2016 AAUP In the News

01.13.2015 | Stretched Adjuncts Could Be Weak Link in Obama’s Free-College Plan

Rudy H. Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, predicted that, unless the plan included substantial increases in per-student spending, community colleges would handle enrollment increases mainly by fielding more work to part-time instructors, rather than hiring more full-time faculty members.

01.13.2015 | Racism Accusations Spark Academic Freedom Debate in Canada

The AAUP also defends faculty members’ right to comment on matters of “public concern”. At the same time, its Statement on Extramural Utterances says that complaints can be levied against professors who appear to fail to be accurate, exercise “appropriate restraint”, show respect for others or stress that they are not speaking for the university, and whose fitness to serve is in question.

01.09.2015 | Maine Universities Aren’t Corporate Outposts. Budget Decisions Should be Made Accordingly

This op-ed explains governance, academic freedom, and why the AAUP has committed its resources to an on-site investigation.

01.06.2015 | Marywood University Faculty Members Form Local AAUP Chapter

Marywood University faculty members have formed a local chapter of the AAUP at the university. Both Marywood University and the AAUP are celebrating centennials in 2015, and both organizations prioritize student education.

01.06.2015 | The Academy’s First Freedom Fighters

Although pragmatically driven, the AAUP declaration has stood the test of time because it stands for far more than just a defence of individuals’ jobs.

01.05.2015 | In Jewish Studies, Women Remain ‘Second Sex’

“The gender gap is still most pronounced at research institutions at the higher ranks, especially full professor level where numbers of men and their salaries are much higher,” says Anne Runyan, chair of the AAUP's Committee on Women in the Academic Professions.

01.02.2015 | Big Union Win

The AAUP released an analysis of the ruling that also drew attention to the "strong language" with which the NLRB defined the issue of meaningful faculty role in shared governance.

12.17.2014 | Law School Trigger Warnings?

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.