For release: February 2, 2010
For press information, contact Faculty Senate, 901-678-2512
Dr. Mary Burgan, author of What Ever Happened to the Faculty? Drift and Decision in Higher Education, will present the 2009-10 Marcus W. Orr Faculty Senate Lecture at the University
of Memphis on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Conference Center,
Room 123. A reception and book signing will follow. The events are free and open to
Burgan, professor emerita at Indiana University and a former general secretary of
the American Association of University Professors, will discuss issues of shared governance
and faculty involvement in university decisions in her talk “A Perfect Union: Shared
Governance in Higher Education.”
Burgan considers faculty governance to be a major issue in higher education in 2010,
especially in times of economic downturn. She will suggest in her lecture that decisions
can be cooperative without being inefficient, and that debate can be vigorous without
leading to impasse or unworkable compromise.
For more information, call the office of the Faculty Senate at 901-678-2512.