Summary Report for UIUC AAUP Policy Committee on May 5, 2009
211 Illini Union
Present: Abbas Aminmansour, Kenneth Andersen, Geneva Belford, Linn Belford, Connie Caveny, Bettina Francis, Lewis Hopkins, John Prussing, Leslie Struble, Donald Uchtmann, and H. F. Williamson.
The meeting began at about 12:10 p.m. with Donald Uchtmann presiding.
(1) Review of the Minutes and Summary Report for April 7, 2009. The corrected copy of the minutes handed out at this meeting and the summary report for the April meeting were approved.
(2) Inquiry. Uchtmann reported on a request he received from individuals at Truman State University regarding the UIUC policy on partner benefits and the role that the AAUP might have played in their determination. There was a brief discussion of how we felt the introduction of these benefits on our campus had occurred.
(3) Academic Freedom and Tenure Question. Struble led a discussion of an issue of concern to assistant professors regarding research grants they have obtained.
(4) Location of Policy Committee Meeting on June 8. We have reserved the University YMCA Boardroom (northeast corner, second floor) for this June 8 meeting. Since this year is the latest start for Summer Session II (June 15), the Thai Eatery won’t be open so those planning to have lunch during the meeting will need to bring their meal from another source.
(5) Preparations for Chapter’s Annual Meeting on May 12 in IUB General Lounge
(6) Attendance at National Meeting: The Committee approved the certification of Kenneth Andersen, Cary Nelson, and John Prussing as delegates from the Chapter. We approved a motion to provide up $2000 for documented expenses for the Chapter’s delegates that are not reimbursed by the State Conference or the National office.”
(7) Senate Actions.
(8) Report on Chapter Web Site. Caveny noted that the minutes for our meetings through December, 2008 were now on the website. She confirmed that there are links to the state and national websites.
(9) Illinois Conference Matters. Andersen reported on the meeting of the State Conference. There are three new chapters: College of DuPage, the Art Institute, and the Field Museum. Michael Harkins is the new Conference President. He reported on the visit by the National Secretary and suggested we might have him visit the UIUC campus. He presented motions concerning pensions and funding which were approved.
(10) Invitations to Campus Administrators to meet with Policy Committee in future. There was a brief discussion of whom we might invite in the fall. One possibility would be the interim Provost. A motion was made and approved to thank Provost Katehi for her accomplishments and to have Uchtmann write to her in this regard.