Need Your Feedback on the Academic Freedom Language Proposal

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On January 16, the Faculty Negotiation Team, which is comprised of all the chapter chairs and a faculty designee from Olive Harvey, met and discussed a number of issues like:  (1) Loss of Fair Share Language and How to Protect Our Members,  (2) Distribution of Research Tasks (for finances, online learning, and lane and steps), (3) Academic Freedom, and (4) Lanes and Steps.  We discussed at great length whether getting the steps back was possible, and we are working on a favorable proposal.

The Negotiation Team would like your feedback regarding this proposed Academic Freedom language.  What do you think about this proposed language?  Does it capture your concerns with Academic Freedom?  Why or why not?  The more people that offer feedback, the better.

Proposed language:

  1. Academic freedom ensures that the faculty member is entitled to freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom.  He shall have the right to introduce into his teaching all matters related to his subject or the education of his students in that subject.
  2. Academic freedom ensures that within the broad framework of academic freedom affirmed above, the faculty member shall continue to have the individual right and responsibility to determine course content and textbooks subject to applicable written departmental policy and procedure.
  3. Academic freedom ensures that the faculty member is free to research and to publish the results of those investigations, and to pursue and publish all avenues of scholarship and creative expression without institutional discipline or restraint.
  4. Academic freedom ensures that the faculty member is free to speak about any issue of institutional policy or action without institutional discipline or restraint.  Academic freedom also grants faculty members the freedom to speak, without institutional discipline or restraint, to any matter of social, political, economic or other interest to the larger community.

Our current contract language is on page 9 of the Faculty Contract and states the following:

  1.  The faculty member is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his subject.  He shall have the right to introduce into his teaching matters related to his subject or the education of his students in that subject.

 

  1. Within the broad framework of academic freedom affirmed above, the faculty shall continue to have the individual right and responsibility to determine course content and textbooks subject to applicable written departmental and College policy and procedure.

If possible, please send me your responses via email before next Tuesday, January 23, 1p.m. to drmariajestrada@gmail.com, the whole Union list, or in the comments below, so I can tell the Negotiation Team members what you thought about it.  Officers and delegates, please talk to faculty, so they offer their input.

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