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AAUP Updates

The AAUP's data snapshot documents the shift in US academic employment from mostly full-time tenured or tenure-track appointments to mostly contingent appointments, as well as disparities that remain for women faculty and faculty of color.

The AAUP joined gun violence prevention organizations Brady and Team Enough in filing an amicus brief in support of the University of Michigan’s ordinance prohibiting the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons on university property, citing that the university's prohibition protects the free speech rights of students and faculty, safeguards academic freedom, promotes the free exchange of ideas on campus, and furthers the university’s core educational goals.

On Saturday, the governing Council of the AAUP voted unanimously to add Indiana University Northwest to the Association’s list of censured administrations after an investigation found that the administration acted against Dr. Mark McPhail in a way that violated AAUP-supported standards of academic due process. The committee further concluded that conditions for academic governance at the institution are unsound and its racial climate is unwelcoming to faculty members of color.

AAUP president Irene Mulvey submitted public comments to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), urging the body responsible for making recommendations to the US Department of Education on issues related to accreditation and educational quality to uphold principles of academic freedom as political interference increases.

With the introduction of HB 999, the Florida legislature—at Governor DeSantis’s urging—has doubled down on its attacks on academic freedom with a bill that would effectively silence faculty and students across the ideological spectrum and purge whole fields of study from public universities.

AAUP in the News

Sat, 03/25/2023  |  Jacobin

"As bad as precarity is for adjuncts, it’s also terrible for students. So we anticipate, to the degree that we can win these demands, that we can change the relationship between adjuncts and the university, and therefore also change the relationship of a lot of students with their university."

Fri, 03/24/2023  |  Houston Chronicle

Without tenure, and with restrictions on what content is or is not allowed to be taught and discussed on our campuses, the best and the brightest faculty — the research groundbreakers — will go to other states. Is that what we want for research in our state, and for Texas’s students?

Thu, 03/16/2023  |  The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio Senate Bill 83, just introduced in the Ohio Senate, brings Florida to Ohio in terms of the vicious attacks on higher ed: bans on public university strikes, elimination of academic freedom, and restrictions on/prohibitions of ethnic studies, gender studies curricula.

Thu, 03/09/2023  |  Nature

“When you see elected leaders demonizing educators and weaponizing education, it’s a five-alarm fire for democracy,” says Irene Mulvey, president of the AAUP in Washington DC. “It important to understand that when governors attack DEI efforts, they completely mischaracterize them to create a straw-man demon that they now have to do away with."

Upcoming Events

April 4, 2023

An informal discussion for members or staff of collective bargaining chapters about ways to use AAUP financial analysis reports strategically at the table and in media during bargaining.

April 12, 2023

In this workshop, participants will look at proposal packaging and other bargaining strategies for avoiding impasse and map out an end game and timeline.

April 20, 2023

Join us for a discussion of legislative attempts to curtail the teaching of "divisive concepts" such as race and gender, and how we can respond.

April 20, 2023

A session for chapter bargaining team members and staff interested in an introduction to working with a mediator, the fact finding process, and preparing for arbitration.

April 26, 2023

A session for stewards, grievance officers, or staff looking for a refresher or an introduction to the legal framework of a grievance, as well as how to investigate a case, write a grievance, and p

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