Not the Same Old Annual Meeting: The Colorado AAUP’s Shared Governance Conference in Durango.

DSC_0082 The view from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

On September 5th, 2014, the Colorado Caucus of the AAUP held its annual meeting. Rather than have the same kind of gathering  we always do, the state leadership decided to devote the whole day to one theme: shared governance. We also decided to hold the meeting in Durango, home of the Fort Lewis College chapter which has gone from having no AAUP chapter to being the largest chapter in the state in less than a year. Our conference was a huge success, drawing between 35 and 50 people at different times during the day. It was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the extraordinary range of expertise that our conference members possess.

What follows is a brief summary of the presentations.

DSC_0058 (1) Panel #1 from left to right: Miranda Merklein of Santa Fe Community College, Tom Acker of Mesa State, Tim McGettigan…

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