Records of the Professorial Caucus

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Title: Records of the Professorial Caucus

Dates: 1979-1990 (bulk: 1980-1983)

Creator: Dr. King Jamison, Central Caucus Coordinator

Summary/Abstract: The Records of the Professorial Caucus include meeting notes, letters, mailing lists, charts on salaries and funding for college professors, and newspaper articles related to higher education in Tennessee. The Professorial Caucus consisted of a group of professors from MTSU who worked to raise the importance of higher education and better salaries for professors. Researchers who are interested in learning more about MTSU organizations may find these records useful.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Records of the Professorial Caucus, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: We received the records for the Professorial Caucus in two accessions: Access. # 051 (date unknown); Access. # 2010.006: King Jamison, February 8, 2010

Processed By: Natalie Goodwin, July 12, 2011

Arrangement: The Records of the Professorial Caucus are not arranged according to series, but are instead arranged in folders according to description of contents.

Biographical Note: The Professorial Caucus of Middle Tennessee State University formed around 1980 for the purpose of improving the salaries of professors, as well as the quality of higher education. Dr. King Jamison, Mathematics Professor of MTSU, was the Central Caucus Coordinator. During the 1980s, Dr. Jamison and other members of the Caucus fought to improve the salaries for university professors, as well as trying to improve the image of the University Professor as a profession for future students. In their Declaration of Independence, the Professorial Caucus expressed their concern that the Tennessee General Assembly categorized University professors “merely as state employees” when allocating funds. The Caucus was also concerned because fewer students were seeking careers in teaching. The records of the Professorial Caucus include letters written by Dr. King Jamison to various government officials, including Lamar Alexander and John Bragg. The letters express concern for the higher educational system, as well as concern for salaries. Also included are notes written by King Jamison during his position as Central Caucus Coordinator, as well as newspaper clippings that address issues affecting higher education in Tennessee from 1980-1990.

Scope and Content: The Records of the Professorial Caucus are arranged in folders according to content description, and are located in three boxes. The papers include meeting notes, letters, mailing lists, charts on salaries and funding for college professors, and newspaper articles related to higher education in Tennessee. These records discuss the importance of higher pay for professors and higher education.

Associated Materials: There are no additional materials associated with these papers.

Related Collections: There are no related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Jamison, King
Bragg, John
Alexander, Lamar

Subjects (General)
Higher education
Salaries

Material Types
Meeting notes
Letters
Mailing lists
Newspaper articles

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Description of Contents

1

1

Professorial Caucus’s Declaration of Independence and Articles on Backlash, ca. 1980s

1

2

Essay on Severance Taxes, n.d.

1

3

Meeting Notes concerning Tasks, Agenda, and Strategies of the Caucus, Jan. 1982

1

4

Organizational Charts and Job Descriptions, n.d.

1

5

Policy on Patents and Copyrights, n.d.

1

6

Membership Dues Forms, n.d.

1

7

Business Receipts, 1981-1990

1

8

Reimbursement Forms, n.d.

1

9

Billboards on Tennessee’s Educational Wasteland, n.d.

1

10

Letters and Articles—Dr. King Jamison to Lamar Alexander; Better Schools Report, 1983

1

11

Letter and Pamphlet—Letter from Dr. Jamison, Tennessee’s Lag in Higher Education

1

12

National Education Association Brochures, n.d.

1

13

Letters to John Bragg (1) and Dr. Jamison (24), 1981-1983

1

14

Tennessee Educational Association Pamphlets, Letters, 1974

1

15

Certificates for Money Deposits with the Professorial Caucus, n.d.

1

16

Mailing Lists, Notes, n.d.

1

17

Position Papers Addressed to State Representatives, 1982

1

18

Articles on Lobbying Efforts, 1981-1982

1

19

Salaries and Funding for College Professors, 1980-1981

1

20

Newspaper Articles on Salaries, 1983

1

21

Booklet on Public School Teachers’ Salary Schedules, 1981-1982

1

22

Booklet of Statewide Survey of Salaries – TN Department of Personnel

1

23

Newspaper Articles and Correspondence Between Dr. Jamison and Others, 1981

1

24

Tax Exemption Booklets, 1982

2

1

Tennessean Article on School Referendum, 1981

2

2

Corporation Annual Reports, 1981-1988

2

3

Evergreen Conference, The State of the College Teaching Profession, Notes, and Letters, 1982

2

4

Directories of Radio Stations and Publications, n.d.

2

5

Information on Post Office Box and Mail Rates, n.d.

2

6

Letter to “Chattanooga Times” from Dr. King Jamison, n.d.

3

1

Higher Education Report by Lamar Alexander, October 6, 1981

3

2

Misc. Notes and Articles on Higher Education, 1981

3

3

Misc. Letters and Papers Related to the Professorial Caucus’s Work in Promoting Higher Education, n.d.

3

4

News Release Concerning Meeting with Ned McWherter, n.d.

3

5

Articles and Notes on Committees and Higher Education Goals, 1983-1987

3

6

Faculty/Student Telephone Directories, 1980-1983

3

7

Telephone Directories, n.d.

3

8

Article by King Jamison on the Decline in College Teaching, in “Tennessee Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation,” Fall 1982

3

9

Teaching/Education Magazines and Pamphlets, 1980-1981

3

10

Newspaper clippings on Education and Funding 1981-1983

3

11

Memos and Articles on Faculty Salaries and Positions in Higher Education, ca. 1980s

3

12

Comment Cards for the Professorial Caucus from Government Representatives, 1982

3

13

Blank Donation Form

3

14

Letters from Dr. King Jamison Promoting Higher Education and the Teaching Profession, n.d.