AAUP Forum, 7:00 pm Thu, Sept 17

The Iowa chapter of AAUP invites you to attend a public forum on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in 1505 SC (Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences).  Light refreshments will be served.



The past several weeks have seen lots of discussion about how universities should operate in the twenty-first century, who should lead them, what the role of the faculty is, and what students should expect.  The AAUP has scheduled this forum to provide an opportunity for our community, particularly its faculty, to come together to reflect on those questions, to think about our future, and to discuss our collective response to recent events.

Please join us, and please spread the word.

Contact persons:  Prof. Katherine Tachau <khtachau1@gmail.com>, Prof. Lois Cox <lcoxiowa@gmail.com>

Press release on Presidential Search

Dated 07 Sept 2015: AAUPPressStatement872015.pdf

The University of Iowa chapter of The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) joins the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) and other members of our campus community in deploring the actions of the Iowa Board of Regents in appointing Mr. Bruce Harreld to be the next president of the University of Iowa.

In retrospect, it is clear that the assurances of fairness and transparency in the hiring process given to us by the Regents, the chair of the search committee, the search firm, and the Faculty Senate leadership were untrue. It is our hope and belief that those assurances made by the search committee and faculty leaders were the result of representations made to them by the Regents.

Only a pre-conceived determination by the Regents to appoint Mr. Harreld regardless of campus reactions to him can explain his hiring.  Had the Regents, the ultimate decision makers, been the least bit concerned with the reactions of faculty, staff, and students to Mr. Harreld's campus visit, the combination of his performance at the open forum, the problems with his resume, and the conclusion of the overwhelming majority of those responding to the survey that he is unqualified to lead the university would have produced a different decision. We sincerely regret our inability to believe that the Regents are prepared to act in the best interests of the university.

And we extend our heartfelt apologies to President Krislov, Provost Bernstein, and Provost Steinmetz for the treatment they received from The University of Iowa.

UI Presidential Search survey

Update: Final survey (closed at 8:00 pm, Sept 02) are here: AAUP pressurvey.0800.pdf.

The University of Iowa Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) welcomes the presidential candidates to the University of Iowa campus. We are pleased to work with faculty governance organizations and to help the Board of Regents select the very best leader for our university.

The AAUP is sponsoring a survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMFM5C8) to help faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders provide detailed feedback about each of the candidates. This survey is intended to gather more detailed viewpoints of stakeholders than other available means, and to provide a convenient way to help decision makers quickly sift through the variety of views that our many faculty, staff and students hold. The results will be summarized and shared with the Faculty Council to assist them in accurately characterizing the views of faculty and other University of Iowa community members, and in communicating those views to the Board of Regents.

This survey is open to all faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders at the University of Iowa. This is not the official portal for registering your views on the candidates. Parker Executive Search is hosting a web portal and will be compiling results on behalf of the Board of Regents. Information about this can be found at the University of Iowa Presidential Search Home Page. In addition to filling out this survey, we strongly encourage you to share your views directly with Parker Executive Search, and with members of the Faculty Council.

At the conclusion of the search, the AAUP will release the complete results only to the Faculty Council. If results are used in other ways, only summaries (averages, etc) will be released. Your responses will be completely anonymous; we will not collect any uniquely identifying information, and we will not retain your computer internet address, etc. You will need to complete the survey separately for each of the candidates. We ask that you respond only once to each candidate.

2014 AAUP Tenure Workshop video now available

The 2014 UI AAUP Tenure Workshop was videotaped and is available here. The program was presided over by Jeff Cox, AAUP Chapter Vice President, and speakers included: former CLAS DEO Colin Gordon, AAUP Chapter President Katherine Tachau, University Ombudsperson Susan Johnson, Associate Provost for Faculty Tom Rice and Faculty Senate President Ericka Lawrence.

Former Presidents of UI Faculty Senate respond to Proposed Funding Model

In a widely published op-ed piece, 13 former University of Iowa Faculty Senate presidents responded to the Regents' recently proposed "performance-based" funding model based on the undergraduate enrollment of Iowa residents. The Daily Iowan article can be found here.

AAUP Opposes American Studies Association (ASA) Academic Boycott of Israeli Universities

In December 2013, the national AAUP sent an open letter to the members of the ASA stating its opposition to academic boycotts as a matter of principle. The text of the letter can be found here.

"Iowa Moving in Wrong Direction with Higher Ed"

Tom Mortenson, a senior scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C., published a guest editorial in Iowa City's Press-Citizen on June 10, 2013. (view pdf)


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