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Annual Governance Conference - October

AAUP will hold its annual governance conference in October, and is now accepting presentation proposals on topics relating to governance. (http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/events/Gov/)

The conference will take place at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC, October 26–28, 2012. In addition to paper presentations, the AAUP conference will once again include a series of training workshops for current and future governance leaders that will be spread out over the three days of the conference. Workshops will include discussions of new AAUP statements on the faculty role in program closures and on the role of contingent faculty in governance, as well as presidential search and evaluation, faculty involvement in budgeting, and the importance of faculty handbooks. Professor George Cohen, chair of the University of Virginia (UVA) Faculty Senate, will deliver a plenary address on Saturday about the lessons to be learned from recent events at UVA.

The early conference registration fee of $300, due by October 5, includes a reception on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a closing breakfast on Sunday. The late registration fee will be $350. Special room rates of $169 per night will available for conference participants.

Register for the conference. (http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/events/Gov/reg.htm)


Submit a Proposal

Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to college and university governance. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty-minute individual presentations, paired or group presentations, or roundtable discussions on particular topics. Proposers are encouraged (but not required) to explore connections between their institutions and other institutions, and to consider the relevance of AAUP governance policies to problem-solving solutions.

Possible areas of focus:

  • Corporatization and challenges to governance
  • Governance and assessment, accountability, and accreditation
  • Faculty participation in budgeting, financial exigency, or strategic planning
  • Principles, structures, and best practices of shared governance
  • The role of faculty in hiring, promotion, and tenure
  • Faculty governance, pedagogy, and curriculum
  • Governance and collective bargaining
  • The relationship of faculty governance to central administrations & legislatures
  • Motivating faculty to participate in shared governance
  • The role of contingent faculty
  • Departmental governance issues
  • Proposals of one to two pages should be sent by September 4 to: Lenore Beaky, AAUP Committee on College and
  • University Governance, at lbeaky@hotmail.com. All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Larry Gerber,
Emeritus Professor of History, Auburn University
Chair, AAUP Committee on College and University Governance