Local Highlights and Events

Cutting the Labor Center costs Iowan workersPress-Citizen, July 11, 2018

Stacey Andersen, a staff representative at United Steelworkers, said one of these classes taught her how much she didn't know about worker's rights. Mark Sarcone with the American Postal Workers Local 44 said members of his labor union regularly rave about the classes offered by the center. 

"I demand that the university find a way to keep this great center alive," said Sarcone. 

Jennifer Sherer, the center's director, is also challenging the decision, which she said came without warning.


 Sherer said it's still unclear what will be done about the coveted Iowa Labor History Oral Project. Started in the 1970s, the Labor Center has helped compile and transcribe hundreds of interviews with workers across Iowa. Lisa Heineman, a history professor at UI, said the collection is one of the reasons the Labor Center is "on the map in the research world." She and Ashley Dorn, a UI graduate student, described the database as a powerful tool for scholars and instructors alike.

Legal Assistance for individuals affected by changes to DACA

Message from Prof. Bram T.B. Elias, UI College of Law Clinical Program:

"My students in the University of Iowa Law Clinic's immigration practice area are extremely motivated to provide assistance to individuals affected by any changes to the DACA program, and would like to provide consultations, referrals, and (in appropriate circumstances) direct representation to any U of I students with DACA status who seek advice or information about how they might be personally affected by any new presidential policy with regard to DACA. [...]

Our (the Clinic's) phone number is 319-335-9023 and our email is law-legal-clinic@uiowa.edu."

Highlights and events from around the academic world

University of Iowa removed from list of sanctioned universities, marking better board-faculty relationship, Press-Citizen, June 18, 2018

"Among the factors that changed AAUP members' minds was the committee the board worked with following the selection of Harreld and the subsequent document crafted to outline best practices for the presidential search.

Rachel Boon, Board of Regents chief academic officer, sat in on the committee meetings with Regent Sherry Bates roughly once a month last year. The group talked over a lot of the concerns and looked at how searches at Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa could inform searches at UI."

University of Iowa now off sanctions list, Gazette, June 18, 2018

"Harreld has continued to face some criticism about decisions he’s made, like his move to combine the UI Foundation and UI Alumni Association into one entity.

Still, according to an AAUP representative quoted in the association’s news release, “The available evidence suggests that there is a genuine commitment to shared governance at UI, and it is reasonable to expect that the institution’s next presidential search will mark a return to the tradition of a strong faculty role.”"

The following resources from the AAUP are potentially useful to faculty concerned by recent political events:

Faculty Speech after the 2016 Election

Academe blog