2015 AAUP In the News

06.20.2014 | A Win for Free Speech

Aaron Nisenson, senior counsel for the AAUP, said he viewed the decision positively in that it noted that speech of public employees shouldn't simply be deemed to lack First Amendment protection because it relates to job duties. "The fact that the employee gained the information from his or her employment does not render the speech unprotected," he said. "This expands the rights of employees at public institutions."


06.19.2014 | Concern Over Faculty Layoffs at Quinnpiac University

There was "no faculty inclusion in these decisions," AAUP's Irene Mulvey said, "and that’s the problem for us. The normative standards of the profession would be that educational considerations require meaningful participation by the faculty in these kinds of decisions."

06.17.2014 | Annual Meeting & Conference Media Coverage

Read a sample of the media coverage our Annual Conference of the State of Higher Education and annual meeting generated.

06.11.2014 | School President: Costly lawsuits still plague B-CU

“This is very much exhibit number one as far as the sense of adopting such procedures to avoid litigation,” said AAUP's Anita Levy. Dealing with lawsuits “certainly detracts from attention to educational matters, the students — it's got to take a lot of the administrators' time.”

06.10.2014 | Top Administrators Out-Earn Knapp

“It has been a trend,” AAUP past president Cary Nelson said. “It’s mirroring the incredible and obscene increases in the salaries of corporate CEOs so that universities are more and more imitating those employers.”

06.10.2014 | College Headhunters, Accustomed to Secrecy, Find Themselves Under Scrutiny

"Mr. Tiede and Mr. Theune wrote a report on provost searches that will be presented on Friday at the annual conference of the AAUP, in Washington."

06.09.2014 | Temple Probing Funding of Two Professors' Research

Several experts said researchers should disclose their funding source at every step once the research becomes public, whether in a working paper posted online or a final version in a journal. "It's quite disingenuous to say the funding source shouldn't have gone on the working paper," said Cary Nelson, former president of the AAUP and an expert on faculty conflict of interest.

06.05.2014 | Input Not Wanted

AAUP member Robert O’Neil said it was “crucial and compelling” to involve the faculty in presidential searches. “At whatever level, substantial faculty involvement in senior administrative searches strikes me as crucial.  Especially against a history of prior involvement, the [Nebraska] modification strikes me as regrettable.”