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Massachusetts Society of Professors

The Union of Faculty and Librarians at UMass Amherst

Faculty Governance

Emergency faculty governance meeting following the Spring 2017 General Assembly

A core value of the MSP has always been the principle of faculty governance. Faculty and librarians have a crucial role in setting priorities, determining the curriculum, evaluating colleagues and administrators, and making the key decisions that affect our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions.

In the spring of 2017, following an emergency member meeting with over 150 faculty and librarians in attendance, the MSP created a new Task Force on Faculty Governance and Peer Review. We are reaching out to as many departments as possible, to gather information on tenure and promotion processes, hiring and search procedures, and other issues where peer review and faculty governance are crucial. We have also filed a formal information request with the administration, so that we have the most accurate data on tenure denials from 2014-17. MSP has filed many grievances in the past few years when the contract has been violated, and many faculty have attended hearings in support of their colleagues who have been treated unfairly.