Between November 3rd and 7th UMD AAUP members voted on whether to move forward with a campaign for collective bargaining rights for all faculty (including librarians and postdoctoral associates) in the University System of Maryland, Morgan State University (MSU), and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Out of 151 votes tallied and one abstention, 146 […]
Author: UMD AAUP Executive Committee
How safe are you and the students in the classroom?
Our survey of our members at the start of the Fall 2022 semester revealed a high level of concern regarding classroom transmission of COVID19, and the unilateral decision by UMD administration to not require masking in instructional settings (covered here). Many of us have no control over the air quality and ventilation in instructional settings. […]
Open Letter: UMD AAUP Challenges UMD Covid Policies
We received an overwhelming response from our members last month when we surveyed you on the university leadership’s abrupt decision to drop classroom mask protections. As we outline in our open letter to UMD leadership, we believe this decision to be out of step with the science and the practice of other local universities, plus […]
Here’s What’s in UMD’s Wallet: The Results of the Comprehensive Independent Financial Analysis
On April 22nd, 2022, UMD AAUP presented the results of our comprehensive independent financial analysis of the University of Maryland, College Park. Led by university finance expert Professor Howard Bunsis, we reviewed the data on the university’s financial situation. (A video of this presentation is above, linked here too.) The results were shocking and present […]
What’s in UMD’s Wallet? Presentation of Our Comprehensive Financial Analysis of UMD
We are excited to present the results of the UMD AAUP-commissioned comprehensive financial analysis of UMD College Park on Friday, April 22nd at 2pm. Professor Howard Bunsis, a distinguished professor of accounting and expert on university finances, will lead us through his analysis. All attendees much register in advance for this event. Please email us […]
UMD AAUP Expresses Concerns about University Leadership’s Approach to COVID19 for the Spring Semester
17 January 2022 Dear President Pines, Provost Rice, and Chief Medical Officer Marinopoulos: As officers of our campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors, we write to express our appreciation that UMD has taken some crucial steps to mitigate the spread of COVID19 and also to express our concerns. We are concerned mainly […]
Join us for UMD AAUP’s Fall Gathering!
You are invited to a gathering (yes in person!) to discuss AAUP priorities here at UMD-College Park and to meet each other. It will take place at The Hall on Friday, November 12, 5-7pm. The Hall is a new restaurant behind The Hotel in College Park, with great outdoor space and spacious indoor rooms, […]
Help us crack open UMD’s Finances!
Have you ever wondered how UMD spends all its money? Or why there always seems to be money available for athletics, fancy new buildings, and the sky-high salaries of university upper administrators, but the university pleads poverty when we ask for living wages for staff and graduate students, meaningful childcare support, new faculty lines, or […]
Welcome Email Round #2
[We experienced some technical issues with our prior email account, and we are re-sending this message. If you are interested in contributing to the UMD AAUP vision, please send us a reply to our new account [email protected]] The UMD AAUP Chapter is gearing up for an eventful year. President Pines has hired the Huron Consulting […]
UMD AAUP Concerned about Elements of University’s Ten-year Strategic Planning Process
11 October 2021 Dear Provost Rice, We write in reference to the Strategic Planning process that you announced to the UMD community in your recent email on 23 September 2021. We recognize the importance of this periodic exercise, especially given the new leadership on our campus. We are concerned about some aspects of the process, […]