Standing Committees

AAUP standing committees work on a variety of topics of importance to higher education and to faculty. The president of the Association serves as an ex officio member of all committees. In addition to topical standing committees, listed below, the AAUP has the following leadership committees: 

A description of each standing committee follows, along with a list of committee members. Members are appointed to committees by the president of the Association. The date of appointment expiration is given after each name. Members of the national AAUP staff are assigned to assist the committees in their work. The Constitution provides that the president shall be ex officio a member of all committees except the Nominating Committee, the Election Committee, and the Election Appeals Committee. 

Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure
Committee on Academic Professionals
Committee on Accreditation
Committee on College and University Governance
Committee on Community Colleges
Committee on Contingency and the Profession
Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession
Committee on Government Relations
Committee on Graduate and Professional Students
Committee on Historically Black Institutions and Scholars of Color
Committee on Professional Ethics
Committee on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity
Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publication 
Committee on Women in the Academic Profession

Academic Freedom and Tenure (Committee A)

Promotes principles of academic freedom, tenure, and due process in higher education through the development of policy documents and reports relating to these subjects and the application of those principles to particular situations that are brought to its attention. The staff is authorized to receive, on behalf of the committee, complaints of departures from these standards and, where appropriate, to undertake formal investigations. Such investigations may lead to a recommendation from the committee to the Association’s national council and annual meeting that the administration of an institution be censured for failure to adhere to the principles of academic freedom and tenure as endorsed by the AAUP and hundreds of other professional and educational organizations. Read Committee A reports or investigative reports

Committee A Members

Henry Reichman (History)
California State University, East Bay, chair, 2018

Michael F. Bérubé (English)
Pennsylvania State University, 2018

Don M. Eron (Writing and Rhetoric)
University of Colorado Boulder, 2018

Jeffrey R. Halpern (Anthropology)
Rider University, 2018

Marjorie Heins (Communications)
New York, NY, 2018

Michael E. Mann (Meteorology)
Pennsylvania State University, 2018

Walter Benn Michaels (English)
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016

Debra Nails (Philosophy)
Michigan State University, 2018

Joan Wallach Scott (History)
Institute for Advanced Study, 2018

Donna Young (Law)
Albany Law School, 2018

Risa L. Lieberwitz (Law), ex officio as general counsel
Cornell University, 2016

Joan E. Bertin (Public Health)
Columbia University, consultant, 2016

Barbara M. Jones (Legal History)
American Library Association, consultant, 2016

James Turk (Sociology)
Ryerson University, consultant, 2017

Irene T. Mulvey (Mathematics)
Fairfield University, liaison from the Assembly of State Conferences, 2017

Gregory F. Scholtz, staff

Academic Professionals

Deals with issues involving college and university professionals who work in positions other than faculty appointments. Such issues include recruitment and appointment, compensation, job security, and protection of professional autonomy and responsibility. The committee also promotes the inclusion of academic professionals in the AAUP.


Angela Brommel (Community Outreach and Humanities),
Nevada State College, chair, 2016

Iris Delutro (Labor Education and Advancement Program),
City University of New York Queens College, 2016

Karen Kennedy (Academic Advising),
Portland State University, 2017

Cassandra Scott (Academic Advising),
Cincinnati State University, 2017

Samuel Dunietz, staff


Works on issues relating to accreditation. Monitors the activities of accrediting bodies and seeks to enhance the quality of higher education by advocating the inclusion of Association-supported principles (academic freedom, collegial governance, and due process) in accreditation standards and processes.  The committee collaborates with the Association’s Committee on Governance to expand the participation of faculty in the accreditation process, and with the Committee on Government Relations to take appropriate action on legislative and regulatory developments at the federal and state levels.


Thomas Coffey (Modern Languages),
Creighton University, chair, 2017

J. Michael Bernstein (Management & International Business),
Wright State University, 2017

Philip Cole (Physics),
Idaho State University, 2018

Anita Levy, staff

College and University Governance

Promotes meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance through the development of policy statements and reports related to shared governance and application of those principles to particular situations that are brought to its attention.  The staff is authorized to receive, on behalf of the committee, complaints of departures from these standards and, where appropriate, to undertake formal investigations. Such cases may lead to a recommendation from the committee to the Association’s national council and annual meeting that an institution be sanctioned for "substantial noncompliance with standards of academic governance."


Michael DeCesare (Sociology),
Merrimack College, chair, 2017
Charles A. Baker (French and Film),
College of the Holy Cross, 2018
Linda L. Carroll (Italian),
Tulane University, 2016
George M. Cohen (Law),
University of Virginia, 2016
Ruben Garcia (Law),
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2018
Michael Harkins (History),
Harper College, 2017
Jeannette Kindred (Communications),
Eastern Michigan University, 2016
Duane Storti (Mechanical Engineering),
University of Washington, 2017
Katherine Morrison (Community Health and Wellness),
Curry College, liaison from the AAUP-CBC, 2017
Brian Turner (Political Science),
Randolph-Macon College, liaison from the ASC, 2017

Community Colleges

Deals with issues of concern to faculty in the nation’s community colleges.  Advances AAUP principles on community college campuses in such matters as faculty workload, shared governance, academic freedom, and the over-reliance on contingent academic labor


Kimberley Reiser (Biology),
Nassau Community College, chair, 2018

Ashlee Brand (English),
Cuyahoga Community College, 2016

Paul Davis (Behavioral and Social Sciences),
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 2018

Anne Friedman (Linguistics and Academic Literacy),
City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2016

Jim Klein (History),
Del Mar College, 2017

Caprice Lawless (English),
Front Range Community College, 2017

Robert Manis (Sociology),
College of Southern Nevada, 2018

Joshua Guy Lenes, Staff

Contingency and the Profession     

Deals with issues related to contingent faculty appointments.  Works to improve conditions for contingent faculty members and to reverse the trend towards part-time and non-tenure-track appointments.


Richard Gomes (ESL),
Rutgers University, chair, 2017

Michael Batson (History),
College of Staten Island, 2016

Joe Berry (Labor Studies and History),
Berkeley, CA, 2016

Sam Gioia (Social Works),
Portland State University, 2018

Mary Ellen Goodwin (ESL),
De Anza College, 2016

Julie Haught (English),
Bowling Green State University, 2017

Suzanne Hudson (English),
University of Colorado Boulder, 2017

Mary Ann Irwin (History),
Diablo Valley Community College, 2017

David Kociemba (Visual and Media Arts),
Emerson College, 2016

Debra Merskin (Journalism and Communication),
University of Oregon, 2018

Robert Rubin (English and ESL),
Wright State University, 2016

Jason Elias, staff

Economic Status of the Profession

In collaboration with the Association’s research office, prepares the annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, using data collected in the AAUP’s annual faculty compensation survey. The report describes national trends in faculty compensation, as well as issues in the financial organization and condition of higher education, and is a valued resource throughout the higher education community.



Steve Shulman (Economics),
Colorado State University, chair, 2017

Barbara Hopkins (Economics),
Wright State University, 2018

Robert Kelchen (Higher Education),
Seton Hall University, 2018

Sharon Mastracci (Public Administration),
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016

Mehmet Yaya (Economics), 
Eastern Michigan University, 2017

John Barnshaw, staff

Government Relations

Works on government relations at all levels of government, advocating positions that are beneficial to the higher education community. Members of the committee analyze bills before Congress and state legislatures, recommend Association policy with regard to proposed legislation, and, on occasion, testify at legislative and executive hearings on mattes of concern to higher education.



Steven London (Political Science),
City University of New York Brooklyn College, chair, 2017

Kim Geron (Political Science), 
California State University, East Bay, 2017

Sara Kilpatrick, executive director of the Ohio AAUP conference, 2017

Geoff Kurtz (Political Science),
City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2017

John McNay (History),
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College, 2018

Daniel P. Murphy (History),
Hanover College, 2016

Linda Rouillard (French),
University of Toledo, 2016

Howard Bunsis (Accounting),
Eastern Michigan University, ex officio as chair of the AAUP-CBC, 2017

Samuel Dunietz, staff

Graduate and Professional Students

Deals with issues of special concern to graduate students, such as intellectual and academic freedom, institutional policy, collective bargaining, and those points outlined in the Association’s Statement on Graduate Students. Monitors and reports on the status of graduate students in the context of AAUP policies and principles.


Danielle Dirocco (Political Science),
University of Rhode Island, chair, 2018

Abhiskek Bhattacharyya (South Asian Languages and Civilizations),
University of Chicago, 2018

Matt Canfield (Anthropology),
New York University, 2018

Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith (Sociology),
University of California, Los Angeles, 2018

Shane Lancer (Industrial and Labor Relations),
Cornell University, 2018

Anthony Levenda (Urban Studies and Planning),
Portland State University, 2018

Anna Waltman (English and American Literature),
University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

Kira Schuman, staff

Historically Black Institutions and Scholars of Color

Deals with issues of special concern to historically black institutions and to minority faculty members in general.  The committee is concerned with access to opportunities in higher education for traditionally underrepresented groups and has focused its recent efforts on affirmative action and diversity, and outreach to faculty at minority serving institutions.


Cecil Canton (Criminal Justice),
California State University, Sacramento, chair, 2017

Femi I. Ajanaku (African & African American studies)
Lemoyne-Owen College, 2017

Benjamin Arah (Government and Philosophy)
Bowie State University, 2017

Jimmy Bell (Criminal Justice & Sociology)
Jackson State University, 2017

Charles L. Betsey (Economics)
Howard University, 2017

Emily Houh (Law),
University of Cincinnati, 2018

Doris Johnson (Teacher Education)
Wright State University, 2018

Julian Madison (History)
Southern Connecticut State University, 2017

John Mckiernan-Gonzalez (History),
Texas State University, 2018

Katherine Morrison (Community Health and Wellness)
Curry College, 2017

Jason Elias, staff

Professional Ethics

Promotes the observance of professional and ethical standards by members of the higher education community through the development of policy statements and reports and the application of those principles to particular ethical situations.


Linda Farmer (Philosophy),
Wright State University, chair, 2018

Arthur Greenberg (Chemistry),
University of New Hampshire, 2018

Claire Katz (Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies),
Texas A&M University, 2018

Craig Vasey (Philosophy),
University of Mary Washington, 2016

Aaron Nisenson, staff

Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity

Researches, monitors, and educates members of the higher education community and the public on issues relating to sexual diversity and gender identity.  Works with other committees (government relations, governance, and Committee A, for example) to promote fair and inclusive policies on these matters on campuses and in the legislatures.


Steven (Stacey) Harris (Mathematics and Computer Science),
Saint Louis University, chair, 2016

Sine Anahita (Sociology),
University of Alaska, 2018

Maura Kelly (Sociology)
Portland State University, 2018

Jeanne Laurel (English),
Niagara University, 2018

Tracey Steele (Sociology),
Wright State University, 2017

Jamie Owen Daniel, staff

Teaching, Research, and Publication

Addresses issues of concern to all faculty, such as faculty workload, teaching evaluation, assessment, and curricular issues, through the development of policy documents and reports and the application of those principles to particular situations.


Craig Vasey (Philosophy),
University of Mary Washington, chair, 2016

Martin Kich (English),
Wright State University, 2016

Ann McGlashan (German),
Baylor University, 2016

Susan Michalczyk (Arts and Sciences Honors Program),
Boston College, 2018

Daniel Murphy (History),
Hanover College, 2018

Jonathan Rees (History),
Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2018

Gwendolyn Bradley, staff

Women in the Academic Profession    

Formulates policy statements, provides resources, and reports on matters of interest to women faculty and the academic community, addressing such issues as equity in pay, work and family balance, sexual harassment and discrimination, affirmative action and the status of female faculty in rank and tenure.  Sponsors data reports on gender equity, prepared by the AAUP Office of Research. 


Anne Sisson Runyan (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies),
University of Cincinnati, chair, 2018
Joan Chrisler (Psychology),
Connecticut College, 2016
Sally Dear-Healey (Sociology and Anthropology),
State University of New York College at Cortland, 2017
Lori Dobbins (Music),
University of New Hampshire, 2016
Rana Jaleel (Gender and Women's Studies), 
University of California, Davis, 2018
Tina Kelleher (English),
Towson University, 2017
Marian Meyers (Communication),
Georgia State University, 2016
Paula A. Treichler (Communication and Media Studies),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
Anita Levy, staff