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2019 AAUP Regional Event, March 2 at SE in Durant, OK.
Register Now--Free for AAUP Members and SE Faculty.
Event Theme: ORGANIZE!
Keynote: Risa Lieberwitz, Professor of Law, Cornell
Guest Speaker: Julie Schmid, AAUP Executive Director
http://www.aaupsechapter.com/files/AAUP-Event2019-RegistrationFlier-.pdf
Save the Date! You are Invited! March 2, 2019
An important an disturbing development.
All AAUP members are invited to attend the March 10, 2018 AAUP Statewide and Regional Event, "Values and the University: Academic Freedom and Shared Governance," on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

No Registration Fee! Complimentary Continental Breakfast and Lunch.
Register by March 3. Just email Carolyn Fridley

A terrific lineup of speakers on timely topics!
See the Event Program and all Event details on our website: www.aaupsechapter.com
Save the Date and Plan to Attend!
The Southeastern Oklahoma State University AAUP Chapter will be hosting its fifth consecutive statewide event on March 9-10, 2018.

The event theme is Values and the University: Academic Freedom and Shared Governance.

The Call for Proposals and a Save the Date Flier are available on our website: aaupsechapter.com
All AAUP members and SOSU faculty are welcome and invited. Share with your friends and colleagues!

For questions or more information, contact chapter president Carolyn Fridley: [email protected]
Faculty senators and AAUP members Dr. William Fridley and Dr. Daniel Althoff carried the mace at Southeastern Oklahoma State University's two graduation ceremonies today. Pretty cool!
Mark your calendars. AAUP statewide event on March 9 and 10! Hosted by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University AAUP chapter, in Durant, OK.
Contact our legislators!
Oklahoma Policy Institute
Dear Friend,
Tomorrow, the House and Senate are expected to cast final votes on a plan to solve the budget emergency that includes multiple revenue sources, including increases in the cigarette tax and motor fuel tax and a higher gross production tax (4 percent) for the first 36 months of production. The plan generates enough revenue to avert major cuts to state agencies. It also restores the state Earned Income Tax Credit and provides raises for teachers and state employees beginning next year. The bills are expected to be heard in committee today and by the full House and Senate tomorrow.
Oklahoma Policy Institute believes this plan to be the best possible outcome under the circumstances. While far from the ideal solution, the plan offers crucial recognition that the state’s budget ills can only be addressed through new recurring revenues and provides a measure of fairness by curbing the tax break for oil and gas companies and restoring the earned income tax credit. Most urgently, it averts catastrophic cuts to our health care system and social safety net while providing crucial pay raises for teachers and state employees. There is still much more work to do to ensure a fairer tax system and a budget that meets the needs of Oklahomans, but now is the time to approve this compromise and bring the budget emergency to an end.
We encourage you to contact your legislators today and urge them to support this compromise plan.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Best,
David

This is the web site of the Oklahoma Conference of the American Association of University Professors The officers of the Oklahoma State Conference of AAUP for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

President: Barry Lavine, Ph.D., faculty member at Oklahoma State University
President-Elect: Betty J.

Harris, Ph.D., faculty member at University of Oklahoma
Secretary: Michael Givel, Ph.D., faculty member at University of Oklahoma
Treasurer: Shelia Kennison, Ph.D, faculty member at Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma City University's AAUP Advocacy Chapter to invite you to attend our first annual Academic Freedom Forum on September 9th, come and go from 1 - 5 pm in the Great Hall in OCU's McDaniel Campus Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more info, contact
Billy Palumbo
President, OCU AAUP Advocacy Chapter

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A transgender professor who was denied a promotion more than a decade ago must be reinstated with tenure at Southeastern Oklahoma State University because the school discriminated against her, a federal court ruled this week.

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https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/court-orders-southeastern-to-reinstate-transgender-professor-fired-in-2011/article_70d39620-14da-11ec-8c2f-3bef700bba0b.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=undefined_Tulsa_World&fbclid=IwAR3EGlfoujVea25TTQvmPvV2BD-xX3nqdZgFdhK87cXhECkr0GZ5wcoNtvg

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Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their website address. 08/06/2021

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their website address.

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their website address.

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their address. 07/28/2021

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their address.

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their address.

Your Turn: Teachers deserve better 04/04/2021

Your Turn: Teachers deserve better

The Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System relies on both teachers’ contributions as well as contributions from the state. Teachers contribute with every paycheck, but each year it seems we have to fight to ensure that our pensions are fully funded. The state House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 2293, which would take $28 million from the pension system every single year. Not only would pension system lose those direct dollars but also lose out on millions more in lost investment revenue annually. This bill is wrong and completely unnecessary.

Your Turn: Teachers deserve better Throughout the past decade, Oklahoma teachers have faced multiple attacks from lawmakers.

04/03/2021

Protect educators' retirement! Ask your State Senator to vote NO on HB 2293: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/please-vote-no-on-hb-2293?clear_id=true

Equity beyond COVID-19 | AAUP 02/09/2021

Equity beyond COVID-19 | AAUP

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A new Regents policy on firing tenured faculty caught national blowback, and KU is in the crosshairs 02/08/2021

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We need more blowback!

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Kansas universities could speed up faculty dismissals under new Regents proposal 01/21/2021

Kansas universities could speed up faculty dismissals under new Regents proposal

Not good!

Kansas universities could speed up faculty dismissals under new Regents proposal A subcommittee voted for the plan because of financial damage from COVID-19 and the governor’s budget cuts.

01/08/2021

President Trump Must Be Removed

The AAUP's leadership issued the following statement today.

Two days ago, while white supremacist, Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol, we wrote that we were appalled by the assault and noted that the current administration’s actions—over the long term but especially since the election of Joe Biden in November—are directly responsible for the attack on our democracy, for the lawlessness and violence, and for the deaths. Today we reflect on how we got here and how, from our perspective as higher education leaders, we move forward.

Donald Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, but Trump has not been willing to accept that fact. With the help of a toxic brew of right-wing “news” outlets, self-serving allies and enablers, and unregulated social media, lies and misinformation have been repeated and amplified to the point that facts and the truth are barely recognizable. It is neither honest nor truthful to promise a “peaceful transition of power,” as Trump did yesterday, while purposefully failing to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the election.

President Donald Trump incited an attack on the seat of our democracy while our elected representatives were inside conducting the people’s business. As we write, the inauguration of Joe Biden is twelve days away. The president does not accept reality, has been (temporarily) suspended from social media, and yet retains access to the nuclear codes. He presents a clear and present danger.

We call for the immediate removal of President Trump from office and fully support all legal efforts to remove him.

An educated citizenry is essential for a well-functioning democracy. The AAUP promotes higher education as a common good precisely because of its power to transform lives and improve society. The misinformation and conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on our Capitol must be met with truth, education, and critical thinking. In this era of social media, it is imperative that we as educators provide students and society with the tools needed to distinguish truth from falsehood. The AAUP will continue to fight against the decades-long disinvestment from public higher education that weakens our democracy.

We would be remiss not to underscore the structural racism so clearly evident in the events surrounding the siege on our Capitol. The comparison between the law enforcement response to peaceful Black Lives Matters protesters in Lafayette Park and to insurrectionists, some armed, who breached police lines and stormed the US Capitol, is not surprising to our colleagues of color and is now unmistakable to everyone except those who willfully refuse to see what’s right in front of them. We join so many others in calling out the obvious racism and in asking the harder question: how are we going to dismantle this system on which our country was built in order to work toward a shared national vision of a more perfect union? At the AAUP, our work on antiracism has just begun.

In the meantime, we call on our elected leaders to take the following steps.

Remove President Trump from office immediately, before more damage can be done.
Continue to look into the enormous failure of law enforcement to protect our Capitol, and the disparate police actions towards this week’s insurrectionists and last year’s mostly peaceful racial justice protests.
Hold to account those responsible for these failures, and enact legislation that reforms law enforcement in this country.
Hold to account those who enabled, assisted, or supported the president in the ludicrous claims of election fraud which provoked the attack on Congress.
We take comfort in the fact that our institutions of government were strong enough to withstand this attack and that the work of our Congress was delayed only for a few hours. We also note that the strength of our institutions of government depends on the strength of our system of education. With our members and chapters, we will continue to promote higher education as a common good in order to keep our democracy strong. We look forward to working with the new administration on policies that will provide affordable or free access to higher education to anyone willing to do the work to get a degree. Education as a common good, accessible to all, is the tool this nation needs to fight the rise of propaganda and conspiracy theories, and to address systematic inequalities.

Irene Mulvey, AAUP President
Paul Davis, AAUP Vice President
Christopher Sinclair, AAUP Secretary-Treasurer

P.S. You can find the statement on our website here.

Undergraduate Dies of COVID-19 Complications 09/30/2020

Undergraduate Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Undergraduate Dies of COVID-19 Complications The death of Appalachian State University sophomore Chad Dorrill is among the first reported since many colleges across the country resumed in-person instruction this fall.

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their information in their About section. 09/24/2020

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their information in their About section.

Oklahoma Conference of AAUP updated their information in their About section.

Coronavirus Resources | AAUP 08/17/2020

Coronavirus Resources | AAUP

Coronavirus Resources
The AAUP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis in higher education and will continue to update this page as new resources become available. Please write to [email protected] to suggest resources for this page or to share news of your chapter’s actions.

Coronavirus Resources | AAUP List of coronavirus resources for higher education

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5 ways COVID-19 will change higher education forever, and how colleges can adapt It’s a transformative moment for higher education. But the trends driving the disruption are not new or unexpected.

UNC tenured faculty tell students to stay home amid COVID concerns: "It is not safe for you to come to campus" 08/02/2020

UNC tenured faculty tell students to stay home amid COVID concerns: "It is not safe for you to come to campus"

UNC tenured faculty tell students to stay home amid COVID concerns: "It is not safe for you to come to campus" "We need to stay safe from Covid-19 by staying at home," 30 tenured UNC-CH faculty members wrote in an open letter to students published Thursday.

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate 07/03/2020

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate

On Monday, a letter signed by 38 department heads was emailed to Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer after Chancellor Douglas Girod announced last week that the school would hold in-class sessions starting Aug. 24. Since then, another 14 have signed, KCUR-FM reported Thursday.

Instructors can ask for an exemption from the requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which department heads call “impossibly unwieldy, discriminatory and perhaps illegal.”

“The process raises weighty confidentiality concerns, and we believe that many urgent questions remain to be answered about” complying with the ADA and federal anti-discrimination and safety rules, the letter states. “The plan asks instructors to divulge personal health (including mental health) information that is not in fact counted as a disability by law in order to learn that our request may have been denied.”

The act bans discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation and public accommodations.

The deadline for faculty chairs to submit a spreadsheet indicating how their fall classes comply with the school’s in-class requirement was Wednesday.
https://www2.ljworld.com/news/ku/2020/jun/25/university-of-kansas-leaders-challenge-in-class-mandate/

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate

A Problem for College in the Fall: Reluctant Professors 07/03/2020

A Problem for College in the Fall: Reluctant Professors

Who is worried about the fall? I know I am.

A Problem for College in the Fall: Reluctant Professors Most universities plan to bring students back to campus. But many of their teachers are scared to join them.

Alabama students throwing 'COVID parties' to see who gets infected: Officials 07/02/2020

Alabama students throwing 'COVID parties' to see who gets infected: Officials

Will our students take getting back seriously? Well, not in Alabama!

Alabama students throwing 'COVID parties' to see who gets infected: Officials Rising infections prompt Gov. Kay Ivy to extend 'Safer at Home' orders.

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Op-Ed: Your college may ask you to sign a waiver for harm inflicted by COVID-19. Don't do it

Agreed!

Op-Ed: Your college may ask you to sign a waiver for harm inflicted by COVID-19. Don't do it Colleges that require students and personnel to sign waivers for harm inflicted by COVID-19 want to coerce them into surrendering the right to sue.

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Citing pandemic-related pressures, St. Xavier University cuts ties with faculty union

Not good.

Citing pandemic-related pressures, St. Xavier University cuts ties with faculty union The university will no longer recognize the union, citing the need to be "nimble and responsive" to pandemic-related financial challenges. Faculty are pushing back against the move.

How to Politicize the Classroom | The Point Magazine 06/14/2020

How to Politicize the Classroom | The Point Magazine

https://thepointmag.com/examined-life/how-to-politicize-the-classroom/

How to Politicize the Classroom | The Point Magazine My students are not detached—not from their feelings, not from their values and not from the events happening in the world around them. If I am to be their teacher, I cannot be detached either.

Faculty Want a Say in Whether They Teach Face to Face. The Conversation Is Not Going Well. 06/10/2020

Faculty Want a Say in Whether They Teach Face to Face. The Conversation Is Not Going Well.

"The idea that we should be expected to be the ones sort of out there risking ourselves, risking our health just to sustain this mission — a mission into which we've had very little input — seems really unfair," he said. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Want-a-Say-in-Whether/248951?fbclid=IwAR3onZVd9coa90ZCzrZjkso1CIQkl0qnSXQVnbtQYzKG3SlEl-byirJPnA4

Faculty Want a Say in Whether They Teach Face to Face. The Conversation Is Not Going Well. Efforts to gauge instructors’ opinions feel coercive to many of them.

Wright State faculty union fears WSU is targeting tenured professors 06/05/2020

Wright State faculty union fears WSU is targeting tenured professors

Wright State faculty union fears WSU is targeting tenured professors Wright State faculty fear cuts of senior, tenured professors, decline talks

Envisioning a day in the life of a faculty member on campus this fall (opinion) 06/04/2020

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Envisioning a day in the life of a faculty member on campus this fall (opinion) Lia Paradis envisions a professor’s typical day on campus come September.

Higher-Ed Lobbying Group, Eyeing an In-Person Fall, Asks Congress for Liability Shields 05/29/2020

Higher-Ed Lobbying Group, Eyeing an In-Person Fall, Asks Congress for Liability Shields

Higher-education leaders seeking to open their campuses for in-person operations this fall are asking Congress for protections that would insulate colleges from lawsuits brought by students, faculty, or staff who contract the new coronavirus.

Higher-Ed Lobbying Group, Eyeing an In-Person Fall, Asks Congress for Liability Shields The American Council on Education says liability protections are needed to “blunt the chilling effect” lawsuits would have on colleges seeking to safely reopen their campuses this fall.

Time to reconsider the value of in-person classes 05/26/2020

Time to reconsider the value of in-person classes

Still not convinced? Well, then consider what the new normal on college campuses will be. Social distancing and masks will be required. Students may find themselves with 20 of their pears sitting at least six feet apart in a lecture hall that seats 100. Their professor may be wearing a mask and/or lecturing from behind a plexiglass shield. Everyone will have to enter the room individually to avoid contact. How will such a learning environment be more personal than interacting online?

Time to reconsider the value of in-person classes Thirty years of teaching, five of them offering online and hybrid as well as traditional classes, have taught me that many beliefs about the efficacy of face-to-face instruction.

University of Akron to eliminate six of 11 colleges as part of cost-saving measures due to coronavirus pandemic 05/06/2020

University of Akron to eliminate six of 11 colleges as part of cost-saving measures due to coronavirus pandemic

University of Akron to eliminate six of 11 colleges as part of cost-saving measures due to coronavirus pandemic UA President Gary Miller said the university’s plan to offset $65 to $70 million in decreased revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic includes cutting six of its 11 colleges.

Prominent Scholars Threaten to Boycott Colleges That Don’t Support Contingent Faculty During Pandemic 04/29/2020

Prominent Scholars Threaten to Boycott Colleges That Don’t Support Contingent Faculty During Pandemic

Prominent Scholars Threaten to Boycott Colleges That Don’t Support Contingent Faculty During Pandemic More than 70 academics say universities that have offered tenure-clock extensions should also extend contracts of adjuncts and grad students because of Covid-19.

Columbia Graduate Students Are Going on Strike 04/25/2020

Columbia Graduate Students Are Going on Strike

Columbia Graduate Students Are Going on Strike Many have also said they’ll stop paying rent to the university over its handling of COVID-19.

Our Story

The officers of the Oklahoma Conference of AAUP (FOR JUNE 1, 2020-MAY 31, 2022) are:

President: Barry Lavine;

President-Elect: Betty J. Harris;

Secretary: Michael Givel;

Treasurer: Shelia Kennison.

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