Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom in the Managed University
Len Findlay looks broadly at the changing character of the contemporary university, and how university autonomy has become a threat to academic freedom rather than a means to ensure it. As “the university” is transformed from a collegium of its academic staff into a corporation managed by its senior administration, Findlay argues its autonomy becomes a tool for intruding on individual academic staff’s academic freedom, not a protection for professional self-regulation by colleagues within the institution.
LEN FINDLAY is Professor of English, Director of the Humanities Research Unit, Distinguished Chair and founding member of the Indigenous Humanities Group at the University of Saskatchewan, and President of Academy One (Arts and Humanities) of the Royal Society of Canada. His recent publications relating to academic freedom include “Can the Institution Speak? The University as Testimony in Canada Today” (Humanities Review), “Extraordinary Renditions: Translating the Humanities Now” (in Retooling the Humanities), “Citizenship and the University: Beyond the Ugly Canadian and the Semiotic Stockade” (Journal of the Humanities Institute), “Academic and Artistic Freedom and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Towards a Pedagogy of the Suppressed” (Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry), and a major CAUT report on the Ramesh Thakur affair. With Paul Bidwell he coedited Pursuing Academic Freedom: “Free and Fearless”? (2001). He is Chair of the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee.