2015-2016 Executive Committee Members of the UTK Chapter:
President: Mary McAlpin, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Secretary, Millie Gimmel, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Treasurer: Richard Strange, Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Members at large: Laura Howes, English, Nora Berenstain, Philosophy
Ben Lee, English
On Wednesday, November 18th, our chapter held a roundtable discussion on legislative pressure on faculty expression. Despite inclement weather the meeting was well attended and productive. Much of it centered on name and pronoun accomodation in our classes and the chilling effect of comments by Tennessee legislators on our campus discussion of this issue. This included the censorship (removal from UT website without the author's permission) of thoughtful suggestions for faculty on inclusive practice. To see these censored comments go here.
Based on these discussions and the desire to make UT an inclusive, welcoming institution for all, the chapter encourages faculty to include something like the following in your syllabi:
"Name and Pronoun Accommodations
If you use a name and/or pronouns other than what is in BlackBoard/Banner, please email me with the name and/or pronouns that you would like me to use and I will be glad to accommodate this request."
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Nashville NPR story on tenure: UT's President Wants To Change Tenure, And Professors Fear That Means Job Cuts
University of Tennessee salaries: http://www.knoxnews.com/databases/2015-pay-for-university-of-tennessee-employees