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Cary Nelson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758595

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758595.001.0001

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Evolution or Devolution

Evolution or Devolution

The Future of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure

(p.221) [ 9 ] Evolution or Devolution
No University Is an Island

Cary Nelson

NYU Press

This concluding chapter provides an account of how the staff of the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure operates and provides suggestions about how its departmental practices might be revised to better serve the profession. Its focus is on the culture of the office and of the department to help faculty members become better informed about how Committee A makes decisions and to initiate wide discussion of how that process might be updated and adapted to a changing world. The chapter draws from two incidents: the author's arrest at New York University as part of a demonstration on behalf of the university's graduate-student employees and the closure of Antioch College. These examples raise a more general concern about how the AAUP can balance its dual identities as both a quasi-judicial body and an advocacy organization.

Keywords:   AAUP, AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, faculty members, New York University, graduate-student employees, Antioch College, advocacy organization

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