2012 AAUP Annual Conference

When: June 13–17, 2012

Where: Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

Join your colleagues June 13–17, 2012 for the AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education (including the Ninety-eighth Annual Meeting of the AAUP) at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C.

Read the final program.

Featured speakers include:

Friday's luncheon speaker is Gamelyn Oduardo Sierra, a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico Law School, who will share his experiences as a student organizer in the University of Puerto Rico.

Saturday’s luncheon speaker is Mary L. Washington of the Maryland House of Delegates. She represents Baltimore City and is a member of the Appropriations Committee. Visit her website to learn more.

Mark Pearce, chair of the National Labor Relations Board, will speak at a special plenary session during the Annual Meeting on Saturday at 2:00. His address will be titled "NLRB: from the Attic to the Kitchen." Chairman Pearce was named by President Obama to lead the NLRB on August 27, 2011. Learn more about Chairman Pearce at his NLRB website.

Bloomberg editor at large Clark Hoyt will accept the AAUP's Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Higher Education at Saturday night's banquet. Reporters Daniel Golden and Oliver Staley won the award for their series "Lost in Translation." Read a .pdf version of "Lost in Translation."

Events of special interest:

  • The highlight of the Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will be three days of presentations by faculty members and administrators from around the country.  The presentations begin Wednesday, June 13, and continue until 5:15 pm on Friday, June 15.
  • Issues to be addressed include: online education, assessment and accountability, corporatization and research, discrimination, governance, higher education funding, and numerous others. 
  • Friday afternoon state lobbying networking meeting (for AAUP members only).
  • Friday night reception for all attendees.
  • Capitol Hill Day, the AAUP’s annual grassroots lobbying event, provides you an opportunity to advocate for higher education. AAUP members visit their senators and representatives and speak up about the issues that matter most to academia. We supply briefing materials and everything else you need to prepare and present your message persuasively. The day concludes with a congressional reception on Capitol Hill.  (for AAUP members only)
  •  In addition, the conference includes meetings of the AAUP Executive Committee and Council, the Collective Bargaining Congress, and the Assembly of State Conferences. The Annual Meeting plenary (Saturday, June 16) will consider important business items such as investigations of alleged violations of academic freedom and tenure.
  • An awards banquet will wrap up the conference. 

(updated 5/31)