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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:

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: kea@uindy.edu

Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at http://www.uindy.edu/map-and-directions. The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.


Great News at Purdue University Calumet


Colleagues,

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its budget shortfall was not as great as originally thought, and the terminations of the tenure-track faculty have been rescinded.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:

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: kea@uindy.edu

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Directions and maps to the University of Indianapolis are available at http://www.uindy.edu/map-and-directions. The Schwitzer Student Center is" G" on the campus map.
There is ample free parking nearby.


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