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Committee: Defense of the Professional Rights of Philosophers

Committee Charge

The committee acts for the association in advising and assisting members who complain of violations of their or others' professional rights, attempting when possible to resolve the issues that give rise to such complaints. The committee bases its judgment and its actions on general principles of the professional rights of scholars and teachers, which have been articulated in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors, pertinent resolutions and statements of the association, and precedents set by the committee in previous cases. Inquiries will be conducted when feasible and appropriate, and the committee may recommend to the board that an institution be placed under censure by the association for serious and continuing violations of professional rights.

The divisional representatives on the board of officers serve in an ex officio capacity on this committee.

Submitting a Complaint

Members who wish to report violations of professional rights should contact the chair of the committee, Scott A. Anderson, at scott.anderson@ubc.ca.

See the APA's Policies on Complaints and Sanctions for more information.

Censured Institutions & Letters of Concern

On the recommendation of this committee, the board of officers may censure institutions or submit letters of concern regarding professional rights violations. See institutions currently under censure and recently issued letters of concern.

Censure can be lifted, also on the recommendation of this committee, if the censured institution shows it has made changes to its policies to prevent the violations for which it was censured from recurring.

 

Committee Reports

2018–2019 report

2017–2018 report

2016–2017 report

2015-2016 report

2014-2015 report

2013-2014 report

2012-2013 report

2011-2012 report

2010-2011 report

2009-2010 report

2008-2009 report

2007-2008 report

Upcoming Events
Submission deadline for the 2020 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Friday, June 5, 2020
Nomination deadline for the 2021 Berger Memorial Prize
Monday, June 15, 2020
Nomination deadline for the 2020 APA/PDC Prize
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Nomination Deadline for the 2020 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Nominations open for APA leadership positions
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Associate Chair (2020)
Leslie P. Francis
Chair (2020)
Scott A. Anderson
ex officio (2020)
Janet D. Stemwedel
ex officio (2021)
Mark van Roojen
ex officio (2022)
Michelle Kosch
Member (2020)
Ann Garry
Member (2020)
Andrew C. Sepielli
Member (2021)
Donald W. Bruckner
Member (2021)
Tziporah Kasachkoff
Member (2022)
Amy L. Olberding
Member (2022)
Wendy Salkin

 

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