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Dr. Mary Burgan Will Discuss Faculty Governance in Feb. 4 Lecture University News
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 the public.

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.

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