Advancing and protecting academic freedom has been at the core of the AAUP’s work for more than a century. Principles articulated in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure have been endorsed by more than 250 national scholarly and educational associations and have been incorporated into faculty handbooks by many universities including Doane University (Doane University Faculty Handbook, September 2021, Section 4.1.1.).
There are four key elements to the AAUP conception of academic freedom:
- Teaching: freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom;
- Research: freedom to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression and to publish the results of such work;
- Intramural speech: freedom from institutional censorship or discipline when speaking or writing as participants in the governance of an educational institution; and
- Extramural speech: freedom from institutional censorship or discipline when speaking or writing as citizens.
The key AAUP document articulating academic freedom principles and policies is the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure (link).
A good starting place for learning about Academic Freedom is the book
Finkin, M. W., & Post, R. C. (2011). For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom. Yale University Press.
Here is a brief bibliography:
If you are interested in working on academic freedom issues then contact Tim Hill (Doane Directory ) and let him know you want to be a part of the Doane Academic Freedom Committee.