Faculty Senate

Free Speech and Open Forum

Free Speech

Free Speech, initiated in response to the results of the 1996 Faculty Survey, is held during all Faculty Senate meetings. Meetings are open and all faculty are invited to participate in this agenda item. See our meeting schedule for date and location. Note that views presented during the “Free Speech” period are not necessarily those of the Clemson University Faculty Senate.

Free Speech Guidelines

“Free Speech” Presentations

Open Forum

Open Forum provides a venue for any faculty member to exercise freedom of speech in an effort to uplift and improve Clemson University. All University faculty are invited to submit essays to be considered for Open Forum. Open Forum submissions are reviewed by the Open Forum editors. Open Forum editors are elected annually by the Faculty Senate. The Open Forum editors for the fall 2014 semester are Antonis Katsiyannis and Jim McCubbin. Although all essays have been reviewed by the editors of the Faculty Senate Open Forum, the published essays do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the Clemson University Faculty Senate.

Open Forum guidelines.

Open Forum Essays


Leidy Klotz – February 2015
Professor of Civil Engineering
Please call it Old Main


English Department – December 2014
Faculty Assessment

James McCubbin – March 2014
Professor of Psychology
Threats to Academic Freedom in South Carolina


Andrew S. Mount – October 2013
Research Associate Professor
CU at the Crossroads: Recommendation on Presidential Leadership for Clemson University

Bryan E. Denham – October 2013
Campbell Professor of Sports Communications
CU by the Numbers

Fran McGuire – October 2013
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus
The Problem with Imposed Governance at Clemson

Sydney A. Cross – April 2013
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Georges Fadel
ExxonMobile Employees Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering


Bryan E. Denham - September 2012
Communication Studies
On University Rankings

George Chumanov - April 2012
Professor of Chemistry

Todd May - April 2012
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Jeff Love
Department of Languages
Top Ten Clemson University Administrative Self-Deceptions

Sydney A.Cross - March 2012
Alumni Distinguished Professor

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