2015 AAUP In the News

05.21.2015 | What's Casually Cast Aside?

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum argued that the dangers that get the most airtime “pale in comparison to what have become the two greatest threats to academic freedom: the growing use of faculty who are hired on contingent contracts, and rising student debt."

05.19.2015 | The American University - Trouble in Paradise?

A Business Standard India asks, "When I got off the call I was puzzled. A four-year undergraduate programme in a university like the one where my friend teaches can cost the student at least $100,000. Why were such universities denying their adjunct professors such basic things like medical assistance, considering how expensive medical care in America is?"

05.19.2015 | Did an Oil Tycoon Try to Get Researchers Fired?

Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the AAUP told CBS MoneyWatch that his organization is celebrating its centennial, and "it's this kind of thing that was the main reason for our creation." Such pressures may discourage professors from tackling controversial topics, he said.

05.12.2015 | Some Universities Ban Sexual Relationships Between Professors, Undergraduates

The AAUP's Anita Levy tells NBC San Diego, "While it might look like a good idea, it could end up being like Prohibition where you try to ban something that’s going to end up happening anyway. So why not have good policies with regard to consensual relationships and good policies with regard to sexual harassment complaints.”

05.11.2015 | For Female Faculty at OU, Pay Inequity is no Mirage

Female faculty at OU have an average annual income of $76,518, 11.2 percent less than male faculty's $86,180, according to the 2013-2014 OU Faculty Study by the AAUP.

05.07.2015 | This Connecticut Man Earns More Money Working at a Grocery Store Than as a College Professor

This Australian story highlights the difference between the salaries of contingent and non-contingent faculty.

05.06.2015 | Superfund Site Gives UNCA Profs Lesson in Politics

Hans-Joerg Tiede, a member of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure said, ""Broadly speaking, trying to intimidate faculty members is not a rare occurrence and there are a number of ways intimidation can be used against a faculty member." More popular methods include quoting emails and research out of context, which has led to threats against academics.

05.05.2015 | Faculty Compensation Report Raises Questions

“It is pitting the students and their families, who we care about, who we want to educate, against us,” Susan Michalczyk, president of the Boston College chapter of the AAUP and second vice president of the AAUP, said about rising tuition rates. “We are the heart and soul of the university, but right now it is hard.”

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