• 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.

  • 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.

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 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.

Rider AAUP Chief Negotiator Jeff Halpern believes that the show of force will demonstrate that the faculty are willing to stand united even if a strike is called. Halpern hopes that a sensible agreement can be reached and a strike can be avoided.

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.

Lieberwitz will work closely with the AAUP’s legal staff to pursue Association activities, which include advising on higher education legal issues; preparing amicus briefs; monitoring legal developments in higher education around the country; and keeping the Association apprised of new and emerging legal issues that may have implications affecting higher education.

The full statement is a praiseworthy defense of academic freedom and unrestricted speech in higher education. Kudos to the AAUP for standing up for its members' rights.

Faculty are deeply concerned by this administration’s vision for Rider’s future. Administrators come and go, but faculty and students must live with the consequences of their actions.

We agree with the AAUP’s stance and object to the enforced institution of academic trigger warnings on both principled and consequential grounds. While personally traumatic experiences are important to address and treat on college campuses, trigger warnings are neither a fair nor sufficient solution to such issues and would ultimately serve to undermine the fundamental values of academia.

"Unilateral administration decisions do not include faculty or student participation and do not serve the public interest. Shared governance is essential to a quality university," said David Nalbone, president of Purdue University Calumet's AAUP chapter.

September 23, 2014

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October 11, 2014

AAUP union members will meet again in the Northeast this fall to share their experiences and to brainstorm new strategies for building faculty power and leverage on their campuses.

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

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.

The AAUP's National office will be closed on Monday, September 1,  in observance of Labor Day.

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