Can the Professoriat Speak?

Event Date: 

Monday, February 10, 2014 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • University of Southern California - University Park Campus
  • Leavey Library

Event Contact: 

213-740-1672

  • Lecture/Workshop

This talk, sponsored by the American Association of University Professors at USC, will discuss Prof. Newfield's extensive experience chairing faculty planning and budget committees for UCSB and the UC systemwide senate, discuss the relationship between financial and academic goals, and offer suggestions for an updated faculty role in university affairs.

University presidents were frustrated with the complexity of their institutions in the 1950s. Since then, they have become even more complex and perhaps frustrating as well. Many university units involve no faculty at all, and non-academic staff have a larger place even in core educational functions than was the case in the past. How should faculty react? What new vision of shared governance should faculty senates offer senior administrators? This talk will discuss Prof. Newfield's extensive experience chairing faculty planning and budget committees for UCSB and the UC systemwide senate, discuss the relationship between financial and academic goals, and offer suggestions for an updated faculty role in university affairs. Christopher Newfield, professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, has written extensively about higher education in the US, including two books and articles for the Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Visitors can also learn about the new chapter of the AAUP @ USC. Light refreshments will be served.