While my own academic freedom is less robust since becoming a senior administrator, I have loved finding new ways of defending academic freedom for others.
While some applaud the government’s approach, others find it lacking.
How do we manage academic freedom, which should be unhindered, unrestricted and inviolable?
Ultimately, the three best defences are good policies, good communication and good habits.
The University of Ottawa’s report on academic freedom is only the latest in a long list of reports that miss the opportunity to bring the discussion to a higher level.
Even when it doesn’t improperly interfere in academic searches and tenure files, some kinds of donor funding routinely threaten academic freedom in a range of ways.
Academic freedom means academics can reflect on any topic, but can they fuel racist thinking?
Instead of having mediated debates, faculty and students need to set aside their differences and decide among themselves what should be covered under academic freedom.
Academic staff are not only employees; they are also the ‘collegium’ charged with the academic governance of universities.
When we invoke academic freedom as a way of defending our own peccadillos, we render universities into petty fiefdoms and academic freedom into a bludgeon.
An examination of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.
What ever happened to students’ academic freedom?
The notion that universities exist, first and foremost, to discover and impart knowledge is no longer in vogue. That’s a tragedy.
It is an adjustment when an academic becomes a senior administrator, as they don’t have the same academic freedoms they did as professors.
Just because professors may say the N-word doesn’t mean they should.
A recent case that has rocked the Canadian varsity running world raises questions about which university personnel should have academic freedom.
Is this thing on?
As universities respond to COVID-19, they must be guided by their core values of social responsibility, accountability and equitable access – all of which support suspending on-campus teaching and learning.
Two recent cases from the U.S. throw into sharp relief just how critical institutional autonomy is for academic freedom.
This definition was drawn up with great care by 33 countries, and with the usual negotiation and compromise common to all international agreements.