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Deadline Approaching for Nominations to AAUP Council

Dear Colleague,

Are you passionate about higher education and the AAUP’s core principles of academic freedom and shared governance? Concerned about the erosion of tenured appointments and the future of the profession? And do you have time and talent to dedicate to ensuring that the faculty’s voice is heard in debates about these issues?

If so, or if you have a colleague who fits the bill, we urge you to nominate yourself or a colleague as a candidate for the national AAUP Council. The Council is responsible for overseeing the affairs of the Association, including setting dues, overseeing finances, establishing standing committees, and promoting the exchange of ideas between the membership, the leadership, and the staff. Council generally meets in person twice a year in Washington, D.C.; between meetings, it conducts business via frequent e-mail discussions and conference calls.

All members of the Association in good standing, with the exception of associate members, are eligible to be elected to Council positions. The committee seeks a diverse group of candidates with experience in the AAUP at the local, state, or national level. Nine three-year positions are open for election:

  • Three at-large Council positions
  • One Council position in each of these geographical districts: II, III, V, VI, VIII, and IX*
To nominate themselves for the Council or to nominate another eligible member, potential candidates must submit the following information to the Nominating Committee by December 14, 2012:
  1. The position for which the individual is being nominated.
  2. The name, institution, and e-mail address of the individual being nominated.
  3. The name, institution, and e-mail address of the individual making the nomination (if not self-nominating).
In addition, endorsements by letter and/or e-mail from six AAUP members (one of whom may be the nominee) must also be presented to the Nominating Committee by December 14. Endorsements must cite the specific position for which the individual is being endorsed and the name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address of the endorser.

To ensure that all six endorsements arrive by the December 14 deadline, we encourage potential candidates (or those acting on their behalf) to collect and submit them together in one letter or e-mail.

An alternative nomination-by-petition process is set forth in the AAUP Constitution.

Nominating petitions must be received in the AAUP’s national office by Friday, December 14, 2012. The Nominating Committee shall submit its final report to the Council by December 21. All proposed nominees who meet the eligibility requirements will have their names included on the ballot for the national Council elections in spring 2013.

Please send nominations by e-mail to nominations@aaup.org or by surface mail to AAUP Nominating Committee, 1133 Nineteenth Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

*Council districts open for election are II (Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming); III (Michigan); V (Alabama, Canada, Florida, Foreign, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, West Virginia); VI (Ohio); VIII (New York); and IX (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont).