AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom Launched

AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom:

With this issue we introduce a new online project—the AAUP Journal of  Academic Freedom. Scholarship on academic freedom—and on its relation to  shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining—is typically scattered across a wide range of disciplines. People who want to keep up with the field thus face a difficult task. Moreover, there is no one place to track the  developing international discussion about academic freedom and its collateral issues. Edited collections and special issues of journals have helped fill the  need for many years, but there has been no single journal devoted to the subject. Now there is. It is published by the organization most responsible  for defining academic freedom.

Publishing online gives us many advantages, the first being the ability to  offer free access to everyone interested. A link to this inaugural issue will go  out by e-mail to nearly 400,000 faculty members. We hope they forward it to students and colleagues everywhere. Online publication also gives us the  freedom to publish quite substantial scholarly essays, something that would be much more costly in print.

We invite people to submit essays for our next issue. Whether the journal is published as an annual volume or twice a year will depend in part on the  number of quality submissions we receive. We will also maintain a continuing  relationship with the AAUP’s annual conference on the state of higher education, itself founded in 2009. We are publishing four essays from the  2009 conference but expect to increase that number next time. This first  issue is devoted to essays solicited by the editor, with members of the
editorial board checking essays for historical errors. The next issue will be  conventionally refereed. Neither the editor nor the board members are ex officio. All were appointed on the basis of their publishing history and expertise.

Here’s the Table of Contents of the first volume:

Volume One Contents
Professionalization as the Basis for Academic Freedom and Faculty
By Larry Gerber

The AAUP, Academic Freedom, and the Cold War
By Phillip Deery

The Eroding Foundations of Academic Freedom and Professional Integrity:
Implications of the Diminishing Proportion of Tenured Faculty for
Organizational Effectiveness in Higher Education
By Ernst Benjamin

Ward Churchill at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain: Academic Freedom in the
Aftermath of 9/11
By Ellen Schrecker

The Last Indian Standing: Shared Governance in the Shadow of History
By Cary Nelson

The Demise of Shared Governance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
By Nancy D. Campbell and Jane Koretz

Paranoia and Professionalization: The Importance of Graduate Student
Academic Freedom
By Dan Colson

Toward an Autonomous Antioch College: The Story of the Nonstop Liberal
Arts Institute
By Jean Gregorek

Hidden (and NotSoHidden) New Threats to Faculty Governance
By Jan H. Blits

Conference Proceedings
Rethinking Academic Traditions for Twenty-FirstCentury Faculty
By Judith M. Gappa and Ann E. Austin

Institutionalized Attacks on Academic Freedom: The Impact of Mandates by
State Departments of Education and National Accreditation Agencies on
Academic Freedom
By John M. Elmore

The Corporatization of American Higher Education: Merit Pay Trumps
Academic Freedom
By Robert P. Engvall

“I Have No Idea What You Do Out Here”: Community Colleges, Academic
Freedom, and the University as Global Marketplace
By Libby Garland and Eben Wood


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