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 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
The Demise of Shared Governance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
By Nancy D. Campbell and Jane Koretz
The Corporatization of American Higher Education: Merit Pay Trumps
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