Miami’s AAUP Advocacy Chapter—the largest advocacy chapter in Ohio—was launched on April 29, 2015, in Upham 1. The launch featured a speech by the AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum, who spoke to a crowd of about 200 people. Since then, the chapter has grown to over 80 AAUP members (as of spring 2017), and the chapter’s satellite Concerned Faculty group has over 250 members. Members include University Distinguished Professors, adjunct faculty, department chairs, lecturers, visiting assistant professors, graduate students, emeriti, and many tenure-line and tenured professors.
We promote faculty welfare, broadly defined, through chapter programs and activities that support academic freedom, advance the economic and professional status of the entire faculty, and encourage faculty participation in governance. We partner with students and staff to advocate for a fair and just environment for work and study, and we uphold Miami’s core educational mission as a contribution to the common good.
Addendum, March 1, 2017:
In the wake of recent presidential orders concerning immigration and transgender rights, and as part of its advocacy for the educational mission of the university, Miami AAUP Advocacy Chapter affirms its unequivocal support for the right of all members of the Miami community to have space and time to pursue learning in safety and with full freedom of movement.
We condemn acts and words that denigrate and discriminate against members of our community on the basis of national origin, religion, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
We encourage all departments, programs, and individuals at Miami to explore the many ways that diversity strengthens our community. We call on all parts of the community, including Miami leadership, to commit to doing everything in their power to affirm and protect the human and civil rights of members of the Miami community—such as Middle Eastern, Latinx, Jewish, and transgender students—who may currently be experiencing increased vulnerability.
- Presidents: Cathy Wagner, Department of English, and Charles Ganelin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
- Vice-president:Keith Tuma, Department of English
- Secretary: Deborah Lyons, Department of Classics
- Treasurer: Amber Franklin, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
- Director of Research: David Walsh, Department of Management
- Chair: Don Ucci, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Kathleen Knight Abowitz, Department of Educational Leadership
- James Brock, Department of Economics
- Darcy Donahue, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
- Tom Dutton, Department of Architecture and Interior Design
- Brit Harwood, Department of English (Emeritus)
- Bill Modrow, Miami University Libraries
- Gael Montgomery, Department of French and Italian
- Ann Rypstra, Department of Zoology