• The line that appears on the cover of the May–June 2015 issue of Academe, “I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,” is from Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” To teach well, we have to do just what Dylan says—and we have to believe it in order to do it.

  • 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.

  • Join us at the 2015 Summer Institute, cosponsored by the AAUP and the AAUP-CBC, for an intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars held at the University of Denver from July 23 to July 26.

  • 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

Mon, 06/29/2015  |  Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Academic freedom is an important concept in higher education — so much so that the AAUP formally censures institutions that try to prevent faculty members from publishing legitimate research results that might be controversial or politically unpopular."

Mon, 06/29/2015  |  Daily Chronicle

Hans-Joerg Tiede, member of the AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, discusses social media, academic freedom and censure with the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Wed, 06/24/2015  |  Chronicle of Higher Education

Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, asks that "legislative language be removed or brought in line with guidelines from the AAUP, which allow the removal of tenure when there is just cause, financial emergency, or program discontinuance for educational reasons."

Tue, 06/23/2015  |  Observer-Reporter

Citing AAUP figures, the News-Observer opines, "It’s a matter of priorities. The quality of a student’s education would likely be greatly enhanced if they were receiving it from instructors who were well-compensated and who possess some measure of job security. Students won’t go out into the world any more wise or capable by having had easier access to pumpkin spice lattes."

Resources

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    Feature articles, columns, and book reviews exploring developments in higher education.
  • Redbook
    The AAUP's key reports and policy documents.
  • Salary Survey
    The AAUP's annual report on faculty compensation.
  • Guidebooks
    Advice on navigating faculty handbooks, the FMLA, and more.

AAUP Updates

As the Supreme Court takes up the Friedrichs case, the AAUP and AAUP-CBC stand with all of labor in defending collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum told the 101st annual meeting that we need a bigger and more inclusive AAUP to fight concerted political attacks on higher education as a public good.

The AAUP's 101st Annual Meeting passed a resolution that voiced concerns regarding the proposals for action by the Wisconsin legislature later this month.

Censure by the AAUP informs the academic community that the administration of an institution has not adhered to generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure. With these actions, fifty-six institutions are currently on the censure list.

Announcements

At its November 2014 meetings, the AAUP national Council clarified their policy on payment of dues for the determination of chapter voting strength.

If you are an AAUP member who would prefer to read Academe online, consider opting out of the print edition. Opt out of the print edition by filling out this form.

Did you know that AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

Birthday Celebration

AAUP first vice president Henry Reichman and president Rudy Fichtenbaum look on as the cake is cut at our centennial party on June 13.

Attack on Tenure and Due Process

The Wisconsin legislature is poised to vote on radical alterations to tenure and shared governance. The AAUP has been working with UW faculty in their fight to preserve quality higher ed in Wisconsin. See:

A letter from AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum

The text of a resolution passed by the 101st Annual Meeting.

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Upcoming Events

July 23, 2015

Please plan to join us at the University of Denver, July 23–26, 2015, for an intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars that will prepare you to organize your colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education.

August 14, 2015

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.