NEWS RELEASE: WHITTIER COLLEGE FACULTY RE-ESTABLISH LOCAL CHAPTER OF AAUP

Faculty at Whittier College reconstituted an Advocacy Chapter of AAUP (the American Association of University Professors) after almost a thirty-year hiatus. The College had an active AAUP chapter in the 1970s and 1980s, and AAUP guidelines were instrumental to tenure and promotion policies and other principles of the Whittier College Faculty Handbook that remain in practice today.  One member of both the former and revived chapter, Joseph Price, Genevieve S. Connick Professor of Religious Studies, reflected, “More than thirty years ago when I accepted my first faculty position, two senior colleagues at Whittier encouraged me to join them as members of AAUP.  I did and benefited greatly, learning strong ways to work on behalf of faculty. Now that a Whittier chapter of AAUP has been reconstituted, I have enthusiastically re-affiliated with several long-time friends and a new generation of colleagues to promote faculty well-being.”

The Whittier chapter will support the policies and goals of the national association, including advancing the standards, ideals, utility and welfare of the profession. Robert B. Marks, the Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History and Environmental Studies is serving as Interim President of the Whittier Chapter of AAUP and formally announced AAUP’s recognition of the chapter on Thursday October 3, 2013.  “Bob” Marks said, “The re-establishment of the Whittier College AAUP Chapter will bring positive attention to the college and focus on the strengths of the academic program. Faculty at Whittier College work incredibly closely with our students to produce global citizens but they also are productive scholars, fundraisers, and part-time administrators. AAUP recognizes the many hats faculty wear and the protections and benefits they deserve.”

Elizabeth Sage, Interim Secretary-Treasurer and Associate Professor of History agrees, “The changing higher education landscape presents us with unique challenges and also unique opportunities. It is imperative that faculty work closely with all members of the college community from trustees to adjuncts and staff to live up to the mission of the college.” The chapter is already very active with scheduled events during alumni weekend October 18-20. Please visit our website wcaaup.org for upcoming events.

About the AAUP
The AAUP’s purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. From: http://www.aaup.org/about-aaup

Whittier College Mission Statement
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. From: www.whittier.edu/about/mission