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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.