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


Minutes for March 28, 2012                        Approved on April 11, 2012

Present: D. Burns, J. Calhoun, C. Smith

Guest – D. Smith


The meeting was called to order by D. Burns at 12:15 pm.

Minutes.  Minutes for the March 21st meeting were temporarily delayed and will be reviewed at the April 11th meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report.  C. Smith reported receipt of $168.84 for payroll reduction dues, leaving a balance of $4,763.58 in the account



At their March meeting, The Board of Directors for the Davis, Market, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom elected Mark Kruman from the Department of History at Wayne State University, who is also the Director of the University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship.  Jeff Lee, former Chapter Executive Committee member, ended his term on the Board at the meeting.


C. Smith reported that the University’s Vice President and General Counsel Susan Scarnecchia has recently resigned.  A key issue currently facing the University is the reporting responsibilities and interactions between the Hospital Security unit and the UM Department of Public Safety.


April 25th will be the last Chapter Executive Committee meeting for the Winder term.  The Spring/Summer meeting schedule has been confirmed for the following dates (the 4th Wednesday of each month):  May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22.  The Fall 2012 meeting schedule will be confirmed at the July meeting. 

Active Cases.  No active cases were noted.


Faculty Governance.  No report.

State/National AAUP News.   Confirmed delegates for the Annual State AAUP meeting will be D. Burns, P. Hollingsworth, R. Lomax, I. Robinson, and C. Smith.  The meeting will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center near the Michigan State University campus on Saturday, March 31st.


Old Business. Michael Mann of Penn State has confirmed his participation as a speaker for the annual meeting to take place in April; the date for the meeting is still pending.  Planning continues for the conduct of Chapter elections via the current AEC electronic voting system, with the assistance of D. Winsor. 


Final planning for the annual Chapter newsletter also continues with the following potential topics: the 2012 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom; current initiatives of Graduate Research Student Assistants organization and The Mackinac Center for Public Policy Legal Foundation; Department of Public Safety interfaces; the Dibbern and Borisov cases; Executive Committee 2011-12 turnover; and statewide AAUP membership recruitment.


A brief discussion took place regarding continued membership development planning.  An overview of the 3 databases regarding current and potential members was presented by D. Burns, including:  1.  the current membership listing from the National AAUP office, 2.  potential members from I. Robinson’s recent study, and 3. The listing from the Fall 2011 Faculty Orientation meeting.  D. Burns asked Executive Committee members to review provided listings for future recruitment  activity consideration.


New Business.  Delegates for the annual AAUP meeting to be held in DC in June will need to be determined at the next meeting.


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


Respectfully submitted,

Judith G. Calhoun


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