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Truman State Urges Action on Covid

TSU AAUP Position Statement: COVID Vaccination

With a new federal administration comes the promise of a coordinated
national plan to address the health crisis that thus far has cost over
400,000 lives in the United States and counting. Such a plan affords all
of us the reassurance of accelerated production and a fair and equitable
distribution of the vaccine which will lead us out of the pandemic.

The logistics of such a plan, organized federally and carried out on
state and local levels, are daunting: from the adequate manufacture and
distribution the vaccine to the large numbers of health care
professionals required to administer the shots. Governmental openness
and clarity about the principles governing the tiered system of vaccine
priority is admirable and generally persuasive: those most /vulnerable/,
whether due to health status or probability of exposure, and those
/essential/ to the fundamental functions of our society, are afforded
priority. Unquestionably, health care workers qualify on both counts.
The elderly, in particular those housed in institutional settings where
contagion has been known to spread readily, are also at the highest
level (Phase 1A) of priority for vaccination. The rationale is clear,
and the necessity obvious.

Only slightly lower in priority are K-12 faculty and staff, currently in
Phase 1B-Tier 3, entitled “Critical Infrastructure.” Who could begrudge
the people tasked with the education of our nation’s children this
guarantee of safety? After all, they are essential to our children’s
future success, and they are exposed consistently to an age group
notable for asymptomatic harboring of the virus.

Higher Education faculty and staff, however, have not been included in
this priority tier. The 1.5 million employees engaged in teaching nearly
20 million college and university students who are the nation’s next
generation of innovators, professionals, and teachers are surely as
essential as K-12 faculty and staff to the country’s future.
Furthermore, these employees are even more likely to be exposed to
asymptomatic students than K-12 employees. A recent (January 2021) CDC
analysis reports that 18-24-year-olds accounted for 57 percent of cases
for those under 24, while 34 percent were attributable to the entirety
of K-12 children. The study reasonably concludes that in-person higher
education classes are likely to be more risky than in-person elementary
schools. The faculty and staff in Higher Education are both as
/essential/ yet even more /vulnerable/ than the K-12 employees currently
listed at Phase 1B-Tier 3 for vaccination access. Despite this,
Missouri’s Higher Education employees have been relegated to Phase 2,
entitled “Equity and Economic Recovery.”

We, the faculty at Truman State University, take our responsibility to
our students seriously, putting ourselves at risk with the in-person
instruction in which student learning prospers. We are willing to bear
that risk fairly on the basis of clear categories of vulnerability and
essential services. At present, however, the Missouri State Tier system
does not clearly reflect such fairness. A shared threat can bring people
together—whether nations, communities, or institutions. For the sake of
the students of today and productive citizens of tomorrow, we call upon
Governor Parson to address this clear inequity by placing Higher
Education faculty and staff in the same vaccination tier as K-12
teachers and employees.

/Executive Council of the Truman State University (TSU) chapter of the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)/

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MOAAUP Virtual Town Hall — August 11, 2020


Reports on COVID policies, issues and related matters from around the state


University of Central Missouri

Masks required, but none provided

Faculty given a face shield

No testing of students, faculty, or staff

Pay cuts for faculty, furloughs for some staff

12 month contracts without corresponding pay raises

Question:  what is the oversight for monies received from CARES act?


Truman State

Mask policy will be *enforced*

Contingent faculty status is of concern – they were given contracts with no start or end date.

“At will” language regarding firing added to contracts for contingent and tenure track but not yet tenured faculty

Changed language in tenure policies

There was a dedicated task force of faculty to plan for and communicate COVID related changes and policies




Masks required for all

Faculty given 1 2oz bottle of hand sanitizer and 1 mask for semester

Testing only for resident students

Faculty and students are responsible for cleaning classrooms after use

Faculty could choose to teach online prior to July 15 and must petition to do so since

No adjuncts

Pay cuts for faculty range from 5-7.5 -percent

NT contracts re-written — higher teaching load and no service responsibilities, leaving service to tenured faculty

AAUP chapter is actively working on its own COVID proposal



Have had discussions between administration and AAUP chapter

Masks mandated, 4 given out to faculty, who also received 1 face shield

No testing

Faculty must sanitize their own classrooms

All classes must be face to face unless medical exemptions are granted, which is a rare thing

Must have permission to use an A/B or other hyflex strategy

Minimum enrollment for classes to make increased to 15, led to canceling of some classes and concern for whether some students can graduate on time if needed classes are not offered




AAUP chapter is still inactive

University has a detailed plan for students and faculty

Masks are required

Students asked to self-quarantine for 2 weeks prior to coming to class, no enforcement mechanism

No testing is required

Academic portfolio review is ongoing



Masks are required for anyone on campus

Face shields area optional, but only as add-ons

Faculty given 2 masks each

Testing for resident students, but not for others

Questions about when, how, and if people are notified if a colleague or student tests positive

Faculty can teach online, although now must go through their chair or relevant dean

Commitment Contracts required for all – promising to wear masks, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene and health updating

University has suspended retirement fund matching



Enforceable mask policy, Faculty given 3 masks

Mandatory 6 foot social distancing in all classes

Continuity of Instruction Committee

No testing available

Students asked to sign waivers

Contract language allows the administration to reduce compensation

University has suspended matching retirement fund contributions



Detailed plan, “The Panther Plan”

Masks required

Faculty given face shields

Faculty have to clean room after each class

Students required to take their temperatures before entering classrooms

University has suspended matching retirement contributions

AAUP chapter is actively involved


Missouri State- Springfield

50 COVID cases on campus over the summer

1616 cases in Greene county

Masks required, face shields are available

Faculty told to expect furloughs, although none have been enacted

All lower division courses must be face to face

Upper division courses may be hybrid

Testing only for symptomatic people



Committee will draft statewide recommended policies/guidelines

Committee members

Kathryn E Kuhn

Marc Becker

Christine Harker

Anthony Shiue


Schedule another town hall for beginning of September




If you are an active member of the AAUP (meaning you have paid dues), you should have received an email inviting you to join a virtual town hall on Tuesday, August 11, at 2:00.  We will discuss COVID planning across the state, with someone from each institution giving a brief summary of what is happening on their campus.  The ultimate goal is to develop a set of recommendations or guidelines for use across the state.  Please see the COVID Resources page for a working list of issues of interest.



Following a series of tweets from an employee and a local journalist criticizing Mizzou’s decision regarding the statue of Thomas Jefferson on its campus, university President Mun Choi gave an interview to The Columbia Daily Tribune.  According to the Tribune:

“Choi used the tweets as examples of the kind of dissent from university staff that he said undermines the mission of the university.

Choi called senior leaders in the chancellor’s office, the president’s office, the provost’s office and deans and last Monday [via Zoom] to tell them he expects people who disagree with decisions to remain publicly silent.”

Source: https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20200718/choi-criticizes-journalists-for-tweets-about-jefferson-statue-issue

Further details can be found at https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20200717/mun-choi-tells-university-leaders-to-back-his-decisions

Choi shared a PowerPoint presentation during the Zoom meeting and also, it seems, with the Tribune.  While it is framed as a discussion of diversity and inclusion, it makes for an interesting read.




Great news.  The AAUP chapter at University of Missouri Kansas City is back up to full speed.  Check out their new website, https://umkcaaup.org/.   It joins the newly revitalized/formed chapters at Webster, University of Central Missouri, SEMO, and Saint Louis University in re-mobilizing over the past several months.  

If you wish to start a new chapter, or re-start a dormant chapter, please contact any of us on the board, or check out the national AAUP website for more information.  The officers of MOAAUP are here to help.




Thanks to the great folks at Truman State for sharing this letter.  Their concerns are doubtless shared by many of us. If you are interested in developing a state-wide document or set of guidelines, please contact Kathryn Kuhn (kathryn.kuhn@slu.edu), Marc Becker (Marc@ychana.org) or Stephanie Chamberlain (chamberlainsericson@gmail.com)

The AAUP statement on principles of shared governance during COVID can be found on the COVID Resources Page.

TSU letter:

Open letter to the Truman academic community on the Covid-19 pandemic (June 29, 2020):
The June 18 email from VPAA Janet Gooch to department chairs, thence the faculty, that includes plans for reopening the campus for the fall 2020 semester has raised serious concerns about both the decisions reached and also the manner by which they were reached. 
The Truman State University chapter of AAUP takes the position that both greater administrative transparency and increased shared governance with faculty are paramount in this increasingly uncertain and dangerous time. What we as faculty have been told about Truman’s plan to reopen in the fall leaves us concerned that public safety is not being adequately ensured.
We urge the crafting of an openly circulated Truman Plan that takes possible middle- and long-range responses into consideration with clear and explicit attention to health risks for both the Truman community—students, faculty, and staff alike—and the wider Kirksville community.
While acknowledging and appreciating the work that the administration has already undertaken in conditions of unprecedented strain and duress, we as faculty, in conjunction with Truman’s AAUP, respectfully request the following:

·         greater administrative transparency and regularity in communication about the fall planning process

·         increased faculty participation in the fall planning process, including, but not limited to, adding an AAUP representative to the planning committee

·         heightened campus safety measures, including the following:

o    requiring all students, staff, faculty, and visitors to wear face coverings in public buildings on campus

o    providing students, faculty, and staff with an adequate supply of masks

o    arranging class spaces for physical distancing and informing faculty of corresponding room capacities and approved social-distancing layouts as soon as possible

o    establishing a protocol for cleaning classrooms between each class session

o    establishing a protocol for the entry and exit of academic spaces in a way that ensures physical distancing and enables symptom checking (including temperature checks)

o    installing HEPA-grade or equivalent filters into HVAC systems on campus to guarantees adequately filtered air ventilation in rooms

·         the issuing of an openly circulated Truman Plan that describes Truman’s intended protocols for dealing with various contingencies: for instance, what happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19, what would happen if a classroom building had to be shut down suddenly for decontamination, what the conditions are which would trigger a return to fully remote learning, what the procedure is for making such a transition to remote learning, and so on.  The plan should indicate concrete responses to specific circumstances: responses of the form, “If community infection rates increase by 25% over X period, Truman will…”

We look forward to working with the administration, staff, and our students in bringing about a semester that is as optimally safe, educational, and rewarding as the current circumstances allow.
In solidarity, 
Truman State  AAUP 


Welcome Back, Saint Louis University Chapter

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many people, but particularly Silvana Siddali at SLU, the chapter has been revived!  

Please be aware that if your chapter has fewer than seven dues paying AAUP members, it is no longer considered to be an active chapter by the national AAUP.  Interested in reviving your chapter or starting one?  Please contact Kathryn Kuhn, Jason McCollum,  John Harms, or any of the members of the executive board.  Please note that David Robinson is taking some needed time off.  



Those of us who have been fortunate enough to attend prior Summer Institutes (held by the national AAUP) have found them immensely rewarding and informative.  Due to COVID 19 this year’s institute is entirely online and free of charge.  Please do note, however, that space is limited, so it is best to sign up as early as you can.

Here is the announcement from AAUP:

In just a few months, the world of higher education has changed. That’s why there’s a new AAUP Summer Institute this year: it’s on your screen and it’s free.

This summer, you can join hundreds of AAUP members from around the country in our special series of training webinars focused specifically on the challenges facing higher education today.

From July 7 to August 4, we will run two webinars each week. Our 90-minute sessions will cover a wide range of topics, from campus decisions about reopening to supporting student protests to pushing back against austerity budgets. In addition, hour-long breakout sessions after the governance and organizing webinars will provide a special opportunity for smaller groups of attendees to brainstorm about how to apply the guidance to their chapter’s circumstances. There is also a special plenary panel that will highlight the experiences of frontline health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can view the complete schedule and register for these webinars today.

Administrations across the country reacted to the ongoing pandemic by laying off faculty and staff, closing programs, and drafting reopening plans without faculty input. But if we’ve learned anything from fighting such austerity measures in the past, it’s that we can win a better future for our students, the profession, and our communities when we organize together. We can’t wait for the pandemic to end before we fight for the future of higher education.

Space is limited, so sign up today. For questions about Summer Institute Online, please email summerinstitute@aaup.org.

David Kociemba
East Coast Organizer



AAUP condcted a very informative webinar on shared governance in the context of COVID 10. They were kind enough to share the PowerPoint slides with all members.   Here is a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation.

Membership Status: A Gentle Reminder

It is easy to let membership in the AAUP lapse, so please check to be sure you are still an active member.  Worried about dues?  The AAUP offers the option of deducting your membership dues automatically each month from your bank account or paying through credit card.  You do not have to pay for the entire year at once.

Welcome New Chapters!

Chapters are Southeast Missouri State, the University of Central Missouri, and Webster University have recently been formed, or reactivated.  Thanks to the leadership of all those involved, faculty members at these campuses now have a greater voice in maintaining shared governance and academic freedom here in Missouri.  

If you are on a campus that does not have a chapter, please consider organizing one.  The board of MOAAUP is happy to help in any way.  




News From National AAUP Meeting, June 13-16, 2019

Organizational Changes to the AAUP

“We are pleased to announce that the AAUP will be moving forward with organizational changes after affirmative votes at last week’s AAUP annual meeting and AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress regular meeting. Both bodies voted overwhelmingly to proceed with a package of changes that combines the AAUP-CBC and the AAUP. The AAUP-CBC will no longer exist as a separate entity and its programs will be transferred to the AAUP. This will streamline our governance and organizational structure to ensure that we are using our resources to support our chapters and conferences.”

Publication Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2019
Source: https://www.aaup.org/news/organizational-changes-aaup#.XQ7qMuhKiUk

Below:  On the left is Rudy Fichtenbaum, President of the AAUP

On the right is Hank Reichman, Chair of Committee A.


Now, more than ever, the AAUP is an important voice for academic freedom and shared governance.  In states such as ours, chapters are vital to the ongoing protection of these crucial principles.  What can chapters and state conferences do?

Institutionalize AAUP policies.  Faculty manuals and handbooks should incorporate explicitly AAUP principles and policy recommendations.  Having an AAUP chapter and coordinating efforts across the state is one way of ensuring that these issues are addressed.

Speak Truth to Power.  National AAUP and your state conference stand ready to offer resources, organizing help, and speakers to assist all faculty in the state.  As Cary Nelson writes:

“The most immediate difference an AAUP chapter can make is to be a source of frank, honest, and forthright commentary on nearly every aspect of campus life. A chapter, moreover, is not a voice crying in the wilderness. Whenever possible, it should represent the consensus view of a core faculty group formally recommending actions, issuing warnings about real problems, and deflating administration hyperbole about false emergencies. An AAUP chapter provides the faculty with a voice that can shed sunlight on cant, self-interest, and deception and applaud good practices. Then, of course, the chapter needs to promote solutions to problems.”  (see https://www.aaup.org/article/aaup-chapter-can-transform-your-campus#.XQ7tBuhKiUk0)

Organize Faculty locally and at the state level.  Most of us face similar challenges.  The AAUP affords us both the mechanism by which we can address those challenges ad the opportunity to engage with our colleagues at other institutions.  

The AAUP is as strong as its membership base.  If even a fraction of faculty become members the influence of the organization, the number of programs it offers, and the resources it has available will grow enormously.  



News from this year’s conference and minutes from the April 28, 2018 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City are posted on the MOAAUP Conference Page.



The 2020 AAUP conference will be the last annual conference.  Following that, the conference will be biennial.  Date and location of next year’s conference are TBA.  



These reports expand the definition of financial exigency to include cases such as those that have recently arisen in Missouri.  They are a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the role of faculty in budgeting, academic reorganization, and governance.





Kathryn E Kuhn

Saint Louis University





Jason McCollom

Missouri State University West Plains




K. Scott Baker

University of Missouri, Kansas City



Chapter Service Director

John B Harms

Missouri State University



Committee A Chair

David K Robinson

Truman State University








Members of the Board

Past President

Greg Comer

Saint Louis University



Members At Large

Marc Becker

Truman Statue University



Stephanie Chamberlain

Southeast Missouri State



Elizabeth Newton

Fontbonne University



Elizabeth Paddock

Drury University



Marc Rice

Truman State University


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