Frequently Asked Questions about RIT AAUP

What are some of  the recent accomplishments of the RIT AAUP Chapter?

  • Standardization and regularization of status for full time non-tenure track faculty including:
    • Standard contracts for 1 year appointments
    • Multi-year contracts for long-time lecturers
    • Advance notice of non-renewal
    • Promotion pathways for non-tenure track faculty
    • First pay increase in 6 years for adjunct faculty
    • Requirement of written contracts for adjunct faculty
    • Reversal of delayed pay policy for adjunct faculty
    • Reinstatement of faculty workspace lost in a reorganization of library and technical services
    • Establishing an orientation program for adjunct faculty and participation in the process of designing and evaluating that orientation
    • Adjunct participation in Faculty Learning Communities (previously restricted to full-time only)
    • Clarification and updating of the faculty handbook (on a continuing basis) including tenure and promotion expectations
    • Survey of adjunct faculty to ascertain its composition and interests and communication of expressed concerns to administration
  • Dissemination of faculty composition information to the campus
  • Establishment of good working relationship with the new provost and continuing contact to express faculty interests and concerns
  • Establsinment of LOA for Tenure Track Faculty receiving a grant to become Research Faculty
  • Establishment of the RIT Academic Senate digital media library (DML)

Our advocacy chapter is effective through establishing good working relationships with appropriate people. It remains difficult to convince faculty that it is worthwhile to join AAUP to support these efforts. We will keep trying.

Is RIT AAUP a Union?

RIT AAUP is the RIT chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) that was founded in 1915 to ensure academic freedom for faculty members. Currently, RIT AAUP is an advocacy chapter of AAUP. We promote shared governance, academic freedom and the well-being of the profession, and our style is always collegial. The current RIT President and Provost are AAUP members. RIT AAUP is not against anyone. We are not confrontational. We are about safeguarding academic freedom.

Why is RIT AAUP an advocacy chapter?

AAUP provides two forms of affiliation for colleges and universities: collective bargaining chapters, representing over 25,000 faculty members across the nation, and advocacy chapters, representing most of the over 450 affiliated institutions.There are two main reasons why RIT is an advocacy chapter. The first is that the RIT faculty have not sought a collective bargaining relationship. The second main reason is that RIT is a private school, and thus it is subject to the NLRB v. YESHIVA UNIVERSITY, 444 U.S. 672 (1980) decision which makes attaining collective bargaining in private colleges and universities much more difficult than in public schools. (Of course, any employer has the right to agree to collective bargaining if it chooses.)

Why is the site for RIT AAUP on campus?

Our goal is to provide the faculty of RIT an organized voice through which to discuss concerns and communicate issues. The tool set to run a virtual town meeting with all RIT Faculty was offered to us in the fall of 2008 and we moved the site that was originally off campus to on campus servers.

Why do you use RIT DCE names and passwords to access the Forum area of aaup.rit.edu?

We use LDAP data to validate that only RIT Faculty have access to this area of the site. After validating RIT faculty, we allow them to participate anonymously. We established the Forum area to record, track, and solicit RIT Faculty involvement in campus issues.

Is using my DCE Username and Password at aaup.rit.edu safe?

The Forum area of the site is housed in a secure server. We do not capture passwords at any time. We have done our best to be sure that there is minimum risk to RIT Faculty. We recommend, as does RIT ITS, that users change their RIT DEC passwords from time to time.



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