Mitchell Brown receives Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award

Published: April 13, 2021

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The Auburn Chapter of American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, announced that Political Science Professor Mitchell Brown has been awarded the Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award.

The Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated high ethical standards and professionalism in their field of specialization and has also made significant contributions to advocating for, protecting, and extending academic freedom at the university.

According to the Auburn Chapter of AAUP, Mitchell Brown has been the contact, support and leader that people turned to for guidance during these difficult times. She was the calm, thoughtful leader the chapter needed in Executive Committee meetings, and behind the scenes, she was an assistant and counsel for many. When speaking with administrators on shared governance issues, she was clear, thoughtful, determined and above all persistent. For these reasons, and many others, the chapter presented Brown the Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award.

Brown has been at Auburn since 2006. Her research agenda centers around the empowerment of marginalized groups with a primary focus on how elections are administered, and she has published multiple books and journal articles on these issues. She is the former PhD Director in Auburn’s Public Administration and Public Policy program, and currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Political Science Education. She is also co-director (with Kathleen Hale) of the Auburn’s Election Administration Initiative.

The full list of previous recipients is available at the AAUP-AUBURN chapter's web site.

Submitted by: Victoria Santos