Colorado State University-Pueblo chapter of the         
American Association of University Professors

 
 

What's Newest:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 one!

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 receive.

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.
  1. 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
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. Here is a piece also by Stanley Fish, entitled Academic Freedom Is Not a Divine Right and here is a response to Fish's piece by a former general secretary of the AAUP.
    4. Fish published in 2014 a book called Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution which posits four schools of thought about academic freedom. These schools are defined in this 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.
    5. Here is an essay whose main point is clear from its title: Academic freedom is for students, too.
    6. 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 education. Here is one essay which explores these themes in hooks' work.
    (If you have only a little time, it's probably best to start with 1, 4, and 6, above.)
    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.
     
  2. 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:

 

 


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