serious concerns about academic freedom and shared governance at Ivy Tech. ICHE ran with its new authority, and a few days ago issued a report on Ivy Tech. The report and its recommendations can be read here:

This will be a major area of interest for the Conference as we approach a new legislative session. If you are interested in working with our Government Relations Committee, contact me at

We continue to monitor the situation at Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central, where the merger into Purdue University Northwest has raised concerns about shared governance.

When faced with issues concerning shared governance and academic freedom, there is no better guide than the AAUP's famed Redbook - it's Policy Documents and Reports. The Eleventh Edition of this invaluable resource was published by Johns Hopkins University Press at the end of 2014. Johns Hopkins is having a 40% off holiday sale on its books through December 31. Use the code HHOL at checkout. Also pick up ASC President Hans-Joerg Tiede's University Reform about the founding of the AAUP.

The National AAUP continues to address issues that resonate with our situation in Indiana. Here is a link to a brief statement on the rights of faculty members on renewable term appointments:

Here is a statement on "Campus Carry " laws. There have been efforts in the Indiana legislature in recent years to allow "concealed carry" on our campuses - something that we have opposed.

Would you like to get involved with the AAUP on the state level? Let me know at - officer elections will be held next fall and we are looking for candidates!

Would you like to organize a chapter of the AAUP on your campus? It only takes seven members to establish a chapter.

Here is a link to join the AAUP - share this with your colleagues!

Here is more information on starting a chapter.

The ICAAUP Chapter Services Director is Rebecca Mullen who can be reached at: or you can contact me at

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Daniel Murphy
ICAAUP President

News from State Conference President Dan Murphy, Nov 24, 2015


The ICAAUP suffered a major loss this past October with the passing of our good friend, AAUP member, and longtime lobbyist Mark St. John.

We are in the process of reorganizing our lobbying program - if you would be interested in this or serving on our Government Relations Committee email me at

Our Fall meeting October 24 at the University of Indianapolis was well-attended and jam-packed with excellent guest speakers.

Here is a brief report from Past-President Rich Schneirov:

Our conference meeting today was stimulating and revealing as to trends that have come to pervade higher education in the state of Indiana. We first heard a presentation based on his new book by Joerg Tiede, President of theAAUP's Assembly of State Conferences on the origins of AAUP during the Progressive Era. Dr. Tiede made clear that the goals of the AAUP were not just professional and disicplinary--the freedom to publish based on our own contributions to our disciplines--but included extramural political activities. The AAUP fought to bring the struggles of the Progressive movements and of social democracy into the university. Professors had speaking rights beyond those of employees because they served the public good as well as the good of their disciplines. In other words, the goal of academic freedom is not just defensive--to carve out a space where our disciplinary needs can flourish--but is offensive, to empower faculty to bring to bear their values, knowledge and expertise in governing the university and our democratic society in the public interest. The first President of the AAUP, John Dewey, thought that the question of academic freedom would soon be out of the way, and the organization would be able to tackle other issues. But that was not to be. Universities remain a terrain of conflict over whether the academic and democratic values or those of vested commercial interests will be primary.

As faculty delegates from around the state spoke, it became clear that faculty face an intensified conflict over the meaning of the public good and whether faculty can continue to play a role in determining the content of the public good when it comes to university policies and practices. This is an old struggle dating to the period of one hundred years ago, but it has never been more necessary and relevant than it is today.

We were also joined by State Representative Terri Austin (Anderson - D). Rep. Austin gave an informative run-down on the educational issues upcoming in the next legislative session. She led a spirited give and take discussion with the members present. Rep. Austin reminds us that there are a number of legislators who share our educational values; we need to reach out to them. Professor Loni McKown of Butler University gave a talk about being dismissed as the advisor of the student newspaper. Here is a good article on her situation by John K. Wilson:

Professor McKown's predicament is just one of the academic freedom cases coming to our attention in Indiana. Given the predilections of all too many administrators we must remain eternally vigilant, and must organize to protect the principle of academic freedom that has been safeguarded for a century by the AAUP.

Shared Governance is also a principle that must be defended. We have been monitoring the situation in Northwest Indiana where Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central are being merged with very little input from faculty and in defiance of votes by faculty at PUC questioning the procedure for the merger. PUC Chancellor Thomas Keon was recently named Chancellor of the new Purdue University Northwest.

Because of the questions this has raised concerning shared governance, the ICAAUP Committee A recently voted to launch an investigation into the merger.

If you are interested in issues of academic freedom and shared governance, and would like to serve on the ICAAUP Committee A email me at

Would you like to organize a chapter of the AAUP on your campus? It only takes seven members to establish a chapter.

Here is a link to join the AAUP - share this with your colleagues!

Here is more information on starting a chapter.

The ICAAUP Chapter Services Director is Rebecca Mullen who can be reached at: or you can contact me at

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Daniel Murphy
ICAAUP President

Conference Officers

​​​Dear Colleagues,

I hope that your end of the term work has not been too stressful!

A lot has been going on with the Conference, and we are looking forward to a busy year in 2015, when we celebrate the Centennial of the AAUP.

List of Officers

At the recent Fall Meeting, November 22 at the University of Indianapolis, we elected our Conference officers for the next two years. Here they are with contact information:

Dan Murphy, President
Department of History
Hanover College
Hanover, IN 47243-0890
(812) 866-7222

Richard Schneirov, Past President
Department of History
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Marc Rogers, Vice-President
Computer and Information Technology
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021

Perry Kea, Treasurer
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Miriam Pittenger, Secretary
Department of Classical Studies
Hanover College
Hanover, IN 47243-0890

At large:

Theodore K. Miller
Indiana University--Bloomington
412 E 1st St
Bloomington, IN 47401

David Vollrath
School Of Business And Economics
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend, IN 46634

Anne Foster
Department of History
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Anne Foster
Department of History
Indiana Sate University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Eugenia Badger
Ivy Tech

Chapter service program director:

Rebecca Mullen
Department of English
Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN 47591

Fall Meeting

We had a well-attended Fall Meeting on November 22, and discussed a number of issues at the state level and concerning chapters. I urge you to attend our state conference meetings. They are a wonderful way to network with colleagues across the state; these meetings remind you that you are not alone facing the problems at your school - faculty all across Indiana are facing similar challenges. It is heartening to spend a few hours with colleagues who share the AAUP's principles concerning academic freedom and shared governance!

We had two guest speakers. Mark St. John, who has been doing a splendid job acting as our lobbyist, spoke about the recent elections and the upcoming legislative session. Dr. Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer at the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, spoke about the latest initiatives from ICHE.

Here is an excellent summary of the meeting from Rich Schneirov, the Past President of ICAAUP:

"We had a productive state conference meeting Saturday. Let’s start out with some good news. We have had major growth in membership on three campuses: Purdue, Purdue-Calumet, and Hanover. Our treasury has regained levels before we were hit with big legal bills last year. At IU-Bloomington a new movement for academic freedom among younger faculty promises to revitalize the campus AAUP there.

The 2014 elections saw the Republicans pick up seats in both the state House and Senate. But, since they already had a super-majority, there are not expected to be any major changes in policy. We expect to continue to live in a one-party-ruled state for the foreseeable future. It is also possible that the Republicans will make the State Superintendent of Education an appointive position to further solidify their party rule. Concerning higher education, we expect the Republicans to continue a steady accretion of responsibilities going to ICHE. In the foreseeable future it could become much like California’s Board of Regents, heading up a centralized system of higher education.

Deputy Commissioner Ken Sauer spoke and answered questions for an hour and half. Here are some highlights: performance funding will continue to expand, from 6% of allocated funding to 8% by 2016. Regarding distance education, ICHE understands that faculty work per student is greater for distance education not less, as outsiders think, and therefore does not oppose universities charging special fees. In discussing dual credit the point was raised that this risks dumbing down education and decimating our humanities disciplines. He acknowledged the former and pointed to work being done on the national level to specify educational outcomes. The AAUP audience pointed out that this was a top-down initiative, and Sauer acknowledged the need for faculty involvement."

Chapter News

I'd like to welcome a new chapter at Indiana University South Bend!

If you have a formally organized chapter, please send me a list of officers and contact information. The information that we have through the National Office is frequently outdated.

It only takes seven AAUP members to form a chapter. If you would like to form a chapter, useful information can be found here:

The Indiana Conference has an active Chapter Services Program to assist you. More information on this can be found here:

Or contact our Chapter Services Director Rebecca Mullen at

The Hanover College Chapter recently reorganized itself. Facing a budget shortfall, the College has reduced staff and is looking to shrink the size of the faculty. Anxious to get an outside view of the College's finances, the Hanover Chapter turned to National AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum and Collective Bargaining Congress President Howard Bunsis for a fresh view of the situation. Rudy Fichtenbaum and Howard Bunsis are very experienced in reporting on college and university finances.

If you are able to get through the Chronicle of Higher Education's paywall, here is an article on their work:

If not, here is another version of the same article:

State News

Here is an interesting article on the salaries of Presidents at Indiana's private universities and colleges:

Here is an article on out of state enrollment at IU and Purdue, and the concern this is causing some legislators:

Committees and How You Can Help

The Conference Committee A has been active dealing with cases where faculty find themselves in trouble. Our Government Relations Committee was active during the last legislative session and will be gearing up for January.

I would like to establish a special AAUP Centennial Committee for the Conference to help plan events, speakers etc. for the upcoming AAUP Centennial year. Email me if you are interested in helping.

We are also going to be organizing a Membership Committee to run a membership drive across the state. We have a grant proposal outstanding to the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences: building our membership will be a key focus of the next two years. Please email me if you are interested in serving on this committee.

The bottom line is that we can't rely on mailings and news stories about the work of the AAUP to get us members: we need people walking hall, knocking on office doors and personally urging colleagues to do the right thing and join the AAUP!

Don't forget to bookmark the Indiana Conference's website:

Join us at our Facebook Page - Indiana AAUP

I hope you have a restful break and a Happy Holiday Season!

All the best,

Daniel Murphy
ICAAUP President

Surprise Merger of Two Purdue Regional Campuses Violates Principle of Shared Governance

The Surprise Announcement that Purdue University Calumet will merge with Purdue University North Central Violates the Principle of Shared Governance

When it was announced on February 26 that Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central will merge, the news took nearly everyone at the Calumet campus—students, faculty, and staff—by surprise. The reason is that none of these members of the campus community were consulted before this decision was made, in spite of the fact that the decision will greatly affect their lives. While the Purdue Calumet administration has repeatedly said that it is in favor of shared governance, transparency, and faculty input, this recent announcement stands as yet another example of the fact that its actions consistently contradict those statements.

To be clear, we (the Purdue University Calumet chapter of the AAUP) do hope that the proposed merger will be successful. We are concerned, however, because

  • Faculty will likely be severely affected, and were not consulted beforehand.
  • Faculty are being asked to trust an administration that keeps saying one thing and doing another.
  • No specifics on costs, timelines, or anything remotely resembling a plan has been put forth, yet we are asked to cheer on such a vague plan as if it were a can't-miss venture, when it is anything but.
  • Claims that savings from this merger will be directed to students and faculty would be an about-face from current practice, in which resources are primarily directed to the growth of the administration, while the faculty are reduced in size and marginalized in decision making. Accordingly, while we hope that savings from this merger will, as promised, be used for the improvement of instruction (rather than for administrative growth), it is a far stretch to say that such claims are credible and should be accepted, given the history of the behavior of the administration.

As an example of that history, from 2012 to 2013 Purdue University Calumet, citing a budget shortfall, reduced its faculty by nearly 18% (from 576 to 473), while cutting its number of administrators by only 1% over the same period. As a result, there are now more non-instructional staff at the University (488) than instructional staff (473). While the administration has attempted to justify this targeting of faculty by claiming that administrative staff have born the brunt of previous cuts, this is not supported by the relevant data. The number of administrators and other support staff has risen steadily over the past fifteen years (from 396 in 1999 to 488 at present). By contrast, the numbers for faculty stand roughly where they were fifteen years ago (470 in 1999; 473 today).

Reducing the number of faculty is not the administration’s only method of cutting instructional costs, however. Another strategy is to replace tenured faculty as they retire or die (and note that these are full-time scholar-teachers, who have been certified as meeting high standards of quality in their work) with part-time employees who receive meager pay, no benefits or job security, and no opportunity of attempting to meet requirements for tenure. This heavy reliance on overstressed, underpaid, and sometimes only marginally qualified part-timers extends to many of the university’s academic units, including the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) that are much prized by Purdue University’s President, Mitch Daniels. There is no parallel push to rein in administrative costs by using part-timers for administrative functions, nor any attempt to involve faculty in a meaningful way in decisions to rein in such costs, despite the claim of both the Purdue Calumet administration and Mitch Daniels that they wish to engage in shared governance with the faculty.

Finally, many faculty have also been asked to help meet the budget crisis by dramatically increasing their productivity, but for no increase in pay. Some teachers, as a result both of having to teach more classes per semester than they did previously, and of seeing the size of each class increase, now find themselves struggling with a workload that is more than double their previous average—a workload that makes successful teaching and research much more difficult. There is no apparent parallel demand for administrators to help make ends meet by significantly increasing their workload while forgoing any increase in compensation.

AAUP Opposes State Marriage Amendment

Many universities throughout our state provide such domestic partner benefits, including Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, Purdue University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

We believe that the proposed constitutional amendment has the strong potential to disrupt or prohibit the availability of domestic partner benefits for state-supported institutions of higher education. We believe it would be against the best interests of the state to restrict the ability of our institutions of higher education to attract the best faculty members available

University Administrators view domestic-partner benefits as critical to attracting and retaining the best educators and researchers. We believe that this proposed constitutional amendment will force them to discontinue such benefits. At the same time, top universities aggressively recruit the nation’s most talented gay and lesbian students for their undergraduate and graduate programs.

A state’s reputation for intolerance is a turn-off to such prospective students and an additional cause of “brain drain.”The State Conference of the American Association of University Professors represent faculty at universities across Indiana. We respectfully recommend that this resolution be rejected to head off an interpretation that might threaten benefits and protections provided university faculty and staff.

Indiana Conference AAUP Fall 2013 Meeting Program

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana Nov 2, 2013
Trustees Dining Room (First Floor)
Schwitzer Student Center on the campus of the University of Indianapolis
9:00AM Registration
9:30AM Dan Murphy: President's Report
9:45AM Mark St. John: Legislative Report
10:15AM Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner for Research and Academic Affairs, ICHE
11:00AM Break
11:15AM Reports From the Front Lines: Purdue University Calumet, Ball State, and State Issues
12:00 noon Lunch, Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center
Featured Speaker: Sarah Pies from the Dept. Of Education


Registration and lunch are FREE for this meeting. Take this as an opportunity to invite a colleague.

While it is completely voluntary, we are inviting you to make a contribution to the Faculty for Higher Education fund. Contributions to this fund help monitor higher education issues as they are processed by the Indiana State Legislature.

Please check one of the options on the form below and return by Thursday, October 31.

Mail to: Prof. Perry Kea, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227 or email:

Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.

Great News at Purdue University Calumet


Great news! The AAUP on all levels has been working to support the terminated faculty at Purdue University Calumet. As part of this effort PUC faculty have organized a new chapter. Today, the PUC administration announced that its budget shortfall was not as great as originally thought, and the terminations of the tenure-track faculty have been rescinded.

Congratulations to our colleagues at PUC!

Indiana State Conference Statement on Purdue University Calumet

The Executive Board of the Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors would like to join with the Purdue Chapter of the AAUP in expressing its concern about the recent actions taken by Chancellor Thomas Keon of Purdue University Calumet.

Citing revenue shortfalls, Chancellor Keon terminated instructors, lecturers, and tenure track faculty, while at the same time PUC advertised for new positions in the administration and the athletic program. The faculty has not been provided detailed information concerning the financial situation at PUC. Nor was the faculty meaningfully involved in determining where cuts should be made. Chancellor Keon’s actions raise questions about academic shared governance at PUC. In addition, it should be clear to all citizens of Indiana that something is wrong with an educational institution’s priorities when in the face of supposed financial difficulties it fires teachers, while leaving untouched, and even expanding, its administrative bureaucracy.

We urge Chancellor Keon and the administration of Purdue University to revisit these terminations, and actively work with the faculty to restore financial health to Purdue University Calumet.

Purdue AAUP Statement on Faculty Terminations at Purdue Calumet

The recent announcement of faculty terminations by the Administration at Purdue Calumet is extremely troubling. These terminations do not appear to have been conducted with the proper faculty input, in contradiction to the concept of shared governance. The timing of this announcement, coming in the week before the academic faculty return to teaching, under scores this apparent lack of shared governance. The justification for terminating faculty has centered on Purdue Calumet's claim of financial difficulties. The faculty has yet to be able to confirm this assertion, as the administration seems reluctant to share financial information. However, while claiming that they are in such dire financial trouble they must lay off instructors, lecturers, and tenure track faculty, Purdue Calumet is actively hiring more administrators, increasing funding to the athletic program and hiring fitness assistants.

Lower than expected enrollment numbers has been cited as the primary contributing factor to the financial problem. According to the administration, reasons for the low enrollment range from the impact of advanced placement and dual credit programs in the high schools; the previous administration's lack of ability and foresight in automating the admission process while there is an admission that enrollment is actually up in some areas.

The AAUP's position is that in the event of a legitimate financial crisis, negatively impacting the educational mission of the university should only be considered when all other cost cutting alternatives have been exhausted. We have yet to see sufficient evidence that this formula has been applied at Purdue Calumet.

The AAUP further advocates that faculty must be actively and appropriately included in any discussions or plans related to potential program cuts, modifications and/or possible faculty reductions. The current plan will have a direct negative impact on available curricula and the quality of education. The faculty has not been properly included in the process of determining that the financial situation is severe enough to contemplate only faculty terminations or in the termination process itself.

The decision to cut the education delivery process itself has a chilling effect on the University and the community. People's lives and potential educational opportunities for students are impacted. The AAUP recognizes the seriousness and the difficulties surrounding these decisions. It is for these very reasons that it is imperative that such decisions proceed in a transparent fashion and with appropriate faculty inclusion.

We strongly urge President Daniels, Chancellor Keon and the Board of Trustees to reconsider the termination of faculty at Purdue Calumet and to actively engage with faculty and their appropriate representatives in order to work through the anticipated budget crisis and find alternative solutions that are less devastating to Purdue's mission, values and goals and to the citizens of Indiana.

Dr. Marcus K. Rogers
President Purdue AAUP Chapter

AAUP Statement on Academic Freedom and Mitch Daniels

Since 1940, the American Association of University Professors has stood by the Statement on Academic Freedom and Tenure declared in that year. We support the statement that "Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties."

The declaration also states that "Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject." The writings of Howard Zinn are a perfect example of material relevant for discussion in teacher education and history classes, even though these writings are also controversial.

The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors condemns Mitch Daniels' efforts as Governor of Indiana to censor the use of Howard Zinn's works in a summer institute for high school teachers at Indiana University. Although we commend his more recent reaffirmation, as President of Purdue University, of a commitment to academic freedom in higher education, we see a fundamental contradiction between this claim of support for academic freedom and his continued defense of his earlier efforts to control what teachers and professors assign in their classrooms.

We urge Daniels to declare his uncompromising support for the right of faculty to research and teach without interference from university or state administrators.

Indiana Conference AAUP Spring 2013 Meeting Program

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana April 27, 2013
Trustees Dining Room (First Floor)
Schwitzer Student Center on the campus of the University of Indianapolis
9:00AM Registration
9:30AM President and Treasurer Reports; Election of Officers and Board
10:15AM Break
10:30AM Mark St. John - Looking Forward to the Legislative Session
11:15AM The State of Higher Education in Indiana
12:00 noon Lunch, Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center
Featured Speaker: Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education


Registration and lunch are FREE for this meeting. Take this as an opportunity to invite a colleague.

While it is completely voluntary, we are inviting you to make a contribution to the Faculty for Higher Education fund. Contributions to this fund help monitor higher education issues as they are processed by the Indiana State Legislature.

Please check one of the options on the form below and return by Thursday, April 25.

Mail to: Prof. Perry Kea, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227 or email:

Download Form (Doc)

Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.

Benjamin Ginsberg Presentation at Purdue University: "The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University"

Indiana Conference AAUP Spring 2012 Meeting Program

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana April 21, 2012
Trustees Dining Room (First Floor)
Schwitzer Student Center on the campus of the University of Indianapolis
9:00AM Registration
9:30AM Dan Murphy: President's Report
10:00AM Mark St. John: Report on the Indiana General Assembly Session
10:30AM Break
10:45AM Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commisioner for Research and Academic Affairs, ICHE
12:00 noon Lunch, Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center
Featured Speaker: Patrick Alles, Independent Colleges of Indiana


Registration and lunch are FREE for this meeting. Take this as an opportunity to invite a colleague.

While it is completely voluntary, we are inviting you to make a contribution to the Faculty for Higher Education fund. Contributions to this fund help monitor higher education issues as they are processed by the Indiana State Legislature.

Please check one of the options on the form below and return by Thursday, April 19.

Mail to: Prof. Perry Kea, Dept. of Philosophy & Religion, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227 or email:

Download Form (Doc)

Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.

Larry Stearns

The Executive Board of the Indiana Conference of the AAUP invites our colleagues to join us in remembering Professor Larry Stearns of Vincennes University, who unexpectedly passed away February 4. Professor Stearns played an important role in building the strength of our Conference. We share the loss of Larry with his family and colleagues.

Indiana Senate Passes SB 182 - AAUP Expresses Concern

Last week the Indiana Senate passed SB 182 with a vote of 50-0. Prior to passage, representatives of the Indiana Conference of the AAUP gave testimony before the Senate Education Committee expressing concerns about the effects of the bill on the quality of higher education in Indiana and the bill's lack of acknowledgement of the role of faculty in determining curricula.

Below is a link to the bill. Please share it with colleagues. Begin a conversation with colleagues, administrators, and if there is time, with legislators.

The bill has now moved to the House of Representatives for further consideration. We anticipate that the proposal will be heard in the House Education Committee. We will keep you posted on the legislation’s progress and suggested activities on your part.

Indiana Conference AAUP Fall 2011 Meeting Program

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana November 5, 2011
Trustees Dining Room (First Floor)
Schwitzer Student Center on the campus of the University of Indianapolis
9:00AM Registration
9:30AM President's Report
10:00AM Mark St. John, Lobbyist Report
Jim Crone, AAUP Congressional Candidate
10:45AM Break
11:00AM Richard Ludwick, President of the Independent Colleges of Indiana
11:00AM Lunch, Features Speakers Jeff Linder, Associate Vice President for State Government Relations, Indiana University
Gretchen Gutman, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, Ball State University


Registration and lunch are FREE for this meeting. Take this as an opportunity to invite a colleague.

While it is completely voluntary, we are inviting you to make a contribution to the Faculty for Higher Education fund. Contributions to this fund help monitor higher education issues as they are processed by the Indiana State Legislature.

Please check one of the options on the form below and return by Thursday, November 3.

Download Form (PDF)

Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.

Rising Administrative Costs Endanger College Instructional Resources

University Association Applauds Governor's Call to Halt Excessive Growth in Administrative Expenditures

As students return to college this fall, Hoosier parents and taxpayers are probably wondering where all of the money given to Indiana's colleges and universities actually goes. They may be disappointed to discover that administration is consuming a large and rapidly growing portion of university resources. Resources devoted to instruction, research, and service -- the primary functions of institutions of higher learning -- are growing much more slowly.

A number of studies show that statewide and nationally the increase in expenses associated with administration, office space, and other non-instructional costs has greatly outpaced the increase in expenses associated with instruction. For example, data from the National Center for Education Statistics provides some disturbing facts. Information collected from the country's 198 leading public and private universities revealed that in 2007 nearly 39 percent of all full-time university employees were engaged in administration, an increase of 39 percent from the number of administrators per 100 students in 1993. Only 29 percent of full-time employees were engaged in instruction, research, and service, an increase of 18 percent since 1993.

Recently Governor Mitch Daniels called for Indiana's public universities to halt the excessive growth of administrative expenditures. The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors applauds the Governor's leadership on this important issue.

In these times of tight budgets, scarce tax dollars, and the need to enhance student achievement it is imperative that university administrators target administrative bloat for reductions and limit any cutbacks associated with teaching and learning.

The AAUP pledges its support to the Governor and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in attempts to rein in unnecessary costs in higher education while maintaining necessary levels of state appropriations for higher education.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a national organization of 45,000 members that supports academic freedom and shared governance. College presidents and administrators rely on AAUP-developed policy statements and procedural guidelines. The AAUP helps shape American higher education and ensures higher education's contribution to the common good. The Indiana Conference of the AAUP represents faculty at IU-Bloomington, IUPUI, Ball State University, Indiana State University, Vincennes University, IU-North, IU-South Bend, University of Indianapolis, Manchester College, and Hanover College.

Ivy Tech Needs Professional Standards For its Faculty

Like other institutions of higher education, Ivy Tech Community College aspires to contribute to the economic and social development of the state of Indiana; but its treatment of its faculty does not look like that of colleges and universities in this and other states.  (Read More....)

Television Interviews on Academic Freedom

Recently, interviews were conduced on the topic of academic freedom. These interviews appeared on the following local television stations:

    * WTHR - TV13 - News Interview
    * WRTV - TV6 - News Interview
    * Newslink Indiana TV - News Interview

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The Academic Freedom Controversy at Notre Dame

The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors expresses its support for University of Notre Dame President the Rev. John Jenkins in standing by the university's decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak at its May 17 commencement. (Read More.....)

AAUP Expresses Concern about Marriage Amendment

- March 8, 2007

Read the letter sent to Representative B. Patrick Bauer, Speaker Indiana House of Representatives.   (Read the Letter.....)

Indiana AAUP on Governor's Higher Education Lottery Plan - Jan 7, 2007

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AAUP Supports Reform in Indiana Higher Education - Response to the Indiana Efficiency Commission Report on Higher Education

 (Read More.....)  Also: View Efficiency Response - Executive Summary (.pdf format)

Arguments against the Academic Bill of Rights - Dr. George Wolfe

 (Read More.....)  Also: See "Professor Wolfe vs. David Horowitz" on the Ball State Virtual Press [Click here to view]

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