The AAUP has provided some guidelines for re-opening campus, emphasizing that the health and safety of faculty, students, and staff must be primary in guiding university decisions about re-opening. You can find them here.
Tenure for the Common Good, a group that seeks to educate tenured faculty about casualization in higher education and organize the use of tenure for justice, has developed this sensible list of actions to protect contingent faculty workers, ranging from providing equitable technical support for transition to online teaching, to extending contracts, to establishing mutual aid sick-day banks. Check it out!
Welcome LMU to the California Conference of the AAUP! You can check out the great work CA-AAUP is doing, and view our warm welcome from them, here.
As educators, we face a unique and daunting challenge together as we try to make a bridge in midair between the classroom experiences we crafted with our students on campus, and the distance learning we are crafting during this time of crisis. As faculty at Loyola Marymount, we have the added responsibility (alongside our fellow educators in the Associate Jesuit Colleges and Universities) to care for the whole persons of our students, and each other, during this time. Once the dust from the transition has settled, a number of faculty have questions and concerns about larger issues pertaining to changes in curriculum and methods of instruction, shared governance, and job security. The AAUP has developed several guidelines for the university in the age of the global coronavirus pandemic, rooted in the long tradition of shared governance and academic freedom the AAUP has developed. Here are some links to resources: