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Welcome to the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors website

    Founded in 1915, the purpose of the AAUP is to:

  • advance academic freedom and shared governance.

  • define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education.

  • ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.

UPCOMING Spring MEETING: Sat. April 23 9:30 CT - @ 1:30 pm (including a business meeting)
Announcing: special talks on April 22 (Free Speech) and the spring meeting of the Tennessee Conference of the AAUP: Sat. April 23 (preceded by a talk on Academic Freedom); approximately 9:30 CST-1:30 p.m. CST. (The regular meeting is followed by a brief Business Meeting, which the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Conference must attend). We also would like to issue a call for agenda items which may be sent to President of the Tennessee AAUP conference Josie McQuail (jamquail@gmail.com) and secretary Lucy Jewel (lucy.jewel@gmail.com).
The Tennessee Conference of the AAUP is grateful to past president Scott McMillan who secured a Conference Development Grant from National AAUP to replace the former Tennessee Conference AAUP website. Past AAUP Conference President Josephine McQuail revived the website with the help of a website developer (2016).

    
President of Tennessee AAUP Conference: 2020-22:
Josephine A. McQuail
, Tennessee Technological University (TTU) JMcQuail@tntech.edu

Vice President for 4 Year Public Universities 2020-22:
Mate' Wierdl, University of Memphis (UM) wierdlmate@gmail.com


Vice President for Community Colleges, 2020-22:
Kathy Arcangeli, Roane State Community College (RSCC) kathyarcangeli@gmail.com


Vice President for Private Universities 2020-22:

Linda White, LeMoyne-Owen College linda_white@loc.edu

Secretary 2020-22:
Lucy Jewel, University of TN Knoxville (UT Knoxville)
ljewel@utk.edu

Treasurer 2020-22:
Dora Estes NSCC dorasts6@gmail.com

Webmaster, appointed by Ex-com, 2020-22:
Sharon Henry, TTU skhenry@tntech.edu


AAUP Past President, 2018-20 Troy Smith Tennessee Tech University (TTU) troy_d_smith@hotmail.com


AAUP Past President, 2016-18 Josie McQuail Tennessee Tech University (TTU) JMcQuail@tntech.edu


AAUP Past President, 2016-18 and legislative liaison: Coley McGinnis (retired) Tennessee State University (TSU) coleymac@comcast.net

President of the TN Conference, 2014-16: Scott McMillan, Volunteer State Community College.

The Tennessee Conference of the AAUP provides services to its constituent colleges and universities and to the state as a whole, and strives to protect the rights of all faculty members in Tennessee public and private institutions, whether they are full-time or adjunct, tenured, tenure track, or non-tenure track. We attempt to help government officials, the media and the general public understand the importance of higher education in helping students become more competitive in a global economy and more capable of exercising their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and to convey the vital role that faculty plays in achieving those goals.

Our role is especially important now as Governor Bill Haslam has, without meaningful input by higher education faculty themselves, or indeed then Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan who resigned as a consequence of the governor's decree, in proposing the FOCUS Act (approved by the legislature 2015), dissolved the Board of Regents as governing body of 4 year institutions in favor of individual private boards, members of which Governor Haslam will appoint. While faculty representatives to the individual Boards will be appointed with faculty input, their terms are only 2 years, compared to the 6 years of the 8 other Board members, and the sole student member will have a term of only one year and will not have a vote. There will also be only ONE faculty representative on each university's Board. The faculty voice is obviously marginalized in this new individual governing Board structure. Thus, Tennessee faculty need to make their voices heard wherever and whenever possible.

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Josephine A. McQuail
President, Tennessee Conference, TN AAUP
JMcQuail@tntech.edu

 

 


 

 

 


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