Sunday, October 11, 2009

AAUP Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The AAUP's Annual Conference on Higher Education will be held next summer in DC, and the deadline for proposals is October 31, 2009.

Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education

When: June 9-12, 2010
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Among the questions the conference intends to explore are:

* The role of faculty in institutional decision making
* Challenges to academic freedom in the United States and abroad
* The exploitation of contingent labor in colleges and universities
* The conflict between institutional rankings and educational priorities
* Strategic approaches to furloughs, cutbacks and salary freezes
* Funding and defunding public education
* Increasing access to tenure
* On-line education: the pros and cons
* Assessment and accountability
* The corporatization of teaching and research
* Race, gender, and sexual orientation
* Discrimination in hiring, promotion and tenure
* The 21st century curriculum

Presenters are invited to propose a wide range of issues related to academic freedom, governance, faculty work life, rights and responsibilities. The goal of the conference is to provide a faculty perspective on critical issues in higher education presented in a format accessible to the general public.
The conference will include special AAUP-sponsored workshops on:

* Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice at Public Institutions: the Legal Landscape
* Winning Anti-Discrimination Policies and Domestic Partner Benefits: Case Studies of Campus Successes
* The Ratcheting Up of Expectations for Tenure: Are Faculty Their Own Worst Enemy?

The AAUP conference receives extensive coverage in the educational press, often including coverage of individual papers at sessions of interest to the press; selected papers from the conference will be published in the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom, a new online journal distributed to 400,000 faculty members.

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 31, 2009.

Individual presentations are limited to 30 minutes. Team presentations (3 or more panelists) are limited to 90 minutes. Individual presentations will be grouped thematically into 90-minute panels.

Submit a proposal.

Registration will open on December 1, 2009. All presenters must register for the conference by April 1, 2010. The registration fee will be $250.00 for presenters. Presenters and attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.

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