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Southeastern AAUP chapter to host state event March 10

On Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 to 4:00, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting its fifth consecutive AAUP Statewide Event on our campus.  This year’s theme is Values and the University:  Academic Freedom and Shared Governance.

The event is open to all SE faculty (full and part-time), and to all AAUP members.  There is no registration fee! Presentation proposals are also welcome (Call for Proposals) and are due by February 17.  Each proposal will be acknowledged and reviewed by the event planning committee.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for professional development, for communing with colleagues, and to participate in discussions about issues facing higher education and the professoriate.

This year’s event includes:

  • Guest speakers: John Covaleskie, Professor Emeritus, the University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Neil Houser, Professor of Education, the University of Oklahoma.
  • Keynote speaker: Rachel Buff, Associate Professor of History, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and editor of The Journal of Academic Freedom.
  • “Going Phoenix?” by Christala Smith, and a panel discussion “Values, Pedagogy, and Accelerated Online Programs,” with Dr. Tim Boatmun, Dean of E-programing; Dr. Brett Elliot, Professor of Mathematics and Director of General Education, and Dr. Meg Cotter-Lynch, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program.
  • Jesse Snowden, “Values and the University: The wisdom of Henry Rosovsky.” Dr. Snowden first joined the AAUP in 1963!
  • Friday, March 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 in Russell 100, a panel discussion on the event theme, featuring guest speakers, Dr. Bryon Clark (VP for Academic Affairs), Dr. Dan Althoff (Chair, Faculty Senate), Dr. Randy Prus (Chair, Academic Council), and Ms. Carolyn Fridley (President, SE AAUP chapter). Everyone is invited!  Reception will follow at the Durant Hampton Inn.

These events have been a great success due to excellent speakers, and the participation of faculty and administrators, working together to improve colleges and universities in Oklahoma and in the region.  Thanks to funding from SE professional development grants and–for the second year—a generous grant from the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences, we are able to offer this top-notch event at no charge to you!

To register, simply email SE AAUP chapter president Carolyn Fridley (, Registration Flier) by March 3.

SE AAUP Chapter website:

Rachel Burr

John Covaleskie

Neil Houser

Jesse Snowden