Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Degheri Boardroom 120
The concept of academic freedom is essential for the intellectual growth of any institution of higher education. Academic freedom provides those who teach with the ability to choose the pedagogical approach they prefer and to select the content or material they would like to cover; and it helps to ensure the liberty to teach controversial topics without fear. For tenure-track professors, academic freedom is commonplace and is part of the assurance they receive when they are hired at various institutions. The role that academic freedom plays for part-time or adjunct professors may be less clear to some. Come join us for a discussion on academic freedom and contingent faculty at USD. Several adjunct professors will discuss their experiences with including controversial topics in their classes at USD. Their stories will be followed by a question and answer period.