Our meeting on 2/11/21 from 4 – 5 pm will be on the subject of Academic Freedom: What it is and what it isn’t. Our guest speaker will be Robert Quinn, Executive Director of Scholars at Risk
We encourage you to read this article by Mr. Quinn before the meeting https://www.aaup.org/article/fighting-protect—and-define—academic-freedom#.X_jV7S2cbHc. He will speak to the gathered group for 20 minutes or so and then he’ll take questions that will facilitate our future discussions about Academic Freedom at Virginia Tech.
ROBERT QUINN BIO:
Our speaker on Feb. 11, 4 – 5 pm will be Robert Quinn who is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, an independent not-for-profit corporation based at New York University. Mr. Quinnformerly served as a member of the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy; Executive Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund; on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), based in London, UK; a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Scientific Committee of Pax Academica, an online journal on academic freedom in Africa published by CODESRIA from Dakar, Senegal; a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, DC. He received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1988, a J.D. cum laude from Fordham in 1994, and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. In 2012, Mr. Quinn and Scholars at Risk received the University of Oslo’s human rights award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize, for “relentless work to protect the human rights of academics and for having inspired and engaged others to stress the importance of academic freedom.”
The VT AAUP Chapter is hosting an event! An Interactive Conversation: Our Campus Community and Coronavirus
When: 4:30 – 5:30, Wednesday, July 1
Why: The executive committee of the VT AAUP wants to build the community of scholars, researchers, creative artists, and teachers at Virginia Tech. We invite you to share your hopes and concerns, whatever is in your hearts, or on your minds. You’ll meet folks that are not in your discipline and discover perspectives that you may not have considered.
Who: All Virginia Tech faculty or graduate students involved in the education, research, Extension, and service missions of Virginia Tech. This is an open meeting for our community.
How: Please register on EventBrite http://post.spmailtechnol.com/…/RgRgzM9dP0TKaHR0cHM6Ly93d3c… and you will be sent the Zoom information closer to the event.
The VT chapter of the AAUP has recently been refreshed with a new slate of leaders, and we look forward to partnering with faculty and graduate students across Virginia Tech to find ways to support and preserve teaching and research missions of the institution. The new leaders are:
Patty Raun, President, Virginia Tech Chapter of the AAUP
Uwe Tauber, Vice-President
Kristopher Hite, Secretary-Treasurer
Joe Merola, executive committee member
Chad Proudfoot, executive committee member
Richard Shryock, executive committee member
Virginia Tech’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors stands ready to work to support the interests of our constituents and our institution in these challenging times. We act to support AAUP’s mission 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; . . . and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common We will represent faculty and graduate students on matters related to the physical, intellectual, and emotional health and the economic security of our community as the university moves forward in this next unpredictable period. We believe that the value of faculty participation in institutional decision-making has become urgently important given the current and future health and economic impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on Virginia Tech.
VT AAUP Cross-College Faculty-Deans Dialogue, part II
A conversation between faculty & administrators, featuring Dean Blieszner (Liberal Arts & Human Sciences) and Dean Ross (Engineering)
Wednesday 4 April, 2018
220 New Classroom Building
Please join us for a second conversation between faculty and deans. How can faculty best work with deans, so that we are collaborating toward common goals? Shared governance is a core value of the AAUP. To effectively share in governance, faculty need to understand the challenges faced by administrators. Grad students welcome also.
A conversation between faculty & administrators, featuring Deans Winistorfer and Morton. For all faculty & graduate students, all colleges.
Friday 26 January 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Newman Library Multipurpose Room
President Sands has stated many conversations need to take place across the university, as we transition into the implementation phase of the many new initiatives underway.
We wish to open up a dialogue about how faculty can best work with and support deans, so that we are working together toward common goals. We do not mean to overstep department chairs or heads, but we have less opportunity for informal conversations at the deconal level.
Shared governance is a core value of the AAUP, and in order to effectively share in governance, faculty need to understand the challenges faced by administrators.
Next member meeting:
Monday 18 September 2017
Ceritano’s back room
Main order of business: officer elections. Please consider nominating yourself for President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Committee.
Pre-semester brainstorming meeting
Thursday 17 August 2017
PK’s bar and grill, downtown
Agenda: officer nominations; debriefing on financial analysis of VT; plans for the coming year
Seeking nominations for President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer
Monday 27 March 2017
Ceritano’s back room
Agenda: organizing the budget forum; member recruitment.
Announcing an Open Forum on the VT budget, featuring an independent analysis by Howard Bunsis, Professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University and AAUP activist. Howard will provide a report, and discuss it with us. He will join us live by WebEx or Skype.
Friday 21 April 2017
Presentation of the independent report, with Q&A.
Free and open to the entire Virginia Tech community.
Organized by the VT AAUP chapter.
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.
AAUP Statement, which you can sign