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2015 Negotiations Survey “Fast Facts” + Results

In early February 2015, the AAUP sent a survey to the membership to identify issues as they relate to upcoming negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. The information derived from the survey provided our sub-committees with valuable information that will be used in developing negotiating proposals. The results of the survey included vast amount of information both in the multiple choice and open-ended answers. Below is a summary of those results.

National AAUP Censures Four Administrations

AAUP Censures Four Administrations, Removes Another from Censure

June 13, 2015

Washington, DC—Delegates to the One Hundred and First Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted on June 13 to place MD Anderson Cancer Center (TX), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Southern Maine, and Felician College (NJ) on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations. Additionally, Yeshiva University was removed from the list. Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure. With these actions, fifty-six institutions are currently on the censure list.

The full list of censured administrations is available athttp://www.aaup.org/our-programs/academic-freedom/censure-list/.

Background information and the full investigative reports are available at:

Censured:

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure’s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting
Investigation Report
For more information, please contact: Gregory F. Scholtz, AAUP senior program officer, Tenure, and Governance.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Committee A on Academic Freedomand Tenure’s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting
Investigation Report
For more information, please contact: Henry Reichman, AAUP First Vice President,; Hans-Joerg Tiede, Member of  the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure; or Jordan Kurland, AAUP senior program officer, (202) 737-5900, ext. 3647.

University of Southern Maine
Committee A on Academic Freedomand Tenure’s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting
Investigation Report
For more information, please contact: Michael Bérubé, investigating committee chair, 814-404-2178; or Jordan Kurland, AAUP senior program officer, (202) 737-5900, ext. 3647.

Felician College (NJ)
Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenures Recommendation to the Annual Meeting
Investigation Report
For more information, please contact: Diane Zannoni, investigating committee chair; or Greg Scholtz, AAUP senior program officer.

Removal of Censure:

Yeshiva University
Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure’s Recommendation to the Annual Meeting
Investigation Report:

For more information, please contact: Jordan Kurland, AAUP senior program officer, (202) 737-5900, ext. 3647.

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities. The AAUP is a nonprofit professional association headquartered in Washington, DC.

Publication Date:
Friday, June 5, 2015

UCONN Financial Situation: Instructional and Research Costs in Context

In light of upcoming negotiations, it important to share additional information derived a presentation titled “UCONN Financial Situation: Effect of the Expected Decline in the State Appropriation” by Howard Bunsis, Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Collective Bargaining Congress, which was given to the AAUP Executive and Compensation Committee on March 1, 2015.

Below is another chart depicting the amount of funds the University invests in the core mission of the university: teaching and research.

Instructional and Research Costs in Context

 

 

The Core Mission is Not Even 50

National AAUP Election Results

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Dear Colleague,

AAUP election ballots have been tallied. See the results of the 2015 ASC Chair and Council elections at http://www.aaup.org/about/elected-leaders/elections/2015-election-information.

Questions? Email election2015@aaup.org.

–Gregory F. Scholtz
Staff to the Election Committee

A special congratulations is due to our very own Chapter President, Diana Rios, Associate Professor of Communication and El Instituto, by being elected to the National AAUP Council in the At-Large (4yr) position by an overwhelming margin (see below). We are very pleased that our Chapter will be represented at the national level! 

2015 Election Results Table

 

2015-2016 UConn AAUP Executive Committee Election Results

The University of Connecticut Chapter of

AAUP

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS

UConn AAUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2015-2016

ELECTION RESULTS

 

Congratulations to the newly-elected AAUP Executive Committee!  The newly-elected officers and members-at-large will hold office from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  They are as follows:

 

PRESIDENT                              DIANA RIOS                             COMMUNICATION & EL INSTITUTO

 

VICE PRESIDENT                      EUGENE SALORIO                   MANAGEMENT – STAMFORD

 

SECRETARY/TREAS                 CARL A. SALSEDO                    DEPARTMENT OF EXTENSION-HARTFORD

 

REGIONAL CAMPUS REP        OSKAR R. HARMON                ECONOMICS – STAMFORD

 

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE:

 

KELLY DENNIS                                     ART/ART HISTORY

MARIA-LUZ FERNANDEZ                 NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

MARY GALLUCCI                                 ENGLISH

MARY ELLEN JUNDA                         MUSIC

DAVID KNECHT                                   MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY

JEFFREY OGBAR                                 HISTORY

THOMAS J. PETERS                           COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

CAROL POLIFRONI                            NURSING

REBECCA RUMBO                              ENGLISH

CHRIS VIALS                                        ENGLISH

 

 

 

Elected members of this Executive Committee will represent this Chapter at National AAUP meetings and vote on behalf of the UConn AAUP Chapter.

 

2014-2015 AAUP Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession

The Annual faculty compensation survey and report on the economic status of the profession (http://www.aaup.org/reports-publications/2014-15salarysurvey).

The survey includes information on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities, with 1,136 participating institutions.  It includes data on more than 375,000 full-time faculty, making it the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States. And it is the only survey of its kind to include extensive information on benefits as well as salary.

The survey found that this year marks the first consequential improvement (1.4 percent) in inflation-adjusted year-over-year salary for full-time faculty since the Great Recession.

This year’s report also explores four common myths about higher education:

  • Myth: Faculty are to blame for rising tuition.
    Reality: The decline of state appropriations and the erosion of endowments have caused tuition to rise—not faculty salaries.
  • Myth: Faculty are “ridiculously overpaid” compared to professionals working in “the real world.”
    Reality: Even for the highest-ranking professors, salaries have failed to keep up with those of similar professions outside of academia. And the vast majority of faculty—especially the half that are hired on a per-course basis—earn far less.
  • Myth: Responding to “disruptive innovations” such as online and for-profit education requires replacing tenure-track faculty with part-time adjuncts.
    Reality: Strategic hiring and support for full-time faculty can improve quality and enhance an institution’s distinctiveness and competitiveness.
  • Myth: Faculty benefit costs are out of control.
    Reality: Costs for faculty benefits are not significantly increasing.

The survey results and report are published each year in the March–April issue of Academe, along with appendices that contain data for individual institutions. Through a publishing agreement with Inside Higher Ed, the data will also be available in an easily searchable database, available on the web at no cost.

Perhaps most important, this report empowers you to take action. By disseminating the information contained in the report and, wherever possible, participating in budgetary and financial matters at your institution, you can help improve the economic status of the profession.

Sincerely,
John Barnshaw, AAUP Senior Higher Education Researcher
jbarnshaw@aaup.org

P.S.–Individuals and institutions seeking peer comparison reports and complete Faculty Compensation Survey datasets can receive those services by contacting the AAUP Research Office directly at 202.737.5900 x3640 or via aaupfcs@aaup.org.

 

2015 AAUP Excellence Award Recipients

On April 6. 2015 the UConn AAUP honored the recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards at the State Capitol Building. Friends, families, and AAUP colleagues all attended to show thanks and appreciation for the hard work of these faculty members. In addition, we had some of our friends in the legislature attend as well as officials from the University. Congratulations to the winners!

The UConn Chapter of the AAUP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards.

AAUP-CBC Upcoming Events

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to remind you to mark your calendars for these upcoming AAUP-CBC events!

AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting

  • We invite our Midwestern members to join us at the AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting, which will be held at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 18. It will include workshops and presentations geared towards helping faculty build power on campus, maintain successful relationships with administrators, and successfully organize on campus. The full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.aaup.org/event/aaup-cbc-spring-regional-meeting-0.

To register for the meeting, please visit https://classic.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1691393.

AAUP-CBC Annual Meeting and Dinner

  • The AAUP-CBC annual meeting and dinner will be held on Thursday, June 11, in conjunction with the AAUP’s 2015 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education.

Registration and program details can be found at http://www.aaup.org/event/2015-aaup-annual-conference 

2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute

  • Please plan to join us at the University of Denver, July 23–26, 2015, for an intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars that will prepare you to organize your colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education. The AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is the premier resource for organizing in higher education, whether you are in a unionized or nonunion setting. If you are a tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty member, a part-time faculty member, a graduate student, or an academic professional, the Summer Institute offers you the skills you need to protect higher education’s mission.

Registration opens in April. Stay tuned for further updates on registration and program details: http://www.aaup.org/event/2015-summer-institute.

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Regards,

Christopher Simeone, AAUP-CBC

National AAUP Council and ASC Elections

Dear AAUP Member:

Ballots for this year’s national Council and ASC chair election were mailed March 6 to the home addresses of eligible members (for eligible members with no known home address, postcards are sent to the work addresses with instructions for obtaining a ballot).  In order to be counted, ballots must be received by April 15. 

If you do not receive a ballot by Wednesday, March 18, e-mail your name, and home address to aaup@election-america.com OR call Election America at (888) 914-5654 with your home address. 

Information about the election—including candidate biographies and campaign statements—is posted at on the AAUP’s website at http://www.aaup.org/about/elected-leaders/elections/2015-election-information/2015-candidate-information.

UConn AAUP Chapter’s very own Diana Rios, Chapter President and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and El Instituto, is running for a slot in the “At-Large (4yr)” category. Please vote for her and make your voice heard.