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362. Shared Governance: Who's Running This Place?

Tuesday, 6 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 613, WSCC

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities

Presiding: June Howard, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June Howard's Annotation:
For Teri Yamada: a link to the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education:
http://futureofhighered.org/

Speakers: Susan Ashley, Colorado Coll.; Stacey Lee Donohue, Central Oregon Community Coll.; John W. Mowitt, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Elliott Visconsi, Univ. of Notre Dame; Teri Yamada, California State Univ., Long Beach

Stacey Lee Donohue's Annotation:
Brief Bibliography on Shared Governance: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8168697/Bib_Shared_Governance_2012.docx

Article: Restructuring the California State University by Teri Yamada: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8168697/YamadaRestruc.CSU.%202010.pdf

Session Description:

The topic of shared governance has become a hot-button issue. The panelists represent perspectives from different institutions. They have served in administration, as union leaders, and as elected representatives of the faculty; they will discuss the history of shared governance, current legal and practical challenges, and how to get faculty members engaged. Audience members will be invited to share their perspectives and broaden the discussion.


Subjects:

  • The Teaching of Language and Literature – General

  • The Profession – General

Author Comment
Subject: Shared Governance
The erosion of shared governance appears to be accelerating today as university administrations can now justify their unilateral actions by claiming "financial problems." This panel "Shared Governance: Who's Running This Place?" and the Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee who organized it made tremendous contribution to our profession by gathering well-informed panelists and providing a space for an engaged conversation about this critical issue. I have been personally affected by the lack of shared governance at my university (my tenure-track position has been eliminated and I'm being laid off by a questionable action unilaterally taken by the administration), but it was tremendously encouraging to me to learn at this panel that there are may others who care about the issue of shared governance. My heartfelt thanks to the panelists, the audience, and the expert chairing by Professor June Howard.

One of the latest books on the issue is Benjamin Ginsberg's _The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters_ (Oxford UP, 2011).

Kota Inoue
University of Redlands

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