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Troubling Salary News

With the mounting stress of the pandemic over the past two years, this is definitely troubling news on the salary front – more stress and less purchasing power. https://www.chronicle.com/article/faculty-pay-survey-records-the-largest-one-year-drop-ever?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_4520420_nl_Academe-Today_date_20220622&cid=at&source=ams&sourceid=&cid2=gen_login_refresh

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By-Laws Amendment Passes Unanimously

Thanks to all who participated in the recent vote to change our by-laws. As a reminder, the amendment divides the duties of Secretary/Treasurer into two positions: Secretary and Treasurer. The amendment passed 22 yea and no nay, so it is … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Option for Faculty?

A rise in faculty bodies voting “no-confidence” is analyzed in this article: https://www.chronicle.com/article/whats-behind-the-surge-in-no-confidence-votes?mkt_tok=MTgwLUxTVi02NzIAAAGEfE7PhScIsOtHSuW_Di1REtawfVGSab_RmZKNxJXA47ut8CChBMCL-oQduB_9RPf9S_ZeHR02Z1Uji7ibBEZUyQXbjXksFQOj1PSbPRI3TzC-9Q

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New Study on Tenure from AAUP

Today, AAUP announced the publication of a new study on tenure. From Joerg Tiede, director of research at AAUP: “Today, we released the2022 AAUP Survey of Tenure Practices, the first survey of its kind since 2004. The findings offer a … Continue reading

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Open Letter to President Sands and Provost Clark from VT AAUP Regarding Masking Policy at VT

Dear President Sands and Provost Clarke : The Virginia Tech chapter of the American Association of University Professors endorses the Faculty Senate’s 2/27 statement on continuing the requirement for mask mandates through the end of the semester for the safety of … Continue reading

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Open Meeting by Zoom, Wednesday, February 16, 2020

The Virginia Tech AAUP chapter will have an open meeting for ALL VT faculty (not just AAUP chapter members) on Wednesday, February 16 at 12:30 pm. And faculty is defined broadly – instructors, post-docs, graduate students and any other non-tenure … Continue reading

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Virtual Brown Bag Discussion Wednesday, December 1 at Noon

AAUP Members: The Virginia Tech chapter of the AAUP will gather on Zoom for a discussion of ideas and experiences around academic freedom.  This will be a member’s only gathering and will not be recorded.   To seed the conversion we ask that you read this editorial from … Continue reading

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Next VTAAUP Virtual Meeting – Tuesday, November 2

We are slowly coming out from under cover hiding from THE virus. We have a ways to go, and we would like you to join us November 5 for a very relevant Zoom meeting: Tuesday, November 2 from 4:00 – … Continue reading

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