The University of Connecticut (UConn)-AAUP stands in support of the recent declaration and pledge of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress (AAUP-CBC).
Following a historically divisive election and its surprising outcome, many members of the AAUP find themselves wondering how the next presidential administration will affect academia in general and our community at the University of Connecticut in particular. Some academics see Donald J. Trump’s rise to power as a grave threat to principles of inclusiveness, democracy, and academic freedom which are fundamental not only to higher education but to our country as a whole. Others think that the threat has been greatly exaggerated. All of us are no doubt troubled by the racism, sexism, and xenophobia which were on display in various quarters during election season.
For this reason, we think it important at this time to reaffirm UConn-AAUP’s longstanding commitment to inclusiveness, democracy, and academic freedom and to reject acts of bigotry, violence, and discrimination.
We are all aware that problems facing higher education are not products of a single election process or action. Rather, colleges and universities have withstood steady assaults over the past decades. We must be even more vigilant and vocal as we have yet to hear any national policy proposals for higher education. We must also become more active locally as the change in composition of the legislature could bring significant changes to operations in higher education.
With these points in mind, we the UConn-AAUP join the national AAUP and AAUP-CBC in pledging to intensify our efforts to:
- Oppose discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin, and fight for an equitable and welcoming educational environment in which all can freely and safely learn, discuss, differ, debate, and grow.
- Oppose behaviors that harass, intimidate, bully, threaten or harm any member of the University community and that undermine a campus environment that promotes civility and collegiality.
- Oppose attacks on unions and the economic security of college and university faculty and staff. We will continue to fight for expanding and strengthening the rights of all faculty members– tenured, tenure-track, contingent, and graduate employees–to organize and bargain collectively.
- Oppose the privatization of our public higher education system and fight for higher education as a common good, accessible and affordable to all.
- Oppose violations of academic freedom and of the broader rights to free expression in the academic community. We fight for strengthened protections and renewed commitment to the principles of the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.
We furthermore pledge that we will stand in solidarity with members of the UConn community who by virtue of their race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or immigration status may find themselves targeted by agents of intolerance. We hope President Herbst and the University administration will do likewise.
The UConn-AAUP is looking to form a deeper relationship with State of Connecticut legislators that go beyond the use of a union lobbyist. The Member Legislative Liaison Program intends to augment the UConn-AAUP legislative presence in Hartford by establishing a constituency-based presence from faculty members home district.
The program’s goal is to develop relationships between faculty members and their respective legislators in order to present local opinion on key legislation that impacts UConn, faculty rights, collective bargaining, and higher education.
We are looking for faculty members to establish a personal relationship with their Representative and/or their Senator. We are planning to link up members with legislators from key legislative committees; Appropriations, Higher Education, and Labor/Public Employees, as well as the leadership in the House and Senate.
Member Liaisons would be tasked with setting up an initial one on one meeting with the legislator to introduce themselves. Liaisons would then contact their legislator by phone, email, or face-to-face to discuss impacts of legislation, identified by the UConn-AAUP as helpful or harmful to UConn faculty.
If you are interested please fill out the form below and a UConn-AAUP Representative will be in touch regarding next steps.
The next legislative session does not begin until January 2017 but we want to identify liaisons soon to build a base of members willing to do this important work.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
UConn-AAUP Internal Organizer
On Wednesday, November 2nd, at 4:00 PM, The UConn American Association of University Professors (AAUP), together with the Sport Management Department, the Economics Department, eCampus, the UConn Humanities Institute, and the Storrs Economics Club will gather to view “Business of Amateurs,” a film examining the role of athletics in an academic community.
The UConn-AAUP Political Action Committee is pleased to announce the following endorsements for the upcoming election on Tuesday November 8.
NOMINEES FOR UCONN-AAUP ANNUAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION – 2017
UConn-AAUP Chapter invites member nominations and self-nominations to stand for election to the UConn-AAUP Executive Committee. We seek a wide diversity of UConn-AAUP members from different disciplines, points of view, and status of employment. We seek members interested in standing for officer roles (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer), Regional Campus Representative, and Member-at-Large seats. The term of service is for one year; for at-large members duties involve attendance at bi-weekly meetings. Please respond by January 6, 2017, to the AAUP Office at UBox-6028, phone – 860-487-0450, or e-mail BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org. For further information, please contact Chairperson Andrea Hubbard @ email@example.com.
We encourage all UConn-AAUP members to register to vote and vote on Tuesday November 8.
Register to vote online at the Secretary of the State’s website at Register to Vote
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Election Day Registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated EDR location in each town, beginning at 6 am. Click Here for a list of locations. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.
Connecticut Voices for Children, an independent research and advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Connecticut’s children, released a report on the State of Working in Connecticut.
The major trends in their analysis include;
- Unemployment has recovered for whites and college-educated workers, but not for workers of color and those without a college education
- Since 2001, the share of private-sector jobs in low-wage industries has increased by 20 percent, while the share of private-sector jobs in high-wage industries has decreased by 13 percent.
- The median and bottom 10 percent of wage-earners have seen their wages decline by more than 2 percent since 2002, while the top 10 percent have experienced growth of more than 11 percent.
For the full report, visit State of Working Connecticut, 2016
September 2016 UConn-AAUP Newsletter
The UConn-AAUP Chapter invites member nominations and self-nominations for available positions on the UConn-AAUP Representatives Assembly. We seek a wide diversity of UConn-AAUP members from different disciplines, points of view, and status of employment to represent their departments/units.
According to the By-Laws, the duties of a representative are as follows:
- Keeping their constituencies fully informed of UConn-AAUP activities and representing the individual and collective concerns of their constituents to the Representatives Assembly, the Executive Committee, and the staff.
- Serving as a point of contact for the grievance issues of their constituents.
- Forwarding concerns to the Executive Committee, the Contract Committee, and the staff on contract bargaining.
- Encouraging colleagues to actively participate in the activities of the UConn-AAUP, and recruiting colleagues for service in the Chapter.
- Attending Chapter meetings and orientations for representatives.
Nominations and Elections
If a department is allotted one representative, and only one person has stepped forward by the time the nomination window closes, that person will be the Representative. It is encouraged that if that occurs, the department/unit establishes a vetting/approval process.
If, in a given department, the number of people who step forward exceeds the number of seats, then the department/unit will organize an electronic ballot or a meeting of the faculty in that unit to elect their representative(s) overseen by any person or persons approved by the UConn-AAUP nominating committee.
Term of office will be one fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.
Please contact Internal Organizer Chris Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or need further information.
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|Avery Point, Full Time
|Hartford Campus, Full Time
|Stamford, Full Time
|Material Science Institute
|Molecular and Cell Biology
|Agriculture & Resource Economics
|1 out of 2
|Computer Science & Engineering
|1 out of 2
|Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
|1 out of 2
|School of Social Work