• The current issue focuses on organizing in higher ed—a crucial topic at this time when collective bargaining rights and shared governance are under sustained attack, faculty appointments without tenure or other protections for academic freedom have become the norm, and the quality of US higher education is in jeopardy.

  • Volume 5 of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is now online! This year's issue focuses on electronic communications and academic freedom.

  • Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships, an AAUP report published in book form by the AAUP Foundation, is now available for purchase from booksellers and the University of Illinois Press.

  • In addition to annual reports, updated lists of officers and AAUP committee lists, this year’s Bulletin contains a case report of an investigation that led to censure as well as four new or revised policy documents.

  • The AAUP has turned 100! Join us as we celebrate the Association’s work to defend academic freedom and look ahead to the next century.

Academic Freedom

Actions taken against professor Steven Salaita appear to amount to summary dismissal, which is categorically inimical to academic freedom and due process, says a letter sent today to UIUC chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Organizing

Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified in July by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

AAUP Elections

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

Resources

  • Academe Magazine
    Feature articles, columns, and book reviews exploring developments in higher education.
  • Redbook
    The AAUP's key reports and policy documents.
  • Salary Survey
    The AAUP's annual report on faculty compensation.
  • Guidebooks
    Advice on navigating faculty handbooks, the FMLA, and more.

Were pleased to welcome Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and the director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, as guest editor for the next volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

The AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure's new  report discusses the current threat to academic freedom in the classroom that comes from a demand that teachers provide warnings in advance if assigned material contains anything that might trigger difficult emotional responses for students.

Rider AAUP Chief Negotiator Jeff Halpern believes that the show of force will demonstrate that the faculty are willing to stand united even if a strike is called. Halpern hopes that a sensible agreement can be reached and a strike can be avoided.

Actions taken against professor Steven Salaita appear to amount to summary dismissal, which is categorically inimical to academic freedom and due process, says a letter sent today to UIUC chancellor Phyllis Wise.

In June, the American Association of University Professors called on universities to cancel their agreements with Confucius Institutes unless they can renegotiate them to ensure certain terms can be met. The AAUP statement asserted that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”

"To do research honorably, you have to follow where the data lead," said Cary Nelson, former president of the AAUP. "You have to have the freedom to follow those leads." Asked if he would work under such conditions, Nelson was curt: "No."

“Colleges are trying to showcase their value through visuals like dining halls, palatial new buildings and the ubiquitous rock-climbing walls, not the quality of their professors and programs,” says David Kociemba, chair of AAUP’s Committee for Contingency and the Profession. 

One of the AAUP's responsibilities is to negotiate the faculty's employment contract with NMU's administration. Before the faculty was represented by the the AAUP, there was no contract that guaranteed them shared governance of the university.

October 11, 2014

AAUP union members will meet again in the Northeast this fall to share their experiences and to brainstorm new strategies for building faculty power and leverage on their campuses.

October 31, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

November 14, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee

November 15, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Council.

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

The Bulletin of the AAUP brings together in one volume the previous academic year’s academic freedom and tenure and governance investigative reports, standing committee and ad hoc subcommittee reports, new policy documents and revisions to previously published documents, and selected annual reports of the Association and other relevant business materials.

The AAUP's National office will be closed on Monday, September 1,  in observance of Labor Day.

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