Academic Freedom

The administration of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago violated principles of academic freedom when it denied tenure to a candidate who had opposed its wishes in a dispute between linguistics faculty and teachers of English as a second language (TESL), concludes an AAUP investigating committee in this new report.

Don't Forget To Vote!

In order to be counted, ballots in the 2014 AAUP national election must be received by Election-America at its Mineola, NY, PO Box no later than April 15.

Ballots for this year’s national officer and Council election were mailed March 3–7 to the home addresses of voting members (postcards were sent to the work addresses of voting members with instructions for obtaining a ballot). 

 

Organizing

We have great news to share—there’s a new AAUP union in New Hampshire. Lecturers at the University of New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionization, with 141 lecturers casting ballots in favor of being represented by the UNH Lecturers United AAUP.

Read the chapter’s official statement.

 

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.

AAUP brief urges the NLRB to look closely at claims that private-college faculty have too much managerial power to have collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Developments in recent decades—diversion of resources to administration, ballooning of contingent positions, and runaway spending on athletics—signal that our colleges and universities are losing focus on their academic missions.

Penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements of the educational program is educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect: it threatens academic freedom and the quality of education.

In a victory for academic freedom and tenure, the ABA has rejected proposals to eliminate or water down the tenure provisions in the accreditation standards for law schools. The AAUP vigorously opposed the removal of tenure from the accreditation standards.

"The Oregon State University chapter of the AAUP conducted a survey of OSU’s faculty. The findings weren’t favorable. They actually startled us."

During last week’s title games, the announcers, the experts and the sideline reporters did not engage in in-depth discussions of the AAUP report or the Sperber book. The fans glued to the TV screens would not have welcomed a conversation on the topic.

"Opponents of the cuts said they a got a boost from a blog post by the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, an economics professor at Princeton University, and the intervention by the AAUP, which sent Kalikow a four-page letter questioning whether the financial situation at the university justified the layoffs."

Talk about the boom in adjunct union growth dominated many of the conversations at the annual meeting here of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions this weekend.

June 6, 2014

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

June 11, 2014

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

July 17, 2014

Mark your calendars for July 17-20 and start planning to attend the 2014 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY.

August 4, 2014

The eleventh biennial conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor will take place in New York City from August 4 through 6, 2014. Visit http://cocalinternational.org/ for more details.

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

The AAUP's National office is closed on Monday, March 3, due to a snow storm.

Ballots for the 2014 national Officer and Council election will be mailed to members’ home addresses on March 3, 2014. Learn more and read the candidate statements and biographies.