Announcements

April 2, 2017

Hello Chapter Members.

As noted by our Chapter Vice President and President, California Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Alex Zukas in a recent e-mail. Dr. Hank Reichman, who gave the Keynote speech at National University Spring Symposium paid our chapter a high complement during a breakfast the following day with many of our chapter members.. He told us that he was impressed with National University NU Advocacy Chapter as well as the engaged shared governance that the university presents. He told Alex that a few faculty indicated they were interested in supporting the professional work of AAUP as members. Hopefully they will follow through and join.  Please use this opportunity created by Dr. Reichman's visit and presentation to engage your colleagues in joining the National AAUP and our NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter. The link is on the AAUP homepage at .You can also contact me at gbeckwith100@aol.com or Alex aat alexzukas@yahoo.com.

 October 11, 2016

Hello everyone.  We apologize for not posting an update on our NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter but have been working on a number of issues under our NU Faculty hat which were related to our goals set forth under our NU AAUP hat.  As an overall update, we believe shared governance and academic freedom are receiving the kind of visibility and support we have long sought.  The NU Faculty Senate is effectively engaged with the Administration in revising the 2009 NU Faculty Policies which have been presented to the NU Faculty for a vote.  Relations between the Faculty and the Administration appear to be cordial and productive.  We hope all concerned can continue the positive relationship.

Our chapter officers were unable to schedule a meeting with the previous National University President but were finally successful in obtaining a meeting with the new President, Dr. Dave Andrews, in August.  He expressed support for our chapter and stated he would work with us on any issue related to the Faculty or the University.  We were encouraged and pleased with the meeting and his views on higher education as well as the AAUP.  He is highly faculty oriented and was a previous provost so he well understands Faculty issues and University processes.

We look forward to working with him and the NU Faculty Governing bodies, the Provost, and other members of the NU Community to promote the excellence and welfare of the University.

May 21, 2016

April 21, 2015,was the day the National AAUP approved the formation of an AAUP Advocacy Chapter for National University.  We did not officially announce the existence of our Chapter until September 2015, at the Fall Academic Assembly, but based on the NUAAP approval, we have survived a year as a chapter if face of opposition from President Cunningham who has relinquished the title of "President" to Dr. David Andrews.  Dr. Cunningham retains the title of "Chancellor" and is Dr. Andrew's boss.  Since Dr. Andrews is a career educator whereas Dr. Cunningham's career has been primarily in business, we are hopeful that he will be willing to engage members of our chapter and work with us to promote Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and Due Process for the NU Faculty.

Gradual Administrative Acceptance of the NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter

At the NU Spring Symposium, the NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter gave a presentation as part of the Symposium proceedings so we believe that since the administration did not object to the presentation at the 2016 NU sponsored Spring Symposium or to the November, 2015 presentation (see below) to the Faculty Senate, we believe our NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter has been accepted by the administration informally if not formally. After Dr. Andrews has had time to familiarize himself with the NU community and environment, we will approach him for a discussion of the role that the NU AAUP chapter can play in supporting the NU Faculty and the University as whole.. 

November 3, 2015

The National University Faculty Senate has invited the NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter to make a presentation at their meeting on Friday, November 6, on the objectives and goals of the chapter to include a brief history of the AAUP.  He will also present information and evidence that the NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter is a professional academic association and is not a "labor union" nor a collective bargaining entity.

Press Release

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY ORGANIZE AN AAUP ADVOCACY CHAPTER

September 15, 2015

A group of Faculty at National University (NU) have organized an AAUP Advocacy Chapter and are proud to join the tens of thousands of other faculty across California and the nation who belong to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the premier professional association for higher education in the United States. The Advocacy Chapter has been formally recognized by the National AAUP Organization and a formal announcement was made on September 9, 2015  to the Chair of the NU Board of Trustees and the NU President.  In establishing the NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter, chapter members join other highly respected California research and teaching institutions like the University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, Whittier College, UCLA, University of Redlands, Santa Clara University, and scores of others. National University is a private, non-profit institution that does not provide tenure for its faculty. The NU AAUP Chapter believes it can be a voice that promotes and defends academic freedom, shared governance, and due process for university faculty. Historically, National University’s Faculty have fared well without tenure and collective bargaining, but there have been cases where ignored shared governance and failed due process issues have threatened this legacy. The new NU AAUP Chapter believes it can be a positive force to address and resolve such issues in the future before they become harmful to the University.  Information on the NUAAUP Chapter, including elected officers and contact information may be found at nuaaup.org. [NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter Contact: George Beckwith, Ed. D. ,President: gbeckwith@nuaaup.org; cell: (951) 347-6091 ]

Recently, the AAUP National Headquarters officially recognized an AAUP Advocacy Chapter for National University Faculty. We have sent an official letter announcing the formation of our chapter to the Chair of the NU Board of Trustees, the NU President, the NU Interim Provost and the Chair of the NU Faculty Senate. The official title of our chapter is AAUP National University Advocacy Chapter.  Our address is P.O. Box 12862, 8837 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037 and our e-mail is chapter@nuaaup,org      

                                                                                            
Considering the recent debate between the NU President and the NU Faculty Senate regarding whether or not AAUP Officials should have been allowed to speak at the National University Spring Symposium and the recent legal brief solicited by the University that concluded AAUP speakers should not be allowed at future NU sponsored events, the NU AAUP Chapter wants to state very clearly that our AAUP Advocacy Chapter is affiliated with National AAUP Professional Academic Association and is not affiliated in any way with the labor-union arm of the National AAUP or any other labor organization. The NU AAUP Advocacy Chapter is strictly a professional academic organization dedicated to the academic freedom, shared governance, and due process of the Faculty at National University. We maintain, however, that as an AAUP Advocacy Chapter officially recognized by the National AAUP organization, we do have the legal right to contact and meet with NU Faculty on the issues of academic freedom, shared governance, and due process and to speak at NU sponsored academic events if so invited by the NU Faculty.

In the context noted above, we look forward to working with the NU Faculty, the NU Faculty Senate, the NU Board of Trustees, the President, the other NU Faculty Governing Bodies, and the Council of Chairs in promoting AcademicFreedom, Shared Governance, and Due Process at National University. Regarding Shared Governance, we will support and adhere to the spirit of the statement in the 2009 NU Faculty Policies on Page 1 that Faculty and Administrators will work together to promote National University’s mission. We see a primary role of our AAUP Chapter to be one of informing the NU Community of Faculty, Board of Trustees, Administrators, Students, and Alumni of the state of higher education in the United States. This activity would include how academic issues, developments, and achievements at other academic institutions may or could impact National University. We will support the NU academic governing and advisory bodies,including the Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and Undergraduate Council as well as the Council of Chairs—but in particular, the Senate-- in carrying out the mandates and charges assigned to them in the NU Faculty Policies and Bylaws. We will not, in any manner, attempt to interfere with or supersede these bodies in their performance of their duties and responsibilities.

Finally, we hope our national perspective and information on the state of higher education across the nation may be helpful and useful to the Senate, the Faculty, Board of Trustees, and Administration inpromoting the mission of National University and specifically the welfare of the Faculty to include their academic freedom as well as their due process rights and the sharing of academic governance by the administration.

Editorial (Note:  Editorials are the views of the NUAAUP Advocacy Chapter Officers and are not necessarily those of its members or any other entity)

The NU Faculty Senate and NU Administration are currently engaged in negotiations. We believe that an issue that needs to be addressed in these negotiations pertain to the use of University Policies to take action against NU Faculty Members without any deference to the NU Faculty Policies.  The University Policies, as published by the Provost's Office in Sharepoint state under "Employee Complaint Procedures", regarding "Scope",  that "This policy applies to all full-time and part-time administrators and staff of National University and employment applicants. The policies governing complaints of full-time faculty members are included in the Full-Time Faculty Policies and of part-time faculty in the Part-Time Faculty Policies."

Based on the above citation in the University Policies, it is clear that complaints by NU Staff and Administrators will be made under the University Policies and those made by NU Faculty members will be made under the NU Faculty Policies. Which policies prevail, however, when an NU staff member or administrator makes a complaint against a faculty member or a faculty member makes a complaint against a staff member or administrator?  In at least two recent cases wherein a staff member and an administrator made complaints against faculty members, the University Policies "Employee Complaint Procedure" was used with no consideration of the complaint provisions of the Faculty Policies. In the first case, where a staff member (lab technician) made a complaint against a professor in a lab, an inquiry was made by an Human Resources (HR) person who issued a report faulting the faculty member.  Based on HR report, the faculty member was reassigned to another center violating both the due process and academic freedom rights of the professor.  When the NU Faculty Senate learned of this matter, a joint Senate and Provost inquiry reversed the actions taken as a result of the HR report.

There have been reports that other faculty members may have been subject to similar inquiries under the University Policies but we were unable to verify them.

In any case, provisions should be made in both the University Policies and the NU Faculty Policies to specify how complaints will be made and investigated when a staff member or administrator makes a complaint against a faculty member and visa versa. We recommend that the NU Faculty Senate's Negotiation Team and the NU Administration's Negotiation Team take this matter into consideration and take action to resolve the matter appropriately.