Dispatches on academic freedom
What the university could have done better to protect academic freedom after a professor’s controversial tweet went viral.
While my own academic freedom is less robust since becoming a senior administrator, I have loved finding new ways of defending academic freedom for others.
Ultimately, the three best defences are good policies, good communication and good habits.
Even when it doesn’t improperly interfere in academic searches and tenure files, some kinds of donor funding routinely threaten academic freedom in a range of ways.
Academic staff are not only employees; they are also the ‘collegium’ charged with the academic governance of universities.
When we invoke academic freedom as a way of defending our own peccadillos, we render universities into petty fiefdoms and academic freedom into a bludgeon.
An examination of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.
What ever happened to students’ academic freedom?
It is an adjustment when an academic becomes a senior administrator, as they don’t have the same academic freedoms they did as professors.
Just because professors may say the N-word doesn’t mean they should.
A recent case that has rocked the Canadian varsity running world raises questions about which university personnel should have academic freedom.
Is this thing on?
As universities respond to COVID-19, they must be guided by their core values of social responsibility, accountability and equitable access – all of which support suspending on-campus teaching and learning.
Surprise Alberta court decision released just days into the new year could have a huge impact on universities.
Two recent cases from the U.S. throw into sharp relief just how critical institutional autonomy is for academic freedom.
Academic freedom is not merely a negotiated perk of being a professor, it is a sine qua non of the university’s mission.
Issues around gender identity, and transgender and nonbinary people have become a battleground for academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus.
If no one listens, no ideas are exchanged. And to listen, one must be quiet.
To defend the values at the heart of the university, we must first understand them. Here’s a resource that can help.
A dissection of three talks presented at the recent Harry Crowe conference in Toronto.