It’s the end of our first year!

We got a ton done this year. Thank you all for your support. It’s made our work possible. Check out the list of achievements in the Miami Student article “A Year in Review: AAUP Celebrates Accomplishments, Sets Goals.”* Among other things, we’ve successfully pushed for more budget transparency, strongly influenced the position profile used to hire our new president, drawn local and national attention to the problematically secretive nature of Miami’s presidential search, and raised awareness about problems with our health benefits (such as the fact that there’s no cap on out-of-network expenses), and much more.

We have a lot more to do.

In addition to “continuing to pressure administration to emphasize the core mission of the university — education and research,” we aim “to hold regular conferences with the president and provost, collect information on upper administration salary trends, investigate service norms on campus and develop a plan for responding to increased teaching loads on individual faculty members.”

There are some important goals not covered in the article:

  • We will continue working to support contingent faculty and lecturers. The AAUP member of Senate Executive Committee (Cathy Wagner) worked with the Faculty Welfare Committee chair and supported efforts to create a third promotion tier for LCPL faculty; also, we believe pressure from us has played a role in raises recently given to per-credit-hour and VAP faculty.
  • We will keep working to support diversity and the needs of underrepresented faculty. Yvette Harris (chair of Senate Executive Committee) and Cathy Wagner, Executive Committee Member-at-Large, proposed an investigation of bias in student evaluations (well-documented elsewhere but not at Miami). That initiative didn’t make it through Senate Exec, sadly, but AAUP membership on Senate will continue to push for it. Also, through the Faculty Morale Survey, which AAUP proposed and which will happen next year, we are seeking attention to unfair service loads for minority faculty.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Please re-up your memberships and keep the faculty conversation going. We are making a difference but we need your continued support to keep it up. Join or rejoin now.

 

*We would like to correct something in the excellent Student article about our work this year. AAUP members in Senate did push for discussion of budgeting decisions and priorities, but it was Provost Callahan and Dr Creamer—not AAUP members—who gave presentations on the budget in response. Those presentations were a positive sign and we are grateful for the administration’s efforts. We have more questions on budgeting priorities and will continue to press for explanations and responses.

 

Miami’s Presidential Finalist: Statement

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Yesterday, Miami’s AAUP Advocacy chapter released this statement on Miami’s presidential search and the just-announced finalist, Gregory Crawford:

The Executive Committee of the Miami University AAUP Advocacy Chapter has worked to promote the hiring of a new president who would commit to a set of objectives. As enunciated last August and approved by the membership, here are those objectives. The new president of Miami should:

  1. Provide intellectual and ethical leadership;
  2. Reaffirm the university’s primary financial and ethical commitment to its core mission: providing the highest quality education for our students;
  3. Increase transparency and improve institutions of shared governance;
  4. Help Miami compete economically to hire and retain top faculty, increase diversity of faculty, and develop better support structures for underrepresented faculty and students;
  5. Pledge to minimize the use of non-tenured and part-time faculty and improve conditions and pay for all contingent faculty, whether full-time or adjunct;
  6. Increase the award of merit scholarships; and
  7. Reaffirm the university’s commitment to excellent faculty research and superior graduate programs in order to support the production of knowledge, permit Miami to attract and retain top faculty, and give our students access to the latest developments in the field.

Our chapter also asked the Board of Trustees to live up to the principle of shared governance and transparency by bringing to campus at least the final two candidates. They have neither provided for a transparent process nor decided to bring the top two finalists to campus. Despite the lack of transparency and consultation surrounding his appointment, we nonetheless look forward to working with the new president to promote the educational ideals we share.

At the same time, we are very grateful to the two faculty members endorsed by the AAUP, Dr. Linda Marchant and Dr. Ann Rypstra, for agreeing to serve on the presidential search committee and for upholding the principles laid out above; and we are very pleased to see that the finalist is a distinguished academic with deep research and administrative credentials.

The person identified by the Board of Trustees as the finalist, Dr. Gregory Crawford, Associate Provost at Notre Dame, will be on campus next week to meet with many individuals and groups. Click here to view Dr. Crawford’s CV. Faculty and Open Forums are scheduled as follows:

  • Faculty forum: Monday, Feb.15th, 3:30 p.m., Oxford campus, Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater
  • Open forum: Tuesday, Feb. 16th 9:45 a.m. Hamilton campus, Wilks Conference Center, rooms A & B
  • Open forum: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1:00 p.m. Middletown campus, Johnston Hall, Knoll Community Center, room 142
  • Open forum: Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 9:45 a.m., Oxford campus, Armstrong Student Center’s Wilks Theater

We encourage faculty to attend these fora with Dr. Crawford and to provide feedback. We would request that you provide email feedback jointly to Dr. Ted Pickerill at pickerto@miamioh.edu and to AAUP at miamiaaup@gmail.com. We will not publish or use any of the individual comments, but will publish a collective sense of the responses.

Karen Dawisha, Co-President
Keith Tuma, Co-President
Cathy Wagner, Vice-President
Deborah Lyons, Secretary and Membership
Matthew Gordon, Treasurer
Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Chair, Advisory Council

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