Summary Report for UIUC AAUP Policy Committee on January 22, 2007
Present: Abbas Aminmnasour, Geneva Belford, Lynn Belford, Clyde Forrest, Bettina Francis, Michael Grossman, Harry Hilton, Walter McMahon, Cary Nelson, John Prussing, Arthur Robinson, Robert Spitze, Leslie Struble, Donald Uchtmann, H. F. Williamson
(1) Review of the minutes for December 11, 2006; the President’s Report for Fall, 2007; and the Summary Reports for Fall Policy Committee Meetings. These documents were approved. The President’s Report will be circulated to those chapter members on our email list. The summary reports will be posted on the Chapter’s web site.
(2) Preparation for Meeting with Provost Katehi. Uchtmann discussed our meeting with the Provost in conjunction with the February 12, 2007 meeting of the Policy Committee. This meeting will start at 11 a.m. The Provost will be asked to join us for lunch if her schedule permits. Possible topics for our discussion included (a) the role of faculty governance particularly in light of the Global Campus Initiative/Partnership negotiations and (b) promotion and tenure procedures at the UIUC.
(3) Global Campus Initiative/Partnership (GCI/GCP). The discussion continued with emphasis on the changes in the program and its title which occurred at the January 8, 2007 retreat on this program. The topics covered included:
(4) Revision of Chapter By-Laws. There was a discussion of the latest revision of the revised by-laws which covered the role of Associate Members and the selection of the Policy Committee members. It was agreed that procedures for handling communications would be covered in a set of guidelines which might be cited in the by-laws.
(5) Chapter Web Site: Nelson reported that the design of the site is almost complete. He noted that we will be the first “advocacy” chapter to have its own web site and hopes that others follow our example. Items he is planning to add to the site include information on lobbying; cases in the news where the AAUP played a role in defending faculty rights at the UIUC; and our role in such issues as faculty rehiring and the development of the GCI. It was suggested that he include a history of the chapter with particular emphasis on our role in establishment of the current governance structure on the campus. Uchtmann thanked Nelson for the outstanding job he has done.
(6) Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee Reports. Robinson reported briefly on the two cases he is handling. He has talked with a member of the Provost’s staff about our concerns.
(7) National Office. Nelson reported that there has been significant progress in improving the membership and financial services at the national office. Erne Benjamin has been hired on a “part-time” basis to run the national office and is doing an excellent job.