I take very seriously the notion of the university as a community of scholars and learners. For me involvement in university service and processes of shared governance is every bit as important as the other things we do as faculty. Governance is an applied scholarship to the extent that it requires us to bring disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to bear on debates about academic programming, curriculum design, strategic planning, and other policy issues. Shared governance improves the climate for teaching and research by actively involving faculty in policy development and helping to cultivate leadership from within. Shared governance is what positions the university to lead; anything less reduces it to a rather bad imitation of the corporate, hierarchical structures that already exist in society in more than adequate supply.
I created and currently manage the "AAUP at DU" Portfolio Community located at http://portfolio.du.edu/aaup. The site contains policy documents, articles, web links, and background material on active cases related to faculty governance and academic freedom. Much of the policy material is provided courtesy of the National AAUP.
This portfolio last updated: 25-Mar-2018 5:52 AM