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James Perley
Emeritus Dean
Millikin University

James Perley, former president of the American Association of University Professors (1994-98) has over 30 years of experience in teaching and training teachers. Since December of 2000 he has served as dean of Arts and Sciences at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois following a 32-year career as a faculty member at the College of Wooster. While there, he served as a member of the Teaching Staff and Tenure and Educational Policies Committees, among others. Prior to 1968, he was an assistant professor of biology at Wayne Stae University (1965-1968) in Detroit, Michigan after receiving his AB degree from the University of Michigan and his MS and PhD degrees from Yale University.

Perley has published widely on the subjects of tenure and academic freedom, and on his research interests in botany, which have taken him to laboratories around the country and the globe: at Massey University in New Zealand; at the University of British Columbia in Canada; at Plant Genetics, Inc., in Davis, California; and at the University of California at Berkeley.

Outside the classroom and laboratory, Perley has served as president of the Wayne County Chapter of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and as trustee of Camp NuHop, Inc., a camp serving the needs of learning disabled and/or brain damaged children.

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