|Colorado State University-Pueblo
||chapter of the
|American Association of University Professors
- Jane Fraser, chair and professor of engineering and our chapter
president, went to a training session for HLC peer reviewers. She wrote
up some notes on the HCL accreditation process from the point of view of
the HLC team, which are probably of interest to a great many faculty and
staff on our campus, in light of the our own upcoming HLC reaccreditation.
Find her notes here.
Check out the new Opinions Hosted by the AAUP
section, where we are hosting opinion pieces of potential interest to
the CSU-P community — and think about submitting or responding to
Table of Contents
Below, please find
Opinions Hosted by the AAUP
Our chapter president, Jane Fraser, writes the News From the AAUP
(see below) as an entirely dispassionate summary of
information which is of interest to the campus community. Sometimes, however,
an event causes a lot of passionate discussion, which the chapter thinks could
be of broad community interest as well.
We will therefore be hosting on this site essays which take a more polemical
stance on issues confronting CSU-Pueblo. These do not necessarily
represent the opinion of the chapter members or officers, the AAUP state
conference or national organization, or indeed anyone other than their authors!
Please feel free to submit (see our contact info, below)
your opinion pieces about CSU-P, the Colorado State University System, Pueblo,
southern Colorado, or indeed anything which might be of interest to the CSU-P
community, and we will host them here (as long as they are not defamatory or
illegal in some other way). Please also feel free to request space for a
response to an opinion piece you see here: we will host all such that we
Here are the essays we have so far:
Faculty Teaching & Learning Discussion Group
Please join the CSU-Pueblo chapter of the AAUP for a once-a-month,
faculty-driven, roundtable discussion about teaching and learning! Bring a
colleague! Enjoy informal, intellectual, conversations about teaching, society,
and the future of higher education. All CSU-Pueblo faculty are invited. Light
hors d'œuvres, coffee and tea provided by the Office of the Provost.
- Our second meeting was 11:30am—1pm on Wednesday, October
14th in GCB 312. The topic was
Academic Freedom. Some materials
which gave our discussion a jumping-off point were
(If you have only a little time, it's probably best to start with 1, 4, and
- First off, there is the original AAUP statement which created the
term academic freedom and which to this day continues to be cited
and discussed frequently: 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure with 1970 Interpretive Comments
- Here's an intentionally contrarian view, due to the eloquent and
intentionally contrarian Stanley Fish, called ACADEMIC FREEDOM: WHEN
SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE ISN'T SAUCE FOR THE GANDER
is a piece also by Stanley Fish, entitled Academic Freedom Is Not a
is a response to Fish's piece by a former general secretary of the AAUP.
- Fish published in 2014 a book
of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution which
posits four schools of thought about academic freedom. These schools
long excerpt from the book on the publisher's website. That
excerpt also asks a number of interesting questions about what
academic freedom is, and what it's for.
- Here is an essay whose main point is clear from its title:
Academic freedom is for students, too.
- Finally, it is interesting to consider how different notions of
academic freedom, such as Fish's cited above, might contrast with the
ideas of bell hooks, whom we discussed last time. Since one of
hooks' books is
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, the
role of academic freedom may be vital in her concept of teaching and
Here is one
essay which explores these themes in hooks' work.
Note that this is a teaching and learning discussion group, so our
attention in the broad area of academic freedom tends to center on the its
relationship to, well, teaching and learning.
- Our first meeting was 11:30am—1pm on Wednesday, September
9th in GCB 312. It was focussed on the book
Teaching Critical Thinking, Practical Wisdom, by interdisciplinary,
ground-breaking activist, scholar, and professor,
bell hooks. [The
book was on reserve in our library, but can also be purchased from
Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Powell's, or directly from the publisher.]
Documents of Interest
...Are things we've found or been given which may be of interest to CSUP
stakeholders. [But see also the "Supplementary materials" and what can be
found at the "useful links", below.]
News From the AAUP
...Is a series of updates of information which may be of interest to the
CSUP community (with an emphasis on faculty matters — this is
the AAUP) collected from a variety of sources and written up by our chapter
president, Jane Fraser.
AAUP Meetings: agendas, minutes
Possibly Useful links:
For more information, please contact the chapter officers:
[Maintained by jp]