2015 AAUP In the News

09.01.2015 | Ban on Banning Words

Henry Reichman, chair of the AAUPs' Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, points out that there are multiple issues at play in the debate over the Washington State syllabus.

08.31.2015 | PSU President’s Salary More Than Meets the Eye

Using the AAUP's compensation report, this article compares average faculty salaries with PSU president President Wim Wiewel's salary of $401,700. Additionally, he receives payments to a retirement plan, free housing, automobile usage, sabbatical time, maid service at his home, and gardening services.

08.27.2015 | UBC Leadership Crisis Goes Beyond Ivory Tower

Columnist E. Wayne Ross writes, "Universities exist for the common good, not to further the interest of an individual or an institution. And, as the influential 1940 statement of the AAUP argues, the common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free expression. These are principles that are clearly stated and even extended further in the policies of UBC."

08.27.2015 | Ideological Billionaires Sway Universities’ Agendas with Big Bucks

The AAUP's Jordan Kurland tells the Washington Times that much of the money these billionaires give is needed to fund research that otherwise the universities couldn’t afford, but that academics need to be wary of maintaining their independence from the control and influence of their donors, including what is taught in the classroom and which professors are hired.

08.27.2015 | Rutgers Coach Kyle Flood May Have Emailed Part-Time Professor, Faculty Union Says

"You can imagine how someone in those situations would feel," David Hughes, Rutgers AAUP-AFT president, said. "A guy earning a million dollars is talking to an instructor earning less than $5,000."

08.25.2015 | Board Continues Search for Next University President

The AAUP, a national organization devoted to improving the academic environment for students and faculty in higher education, has already crafted a list of expectations for the new president, said Karen Dawisha, co-president of the newly formed Miami chapter.

08.24.2015 | University Executive Officers Call on Wilson, Killeen to Reinstate Salaita

“We firmly believe that this step will help put the university on track toward ending AAUP censure and regaining its place among the most respected public institutions of higher education in the country.” 

08.13.2015 | Faculty Union Wins New Protection From Student Abuse After Yik Yak Incident

That provision gives faculty members a contractual right to remove disruptive students from their classrooms, which they had not had before, and calls for the administration to resolve such disciplinary problems through a process that respects the rights of faculty members as well as those of students.