2015 AAUP In the News

10.06.2014 | College Football Coaches' Salaries and Perks are Soaring

"If your mission is to educate students, why are you spending so much money to hire coaches?" said Saranna Thornton, an economics professor at Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) who co-authored the AAUP's April report on the state of professor salaries. "People talk about the rising costs of higher education. But if money is so tight, then why is it being spent on hiring coaches?"

10.02.2014 | Think Tenure Protects You? With Wealthy Donors and Less Public Funding, Think Again

To academics, Salaita’s dismissal two weeks before starting the job is a strike against academic freedom. At least 16 academic departments have voted no confidence in the chancellor, and the American Association of University Professors and the Modern Language Association have taken stands against the university.

09.30.2014 | Bloat driving up UC, Miami costs

Op-ed by John T. McNay, a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College and president of the AAUP's Ohio conference: "A strong faculty is the backbone of any university. But consider the fact that at universities statewide, much of the undergraduate teaching is done by adjuncts who outnumber full-time tenure-track faculty."

09.29.2014 | Chicago to Close Confucius Institute

In June, the American Association of University Professors called on universities to cancel their agreements with Confucius Institutes unless they can renegotiate them to ensure certain terms can be met. The AAUP statement asserted that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”

09.24.2014 | Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

"To do research honorably, you have to follow where the data lead," said Cary Nelson, former president of the AAUP. "You have to have the freedom to follow those leads." Asked if he would work under such conditions, Nelson was curt: "No."

09.22.2014 | Why Does College Cost So Much?

“Colleges are trying to showcase their value through visuals like dining halls, palatial new buildings and the ubiquitous rock-climbing walls, not the quality of their professors and programs,” says David Kociemba, chair of AAUP’s Committee for Contingency and the Profession. 

09.19.2014 | NMU Archives Event Illuminates History of School

One of the AAUP's responsibilities is to negotiate the faculty's employment contract with NMU's administration. Before the faculty was represented by the the AAUP, there was no contract that guaranteed them shared governance of the university.

09.18.2014 | AAUP: 40-year-old contract built Rider’s reputation

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.