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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

Southeastern chapter of AAUP to hold event

On Saturday, March 25th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting a statewide event on our campus for the fourth consecutive year.  This event is open to all SE faculty, full and part-time.  Thanks to generous grants from the AAUP Assembly of State Conferences, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, registration is free, and includes all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch.  This AAUP event is an excellent opportunity for faculty camaraderie and professional development right here on our campus (in the Fine Arts Recital Hall) at a reasonable price (free!). Registration for the 25th is easy – just email AAUP Chapter President Carolyn Fridley and let her know you plan to attend.  The deadline for registration is Monday, March 13.

This year’s theme is: “The University:  Money, Power and the Common Good.” Guest speakers include Adam David Roth, Ph.D., of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, and from Southern University-Shreveport, Louisiana, Sonya Hester, Joslin Pickens, and Harolyn Wilson (their article “Organizing Real Faculty Governance in Northern Louisiana” is in the current issue of Academe). We are fortunate to have speakers at our event who bring a wealth of experience in higher education.

The event also includes two panel discussions.  SE President Sean Burrage, Academic Council Chair Randy Prus, Faculty Senate Chair-elect Dan Althoff, and Carolyn Fridley will discuss and field questions on the event theme.  A second panel: “What Does the AAUP Do?” will include AAUP members Jesse Snowden, Meg Cotter-Lynch, Doug Wood, William Fridley, and the Oklahoma Conference AAUP President John Wood from the University of Central Oklahoma.

On Friday, March 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Fine Arts Theatre there will be what promises to be a lively discussion featuring guest speakers Adam Roth and Sonya Hester, and SE Vice President for Academic Affairs Bryon Clark, Vice President for University Advancement Kyle Stafford, and Director for Safety and Compliance Mike Davis.  All SE faculty, students, and members of the community are welcome.  No registration is required.

Our chapter is very excited about this event and we believe that it will lead to meaningful conversations about how faculty and university communities can work together to advance the AAUP’s mission of “shared governance, promoting the economic security of those who teach and research in higher education, and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good.” We hope you will add your voice to the conversation.

Southeastern professor elected to national office with AAUP

Fridley-W-2016DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University Professor of Education William Fridley was elected Secretary of the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Assembly of State Conferences (ASC), the national umbrella organization for individual state AAUP conferences.

The election took place at the AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, which was held June 15-19 in Washington, D.C.  Candidates for ASC office must secure nominations from AAUP members in at least three states.  Candidates give a four-minute speech, which is followed immediately by the vote.  At this year’s meeting, there were 45 voting delegates from 22 states.

The ASC provides training and helps to coordinate state activities in areas such as government relations, academic freedom and tenure, membership development, and communications. The ASC also supports the work of state conferences.

Fridley is a founding member of Southeastern’s AAUP chapter and serves as the chapter’s representative to the AAUP State Conference of Oklahoma.  He is also the webmaster of the chapter’s website.

The service with AAUP dovetails with Fridley’s work with the Faculty Senate on shared governance and academic policy.  In April, he was re-elected as Senate Archivist in the first campus-wide election for that position.  He serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and chairs the Personnel Policies Committee.

Fridley earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and began teaching at Southeastern in 1999.

Southeastern AAUP Chapter to host state event

aaupOn Saturday, March 5th, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be hosting a statewide event on our campus. This event is open to all Southeastern faculty and instructors.  Registration is free, including all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch.  This AAUP event is an excellent opportunity for professional development at a reasonable price (free!).

This year’s theme is: “Public Perception of the Professoriate, the University, and the Common Good.”  The guest speaker for the event, Greg Loving, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati (UC).   Dr. Loving has served as president of the UC chapter of the AAUP (representing 1800 faculty), president of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society, and has presented at numerous conferences across the country on media relations and the public perception of faculty and universities.  His work has most recently been published in the January/February issue of Academe.

The event will include a panel discussion, “The University and the Common Good: Perception, Reality, and Possibility,” featuring SE President Sean Burrage, Carolyn Fridley (President of the SE Chapter of AAUP), Dan Althoff (chair-elect of the Faculty Senate), and Glenn Melancon (chair of the Academic Council).

We are confident this event will lead to meaningful conversations about how faculty and university communities can work to shape perceptions, build cooperation, conceive and achieve possibilities, and contribute to the common good locally, in our state, and nationwide. We hope you will add your voice to the conversation.

This will mark the third statewide event hosted by the SE Chapter of the AAUP.  Previous speakers were Adam David Roth, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island (2014), and Irene Mulvey, Ph.D. of Fairfield University in Connecticut (2015).  We are looking forward to another successful event!

Please consider attending, and/or participating! The registration form and the call for presentation proposals can be found on the AAUP SE chapter website:    Proposal deadline is February 22 and deadline for registration is February 26.


For questions, and for more information, please contact Carolyn Fridley: