The true value of tenure goes beyond protection of the individual. It protects society from ideologically motivated restructuring as an alternative to poor performance management.
Academic freedom is increasingly caught up in partisan debates around freedom of speech. But the idea behind it is not only vital but shared across many other professions.
Academic freedom has a positive effect on democracy, as measured by the quality of elections and executive accountability.
In addition to undermining universities’ and faculty members’ autonomy, the bill blurs distinctions between free expression and academic freedom, and turns academic freedom into a political weapon.
With academic freedom comes moral responsibility. Men within New Zealand universities – and beyond – must challenge misogynistic abuse of their women colleagues and not stay silent.
When speakers seek to responsibly disseminate knowledge they must be aware of their audience and how what they are saying may resonate.
Decades of collaboration between Western and Russian universities have come to a halt because of the war in Ukraine. An expert on U.S.-Russia relations explains what’s at stake.
A national security report released this week made several recommendations for universities to protect themselves and their research from foreign interference and espionage.
Canada and its universities have roles to play in providing safe spaces to scholars in regions where research is under threat due to conflict and repression.
As more countries flirt with democratic backsliding, we should all be concerned. We can look to academic freedom as a gauge.
The case taken by two high-profile academics against their university goes to the heart of what it means to be a ‘critic and conscience of society’.
When the University of Florida barred three professors from testifying in a lawsuit over voting restrictions, it raised important questions of academic freedom and free speech.
Recent controversies involving academic freedom and responsibility raise important questions about how publicly accountable Aotearoa’s universities should be.
The University of Florida is barring three scholars from testifying as expert witnesses in a highly political lawsuit. A veteran college administrator looks at what’s at stake.
The court found the university was unjustified in censuring the academic for initial conduct that was protected as an exercise in intellectual freedom. But his response to disciplinary action wasn’t.
Does intellectual freedom mean academics can say what they want in whatever way they choose? Tim Anderson had a win this week, but a judge must still decide whether he was wrongfully dismissed.
Facing protests by students and academics over its Liberal Party links and generous funding by the Morrison government, the centre’s most important test will be whether it respects academic freedom.
Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies insisted universities should have protection from political interference. But Bob Hawke’s education minister John Dawkins dismantled these protections.
With ideological issues such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, lecturers told of how a vocal minority of international Chinese students are attempting to police teaching materials and class discussions.
As a teacher, an academic cannot use freedom of speech to say something that may directly demean or intimidate a student. But as a researcher, they must have the freedom to pursue the truth.