2015 AAUP In the News

10.07.2015 | Embarrassingly Public Doubt of Our Academic Freedom

The Daily Illini Editorial Board urges students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to consider the implications of  AAUP censure. "Although the list doesn’t affect the University in any physical or legal way, it changes the atmosphere of higher education and the way professionals view the University."

10.06.2015 | National Professor Association to Investigate UI Presidential Search

Responding to faculty concerns about the University of Iowa's recent selection of  incoming president J. Bruce Harreld, the AAUP is sending two representatives to conduct an inquiry.  Emphasizing that the inquiry will focus on the search process rather than on the candidate's nontraditional qualifications, AAUP associate general secretary Jordan E. Kurland said, “For a major research university of that caliber to have private meetings and things done on the side … the deviation from sound and due process is striking.” 

10.02.2015 | To Sign, or Not to Sign?

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.”

09.28.2015 | The College President-to-Adjunct Pay Ratio

"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."

09.24.2015 | Quite Contrary: Inequality - Tenure-Seeking Professors vs. Adjunct Faculty Member

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."

09.22.2015 | UW Schools Vie for Favorable Tenure Policy

Gregory Scholtz, the AAUP's director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance, discusses Wisconsin legislators' misconceptions of tenure.

09.22.2015 | With Football Team in turmoil, Rutgers Community Weary of Scandals

"This has been going on for years and years," said anthropology professor David Hughes, president of the AAUP-AFT faculty union, in a phone interview Thursday. "That's why faculty is so disillusioned with the athletic department. ... Faculty gets treated like second-class citizens when we do important work too, you know?"

09.18.2015 | Report Found Rutgers Football Coach in Violation of University Policy

President Barchi making his report public was “tremendously important in terms of restoring the reputation of the university. Also, we called for President Barchi to reaffirm academic freedom. He did that,” said AAUP chapter president David Hughes.