Welcome to the MTSU Chapter of the AAUP

Welcome to the website of the MTSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Since its founding in 1915, the AAUP has played a key part in shaping higher education in the US by promoting quality in education and defending academic freedm. If you have any questions or need to contact MTSU's AAUP chapter, please  email Pippa Holloway, Chapter President 2016-17, at Pippa.Holloway@mtsu.edu or pippa.holloway@gmail.com.

The purpose of the American Association of University Professors is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

Each new member of AAUP strengthens our faculty voice on campus and across the state and nation. At MTSU, your AAUP colleagues monitor changes to university policies regarding academic freedom, tenure, and promotion; advocate for better salaries and benefits, including those for adjunct faculty; and assist faculty who believe their rights have been violated.

MTSU Chapter Officers for 2016-2017

  • President: Professor Pippa Holloway, History
  • President-Elect: tba
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Professor Jackie Eller, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Membership Chair and Website Manager: Associate Professor Becky King, English
  • At-Large Member: Professor Norman Weatherby, Health and Human Performance 

New officers of the Tennessee Conference of AAUP 2016-2017:

  • President: Josephine A. McQuail, Professor, English, Tennessee Technological University  
  • VP of Public Universities: Julia Gruber
  • VP of Two Year Colleges: Diane Eagle 
  • Secretary: Yvonne Simerman 
  • Treasurer: Dora Estes, RODP Adjunct, Nashville State
  • State Delegates to the AAUP National Convention: Dora Estes and Josie McQuail 

Recent AAUP Activities 2016-17

Faculty Compensation Survey
Results of this year’s survey were released earlier this month. Active AAUP chapters can order data and reports at no cost: https://research.aaup.org/order

College for All
The AAUP has endorsed the College for All Act, which would make four-year public college free for families making less than $125,000 and community college free for all. This will be one focus of this year’s Capitol Hill Day.

Faculty Editor Sought
The Journal of Academic Freedom is seeking a new faculty editor. See the announcement here and please share with colleagues who may be interested.

2017 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, June 14–18 (Washington, DC)
The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes panel presentations, plenary speakers, lobbying, and the annual business meetings of the AAUP. The 2017 conference will focus on the rights and freedoms of students. Learn more and register for the conference. Learn how to certify chapter and conference delegates to the meeting.

AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute
The Summer Institute’s training is aimed at a broad audience of faculty advocates in both collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining contexts. Each year, workshops train faculty to build membership levels, organize campus and legislative issue campaigns, negotiate contracts, navigate grievances, and evaluate institutional finances. We are also offering a special workshop series on leadership development designed for new and ongoing chapter leaders. This year’s Summer Institute runs July 27–30 at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Additional information and registration is at https://www.aaup.org/event/2017-summer-institute.

AAUP Foundation News
The Foundation has just awarded the following grants:

  • To provide replacement income to Nathaniel Bork, a part-time instructor of philosophy who was summarily dismissed after conveying to the administration his intention to send the institution's accreditor a letter that criticized a new Gateway to Success curriculum.
  • To support Scholars at Risk’s Scholar Transition Project, which provides a broad array of support and assistance to higher education professionals whose careers are upended due to external political upheaval.
  • To fund AAUP participation in a two-day multi-organization meeting at the Institute for Advanced Study on the topic of how best to respond to current threats to academic freedom.
  • To support two educational events at the AAUP Annual Conference.