Newsletter | October 2018

Wake Forest University AAUP

Upcoming Meeting: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:30-4:30
Room: Tribble A108


  1. Approval of minutes of last meeting (see attachment).
  2. Follow-up on Faculty Salaries.
  3. Discussion of Faculty Workload: Lower-Division Advising.
  4. New Business.

Food for thought…

Our mission is to promote and uphold AAUP principles on faculty rights and responsibilities, particularly the principles of shared governance and academic freedom.

We are committed to assisting pre-tenure, untenured and non-permanent faculty with problems or questions you may encounter related to your appointment.


All are invited to “Academic Freedom Day” to be held Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 at Chapel Hill. The conference features talks about important issues relating to academic freedom and our profession. See the program, below.

This event will also be the occasion for the relaunching of UNC-Chapel Hill’s AAUP chapter.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM DAY: NOV. 8 (evening); Nov. 9th (daytime).

The event is free, including LUNCH.
Please RSVP for lunch via email so we know how much food to order:
All events take place at Hyde Hall, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, UNC, Chapel Hill

NOV. 8th, THURSDAY, 5:30-7p.m.

Joan W. Scott (Prof. Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Academic Freedom Under Attack: How Do We Respond?

NOV. 9th, FRIDAY, 9:30-4:30

9:30-10:30 “As Goes the Law School…So Goes the Campus”

Gene R. Nichol, School of Law (UNC CH); Erika K. Wilson, School of  Law (UNC-CH); Mark
Dorosin, Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights

10:45-11:45:  “Freedom for Fixed Term Faculty?”

Elyse Crystall, English & Comparative Literature (UNC-CH); Sandy C. Smith Nonini,
Anthropology (UNC-CH); Sarah A. Birken, Health Policy and Management (UNC-CH)

11:45-12:30 LUNCH (free)

12:45-1:45 "Threats to Academic Freedom from Inside and Out"

Sherryl Kleinman, Sociology (UNC-CH); Michael Behrent, History (Appalachian State

2-3 “The Campus Origins of Today’s Radical Right & the Crisis of Democracy”

Nancy MacLean, History (Duke)

3:15-4:30 “Going Forward: Re-launching an AAUP Chapter at UNC, Chapel Hill”

Discussion led by Erik Gellman (History, UNC-CH); Jay Smith (History, UNC-CH)

News from the National AAUP:
Universities have become increasingly corporatized, and the significant expansion of university administration has seriously eroded faculty authority to control or make effective recommendations about university policy.

Institutional changes over the past few decades have led to increased top-down management of the university by the growing ranks of administrators, as well as the rapid expansion of non-tenure track faculty positions [see the most recent data in the chart, below]. The result has been a system wherein rather than relying on faculty expertise, growing ranks of administrators increasingly make unilateral decisions on university policies and programs, often influenced by considerations of external market forces and revenue generation.

Distribution of faculty chart

How does WFU, an R2 school, stack up?

Type                                           No.           Percent of Total

Tenured                                    330             43%

Tenure track                               84             11%

Non-tenure track                      165             21%

Part-time                                    197            25%

Graduate Employees                   0               0%

Total Individual Reynolda

Campus Faculty                         776

(Fall 2017. Sources: 2017-18 Factbook; Provost Rogan Kersh; Institutional Research)

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