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Phil Lesch
Executive Director, American Association of University Professors at Portland State University
Executive Director, American Association of University Professors at Portland State University
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Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Law Ending Teacher Tenure
Originally published on January 20, 2017 3:29 pm The Kansas Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the state's largest teacher's union appealing a ruling on teacher tenure. CREDIT KANSAS SUPREME COURT In a blow to teachers in Kansas, the state Supreme Co...

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Post Measure 97: Oregon university presidents seek 'minimum' increase of $100M for higher ed
From Oregonlive November 9, 2016 Measure 97's failure  creates tough decisions for Oregon lawmakers next year, but the state's public university presidents say one choice should be clear: Keep funding higher education. Oregon's seven public university presi...

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AAUP Warns of Historic Threat to Academic Freedom Posed by Trump
The American Association of University Professors warned in a statement on Wednesday that many college faculty members fear that President-elect Donald J. Trump “may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period.” The organization’s f...

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First Monday Musings: On Academic Freedom, Administrative Fairness, And Blackface
A thought-provoking Op Ed piece about the UO professor who wore blackface to an off-campus party Published in "Above the Law" Nov 7, 2016 I had intended to write this month about bar passage rates and the steps we at Illinois took this year (that I hope con...

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Can Colleges Train Professors to Steer Clear of Microaggressions?
Tiffany C. Martínez, a sociology major at Suffolk University, made waves last week when she   blogged about an experience   in which she said her professor had called her out in front of her classmates and accused her of copying parts of an assignment. Ms. ...

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UO law professor investigated for wearing blackface at Halloween party
UPDATE:   A group of 23 School of Law faculty members   released a statement calling on their colleague to resign  if the blackface incident is true. A University of Oregon law professor wore a costume that included "blackface" at an off-campus Halloween pa...

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Phil and Penny Knight will give $500 million to University of Oregon for science complex
October 18, 2016 from OregonLive The University of Oregon announced it received a $500 million commitment from Phil and Penny Knight to build a new science complex in Eugene, which it hopes will speed the translation of scientific discoveries into "real wor...

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Universities in Pennsylvania State System Brace for Possible Faculty Strike
October 18, 2016 from the Chronicle of Higher Ed [Originally from the Pittsburgh Post] Faculty members in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education plan to go on strike Wednesday morning if contract negotiations do not yield a new contract,   the   ...

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M98 stirs questions behind closed doors
Portland Tribune Oct. 11, 2016 [ Measure 98 is the Voc Ed initiative. Pat Burke is faculty in the PSU Graduate School of Education ] Measure 98 appears set for a smooth sail to victory on Election Day. The statewide high school graduation measure has big-na...

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With Campus Carry in Place, Some Texas Grad Students Make Bars Their Offices
Chronicle of Higher Ed Oct. 7, 2016 Texas’   campus-carry law   has had well-publicized effects on the state’s public colleges: A handful of professors have resigned in protest, thousands of dollars have been spent on educational materials, and mobs of stud...
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