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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, Judith Lichtenberg, at jl537@georgetown.edu.

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

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
Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nomination Deadline for the 2017 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Membership dues deadline
Friday, September 1, 2017
Nominations open for APA leadership positions
Friday, September 15, 2017
Deadline to submit reports for the fall board meeting
Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Associate Chair (2017)
Scott A. Anderson
Chair (2017)
Judith Lichtenberg
ex officio (2017)
Amy Kind
ex officio (2018)
Andrea C. Westlund
ex officio (2019)
Jennifer Whiting
Member (2017)
Natalie Nenadic
Member (2018)
Heimir Geirsson
Member (2018)
Connie Rosati
Member (2019)
Marcy P. Lascano
Member (2019)
Timothy C. Shiell
Member (2020)
Mark Pickering

 

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