Academic freedom is the belief that faculty should have general wide jurisdiction over what they teach and research, without retaliation. Though academia has a long history of promoting academic freedom, it can be a tricky issue for faculty, administrators, and students to navigate authentically and respectfully. This session will examine what is and is not included in the definition of academic freedom, and will briefly discuss the history of how this concept came about. Two particularly tricky implications of academic freedom will be discussed: 1) the use of trigger warnings and their relationship with academic freedom, and 2) the effect academic freedom has on student evaluations.
Please note: this session will be part of Faculty Development Day and will therefore not be located in the FRC. Instead, it will be located in ASB-323.