2015 AAUP In the News

07.15.2015 | At Wash. U. and Webster, a Fight to Unionize Adjunct Professors

Even as administrators' salaries have grown exponentially, so too has the percentage of college-level instructors who are part-time adjuncts. In 1975, 43 percent of U.S. college instructors were adjuncts or contingent workers, according to the AAUP. By 2011, that figure had climbed to 70 percent.

07.10.2015 | AAUP Backs Fired LSU Professor

“Maybe to a few people it’s unsettling, but we have a case where the worst things she is accused of doing are, at regular, secular universities, run-of-the-mill stuff these days,” said Jordan E. Kurland, the AAUP’s associate general secretary. “Nobody would bat an eye.”

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."

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