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AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media

AAUP conference sessions focus on academic freedom in relation to social media | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

'Can I Tweet That?'

 

WASHINGTON -- From censored tweets to viral videos of professors’ partisan “rants,” numerous faculty members have found themselves in hot water over how they’ve used or been portrayed on social media in the past year. For faculty members at most colleges and universities, social media is a kind of “wild west” in which there are few – if any – articulated policies protecting professors’ right to tweet, post or otherwise share professional or personal thoughts (or to keep their thoughts private).(...) - by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, June 13 2014

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USA: A voice for adjunct staff

Contingent faculty members should have a say in setting university policy.

 

US universities should let adjunct and contingent faculty members participate in setting policy, argues the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in a report published on 21 January. The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments says that excluding full- and part-time non-tenure-track teachers, as well as graduate students, postdocs and librarians who teach or do research, leaves them unrepresented and undermines equity among colleagues. It recommends paying contingent staff for time devoted to governance. Gwendolyn Bradley, senior programme officer for the AAUP in Washington DC, says that faculty senates and AAUP union representatives will work with universities to adopt the recommendations. - Naturejobs, Nature 494, 139 (2013)

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US: Dwindling tenure posts

Tenure is dying out at US universities.

The proportion of non-tenure-track and non-tenured faculty posts continues to rise across all US institutions, finds a report by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington DC. Losing Focus : The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 201314 surveyed 1,159 public and private US institutions and found that the overall proportion of assistant professors in non-tenure-track posts was 23.4 for 201314, compared with 20.8 in 201011. Dwindling tenured and tenure-track posts threaten the ability of scientists to conduct research without interference from funders or administrators, says John Curtis, the report’s lead author and director of research and public policy for the AAUP (...)  - Nature via Collectif PAPERA, 09/04/2014

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