News and Announcements

FMNH-AAUP chapter establishment featured in Illinois Academe

The Fall 2009 issue of the Illinois conference newsletter includes an article on the founding of our chapter, titled "Museum Curators and the AAUP." It was written by chapter officers Ryan Williams, Bruce Patterson, Margaret Thayer, and Ken Angielczyk and is accompanied by a photo (of members available on short notice) taken in Stanley Field Hall by a helpful museum visitor.  (Click on the header link above for a pdf of the article, or see the Chapter documents page.)

November 4, 2010 Special Presentation on Academic Governance

posted Oct 27, 2010, 8:02 PM by Margaret Thayer

>>> Special Presentation <<<

Prof. Kenneth E. Andersen

Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

IL-AAUP Speakers Bureau

Academic Shared Governance:

What it is

How it works

How it can help institutions

Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:00 Noon

Zoology Classroom, Field Museum of Natural History


Co-sponsored by

FMNH Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)


FMNH Science Advisory Council (SAC)

Questions?  Please contact:

Ryan Williams, FMNH-AAUP President

Bruce Patterson, FMNH-AAUP Vice President

Margaret Thayer, FMNH-AAUP Secretary

Ken Angielczyk, FMNH-AAUP Treasurer

Shannon Hackett, SAC Chair

Our thanks to the Illinois Conference of AAUP

for supporting this program through the IL-AAUP Speakers Bureau

posted Oct 14, 2009, 2:23 PM by Margaret Thayer   [ updated Oct 14, 2009, 2:27 PM ]

FMNH-AAUP general membership meeting

posted Oct 6, 2009, 9:43 AM by Margaret Thayer   [ updated Oct 16, 2009, 8:14 PM ]

The FMNH-AAUP chapter Executive Committee is planning a general meeting for Thursday Nov 19 (note change from original date) at 2 PM in the Zoology Classroom. 

The following items are suggested for discussion on the agenda, and we invite you to send additional items to chapter secretary Margaret Thayer <> for inclusion.
  • Role of AAUP in academic freedom and governance advocacy in the institution
  • Salary survey of curatorial ranks with SAC collaboration
  • Expansion of the membership to academics in non-curatorial ranks
  • Enlisting the membership in advocacy roles
  • Interface with C&R Strategic Plan - AAUP's role
  • Promoting visibility of AAUP-FMNH
  • Enhancing educational relationships with partner universities and   within the museum
We look forward to AAUP's becoming an open forum for discussion and a clearinghouse for concerns.  Please plan to attend and help make AAUP an effective advocate for academic freedom and governance by tuning its interfaces with existing offices and organizations within
the institution. 

Please come and share your thoughts on chapter goals and plans.

AAUP 2009 National Meeting - Washington, D.C.

posted Mar 26, 2009, 7:18 PM by Margaret Thayer   [ updated Mar 26, 2009, 7:34 PM ]

Join your fellow AAUP members June 11–14, 2009, for the Ninety-fifth Annual Meeting of the AAUP at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Annual meeting events of special interest:  

  • Capitol Hill Day, the AAUP’s annual grassroots lobbying event and your opportunity to advocate for higher education. Members visit their senators and representatives and speak up about the issues that matter most to academia. We supply briefing materials and everything else you need to prepare and present your message persuasively. The day concludes with a congressional reception honoring the recipient of the Henry T. Yost Award for Congressional Leadership.
  • Association president Cary Nelson and general secretary Gary Rhoades will conduct a member briefing on the current financial crisis and its impact on higher education. The briefing will feature reports from the “front line” as well as facts and figures about the status of faculty, public funding, and the effects of President Obama’s stimulus package.

In addition, the annual meeting includes meetings of the AAUP Executive Committee and Council, the Collective Bargaining Congress, and the Assembly of State Conferences. The annual meeting plenary will consider important business items such as investigations of alleged violations of academic freedom and tenure. 

Register today to take advantage of our early-bird rates.  These special rates expire May 12.

Information for AAUP Chapter and Conference Annual Meeting Delegates

Pursuant to the AAUP's proportional voting procedures, forms for annual meeting chapter delegates and conference delegates are available on the AAUP Web site. We also encourage chapters to review the Department of Labor's regulations for electing union officers and delegates.

AAUP Academic Conference

In conjunction with the annual meeting, the AAUP will host “Globalization, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom: An International Conference.”  Presentations include such topics as academic freedom, contingent faculty, governance, and more.  Your annual meeting registration entitles you to attend any or all sessions of this conference as well.

AAUP Illinois 2009 Spring Conference - Roosevelt University

posted Mar 26, 2009, 7:13 PM by Margaret Thayer   [ updated Mar 26, 2009, 7:26 PM ]

Featured Speaker: Gary Rhoades, General Secretary of AAUP

Following Gary Rhoades, a panel discussion on the topic of
in academia, including tenure decisions, governance, and policy.
Panelists will represent a variety of higher education institutions
in the Chicago area.

The AAUP IL business meeting will follow the panel discussion.
Elections for council officers and members will take place.

Roosevelt University is conveniently located at 18 S. Michigan Ave,
close to Millennium Park and a few blocks from the 'El', Metra trains,
and bus station.

The conference will take place on the 3rd floor Commons Room.
Conference will begin at 1:30 sharp. April 18!


For information call Lee Maltby at 773-878-3978, or email

Lee Maltby, Secretary, AAUP-IL

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