The AAUP’s mission is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.
AAUP Letter to Truman State University Administration and Faculty (March 14, 2022)
The Truman State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) endorses Laborers Union Local 955 actions in pursuit of fair wages for all employees at Truman State University (December 3, 2021).
AAUP Townhall Meeting on changes to Truman’s Code of Policies
Truman’s AAUP chapter hosted a town hall to discuss recent changes to the Code of Policies that affect faculty. The event was aimed at faculty but open to all members of the Truman community (faculty, staff, and students). AAUP will review the ways in which the current Code of Policies is out of compliance with AAUP’s 1940 Statement of Principles (specifically with regard to timely notification of nonreappointment) and explore next-step strategies in getting Truman’s Code of Policy in alignment with AAUP principles.
The video of the meeting is at https://zoom.us/rec/share/1AfMY-vqygq_LtQkclArNNXK9jDOWPtehbp5DWVhbDVNkNxhGQKHh39ZKVuwBj60.LQDkfVoHRZcXRMy1
For more information, see Issues with Chapter 6 of Truman’s Code of Policies
Open letter to President Sue Thomas and VPAA Janet Gooch regarding a vaccine mandate (September 16, 2021)
COVID Policy Recommendations for Fall 2021 (August 2, 2021)
Report on Meeting with President Thomas (July 19, 2021)
2020-2021 year in review (May 7, 2021)
This last year has been a year like no other, and the Truman State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has been particularly active in advancing our shared interests as members of our community.
Over the course of the past year, we have advocated for faculty interests and concerns and realized some notable gains including:
- Convincing the administration to implement a mask mandate on campus.
- Encouraging faculty senate to establish a Covid task force to disseminate information and make policy recommendations.
- Meeting with president Sue Thomas and provost Janet Gooch to advocate for these and other issues of concern to the faculty
- Resisting revisions to Chapter Six of the Board of Governors handbook that significantly reduced the time that new faculty members would be advised of renewal of their positions.
- Advocating successfully for changes in the faculty handbook, including defending the rights of faculty to speak to the media as members of the university community on their areas of expertise.
We have also conducted a State of the University survey, the results of which are available on our webpage at https://aaup.truman.edu.
We have important work ahead of us for the next year, including protecting the interests of non-tenured and non-tenure track faculty, assuring that the administration implements an appropriate parental leave policy, and fighting for fair compensation for faculty, staff, and student workers.
Working together we can make Truman State University the type of place where we will all be proud to call our home. Please join us as we continue our efforts to advance faculty interests.
AAUP has a long established tradition of meeting with new administrators as they assume their duties in order to discuss issues of common concern. On March 29, 2017, the Truman State University chapter of AAUP had the privilege of meeting with President Sue Thomas.
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