Associate Professor of Art History Susan Jarosi was recently selected to serve on a committee assembled by the American Association of University Professors to look into academic governance issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Jarosi is a member of the AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance.
According to a statement posted on the Academe Blog, a publication of the AAUP, the investigation was prompted by “numerous complaints from faculty members detailing unilateral actions taken by their governing boards and administrations to dictate how courses are taught, to suspend key institutional regulations, to reduce and close departments and majors, to compel faculty members to teach in person, and to lay off long-serving faculty members.”
The investigation will focus on seven colleges, Canisius College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Keuka College, Marian University, Medaille College, National University, and Wittenberg University. The statement notes that relevant issues at other institutions could be added to the discussion and that other issues may also be explored.