• The new volume, edited by Michael Bérubé, examines academic freedom issues relating to the Steven Salaita case, unionization, Catholic institutions, IRBs, Title IX, and more. 

  • The new issue of Academe looks at how we can sharpen our professional focus and resist the corporatization of higher education.

  • Our survey includes data on more than 375,000 full-time faculty, making it the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States. And it is the only survey of its kind to include extensive information on benefits.

  • Through the One Faculty campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on our campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

  • 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.

AAUP in the News

Fri, 10/02/2015  |  Inside Higher Ed

Novelist and creative writing professor James Sallis made news when he resigned his Phoenix College teaching position rather than sign Arizona's state loyalty oath. When asked why loyalty oaths, which recall McCarthy-era paranoia, still exist, Hans-Joerg Tiede, a member of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said "not too many people object because they don't want to endanger their jobs.”

Mon, 09/28/2015  |  The Atlantic

"While almost all heads of universities clear more than six figures, the average part-time professor earns about $20,000 a year."  Alluding to AAUP estimates that "roughly three in four college professors aren’t on tenured tracks," this article compares the pay gap between presidents and adjunct professors to that between CEOs and workers. "While income inequality in higher education isn’t as high as Chipotle [1,522 to one], it does rival that of other publicly traded corporations, including Nike, IBM, and Motorola."

Thu, 09/24/2015  |  UT Daily Beacon

Citing AAUP figures, this op-ed advises, "But if we as a society really want to appreciate our faculty — young and old, male and female, tenured and adjunct — we need to give them equal pay for equal work. Peruse the database when you’re bored and question what the numbers mean. Demand that the university release data on salary equity and the ratio of tenure-track to adjunct professors."


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AAUP Updates

The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks scholarly articles that assess the impact on academic freedom of American universities’ partnerships with, and branch campuses and programs in, authoritarian countries. More general treatments of the “global university” and articles that address other major challenges to traditional notions of academic freedom are also welcome.

Part-time faculty at the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College wrote to college president Lee Pelton requesting recognition for all part-time faculty at Emerson LA to become a part of an existing union of part-time faculty at Emerson College. Part-time faculty at the college’s main campus in Boston are represented in collective bargaining by the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, which is affiliated with the American Association of University Professors (AFEC-AAUP).

The AAUP and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations call upon University of California regents to protect the right of administrators and faculty to determine internal university policies through established processes of shared governance free from external political pressure.


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Participants at the 2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute in Denver. More photos on Flickr

Upcoming Events

October 30, 2015 to October 31, 2015

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

November 13, 2015

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.

November 14, 2015 to November 15, 2015

A meeting of the AAUP's Council.