• 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 reclaiming the narrative of higher education by improving faculty voice and giving professors a larger say in choosing institutional leadership. 

  • Volume 5 of the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom focuses on electronic communications and academic freedom.

  • Show your support for restoring colleges and universities as a public good by signing the AAUP Centennial Declaration. Add your name to the growing ranks of citizens who support free and open higher education, and new levels of engagement between campus and community.

  • 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.

Civility

Recent calls by university administrators for civility have raised concerns over their potential to restrict extramural speech of faculty members. The AAUP has defended the right of faculty members to speak as citizens, since its inception. See our main policies on this topic.

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Redbook Available for Pre-Order

The eleventh edition of the AAUP's Policy Documents & Reports (known as the Redbook) is now available for pre-order! The new edition has been thoroughly updated and will be published in January 2015.

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Organizing

Our local toolkit contains information on how to start an AAUP chapter on your campus, plus members-only resources to help local AAUP leaders build strong chapters and conferences, work with state and local governments, communicate effectively, and plan events. 

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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.

National Labor Relations Board decision significantly expands the right of employees, including faculty at private institutions, to use their employers' e-mail systems for union organizing.

Rudy Fichtenbaum wrote a letter to  the president of the Board of Governors University of Puerto Rico expressing the AAUP's support for the efforts currently being undertaken by the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors (APPU) to achieve collective bargaining for the faculty at the university.

The AAUP commends the University of Oregon faculty senate on its stand against the administration’s attempt to subvert faculty governance and weaken academic standards as means to undermine a potential Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation's strike.

The AAUP's Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publications has developed a survey, and urges you to provide us with information about your institution and your experience with faculty teaching evaluations.

AAUP member Michael Olivas said, "Classrooms are supposed to be didactic and challenging. I actually see it as part of my job to make students feel uncomfortable, not comfortable.” That said, Olivas, added, professors should take special care in thinking about how – not if – they will teach sensitive subjects, and in promoting trust within the classroom.

AAUP's Aaron Nisenson comments on two NLBR decisions, one of which protects the right of employees using work email for union communications and other revises rules for union elections and could shorten the union election process

“Higher ed holds itself as an inspiration to others when it comes to best practices, but in this area it doesn’t live up to those ideals. The majority of part-timers are working full-time somewhere else, running their own businesses or teaching at several colleges just to make ends meet,” explains David Kociemba, a member of the AAUP's Committee on Contingency and the Profession

Aaron Nisenson, chief counsel for the American Association of University Professors, said via email that the decision as it pertains to higher education has particular relevance to faculty members, who frequently communicate via email. 

January 31, 2015

The AAUP-CBC Western Regional Meeting will be at California State University, Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles Room on the 3rd floor of the Student Union building on Saturday, January 31st from 8:30am-5pm.

March 27, 2015

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.

April 18, 2015

The AAUP-CBC Spring Regional Meeting will be at the University of Cincinnati in 400B of the Tangeman University Center from 8:30am-5pm on Saturday, April 18th.

June 11, 2015

Join your colleagues for the AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and the annual business meeting of the AAUP.

The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom—a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication—seeks scholarly submissions for its 2015 volume.

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.

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