As an outsider who lives in Savannah but has had a lot of experience with " academic faculty", I would note the following:
The Wallace/Rowans put up the money to found, organize, otherwise start SCAD. Paula Wallace is not operating on the invested monies of long gone benefactor/founders and well heeled alums. I invite you to envision the individual founders of Harvard...Yale ...Stanford: assume they were still alive. Just what kind of benevolent control over religious and political thought do you think they would be exercising? Examine the College Seals of these and other institutions and you will find the founders' thoughts embedded in crosses, mystical symbols, and Latin/Greek phrases praising God and linking wisdom to religion. NOT THE STUFF OF WHAT THE CURRENT AAUP WOULD THINK OF AS THE BASIS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM. Imagine the reaction of the founders to a faculty demand to abandon the principles on which the founders lived..to eliminate the religious references, to surrender control over the founders' purpose because the faculty claimed to know better and to be wiser. The historic response was to tell the faculty to found it's own school, reflecting its own values and purposes.
So the fact is the Wallaces are still in control of the school they founded and are the caretakers of their own investment The AAUP thinks of itself as the keeper of the flame of the intent and generous purposes of long dead founders and Alums. The Professor Class has become the permanent bureaucracy which has sole control over the use of and the benefits of long dead founders benefices. The AAUP fully understands that the bureaucrats are unable to run things unless the leadership at the top can be changed....SCAD does not yet fit this format. This is frustrating to the AAUP.
The issue is not academic freedom.....the issue is who will control SCAD as an institution. The AAUP sees SCAD as an "ARTS SCHOOL". The Wallace vision is of "A SCHOOL OF APPLIED ARTS". The AAUP has never liked anything commercial ( unless it involves faculty tenure, compensation and benefits)
My advice to members of the complaining AAUP......put up your own money,..found your own school. Good luck on creating one which has SCADS' success rate in getting it's students good jobs based on it's applied training.
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