5 December 2014
Faculty Establish AAUP Chapter at Marywood University
As centennial celebrations approach, commitment to quality higher education is more important than ever.
Scranton, PA— Faculty have formed a local chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at Marywood University. The timing is opportune. Both Marywood University and the AAUP are celebrating centennials in 2015, and both organizations prioritize student education.
Marywood University is guided by its mission to “educate global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world” (marywood.edu). The formation of the local AAUP chapter supports this mission by providing access to resources that promote academic freedom, shared governance, and education that forefronts students as “the next generation of enlightened and humane citizens, not just revenue streams or the bearers of collateral for unsustainable debt loads” (aaup.org).
The formation of Marywood’s AAUP chapter signals the faculty’s ongoing commitment to standards of quality in higher education. With local, state, and national resources, the AAUP provides an important means of productive exchange among higher education communities.
The first executive committee of Marywood’s AAUP chapter includes Dr. Brooke Cannon (president); Dr. Edward O’Brien (vice-president); Dr. Laurie McMillan (secretary/treasurer); Dr. Chaogui Zhang (at-large representative); and Dr. Francis DeMatteo (at-large representative).
The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure, academic due process, and standards of quality in higher education. The AAUP has about 45,000 members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.