AAUP Chapters Revive as Professors See Threats to Academic Freedom

December 12, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Steven Johnson 

November 30, 2018

In 2016, Jay Smith’s department chair delivered the bad news.

A course on the history of college sports, taught by Smith, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, would not be scheduled for the following fall. It was an unusual decision, and he sensed payback for his persistent criticism of how the administration had handled a notorious academic-fraud scandal. (Last year a faculty panel found that administrators had improperly interfered with the course, a conclusion that administrators rejected in May.)

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