Showing posts with label Shared Governance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shared Governance. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

UI shared governance, and policies and procedures that protect it, are essential to academic freedom

 Academic freedom is the pillar of a free society. When it is compromised, public trust in scientific knowledge is eroded; biased teaching invades classrooms; and knowledge is politicized. The first line of protection for academic freedom is policy provisions against undue interference in the work of those involved in research and teaching. For these reasons, the university community at large must actively engage in the process of developing and revising policy documents to promote the principles of shared governance.

The University of Iowa establishes rules in its Policy Manual (PM). The UI requires each college to write their own manuals of policy and procedures, but the college’s manuals may not contradict the PM. Similarly, each college requires units within it to produce their own policy documents... DI editorial.

The original (longer) version of "Shared governance—and the policy and procedure that protects it—are essential to academic freedom


Monday, November 21, 2022

Shared Governance At America’s Universities: Reaffirming Higher Education’s Cornerstone In The Post-Pandemic Era

Shared governance is a cornerstone of American higher education. In fact, faculty shared governance been called the second longest standing system of institutional shared governance in the world, second only to the Church. Strictly accurate or not, it makes the point. Shared governance in our nation's colleges and universities has been around for more than a century. Principles of shared governance and best practices for ensuring the faculty had voice in university policymaking were articulated as early as 1920, when the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) published its first statement on shared governance between faculty, administrators, and trustees... read article

Monday, June 21, 2021

UNC Journalism School Tried To Give Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure. A Top Donor Objected

 On paper, The New York Times's Nikole Hannah-Jones is a dream hire for the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She won a MacArthur "genius grant" for her reporting on the persistence of segregation in American life. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay accompanying "The 1619 Project," a New York Times Magazine initiative she conceived on the legacy of slavery in the U.S. And Hannah-Jones earned a master's degree from the school itself, in 2003.

Yet the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees declined to act upon her proposed appointment. That tenure proposal ran aground on race, politics, and, perhaps surprisingly, on a clash between diverging views of journalism.

The opposing view has been embodied by Walter Hussman, the 1968 UNC journalism graduate whose name has graced the school since he made a $25 million pledge. Longtime publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Hussman has shared his opposition to Hannah-Jones' appointment with the journalism school dean, several university administrators, and, reportedly, two members of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees.


Monday, November 21, 2016

The Three-Legged Stool: Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and Tenure

This chapter outlines the relationship between academic freedom and shared governance. It situates academic freedom as one leg of a three-legged stool, with the other being shared governance and tenure. It shows how the relationship between the three components that sustain the faculty's role is under threat from numerous forces: (1) the managerial model that now dominates the corporate university; (2) the massive reliance on contingent faculty which leads to no structural role in shared governance; (3) the loss of faculty vigilance over and understanding of the relationship between shared governance and academic freedom; (4) the renewed culture wars waged by the Right to deprive faculty of both academic freedom and the key elements of shared governance; (5) the rampant laissez-faire commercialism; and (6) financial crises which leads to furloughs, salary cuts, or program eliminations.

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