Insubordination and Academic Freedom: How to Deal with it in the Era of Internet Outrage (EDU718E)

Presented By: Rob Jenkins
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Tue, July 17, 2018
Event Description

How Faculty Members Can Avoid Becoming Victims of the Internet Outrage Machine

Almost every day, you read a new story in the Chronicle or IHE about another college faculty member who has gotten himself or herself into trouble over something they said in class, on campus, or on social media. These small “fires” can quickly erupt into giant conflagrations, with social media fanning the flames. Some of the outrage of this Internet Outrage Machine (IOM) is genuine; however, much of it is manufactured for political purposes. Likewise, the behavior that sparked the outrage is, on occasion, genuinely outrageous—but much of the time it has been misstated, taken out of context, or exaggerated for effect. The problem potentially affects faculty members at all levels, and in all institutions. As faculty, do you understand the meaning and limits of academic freedom as defined by recent court hearings? Do you know how to avoid problem situations – or protect yourself should you find yourself in one?

Join this webinar with education expert Rob Jenkins, who will discuss your constitutional rights as determined by recent court rulings. Jenkins will explain the meaning and limits of academic freedom, and help you understand the limitations of the First Amendment – and why it might not provide the level of protection you imagine. He will explain what “free speech” and “academic freedom” mean in this context, and make you aware of your rights and limits as defined by recent court cases. He will also show you how to devise strategies for avoiding the IOM should you find yourself in its crosshairs.

After participating in this webinar, you will clearly understand your rights, learn how those rights can protect you – as well as how they might not protect you in certain situations. You will know what to say – and how to say it – both personally and professionally. You will also know how to avoid becoming a victim of the Internet Outrage Machine – and you will be able to confidently prepare a plan for coping with internet outrage should you ever become a victim.

Session Highlights

This session will bring you up to speed with:

  • Recent court rulings and their significance in terms of faculty speech
  • The meaning of academic freedom, as defined by the AAUP and many institutions
  • The limits of academic freedom
  • Several recent case studies
  • How faculty can protect themselves in class and on campus?
  • The nature and dangers of social media
  • How faculty can protect themselves online?

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  • Associate vice presidents of student services/affairs
  • Human resource professionals
  • Associate vice president of student life
  • Associate vice president of student services
  • Associate vice president of student affairs
  • Human resource professionals
  • Cultural center staff
  • Campus staff

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About Our Speaker(s)

Rob Jenkins
Rob Jenkins is a 32-year veteran of higher education, an award-winning faculty member who also served as a mid-level administrator (department chair, program director, and academic dean) for over 20 years. As a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications, Rob has written extensively ... More info