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 Retirement
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, 2015

Michael F. Bérubé (English),
Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Don M. Eron (Writing and Rhetoric),
University of Colorado Boulder, 2015

Marjorie Heins (Communications),
New York University, 2015

Christopher Hoofnagle (Law),
University of California, Berkeley, 2017

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

Debra Nails (Philosophy),
Michigan State University, 2015

Cary R. Nelson (English),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Joan Wallach Scott (History),
Institute for Advanced Study, 2015

Hans-Joerg Tiede (Computer Science),
Illinois Wesleyan University, 2015

Risa L. Lieberwitz (Law), ex officio as general counsel,
Cornell University, 2015

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

Barbara M. Jones, American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom,
consultant, 2016

Irene T. Mulvey (Mathematics), Fairfield University,
liaison from the Assembly of State Conferences, 2015

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.

Members

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

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

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

Vijay Nair (Library Science),
Western Connecticut State University, 2016

Emily McCann, staff

Accreditation

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.

Members

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

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

A. Lee Fritschler (Public Policy),
George Mason University, 2015

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."

Members

Charles A. Baker (French and Film),
College of the Holy Cross, chair, 2015
 
Linda L. Carroll (Italian),
Tulane University, 2016
 
George M. Cohen (Law),
University of Virginia, 2016
 
Michael DeCesare (Sociology),
Merrimack College, 2017
 
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, 2015
 
Brian Turner (Political Science),
Randolph-Macon College, liaison from the ASC, 2015
 
Donna Young, staff

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

Members

Kimberley Reiser (Biology),
Nassau Community College, chair, 2015

Ashlee Brand (English),
Cuyahoga Community College, 2016

Paul Davis (Behavioral and Social Sciences),
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 2015

Samuel Echevarria-Cruz (Sociology),
Austin Community College, 2015

Anne Friedman (Developmental Skills),
City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2016

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

Jason Elias, 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.

Members

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

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

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

Richard Gomes (ESL),
Rutgers University, 2017

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

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

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

Jeanette Jeneault (Writing),
Syracuse University, 2015

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

Dawn Tefft, 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.

Reports

Members

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

Barbara Hopkins (Economics),
Wright State University, 2015

Elaine McCrate (Economics),
University of Vermont, 2017

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

Mehmet Yaya (Economics), 
Eastern Michigan University, 2017

Ronald Ehrenberg (Industrial and Labor Relations, Economics),
Cornell University, consultant, 2015

Samuel Dunietz, 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.

Reports

Members

Steve London (Political Science),
City University of New York Brooklyn College, chair, 2015

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

Sara Kilpatrick,
Executive Director, Ohio AAUP Conference, 2017

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

Edward C. Marth (Labor Education),
University of Connecticut, 2015

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

Linda Rouillard (French),
University of Toledo, 2016

Beulah Woodfin (Biochemistry),
University of New Mexico, 2015

Howard Bunsis (Accounting),
Eastern Michigan University, ex officio as chair of the AAUP-CBC, 2015

Hans-Joerg Tiede (Computer Science),
Illinois Wesleyan University, ex officio as chair of the ASC, 2015

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.

Members

Danielle Dirocco (Political Science),
University of Rhode Island, 2015

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.

Members

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

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

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

Doris Johnson (Teacher Education),
Wright State University, 2015

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.

Members

Linda Farmer (Philosophy),
Wright State University, chair, 2015

Arthur Greenberg (Chemistry),
University of New Hampshire, 2015

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

Donna Young, staff

Retirement 

Deals with issues affecting retired faculty, including pension and retirement plans, emeritus faculty concerns, and protection against age discrimination.

Members

Janet M. West (Economics),
University of Nebraska at Omaha, chair, 2014

Ronald G. Ehrenberg (Labor Economics)
Cornell University, consultant, 2014

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.

Members

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

Sine Anahita (Sociology),
University of Alaska, 2015

Jeanne Laurel (English),
Niagara University, 2015

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.

Members

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, 2015

Linda L. Carroll (Italian),
Tulane University, consultant, 2014

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. 

Members

Anne Sisson Runyan (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies),
University of Cincinnati, chair, 2015
 
Joan Chrisler (Psychology),
Connecticut College, 2016
 
Lori Dobbins (Music),
University of New Hampshire, 2016
 
Kelly Hay (Communication and Journalism),
Oakland University, 2016
 
Tina Kelleher (English),
Towson University, 2017
 
Marian Meyers (Communication),
Georgia State University, 2016
 
Wendy W. Roworth (Art History),
University of Rhode Island, 2015
 
Paula A. Treichler (Communication and Media Studies),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
 
Martha E. Chamallas (Law), Ohio State University,
consultant, 2014
 
Anita Levy, staff
 
Emily McCann, staff