University of MichiganAnn Arbor Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)



Minutes for March 21, 2012                        Approved on April 11, 2012

Present: D. Burns, J. Calhoun, R. Lomax, I. Robinson, C. Smith


The meeting was called to order by D. Burns at 12:05 pm.

Minutes.  February 22, 2012 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as submitted. 

Treasurer’s Report.  C. Smith reported that no income or expenses were encumbered from the last meeting, so the Committee’s financial status remains the same as the January 25, 2012 report.

Announcements.  M. Snyder, Acting General Secretary of the national AAUP, signed a law stating that graduate student research assistants (GSRA's) are not eligible for collective bargaining.  Next steps were briefly discussed and remain open.


AAUP national lawyers say it is permissible for our Chapter to use an online voting process for Chapter elections.  They have also sent the case of J. Dibbern to the national Committee A for preliminary evaluation.

Active Cases.  One prior case has resurfaced as the concerned party's teaching responsibilities have been removed.  This case will be discussed at subsequent meetings.


Faculty Governance.  No report

State/National AAUP News.   The Annual State meeting will be held in Lansing Saturday, March 31st.  Chapter representatives will include D. Burns, P. Hollingsworth, I. Robinson, R. Lomax, and C. Smith.  A panel discussion on the Funding and Future of Higher Education in Michigan will take place during the morning session.   Rebecca Warren (Democrat Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti) will be participating on the panel.  M. Bailey, Executive Director of the Michigan Conference of the AAUP, will also be leading recruitment efforts at this meeting.


C. Smith provided an update on the upcoming national AAUP elections.  The Department of Labor will be overseeing the election process this year as last year’s election was ruled as being illegally conducted.  The Collective Bargaining Conference group will be running their own election with their own slate of candidates.


Old Business.  D. Winsor states that the current AEC electronic voting system could be set up for AAUP Chapter elections as long as all participants are UM employees.  A discussion ensued regarding increasing member participation in the Chapter's election process, as well as the recruitment of new active members.


D. Burns noted that the annual Chapter newsletter is currently under consideration for electronic distribution this year.  The newsletter is sent to approximately 3,000 UM faculty. Proposed topics to be covered include:  planning for the 2012 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom (P. Hollingsworth); current initiatives of Graduate Research Student Assistants organization and The Mackinac Center for Public Policy Legal Foundation (I. Robinson); Department of Public Safety interfaces (T. Moore); current status with the Dibbern case; follow-up on the Borisov case outcomes; and statewide AAUP membership recruitment initiatives (M. Bailey).


New Business.  A brief discussion took place regarding planning for and the selection of a speaker for the annual meeting to take place in April; potential speakers for consideration include William Cronon, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin; Juan Cole from the UM Department of History; or Michael Mann in the History Department at Penn State. 


Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned by D. Burns at 1:25 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Judith G. Calhoun


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