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University Reform

Hardback
, 288 pages

12 halftones

ISBN:
9781421418261
September 2015
$34.95

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University Reform

The Founding of the American Association of University Professors

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was founded to advance the professionalization of America’s faculty. University Reform examines the social and intellectual circumstances that led to the organization’s initial development, as well as its work to defend academic freedom. It explores the AAUP’s subsequent response to World War I and the first Red Scare. It also describes the founders’ efforts, especially those of Arthur O. Lovejoy and James McKeen Cattell, in securing a greater role for faculty in the government of colleges and universities.

Hans-Joerg Tiede is a faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is the chair of the AAUP’s Committee on the History of the Association, a member of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and the editor of the AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports, eleventh edition.

"This book provides insight into the tensions inherent in the American university system and inspiration for the role professors might play in successfully addressing them."

"I know of no other work on the organization that is based on such extensive use of archival material."

"Those interested in how and why the AAUP began will find Tiede’s book definitive, far surpassing previous publications in its scope and depth. It draws upon invaluable untapped archival material and introduces the reader to the relatively unsung contributions of a second generation of AAUP leaders."

"This book is a critical account of the early years of the AAUP...about how it came to be that people devised a system for treating controversial professors fairly. They did it by developing arguments, and ultimately practices, that now serve as the bedrock of higher education in the United States. We are all in their debt—and now, too, we are in debt to Joerg Tiede for this book."

"... meticulously researched and absorbing history..."

"Tiede has done a superb job of illuminating the Association’s early years. But his investigation does more: it instigates further thought. His book should be of interest to anyone trying to come to grips with the role of the professoriate today and with the future of the AAUP."

"A volume worth reading as much for its walk-on characters ("distinguished classicist Basil Gildersleeve") as for its discussion of the AAUP’s Declaration of Principles. "

"Regardless of one's personal perspective on academic freedom and tenure, this book is a must-read for those in higher education programs and administration.  It will be enlightening to foes of tenure and refreshing to those who advocate it."

"Tiede presents a useful history with case studies of the AAUP’s early years."

"Tiede's work will serve as a resource not only for scholars of the history of higher education, but also for researchers and practitioners who seek to gain a long-term historical perspective and context on important topics such as shared governance, academic freedom, tenure, and due process."

"What we do have now is an excellent story of university reform that includes a thorough exhumation of the compromises and conflicts that were central to the founding and priorities of the AAUP—all of whose principles and liturgy are still invoked a century later"

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