AAUP Executive Committee
American Association of University Professors
How to Become a Member
Becoming a member of AAUP is easy. Go to the following web site: http://www.aaup.org/membership/DUESTEST.HTM , and download the form, which you will mail to the national office.
Many BC/AAUP members, rather than sending the
national dues in one payment, opt for the automatic installment plan.
On this plan, 1/12 th of the total dues are deducted automatically from
a member’s bank account. In accordance with the guidelines established
by the Georgia Conference of AAUP, members of the teaching faculty who
hold ten-month contracts as well as professional librarians and
counselors are eligible for membership in the local chapter.
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The Bainbridge College chapter of the AAUP was formed in June 2004 by eight
members of the faculty with the goal of advancing the issues of shared
governance and academic freedom. At that initial meeting, the group elected
officers and appointed the members of the Executive Committee. Dr. Barbara
Frieling was elected as president, Dr. Carol Adams as vice president, and Mrs.
Patti Lord as secretary/treasurer. Joining the three officers as the first
Executive Committee were Thomas J. Frieling, Mary Glenn Grimes, Dr. Roger Ivey,
Dr. Margaret Smith and Dr. John Vanzo. By the end of the summer of 2004, BC/AAUP
had grown to include over three-quarters of the eligible faculty members.
The first project of BC/AAUP was preparation for meeting with the Chancellor
on 31 August 2004 in order to communicate effectively the chapter’s concerns
about the direction of the college. Dr. Hugh Hudson, the Executive Secretary of
the Georgia AAUP conference, came to Bainbridge to advise AAUP members and to
welcome BC/AAUP to the state and national organizations. Providing legal
guidance from the national office in Washington, D.C. was AAUP associate
secretary Mr. Pat Shaw, Esq.
BC/AAUP’s first newsletter, BC Prof’s Proofs, was first published in
August 2004 under the editorship of Dr. Margaret Smith. Dr. Smith welcomes
suggestions for articles for future issues from all members.
In the fall of 2004, BC/AAUP also launched its Faculty Focus program in
cooperation with the BC Library. The first speaker was Mr. Wynton Hall,
instructor of speech communication and the co-author with Dick Wirthlin of
The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me About Politics,
Leadership, and Life (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). The book made
Amazon.com’s best seller list the day that it was released.
In November, Dr. John Vanzo presented the second lecture in the series,
discussing his book Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman’s Life Aboard
U-505 ( Savas Beatie, 2004). In April 2005, Dr. Elizabeth
Mihalcik discussed her research in a talk entitled "Mollusk Biodiversity Studies
in Mexico: A Traveling Biologist." BC/AAUP members are invited to contact any
member of the Executive Committee with nominations for future Faculty Focus
In the spring of 2005, three members of the AAUP Executive Council who had
been elected to Campus Council (Dr. Carol Adams, Dr. Roger Ivey, and Dr. Barbara
Frieling) worked with BC's interim president, Dr. Sherm Day, to write the bylaws
for the college's first structure for shared governance, the Faculty Council,
which was approved unanimously by the BC faculty on 27 April 2005. Elected to
the new Faculty Council from the Division of Arts and Sciences were Dr. John
Vanzo, Dr, Margaret Smith, and Dr. Barbara Frieling. Dr. Carol Adams will
represent the Department of Learning Support, and Barry Reynolds, Hope Toole,
and Ben White will represent the Division of Technical Studies. Dr. Frieling was
elected as chair, Dr. Smith as secretary, and Mr. White as parliamentarian.
Members of the BC/AAUP Executive Committee also assisted Dr. Day in the
completion of a comprehensive salary equity study in the spring of 2005, basing
their research on national salary averages provided by AAUP and seeking redress
for the cases at BC in which women, minorities, and newly hired faculty had not
been treated equitably.
In April 2005, BC/AAUP was selected as one of two chapters in the U.S. to
receive a Konheim Travel Award, which recognizes chapters whose activities have
advanced the Beatrice G. Konheim Award objectives of advancing academic freedom,
student rights and freedoms, the status of academic women, the elimination of
discrimination against minorities, and the establishment of equal opportunity
for members of college and university faculties.
In addition to the announcement of BC/AAUP's Konheim Award, the national
organization invited the chapter president, Dr. Barbara Frieling, to address the
Assembly of State Conferences at the annual meeting of AAUP in Washington, DC,
in June 2005.
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AAUP Philosophy Statement
For more than seventy-five years, the American
Association of University Professors has been engaged in developing
standards for sound academic practice, freedom, and tenure, and in
working for the acceptance of these standards by the community of
The purpose of AAUP is to facilitate a more
effective cooperation among teachers and research scholars in
universities and colleges, to promote the interests of higher education
and research, and to advance the standards, ideals, and welfare of the
Drawing members from across division lines, the
local BC/AAUP chapter provides an opportunity for faculty to be
informed on professional issues and to share opinions and insights. As
an independent faculty organization, BC/AAUP can voice faculty concerns
directly to the appropriate administrator as well as provide feedback
from the administration to the faculty. The local chapter will also
assist individual faculty members should the need arise.
The Georgia Conference has established a viable
relationship with the Board of Regents and the Chancellor. The state
AAUP Executive Secretary, Dr. Hugh Hudson of Georgia State University,
usually attends Board meetings and consults with the Board of Regents
on policies and problems in the University System. Each year the
Georgia Conference adopts a legislative agenda, including salary
recommendations, for presentation to the General Assembly. In addition
to retaining a lobbyist at the Georgia legislature, the state
conference has a number of working committees dealing with such issues
as academic freedom and retirement funding. State conference officers
stand ready to assist any AAUP member in need of advice and protection.
AAUP's policy statements and recommended
institutional regulations are acknowledged as the prevailing standards
within the academic community. AAUP's legal office responds to
inquiries from across the country on higher education law. AAUP is an
authoritative voice in Washington on higher education issues. AAUP
initiates projects concerning faculty and the academic profession.
AAUP's Committee A investigates violations of academic freedom and
tenure nationwide and recommends censure for offending institutions at
the annual meeting. In addition, AAUP issues publications, such as
Academe, to keep members informed of important issues and policies.
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Article I – Name
The name of this organization is the Bainbridge
College chapter of the American Association of University Professors
(hereafter AAUP or the Association).
Article II – Purposes
The purposes of this chapter are to:
- Support the policies and goals of the Association
as set forth in Article 1 of the AAUP constitution, and in all matters
act in harmony with the principles and procedures of national
Association and its constitution;
- Facilitate the cooperation of teachers and research
scholars in universities and colleges, and in professional schools of
similar grade, for the promotion of the interests of higher education
and research, and in general to increase the usefulness and advance the
standards, ideals, and welfare of the profession.
- Defend academic freedom at Bainbridge College and throughout academe;
- Encourage faculty participation in governance at Bainbridge College;
- Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty;
- Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;
- Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements; and
- Develop necessary and proper chapter programs for the accomplishment of the aforementioned purposes.
In furtherance of the purposes described above,
but not in limitation thereof, the chapter shall have power to conduct
studies; to disseminate statistics and other information; to engage in
appropriate fundraising activities; to conduct promotional activities,
including advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of
media; to hold such property as is necessary to accomplish its
purposes; and to employ individuals to further its purposes under
Article II. This chapter is organized and operated for the above stated
purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes. No part of its assets,
income, or profits shall be distributable to, or inure to the benefit
of, any individual, except in consideration of services rendered.
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Article III – Members
Eligibility for membership in this chapter shall
extend to all current full-time, ten-month faculty members,
professional librarians, counselors with faculty status, and retired
faculty members at Bainbridge College who are national members of the
American Association of University Professors. All chapter members may
vote in chapter matters.
Article IV – Officers and Organization
The officers of this organization shall be the
president, vice president, and secretary/treasurer. The term of office
shall be two years. Officers may serve no more than two consecutive
President: The duties of the president shall
include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all
committees of the chapter, exercising general supervision over the
activities of the chapter, and presiding at meetings of the chapter and
executive committee. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees.
Vice president: The duties of the vice president
shall include those usually appertaining to the office and those
delegated by the president. In the absence of the president, the vice
president shall serve in the president's stead.
Secretary/treasurer: The duties of the
secretary/treasurer shall include keeping a record of all proceedings
and correspondence of the chapter, certifying chapter delegates to the
Association’s annual meeting, preparing or overseeing the preparation
of newsletters for distribution to the faculty if such shall be
desired, maintaining official contact with the Association and keeping
an accurate record of all funds received or disbursed. It shall be the
duty of the secretary/treasurer to provide the secretary/treasurer of
the Association the names of the officers of the chapter and the
chapter bylaws and to conduct the correspondence of the chapter with
the secretary/treasurer. At the request of the executive committee, the
secretary/treasurer shall prepare an annual chapter budget and report
of finances, and submit them for approval. It shall be the duty of the
secretary/treasurer to remit to the Association and/or to the
applicable state conference any dues collected on behalf of the
Association and/or conference. In the absence of the president and vice
president, the secretary/treasurer shall preside at meetings of the
When an officer has resigned or is disqualified,
the office shall be filled by a special election of the chapter, which
shall be held as promptly as is feasible. The executive committee is
empowered to fill vacancies in any elective office until a special
election is held. The person so elected shall hold office for the
remainder of the term.
Article V – Dues
The chapter will not establish initial chapter
dues but may establish chapter dues at any time deemed necessary. Any
chapter dues will be established by a secret ballot vote conducted
among voting chapter members. The vote may be conducted either by mail
ballot or, after reasonable notice, at a regular or special membership
meeting. Chapter members must pay current AAUP dues, any mandatory
conference dues, and chapter dues.
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Article VI – Committees
A. Executive Committee
The founding members of the BC Chapter of AAUP
will form the initial Executive Committee. Following their two year
term of office, the executive committee shall consist of the elected
officers of the chapter, the immediate past president, and at least two
members elected at large. The majority of the executive committee shall
constitute a quorum for conduct of business of the committee.
The executive committee shall assume
responsibility for the chapter’s continuing effective presence at the
institution, keeping all positions on the executive committee filled as
vacancies occur. The executive committee shall:
- Meet regularly;
- Respond to faculty members seeking assistance;
- Conduct the business of the chapter between meetings;
- Regularly recruit members and encourage maintenance of membership;
- Make necessary appointments to complete an unexpired term of any officer;
- Set the agenda with appropriate notice for chapter meetings;
- Consult with the administration on matters of mutual interest; and
- Respond to inquiries from the media.
B. Membership Committee
The membership committee shall regularly recruit
new members and encourage the maintenance of membership. Working with
the secretary/treasurer and other applicable chapter officers, the
committee shall promote the establishment of appropriate plans to
encourage membership recruitment and maintenance.
C. Other Committees
The chapter may create additional standing and ad
hoc committees as necessary to promote the welfare of the chapter. The
chair and members of these committees shall be appointed by the
executive committee. Some such committees may be, but are not limited
Academic freedom and tenure
Status of women and minorities
Accreditation of colleges and universities
Elections, dues, and chapter organization
Relationships with local, state, and federal governments
Faculty participation in college and university governance
Economic status of the profession
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Article VII – Meetings
The chapter shall hold regular meetings at least twice each academic year.
Special meetings of the chapter may be called by
the president or a majority of the executive committee. Written notice
of such meetings shall be provided each member by the
secretary/treasurer of the chapter at least three business days in
advance of the meeting date. The president shall call special meetings
of the chapter within seven days of being so directed by the executive
committee or by a petition signed by ten percent of the members.
The quorum required for the transaction of business at all meetings of the chapter shall consist of 20 percent of the members.
Article VIII – Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the chapter, its assets shall be distributed to the Association, a charitable and educational organization.
Article IX – Amendments
These bylaws may be amended by majority vote of
the members, provided that a notice setting forth the proposed
amendment or amendments an explanation thereof and known objections
thereto shall have been sent to each member at least thirty days prior
to the vote. Any member of the chapter may initiate an amendment.
Article X – Rules of Order
Roberts Rules of Order Revised shall be the authority for this chapter in matters of procedure not specified above.
Enacted this tenth day of June in the year 2004.
Link to National AAUP Website: http://www.aaup.org/
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