Chapter Development Grant Awarded to the St. Xavier University Chapter
Conference of AAUP is pleased to announce that the first chapter
development grant went to St. Xavier University chapter. This was
spent on a social event attended by faculty and administrators.
The event became an opportunity to inform faculty of the nature
and services provided by both the national and state office of AAUP.
Congratulations to all the AAUP members of the St. Xavier chapter
and particularly Richard Fritz, the chapter president, who took
on a very important leadership role in the last year. The succesful
event at St. Xavier is shared with our readers so that to encourage
other AAUP chapters to apply for a similar chapter development grant.
Visit our web site for more details and look under the sub topic
$$ Grants. Up to $300 per year are available to every chapter for
development and up to $500 is available to faculty who wish to organize
an AAUP chapter at their institution. Please visit our web site
for more information on what the applications entail.
from AAUP- St. Xavier University Chapter
As part of a year-long
major membership drive, the Saint Xavier University Chapter of AAUP
held a chapter meeting and open house in the university’s
spacious and elegant Main Reception Room from 4:30 to 6:00 PM on
Wednesday, April 7th, 2004. The meeting/open house was sponsored
by a $300.00 grant from the AAUP-IL Conference. The chapter’s
Executive Committee vigorously advertised the event through our
chapter’s member listserv, the university’s general
faculty listserv, hallway posters, two rounds of mailbox flyers,
and most important, word of mouth. The threefold purpose of the
event was, first, to bring our current members up to date on the
chapter’s many activities during the academic year, and second,
to solicit feedback and ideas about the chapter’s past and
future directions, and third, to foster a relaxed and festive atmosphere
in which to invite new members to join. The chapter leaders invested
a great deal of time and thought in determining the decorations
that would place guests at ease, as well as the refreshments that
would most likely attract a goodly number of guests. The key to
our plan was to provide free pizza from a local Italian restaurant
renowned for its thin crust pizza. A colorful array of other snacks,
such as pretzels, jelly beans, nacho chips, M&Ms, and miniature
Reese’s cups, were artfully scattered around the beverage
table in order to offer an alternative to the surfeit of pizza.
The event was attended by 38 faculty members (39 if one includes
the Academic Vice-President, who stopped by between back-to-back
meetings to grab a slice of pizza and to remind us of his support
for AAUP principles regarding academic freedom and due process).
The chapter meeting was followed by an hour of spirited conversation
about recent AAUP activities on campus and our efforts to invite
new members to join.. Many visitors availed themselves of the numerous
AAUP brochures and handouts on display.
One of the most
satisfying aspects of the April 7th AAUP Open house is that so many
of the visitors (12, or 32%) were adjunct faculty. The Saint Xavier
AAUP Chapter has actively sought to recognize and support our adjunct
faculty over the past year. On March 24th, the Chapter held an earlier
Open House for our part-time and non-tenure track colleagues. This
prior event was attended by 21 adjuncts and 7 full-time faculty
members. In short order, this informal get-together turned into
a frank discussion of many of the concerns (including low salary,
lack of benefits, and a feeling of invisibility and lack of appreciation)
that plague many of our adjunct faculty members. Together, the April
7th and March 24th AAUP-sponsored events have led to a new awareness
of the part-time faculty who make such an important contribution
to our campus, and opened up a new dialog which hopefully will continue
to blossom in upcoming semesters.