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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LSU and the role of faculty

Dear faculty colleagues,

At the request of leaders of the Louisiana State University Faculty Senate, the LSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the LSU System Council of Faculty Advisors, and other faculty members, the national office of the American Association of University Professors recently sent a detailed letter of concern about the role of the faculty in the process by which the LSU system is being converted to a single campus and in the search process for its new president. The letter, publicly available on the website of the AAUP Louisiana Conference, has drawn coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Baton Rouge National Public Radio affiliate, among others.

This is only the most recent of the many important efforts that the AAUP has undertaken to protect Louisiana faculty, most importantly its investigation of the cutting of faculty positions by five universities after Katrina and its successful efforts to spare faculty positions at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  These efforts are not free, however.  AAUP is almost totally funded by the membership dues of faculty members across the country.  We invite you to join and we urge you and your colleagues to work with your state conference and your local AAUP chapter. If such a chapter does not yet exist we will work with you to form one.

Be a part of the solution. Join the AAUP.


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