David Olsher: Position Statement

Academic freedom is the cornerstone of inquiry, research and creative work furthering the good of society.  Likewise, academic freedom is fundamental to the effective conduct of teaching and learning that allows universities to educate students at all levels so that they may become productive scholars, leaders, and contributors to all aspects of our society.  As stated in the discussion of principles of academic freedom on the Web site of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), academic freedom in research, teaching and in the academic experience of students is tied to the principles of freedom and economic security: “Freedom and economic security, hence, tenure, are indispensable to the success of an institution in fulfilling its obligations to its students and to society.”
I see the work of the Subcommittee on Academic Freedom as essential to supporting the university as a vital, creative and healthy environment for the pursuit of knowledge and creative work as well as the education of the diverse students who attend the university. My commitment and wish is to serve these goals as an active member of the committee.