BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Chair and Professor of Computer Science
Hans-Joerg Tiede first proposed creating the James D. Dougan Award for Contributions
to Faculty Governance at Illinois Wesleyan. This year, Tiede is the recipient of that
Dougan, a professor of psychology, passed away in October 2010. The award was created
by the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the American Association of University Professors
(AAUP), to recognize valuable service by a faculty member in keeping with Dougan’s
commitment to the faculty’s right to a voice in shaping the direction of the institution.
The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates extraordinary service, such
as in advocating for faculty interests, for academic freedom, or in finding cooperative
solutions to campus challenges.
In addition to his prior service as president of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of
AAUP, Tiede is active in the organization at the national level. He currently serves
on Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the Committee on College and University
Governance, and as chair of the Committee on the History of the Association.
“Insisting on the role of the faculty in the governance of the institution is not
based on a wish to have power, but it’s based on the presumption that it’s in the
best interest of the academic mission of the institution,” said Tiede. “Questions
about curriculum, questions about promotion and tenure, and questions about other
matters involving faculty should be first and foremost based on the judgment of those
who have the most expertise in those matters.”
In announcing the award, AAUP chapter president Rebecca Roesner said Tiede courageously
stands his ground, but also possesses a willingness to shift views in response to
a solid argument and the ability to see the good and decency in colleagues with views
diametrically opposed to his own.
“While never satisfied with good enough, he often acknowledges that Illinois Wesleyan
does comparatively well when it comes to faculty governance,” said Roesner, chair
and associate professor of chemistry. “And he knows what he is talking about, having
given presentations on how to incorporate AAUP statements into faculty handbooks at
numerous institutions of higher learning.” Read her full remarks.
Tiede said his involvement chairing Illinois Wesleyan’s Health Care Advocacy Committee
led to his work with AAUP, both locally and at the national level. He also served
Illinois Wesleyan as chair of CUPP (Council for University Programs and Policies),
where he served as the faculty representative at the President’s Cabinet and to the
executive committee of the Board of Trustees.
A faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan since 1999, Tiede completed undergraduate studies
at the Free University Berlin and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana
University. In addition to his leadership of the computer science department, Tiede
also directs the University’s Cognitive Science program.