• 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 current issue focuses on organizing in higher ed—a crucial topic at this time when collective bargaining rights and shared governance are under sustained attack, faculty appointments without tenure or other protections for academic freedom have become the norm, and the quality of US higher education is in jeopardy.

  • Volume 5 of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is now online! This year's issue focuses on electronic communications and academic freedom.

  • Recommended Principles to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships, an AAUP report published in book form by the AAUP Foundation, is now available for purchase from booksellers and the University of Illinois Press.

  • In addition to annual reports, updated lists of officers and AAUP committee lists, this year’s Bulletin contains a case report of an investigation that led to censure as well as four new or revised policy documents.

Academic Freedom

Actions taken against professor Steven Salaita appear to amount to summary dismissal, which is categorically inimical to academic freedom and due process, says a letter sent today to UIUC chancellor Phyllis Wise.

Organizing

Nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) won a major victory by forming a union, which was certified in July by the labor relations board. This win is part of a trend in higher education where faculties are pushing back against college administrators turning university teaching into an unstable, temporary job.

AAUP Elections

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

Resources

  • Academe Magazine
    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.

The chapter will focus on increasing faculty recruitment, creating a faculty survey to better understand and respond to the concerns of current faculty members, and developing a more open dialogue between faculty.

We're pleased to welcome Michael Bérubé, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and the director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, as guest editor for the next volume of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom.

The AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure's new  report discusses the current threat to academic freedom in the classroom that comes from a demand that teachers provide warnings in advance if assigned material contains anything that might trigger difficult emotional responses for students.

The strike at Rider University has been averted. On October 5, a  tentative agreement was reached and will be recommended by the negotiation team to the membership.

This op/ed about the importance of academic freedom cites the 1940 Statement.  "The fact remains that academic freedom is an inherent right of academia. In 1940, the AAUP released a Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, stating 'Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research.'"

The addition of an AAUP chapter to Seton Hall’s campus will allow for the promotion of the “values of academic freedom on our campus, including full freedom for professors in research and publication, freedom in the classroom to discuss their subject, along with respect for the opinion of others,” said the new chapter's president Roseanne Mirabella.

In this op/ed, a Valdosta State University student warns,"For when you violate academic freedom, you are also violating the public’s trust in the integrity of scholarship and our commitment to the betterment of humanity. And that should never be taken lightly."

Longtime AAUP member Jacqueline  Wilkie  explains the importance of this process for the institution, individual faculty, and the students themselves.

October 23, 2014

This webinar has passed. AAUP members can view materials from past webinars here   

When the parties to a collective bargaining agreement disagree, and that disagreement can’t be reconciled through the grievance procedure, the last and final resort is arbitration.

October 31, 2014

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

November 14, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee

November 15, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Council.

The AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will be held June 11–14, 2015, in conjunction with the AAUP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Proposals will be accepted through December 10.

The Association’s 2014 Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP’s governing Council in spring 2015.

The Bulletin of the AAUP brings together in one volume the previous academic year’s academic freedom and tenure and governance investigative reports, standing committee and ad hoc subcommittee reports, new policy documents and revisions to previously published documents, and selected annual reports of the Association and other relevant business materials.

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