AAUP-Purdue responds to Daniels' comments on returning to campus this fall

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 16:54

The Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors has released the following statement in regards to comments made by President Mitch Daniels on May 19, 2020. 
For further information about this statement or AAUP Purdue contact us at  aaup.purdue@gmail.com


AAUP-Purdue urges university commitment to retaining all employees, beyond July 1.

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:35

The Executive Committee of the Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors has released the following statement in regards to the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on the Purdue community.  After deliberation with its membership, and a 27-5 vote in favor of the statement by members, the Committee extends this statement of support for all Purdue employees and their families currently or potentially affected by the impact of COVID-19.
For further information about this statement or AAUP-Purdue contact us at  aaup.purdue@gmail.com.


AAUP-Purdue urges university commitment to retaining all employees, beyond July 1.

April 27, 2020

AAUP-Purdue chapter statement about COVID-19

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:38

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students needing to immediately rethink much of their work.  Universities canceling invited talks, moving courses online with short notice, and redirecting work in myriad ways to limit how the health emergency locally presents us all with considerable emotional, mental, and practical challenges. AAUP-Purdue stands with the Purdue community as we collectively take on this unprecedented challenge.

April 6: "The Future of Academic Freedom" with Henry Reichman

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:16



American Association of University Professors
Chair, Committee A on Tenure and Academic Freedom (National)

2:30-4 P.M.  RAWLS 1062

Henry Reichman is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay; Chair of the AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, a position he has held since 2012; and AAUP Second Vice-President.  His book, The Future of Academic Freedom, was published last year by the Johns Hopkins University Press.  A graduate of Columbia University, where he was active in the 1968 student rebellion, he earned the PhD in Russian history at the University of California at Berkeley.  From 1982 to 2015 he edited the American Library Association's Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom and in that capacity authored Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools.  At CSU East Bay he three times chaired the academic senate and served for nine years on the California Faculty Association collective bargaining team.  He blogs regularly on issues in higher education at academeblog.org

March 4: "Voting Rights and Voter Suppression: The Race for Representation"

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 09:54

“Voting Rights and Voter Suppression: The Race for Representation”

Wednesday, March 4th 6:30-7:30
            Tippecanoe Public Library
            McAlister Room B 

Erik J. Davis.  Ph.D. student in Political Science, Purdue University. "Solution in Search of a Problem:  Voter Suppression and the Pursuit of Eliminating Election Fraud."

Joyce Field. Chair, Redistricting Committee, League of Women Voters Greater Lafayette. “Whither Redistricting Reform? Blame the Supermajority.”

Stephanie Masta Zywicki. Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies, Purdue College of Education.  “Voter Suppression in Indian Country: An Ongoing Challenge to Sovereignty.”

Sponsored by Purdue Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette.


Updated spring meeting schedule

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 23:09

At the last chapter meeting in January, we acknowledged that the 4:30-6 pm meeting is difficult for many people to attend, particularly with childcare responsibilities.  As a result, we decided to move our March and April meetings.

Our March meeting will now be Tues March 24 12-1pm in KRAN G021 (just down the hall from our usual room).  

Our April meeting will now be Tues April 21, 12-1 pm in KRAN G021.  

Please feel free to bring your lunch to either or both meetings!

February will remain on Wed February 26 from 4:30-6 in KRAN G013 (because I couldn’t change the room fast enough).  However, if you would like to attend virtually, we would be happy to Zoom you in - contact Alice for the call-in information.

If you subscribe to our Google Calendar, these changes are now reflected there, along with the dates of our Executive Committee meetings.  You can subscribe to this public calendar here.

AAUP Chapter Chapter Statement on Recent Racist Comments by President Daniels

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:54

President Mitch Daniels’ recent use of “rare creature” or “rare bird” as a figure of speech to describe students and faculty of color is not simply an unfortunate, and hurtful, turn of phrase. It is another example in a series of examples that reflect the tone-deaf nature of Daniels and the Purdue administration toward the concerns raised by marginalized groups and their allies.

The problem is not merely that Daniels has solely focused on the unintended meaning of his comment. What is of greater consequence is his willingness to ignore the primary point made by students: that by asserting Black scholars are rare, Daniels diminishes the work of Black scholars and students currently at Purdue. 

AAUP-Purdue sides in solidarity with the ISTA for increasing funding for public education

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:26

On behalf of the Purdue-West Lafayette chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the chapter executive committee expresses its full support and solidarity with Indiana teachers and the Indiana State Teachers Association for better wages and working conditions. 

The ISTA is hosting a rally gathering at the Statehouse in Indianapolis November 19th.  The “Red for Ed” rally will draw thousands of teachers.  Many school districts in Indiana have already announced that they will close for the day, including the Lafayette School Corporation in our area.

AAUP Mission

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

Stand Against the Ban

The AAUP strongly opposes Donald Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries.

Large numbers of our students and faculty members are affected by administration’s ill-considered executive order, which violates so many American traditions and beliefs. We fear that the abuse of power we are witnessing will wreak havoc on our institutions of higher education.

We call on faculty, students, and all citizens to remain engaged in the struggle for justice on every campus and in every community. We call on all reasonable politicians to oppose against this administration’s discriminatory order. Add your name in solidarity.

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