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Southeastern AAUP Delegation Meets with ECU Faculty

Carolyn Fridley, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, Katricia Pierson, Jennifer McMahon, Chris Moretti, William Fridley

Carolyn Fridley, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, Katricia Pierson, Jennifer McMahon, Chris Moretti, William Fridley

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was invited to share their experiences, insights, and successes on shared governance with faculty at our sister institution East Central Oklahoma State University (ECU).

On May 11, a delegation from the SOSU AAUP chapter traveled to the ECU campus to conduct a workshop on shared governance, academic policy and faculty handbooks, and how to start an AAUP chapter.  Over twenty ECU faculty attended the two-hour workshop, and ECU president Katricia Pierson welcomed the SOSU delegation: Carolyn Fridley, Chris Moretti, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Dan Althoff, and William Fridley.

ECU’s invitation grew from the fifth AAUP statewide event hosted by the SOSU chapter, “Values and the University: Academic Freedom and Shared Governance,” on March 10, 2018.  ECU president Pierson and ECU English professor Jennifer McMahon were impressed with the event and the work of the AAUP chapter and began working on arranging a visit.

Following the workshop Dr. McMahon said that “we are excited to have new friends and colleagues engaged in the common endeavor of improving higher education,” and “I look forward to our ongoing communications.”

The SOSU chapter of the AAUP looks forward to continuing this new-found relationship with our colleagues at ECU and is committed to expanding this connection with other sister regional institutions.