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 expresses concern and course of action regarding S-19.

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Wed, 11/06/2019 - 15:24

The American Association of University Professors Purdue chapter (AAUP-Purdue) notes with strong concern the release by the Purdue University administration of S-19 on October 15th. S-19 is a new standard governing Purdue’s Intellectual Property policy. It gives the University broad power to hold intellectual copyright and ownership over Courseware and Online Modules designed by Purdue faculty. Purdue AAUP is concerned that this standard does not represent the interests of Purdue faculty, who were not consulted in its formation.

Oct 14: Symposium on Higher Education with Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:29

Please consider attending, or sharing with others, two events scheduled for Monday Oct 14: 

Lecture: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)
Monday Oct 14 7:30 pm in Lawson 1142.

Panel on Public Higher Education
Oct 14 at 12-1:30pm, Rawls 2070. 
With panelists: 

  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State
  • David Nalbone, Professor of Psychology at Purdue Northwest, and President of the Indiana AAUP Conference
  • John K. Wilson, co-editor of Academe blog (academeblog.org), and Fellow at the University of California National Center on Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

Contact Dan Morris with questions about the event.

Resolution passed regarding the development of an instructional intellectual property policy that better protects faculty rights

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:55

Resolution before the AAUP-Purdue Chapter

April 9, 2019

WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty members, 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; 

WHEREAS, it is the purpose of the Purdue AAUP Chapter to serve as a faculty voice to advocate for and defend the rights of faculty members and students associated with Purdue University  and to support university policies that make quality teaching first priority in every classroom;

WHEREAS many Universities have existing Intellectual Property policies which can delimit full control of instructional materials generated by faculty themselves;

WHEREAS faculty should as producers of instructional content be most fully empowered to deploy it;

AAUP-Purdue sides with ISTA advocating for Indiana students

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Fri, 04/05/2019 - 15:39

AAUP-Purdue sides with ISTA advocating for Indiana students

The Purdue chapter of the American Association of University Professors  registers its support for and solidarity with the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) as the ISTA mobilizes to demand fair wages and more resources for their schools and their students.

Indiana has lagged behind neighboring states as investment in public education has been de-prioritized during budgeting processes over the past decade. According to a March 11, 2019 study published by the ISTA, Indiana has plummeted in national rankings in regards to its support for K-12 education, as measured through funding.

Indiana AAUP Chapters Help Restore Student Rights at Purdue University Global

Submitted by AAUP Purdue on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 21:11

February 25, 2019

Contact:
Dave Nalbone, Indiana AAUP President, dnalbone@gmail.com;
Bill Mullen, AAUP-Purdue Vice-President, bill.mullen2@gmail.com

For Immediate Release

Indiana AAUP Chapters Help Restore Student Rights at Purdue University Global

West Lafayette, IN -- Indiana chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) won a major victory for students and faculty in Indiana by forcing the online public university, Purdue University Global (PUG), to withdraw a mandatory arbitration clause that stripped students of legal rights.

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.

Stand against the ban