John Alexander was interviewed by Les Sinclair on WINA:
The Executive Committee of the UVa Chapter of the AAUP has published an OpEd in the Daily Progress reflecting on what we have collectively learned and what progress is still needed two years after the ouster: http://bit.ly/2YearsAfterOuster
Sunday, July 13, 2014.
The AAUP National site has posted this update on positive developments at UVa:
Talbot Brewer, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at UVa, has just published this thoughtful reflection on the ouster:
Published as the top story in the Daily Progress, 7/9/14:
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American Association of University Professors, UVa Chapter:
Elects New Officers
Charlottesville VA-June 30, 2014- Following its annual election, the UVa Chapter of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) installs a new set of officers on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The UVa Chapter of AAUP has completed its second academic year since re-organizing in response to the ouster of UVa’s President by the Board of Visitors in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2014, the chapter conducted elections as specified in its by-laws.
For 2014-15, the members of the Executive Committee of the UVa Chapter of the AAUP include:
President: Peter Norton, Engineering
Vice President: John Alexander, SHANTI
Secretary-Treasurer: Chip Tucker, Arts & Sciences
At Large: Jeanine Braithwaite, Batten
At Large: Victor Luftig, Arts & Sciences
Past President: Walt Heinecke, Curry
According to the bylaws, the UVa Chapter of the AAUP exists to advocate for shared governance and academic freedom. All faculty at UVa (including tenured, non-tenured, emeritus and non-tenure track) are encouraged to join by going to:
Contact: John Alexander
The video of the talk by Rudy Fichtenbaum, National President of the AAUP is here.
Rudy Fichtenbaum, President of the National AAUP spoke on 4/24/14 on the new internal financial budget model and its implications for academic freedom. The slides for that talk can be seen here.
George Mentore, an active member of our UVa Chapter and an anthropology professor, appeared recently on Coy Barefoot’s radio show “Inside Charlottesville”:
As the web site describing the program states,
During the interview, Professor Mentore “explores the historic events of the summer of 2012 when members of the UVA Board of Visitors attempted to force President Theresa Sullivan from office. (14:00) George then served on the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate, and enjoyed unique perspective. He speaks candidly about those events in this first-ever interview. He says, “That whole series of events was the proudest moment in 27 years of teaching at UVA. I’ve never been more proud of the faculty than in those few weeks. It hit a moral core of our community. I didn’t understand fully until then the place that Jefferson’s university has in the collective imagination of the nation. There’s just something about that university, as a public institution that belongs to Jefferson, that actually belongs to the nation. People just couldn’t believe that this was actually happening to it.”
He also takes a moment to reflect on the revolutionary changes that have been taking place in universities around the county in the last few decades— including at the University of Virginia: as a corporate model has contributed to the rise of an administrative class of managers that have taken control of the institution.”
Walt Heinecke, President of UVa’s chapter of AAUP recently appeared on Coy Barefoot’s radio show “Inside Charlottesville” to update listeners as we approach the 2nd anniversary of the issues of shared governance that were raised when the Board of Visitors ousted and then reinstated President Sullivan: