University of Wisconsin-Madison AAUP Chapter



Wednesday, March 9, 2015

3:30 p.m.

Fifth Quarter Studio, Union South.



1.Welcome and Introduction of AAUP Executive Director Julie Schmid

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Governance Update

4. Legislative Update

5. Committees:

  • Membership Committee Report
  • Social Committee (formation)
  • Shared Governance Committee (formation)
  • Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (formation)

6. AAUP Elections:

  • National Council
  • Local office nominations

7. Other Business

Note that relevant documents are hyperlinked above. A limited number of paper copies will be available at the meeting. You may wish to bring a laptop or other device to view them electronically.


American Association of University Professors

UW-Madison Chapter






November 23, 2015


The meeting was called to order by Chair Dave Vanness at 3:03 p.m.

A quorum of the general membership was present.

Minutes from the October 30, 2015 meeting were approved

Review and discussion of Task Force proposal

James Hartwick and Lina Levy-Navarro of the UW-Whitewater AAUP chapter joined us by speaker phone for a discussion of the Tenure Task Force proposal. The group discussed next steps with the Education Committee and the Regents.

Report from Membership Committee

Joe Salmons reported that the all members of the Faculty Senate were contacted about membership, using the updated Senate roster.

Developing plans for reconstituting the Budget Planning and Analysis Joint Subcommittee was again discussed and people identified for potential membership.

Chair Vanness shared some of his discussion with members of the national AAUP office on the Task Force proposal.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30


Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Brown, Secretary




Where the University of Wisconsin System stands on tenure

AAUP First Vice President and Chair of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Hank Reichman writes an excellent summary of where we stand after last week’s meeting of the Board of Regents Education Committee. Please share this information with your colleagues. If there is to be any hope of improving the new tenure policies over the next month, we need widespread and vocal support.

Here is his summary.


University of Wisconsin-Madison AAUP Chapter


 Thursday, January 21, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Union South. Check Today in the Union for location. Members of the Executive Committee may be participating electronically.





  1. Set agenda for next general chapter meeting
  2. Set broad outline of prioritized goals for spring semester


Memo to Tenure Policy Task Force

On November 30, the UW System Tenure Policy Task Force met to discuss draft policies on faculty layoff and post-tenure review. These draft policies contain a number of serious problems, failing to meet professional standards of due process and separating faculty from their primary responsibility for educational concerns. The draft policies thus fall short of the Board of Regents’ stated goal of crafting tenure and shared governance policies that conform to AAUP standards.

The problems with the draft policies are detailed in a memo from the UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater chapters of the AAUP. Annotated versions of the draft policies on faculty layoff and post-tenure review themselves are also available.

We hope that the input of the UW System’s three AAUP chapters will help steer the Board of Regents toward policies that conform to AAUP standards.

AAUP Statement on Developments in the University of Wisconsin System

The National AAUP issued a statement on November 5, 2015 on the development of tenure and post-tenure review policies by the UW System Board of Regents. The full statement is available here. Of note is the concern expressed by the AAUP that new post-tenure review policies could “take this process from being developmental and faculty-driven to one by which institutions can too easily dismiss what they claim are ‘underperforming’ tenured faculty.”

As further noted in the statement, “The AAUP does not object to periodic evaluation of tenured faculty. Nor do we claim that tenure must be regarded as an indefinite entitlement. Tenured faculty are already subject to dismissal for incompetence, malfeasance, or failure to perform their duties, as well as on grounds of bona fide financial exigency or program termination. Rather, as we wrote in 1999,

the most objectionable feature of many systems of post-tenure review is that they ease the prevailing standards for dismissal and diminish the efficacy of those procedures that ensure that sanctions are not imposed for reasons violative of academic freedom.

“This is one of our principal concerns about recommendations we have seen from Wisconsin.”