Faculty Development Conversations

Published: March 2nd, 2006

Category: Memos

Debra Walker King, Associate Provost

Provost Fouke and I are looking forward to seeing you at the third event in this spring’s “Faculty Development Conversations” series. This conversation focuses on the most formidable concerns and arguments facing Academic Freedom today. On March 8th from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Dr. Hudson Rogers, Associate Provost and Associate VP Academic Affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University; Dr. Lawrence Abele, Florida State University Provost; and UF Vice President and General Counsel, Pam Bernard join UF Provost, Janie Fouke and UF faculty in a conversation addressing what, if anything, can be done to save Academic Freedom.

Provost Fouke will moderate and host this conversation with each of our panelists speaking briefly on various topics related to Academic Freedom. Dr. Abele will trace its history and review its recent political trajectory (House Bill 837, for instance). As a central administrator of a University without faculty tenure, Dr. Rogers will speak on the relationship between tenure and academic freedom. UF Vice President Pam Bernard will discuss the intersection of values, collegiality, academic freedom and tenure. Following these presentations panelists will enter into discussion with each other and with the audience about the most important issues and biggest challenges facing academic freedom in Florida and the nation.

This “Conversation” will be available via webcast. To access the link, please visit the Provost’s main webpage at http://www.aa.ufl.edu . To obtain additional information concerning this and other Faculty Development events, please contact Dr. Debra Walker King at 352-392-6004. Register for upcoming events at www.aa.ufl.edu/aa/affact/faculty_development/sessions.asp . See you on March 8th in 209 Emerson Hall.

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