Louisiana Conference AAUP
Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure
The Louisiana Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure seeks members. We welcome everyone, to work on questions of policy. We are interested in membership from chapters without their own Committees A, and from institutions without chapters, so that members can serve as liaisons to their institutions and institutions in their regions. Liaisons may function as AAUP observers at meetings, or assist querents as they begin to define their queries. Committee A participation is also intended to develop expertise, so that members can prepare to start Committees A at their own campuses, serve on the national Committee A, or take leadership in the state Committee A.
While Committee A fields grievances and addresses the abrogation of academic freedom in particular cases, its role is primarily educational and its first responsibility is to work to bring policies and procedures up to AAUP standards. Accordingly, as a committee member you may or may not be assisting querents with grievances; you may also be undertaking research on system and institution policies, and making recommendations for change based upon AAUP standards.
To volunteer for Committee A, please consider the following questions and be prepared to discuss your responses with the Conference president and the Committee A chair.
1. Do you have any prior Committee A experience, and/or experience in grievance work? What?
2. Have you undergone any Committee A training, e.g. webinars, Summer Institute workshops, self-study of AAUP materials?
3. Do you have any experience in Faculty Senate and/or in Faculty Handbook revision? Or do you have other relevant experience working on campus or system policy?
4. Why are you interested in participating on the state Committee A, and why do you think you would be a valuable member of it?