After being awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Hamline’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, visiting professor in the School of Education and associate faculty member of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching, attended the 2012 American Association of University Professors’ Summer Institute in Chicago from July 26 to July 28, 2012. The conference included workshops on how to ethnically diversify staff, students, and faculty and how to engage genuinely with the community. As explained on their website, the mission of the AAUP is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education is contributing to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.
The summer institute gathered faculty, graduate student employees, and other professionals in higher education "to face what administrators have termed 'the new normal'---that is increased emphasis on the need for a 'flexible,' 'nimble' faculty; increased challenges to academic freedom and tenure; and increased reliance on contingent faculty and graduate student employees."