To the Editor:
I agree that recent attacks on academic freedom are a serious concern, but we don’t need another administrative office to protect this core tenet of American higher ed (“How to Truly Protect Academic Freedom," The Chronicle Review, June 16).
The solution lies in revitalizing that weary but tried-and-true institution, the faculty senate. At my university, we’ve simultaneously professionalized this body and used it to cultivate and educate future faculty leaders and administrators in theories of academic freedom and shared governance. One recent initiative is an annual “Senate Common Read;" another is our Orwellian-sounding but nevertheless important “Policy on Policies.”
Strong faculty senates can better support AAUP initiatives that will improve academic freedom, like pay equity and universal tenure, than any at-will bureaucracy.
David Hamilton Golland
Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities
President, Faculty Senate
Governors State University
University Park, Ill.