Dan O’Connor (Rutgers) Biography Associate Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, Rutgers University. Niagara University (B.A.) and Syracuse University (MSLS & PhD). At Rutgers, I have served as Chair of Collective Bargaining, as President of the Rutgers AAUP (now AAUP/AFT), and currently as Chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council which functions as senate for our central campuses. I am the President of the New Jersey State Conference of the AAUP which includes Bloomfield College, Centenary College, Drew University, Felician College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Rider University, Rutgers University, Saint Peter's College, Union County College, and The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I have served on the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress’ Executive Committee. I have also served on the Council of the American Library Association as well as on its Committee on Accreditation. My teaching and research include academic and public libraries and information technology and informatics. Candidate Statement for AAUP Council At-Large Position It is with enthusiasm that I stand as a candidate for AAUP Council where our organization is faced with addressing the very definition of a university education. AAUP began with a promise that academic freedom and livable benefits would be available to higher education faculty but that promise is slowly being broken by the denial of those guarantees to non-tenure track and part-time faculty. We are seeing changes in higher education that may result in a societal inability to define an educated person. Online education, the erosion of tenure with its threat to the integrity of academic freedom, and the movement toward performance budgeting represent trends that may force us to redefine the role of a faculty member in our society. I pledge to bring forth these and related issues if elected to the AAUP Council. It is with respect for the AAUP’s ideas and ideals that I seek your vote.