2015 AAUP In the News

07.06.2015 | Nearly a Year Later, Fallout From Salaita Case Lingers on Campuses

"Whenever a really big academic-freedom case spills out like this, it often has a salutary effect in that people have concrete discussions about what does it mean, what is appropriate discussion. That is a good thing," says Henry F. Reichman, chairman of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Also, read Henry Reichman's Academe Blog post.

07.01.2015 | Threat to Faculty Unions

“If the Supreme Court rules that ‘fair share’ violates the First Amendment rights of public employees, they would transform the entire public sector into right to work, more appropriately named ‘right to freeload,’” said Rudy Fichtenbaum, AAUP president.

06.29.2015 | Social Media Causes Academic Freedom Concern

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.

06.29.2015 | Nevada Higher Ed Officials Quashed Report Critical of Their Management

"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."

06.24.2015 | Why State Lawmakers Must Support Tenure at Public Universities

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."

06.23.2015 | AAUP Defends Academic Freedom

In his letter to the editor, Harry Hilton, president of the UIUC AAUP chapter, explains, "In the same manner as unpopular ideas and utterance are protected by the U.S. Constitution to be freely disseminated, academic freedom guarantees that scholars are free from institutional prohibitions to speak and write to be ultimately judged by their profession at large and at their university."

06.23.2015 | Adjuncts Deserve Job Security

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."

06.18.2015 | Scott Walker’s Latest Target: College Professors

"Much of it is about academic freedom and professors’ ability 'to speak on matters of public concern,' said Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP. Members of his organization recently passed a resolution saying it shared 'grave concerns' being voiced 'throughout the world of higher learning' about the actions in Wisconsin.'"