From the President:
Welcome to the website of the AAUP Chapter at Iowa State University! Our local chapter has been active recently in addressing how budget cuts and policy planning affect faculty members and their rights as members of the professoriate. Of particular concern to the local Chapter has been the need to maintain and strengthen shared governance between faculty and various levels of the academic administration. This goal of the ISU Chapter of AAUP is achieved by working in close collaboration with the leadership of the Faculty Senate, as well as with academic administrators to ensure that the faculty voice is heard and listened to.
-Dr. Mack Shelley, University Professor and President of the ISU Chapter
About the AAUP:
The AAUP is an organization focused on preserving the faculty voice within academia, advancing academic freedom and shared governance, and establishing a standard of fundamentals in professional values and higher education. In the pursuit of these goals, the AAUP seeks to ensure the contribution of higher education, toward the common good. The national site contains information concerning work of the organization as a whole. This page will focus primarily on the involvement and agenda of the Iowa State University Chapter.
For nearly a century the AAUP has been a presence in academia. Begun in 1915, the importance of the rights in professional academia became apparent in a case of academic freedom costing a professor his job. To this day the AAUP defends cases paralleling this incident, and is the leading proponent of academic freedom as the fundamental principle of the profession, representing the “Faculty Voice.”
The following issues are those that we directly pursue with the goal of fulfilling the mission of the national organization, as well as providing for our chapter’s participating members: