APLU 4th Annual Faculty Affairs Retreat – June 8-10, 2022

We look forward to seeing you at the University of Delaware for the AFAR Conference. Below you will find the daily conference schedule, registration links and information about the speakers.

Conference sessions will focus on two themes:

  • Developing a post-pandemic framework for faculty affairs. Sessions will address the challenges of rebuilding community, promoting faculty success and equitable review practices, and long-term support for caregiver responsibilities (including self-care).
  • Addressing new (and old) challenges to academic freedom. Sessions will include presentations by representatives from PEN America and the National AAUP on the national landscape of current challenges to academic freedom. Presentations by faculty experts will focus on the intersection of diversity initiatives and academic freedom and on institutional responses to online targeting of faculty members.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, June 8

Check in at Courtyard Marriott

6:00-8:00 Welcome Reception with open bar and heavy hors-d’oeuvres

Thursday, June 9

Breakfast at hotel

9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks, including overview of the APLU’s Committee on Faculty Affairs and AFAR meeting

9:15-11:30 Morning Sessions on the Choice Between Community and Convenience
(Participants attend two of three sessions. The breakout sessions run 9:30-10:30 and 10:45-11:45)

    • Remote Work Policies and Practices for Faculty (Ann Gates, University of Texas at El Paso)
    • Supporting New Faculty in an Increasingly Remote Work Environment (Tera Jordan, Iowa State University)
    • Supporting Caregiver Needs (including self-care) Post-Pandemic (Chris Brown, University of Kansas, and Avery August, Cornell University)

11:45-12:45 Lunch at Clayton Hall Conference Center: Tynan Heller of Academic Analytics will lead a discussion on the topic of Faculty Success and Data Strategy: Leadership Insights

1:00-3:30 Afternoon Sessions on Mitigating COVID Impacts on Faculty Success
(Participants attend two of three sessions. The breakout sessions run 1:00-2:00 and 2:15-3:15)

    • Career Progression/Development for Faculty in the COVID Era (Janet Kistner, Florida State University)
    • Addressing disparate COVID impacts on women and URM faculty (Robin Andreasen and Heather Doty, University of Delaware)
    • Trauma-Informed Faculty Evaluation and Mentoring (Adam Jussel, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Matt Kinservik, University of Delaware)

Optional Excursion to the Winterthur Museum and Gardens

4:00-5:00 Transport to Winterthur Museum

5:00-6:30 Guided tours of period rooms and conservation studios

6:30-8:00 Provost’s Reception at Winterthur Visitors Center with open bar and buffet dinner

Friday, June 10

Breakfast at hotel

9:00-10:00 PEN America presentation on Campus Free Speech Guide (Jonathan Friedman, Director, Free Expression and Education, PEN America)

10:00-11:30 Panel on Academic Freedom, Diversity Advocacy, and Online Targeting of Faculty (Jennifer Lambe, Professor of Communication, University of Delaware, and Jennifer Lundquist, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology, UMass-Amherst)

11:30-12:15 AAUP presentation on Challenges to Shared Governance and Academic Freedom (Mark Criley, Senior Program Officer, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, AAUP)

12:30-2:00 Concluding Lunch at Clayton Hall Conference Center