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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.

BrainStorm on Hurricane Katrina


DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Jesse Snowden, former interim president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, presented a lecture Thursday on “Hurricane Katrina: What Happened?’’ as part of the University’s two-week BrainStorm program. Snowden’s power point presentation included a historical perspective of New Orleans, as well as an examination of the causes of the disaster, with an emphasis on geology and engineering. Snowden, who resided in New Orleans for 21 years while teaching at the University of New Orleans, also discussed the remedial actions being implemented to prevent a future outcome of this type, in which more than 1,000 people died in 2005. Snowden is an adjunct professor at Southeastern, teaching World & Regional Geography.