AAUP Foundation Supports Governance Conference

Date: 10/7/16

AAUP Foundation director of development Edward D'Antoni at the 2016 governance conference.

The AAUP Foundation is proud to have provided funding to support the 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops, held in Washington, DC, September 30–October 2. The conference featured panel presentations and a series of workshops for current and future governance leaders on topics such as the recent AAUP report on Title IX, presidential searches, faculty involvement in budgeting, and the importance of faculty handbooks. Two hundred people from over one hundred institutions attended the conference, which coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the AAUP's 1966 joint Statement on the Government of Colleges and Universities.  

Risa Lieberwitz delivering the Neil Rappaport Lecture.Foundation support helped to defray costs of the conference, including the Neil Rappaport Lecture by AAUP General Counsel Risa Lieberwitz on "Shared Governance and the Pacific Lutheran Decision." Funding from the Mary Burgan Fund also covered registration fees for faculty members likely to broaden the diversity of shared governance on their campuses.

Pamela Petrease Felder, a Mary Burgan Fund Grant recipient from University of Maryland Eastern Shore said about the conference, "My participation in the AAUP 2016 Shared Governance conference was a very meaningful professional development opportunity during an important time in my career. I would not have been able to attend without the Foundation's support. I was able to gain valuable knowledge and insight about what it means to a be an American professor. To network with other professors and to hear about their journeys in higher education was invaluable. I look forward to participating in AAUP conferences in the future and highly recommend attendance to the AAUP events. And, I'm excited to share the knowledge I gained at the conference with colleagues at my university." 

The conference program is available here. You can see photos from the governance conference in an AAUP Flickr album

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