Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the
was held in the
The first order of business was the election of a new executive committee, proposed by the nominating committee of Paul F. Bell (chair), Louise Bostick, and David Otto. The following slate was nominated:
Brooks Ellwood (LSU,
Trivedi (Southern University,
Nicole Greene (
Linda Carroll (
Large Sandra Loucks (
The slate was approved unanimously.
Treasurer Sandra Loucks next presented the treasurer's report. The report is available on the Conference website. Briefly, it reflects a healthy cash balance of approximately $20,000.
It was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that the Conference would set up a legal defense fund to help faculty members obtain legal assistance. Requests for financial assistance to members of the AAUP State Conference in amounts up to $1,000.00 would require approval of the state executive committee in consultation with the national office.
A presentation on current proposals in the state legislature to modify the retirement plan of state employees by increasing their contributions and raising the retirement age was then made by Dayne Sherman
presentation on faculty ownership of intellectual property generated by them
was then given by Linda Carroll in the context of the recent announcement of a
new policy by the
Burstein in the name of the Conference then presented the J. Thomas Hamrick
Award for Exemplary Faculty Efforts on Behalf of Academic Freedom ex aequo to Profs. Kevin Cope (LSU-Baton
Rouge) and Sudhir Trivedi (Southern University,
The development of new chapters at various institutions in the state was discussed.
followed during which testimonials were given by the three tenured French
professors whose dismissal had been a central issue in the recent AAUP
investigation of the
Following lunch, a workshop was conducted by national AAUP leaders also participating in the meeting of the executive committee of the Assembly of State Conferences that included the following presentations.
Jennifer Nichols, staff member, Programs in Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance, "Faculty Governance: Definitions and Strategies"
Donna Potts, Chair, Assembly of State Conferences, "Academic Freedom and the Corporate Campus"
Lynn Tatum, Member-at-Large "Governing Boards"
Hans Joerg Tiede, Member-at-Large "Faculty Senates and AAUP"
Charles Smith, Treasurer, "Faculty Senates, the AAUP, and the Garcetti Ruling"
Copies of the packets of materials prepared for the workshop are available.
As the last order of business, attendees gave a rousing round of applause to outgoing President Alvin Burstein for his six years of exemplary leadership of the Conference, years in which severe threats to academic freedom, tenure, the faculty role in governance, and the faculty role in assuring educational quality were met with growth in membership and chapter numbers, multiple investigations of campuses and a system, and increasing activity of the Conference on all fronts (a new website, grant applications to the Assembly of State Conferences, the institution of a new award, the institution of a legal defense fund, the reactivation of a legislative program, and much more).
Linda L. Carroll