Note: For a more comprehensive history of labor activism at Miami, check out this story in the Miami Student.
Fall 2014:A group of faculty on the Regional campuses met over beers and french fries with leadership from the Ohio Conference of the AAUP. The faculty were worried by top-down decisions to transform the Regionals. A couple of professors from Oxford who shared their concerns drove down to join the meeting.
Around the same time, Karen Dawisha and Matthew Gordon emailed a list of full professors in Oxford, inviting them to meet to discuss concerns about recent decision-making by Miami leadership. The Oxford professors filled a history department meeting room in Upham to bursting and the meeting lasted nearly two hours.
April 2015: Miami’s AAUP advocacy chapter formally launches with the support of roughly 100 faculty. The launch featured a speech by now-former AAUP National President Rudy Fichtenbaum, who spoke to a crowd of about 200 people. Karen Dawisha, professor of political science, and Keith Tuma, professor of English, served as the first co-presidents of the chapter.
November 2015:Responding to regional faculty concerns, Miami AAUP petitioned for a yes/no vote by all regional full-time faculty on a proposed restructuring. University Senate votes to restructure Miami’s regional campuses. Miami’s AAUP chapter launched too late to have much impact on the transformation of the Regionals, but quickly turned to other issues.
April 2016: Miami AAUP stands in solidarity with the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as they prepare to negotiate their next contract.
February 2017: In response to faculty and staff concerns, Miami AAUP calls on the university to commit to retaining important protections established under the Affordable Care Act.
March 2017: In light of immigration restrictions and increased levels of hate-related activity happening on campus, Miami AAUP releases its statement on diversity and calls on the Miami community to affirm and protect the rights of those experiencing increased vulnerability.
May 2018: Miami AAUP backs changes to the university’s statement on academic freedom in support of reducing faculty precarity. Administration did not present the changes to the Board of Trustees for a vote.
September 2018: Miami AAUP, in an effort led by a group of non-tenure-track faculty, distributes recommendations to chairs and program directors on how to support NTT.
June-July 2019: Miami AAUP organizes a petition to defend two professors unfairly threatened with termination in relation to the presence of an Iboga plant in Miami’s research conservatory. The effort was successful; both professors were reinstated in 2020.
November 2019: Miami AAUP calls on the University Senate to consider the nuances of abolishing the TCPL cap. While AAUP is in favor of hiring more TCPL, supporting the “teacher-scholar” model entails a simultaneous commitment to reducing overall faculty precarity.
February 2020: When the Board of Trustees makes changes threatening faculty’s appropriate role in determining tenure policy, Miami AAUP protests.
April 2020: Hundreds of non-tenure-track faculty are abruptly "non-renewed," raising concerns among faculty. Miami AAUP sponsors a petition calling for the administration to provide more budget transparency and work through shared governance to save jobs and mitigate damage to the educational mission. The petition gathers over 800 signatures.
October 2020: Miami AAUP organizes around the Resolution on Shared Governance and Budget Transparency. The resolution called on Miami to abide by guidelines outlined in the Statement on Governance of Colleges and Universities, and add two non-voting faculty members to the Board of Trustees.
December 2020: The Resolution on Shared Governance and Budget Transparency passes in the Faculty Assembly, with 95% of faculty voting in favor of the resolution.
February 2021: In spite of overwhelming support from Miami faculty, Miami’s Board of Trustees refuses to add faculty as nonvoting members.
April 2021: Chapter members vote unanimously for a resolution listing practical recommendations in support of non-tenure-track faculty. The resolution was shared with department chairs and incorporated into governance in a number of departments.
August 2021: Miami AAUP circulates a petition calling on the university to require all campus community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The chapter is pleased when the university announces a vaccine mandate, but disappointed in the “reasons of conscience” exemption.
February 2022: Miami AAUP officially announces its union campaign and reveals the name of the union: Faculty Alliance of Miami, or FAM.