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   Stay tuned with our latest events

-3/17/2018: UAMS AAUP poll regarding changes to board policy 405.1 (Results, Comments)
-3/16/2018: The policy counter proposal Silverstein & Steinbuch, 405.1 Proposed Changes: Redline, Final

-3/13/2018: AAUP UAMS Chapter Position Statement

-3/13/2018: Prof. Joshua Silverstein's UAMS talk. Title: Are the Proposed Changes to the University of Arkansas Board Policies a Threat to Academic Freedom & Job Security? (Synopsis) (Audio) (Video: Speaker & Slides)

Regional Arkansas AAUP

Materials related to Arkansas System Tenure Policy 405.1 revision

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
(formed on 7/5/2017; Bylaws; Website:

Philip Palade

Abdallah Hayar


Mahendran Mahadevan

Maxim Dobretsov

Membership of the AAUP/UAMS Chapter

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Purposes of the Chapter

1. Support the policies and goals of the Association as set forth in Article 1 of the AAUP constitution, and in all matters act in harmony with the principles and procedures of national Association and its constitution;
2. Facilitate the cooperation of teachers and research scholars in universities and colleges, and in professional schools of similar grade, for the promotion of the interests of higher education and research, and in general to increase the usefulness and advance the standards, ideals, and welfare of the profession.
3. Defend academic freedom at UAMS and throughout academe;
4. Encourage faculty participation in governance at UAMS;
5. Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty;
6. Facilitate the dissemination of information on higher education principles and practices;
7. Inform the academic community about AAUP standards and policy statements; and
8. Develop necessary and proper chapter programs for the accomplishment of the aforementioned purposes.

In furtherance of the purposes described above, but not in limitation thereof, the chapter shall have power to conduct studies; to disseminate statistics and other information; to engage in appropriate fundraising activities; to conduct promotional activities, including advertising and publicity, in or by any suitable manner of media; to hold such property as is necessary to accomplish its purposes; and to employ individuals to further its purposes under Article II. This chapter is organized and operated for the above stated purposes, and for other nonprofit purposes. No part of its assets, income, or profits shall be distributable to, or inure to the benefit of, any individual, except in consideration of services rendered.

According to UAS Board Policy 405.1 "No faculty member shall be dismissed or denied reappointment in violation of the following principles of academic freedom, but the observation of the limitations stated herein is the responsibility of each faculty or staff member. Mere expressions of opinions, however vehemently expressed and however controversial such opinions may be, shall not constitute cause for dismissal. The threat of dismissal will not be used to restrain faculty members in their exercise of academic freedom or constitutional rights."

UAMS AAUP Original articles/ Invited talks (click on the web links to access the article or the audio/video)

-1/26/2018: The Importance of Protecting Tenure in the University System. By Gregory Borse, Ph.D, Associate Professor, English & Philosophy School of Arts & Humanities
Univ. of Arkansas at Monticello.
-1/22/2018: Invited speaker sponsored by AAUP/UAMS chapter: Why Academic Freedom, Employee Rights and Job Security are Important. By Peter Bonilla, Vice-President of Programs of FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
-2/20/2018: Criticisms of the proposal 405.1 Policy rev. #2 by Joshua Silverstein & Robert Steinbuch
UAMS AAUP Chapter's view: Top 5 points regarding Tenure Policy 405.1 rev.#2

-3/13/2018:  Invited speaker sponsored by AAUP/UAMS chapter: Are the Proposed Changes to the University of Arkansas Board Policies a Threat to Academic Freedom & Job Security? By Prof. Joshua Silverstein, B.A., J.D., Professor of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law.

AAUP links

1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure
Arkansas Conference of the American Association of University Professors
AAUP Arkansas Chapters
Procedures to start an AAUP Chapter 

Salaries and UAMS budget links

UAMS Open Checkbook
College of Medicine Basic Science Faculty Compensation Plan FY17
UAMS Chancellor Budget Presentation 6-6-2017, UAMS link for the budget presentation
UAMS Chancellor Final Address 6-22-2017 UAMS link to watch a video of the presentation

UAMS to UA Board: We need more state dollars

Other important links

UAMS Academic Senate
UAMS Faculty Grievance Procedure
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Little Rock)
University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees President
Application for new UAMS Chancellor position
UAMS Promotion & Tenure (College of Medicine)

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