Welcoming AAUP’s Newest Advocacy Chapter, a Major Addition to the Ohio Conference

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The faculty at Miami University in Ohio have formed an advocacy chapter, initially  consisting of about 100 of the university’s 700 full-time faculty. The formation of the chapter will be marked formally with an on-campus event on April 29, featuring a talk by AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum.

An article in the Dayton Daily News notes that the impetus for the formation of the chapter has been that the faculty “feel ignored when major decisions are made on campus.”

The article’s author, Amanda Seitz, notes that “Miami was once Ohio’s only public [university] without a collective bargaining union or advocacy chapter.”

A focal point for the new chapter will be how the university allocates its resources and the role that faculty play in such decision-making. One of the areas of concern is the institutional subsidizing of intercollegiate athletics. Seitz refers to the Dayton Daily News’s own “recent investigation found that nearly…

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