Become One of the Leaders Your Campus Needs
Now more than ever you and your faculty colleagues need the tactical training, inspiration, and solidarity that flow from the AAUP’s ever popular Summer Institute. The 2010-11 academic year has included legislative assaults on tenure and bargaining rights, faculty/staff furloughs, arbitrary program closures, and efforts to gather faculty emails. It’s hard to keep track of it all.
There is one place you can come to learn to fight back—and have a good time while doing so: our Summer Institute, scheduled for July 21-24 at Suffolk University in Boston.
Take a three-session class on how to evaluate your institution’s budget and financial health. Don’t you wish you’d already done so? It isn’t too late! Or take a four-session course on bargaining a contract. You can play the role of an administrator without actually becoming one. Then fill in your schedule with classes on working with the media, strengthening faculty handbook language, building a state conference, organizing contingent faculty or graduate students, lobbying your legislature, and many other topics. There’s plenty of built-in leisure time, too. This year’s opening night banquet features a musical performance by the University of Rhode Island’s own Cognitive Dissidents. And after spending your day diving into the challenges that confront academia, come up for air at our private dinner on Friday night at the New England Aquarium.
Early-bird discounted registration lasts until June 6. The registration fee includes three nights’ on-campus accommodations, most meals, evening social events, workshop materials, and the invaluable opportunity to sharpen your advocacy and organizing skills in the company of other engaged faculty activists from around the country. Last day to register is July 5.
Hundreds of faculty members have raved about the Summer Institute. Many make return visits. It’s the single best way to become one of the leaders your campus so badly needs.