AAUP Updates

The Executive Committee of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress sent a letter today to LA schools superintendent Austin Beutner urging him to return to the bargaining table with UTLA and to cease the expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles.

Nominations for three positions on the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) Executive Committee are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18. Elections for Treasurer and two At-Large Members will take place at the June 2019 ASC Business Meeting in Arlington, VA, by conference delegates to that meeting.

The AAUP has authorized an investigation into apparent departures from widely adopted standards of shared governance at Vermont Law School. The law school’s administration and governing board “restructured” the law school’s faculty by lowering salaries, reducing the number of full-time positions, and eliminating the tenured status of 14 of the 19 tenured faculty members without involving the faculty in the decision-making process.

The AAUP's Journal of Academic Freedom is seeking submissions for its tenth volume, scheduled for publication in fall 2019. The journal's new call for papers, "Who's a Bully? Civility, Authoritarianism, and Power in the Contemporary Academy," invites original, scholarly articles that consider how “bullying” is implicated in conflicts taking place around discourses of civility and academic freedom. Submit papers by March 1, 2019

Today the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure joined with the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession to release a statement regarding the reported move by the Trump administration to promulgate a new legal definition of gender under Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.

AAUP in the News

Wed, 01/02/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

After controversies involving two professors, Fresno State University is considering creating a set of principles that “exemplify what we can and should be.” But Henry Reichman, chair of the committee on academic freedom and tenure, said that documents such as Fresno State’s are at best "anodyne" and quickly forgotten but at worst “used to justify censorship and conformity.”

Fri, 12/28/2018  |  The Simpsonian

The termination of two tenured faculty members at Simpson College has created concern the college has violated national standards for dismissals. Greg Scholtz, director of the department of academic freedom, tenure, and governance, has contacted the Simpson College administration and urged the college “to rescind the notices of termination."

Thu, 12/20/2018  |  Bloomberg Government

Online program managers, or OPMs, are becoming increasingly common as they can help schools develop, recruit and market online degrees with less financial risk to the university. But as the industry grows, so have faculty concerns about schools that are partnering with OPMs.

Wed, 12/12/2018  |  Washington Post

Washington Post cites AAUP's Hans-Joerg Tiede, a member of the AAUP’s department of academic freedom, tenure and governance, on academic freedom, about Temple University board chair remarks.

Fri, 11/30/2018  |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Chapel Hill is the latest campus to dust off old bylaws and resurrect a chapter of the AAUP, the longtime advocacy group for academic freedom. Groups at Dartmouth College and Syracuse University have revived their chapters within the past year or so, and faculty at Cornell University are in talks to do the same. Organizers reviving the chapters say academic freedom is under attack as college “corporatization,” state politics, and an overreliance on adjunct labor threaten to stifle the faculty’s voice.

Thu, 11/29/2018  |  In These Times

Since the NLRB ruling in August 2016 which extended bargaining rights to graduate workers at private universities, graduate unions have spread quickly in the two years since.

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Upcoming Events

March 29, 2019 to March 30, 2019

A meeting of the AAUP's governing Council. 

June 12, 2019 to June 16, 2019

The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes the annual business meetings of the AAUP and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress.

Announcements

The AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) is seeking nominations for the following positions on the ASC Executive Committee: Treasurer and two At-Large Members.

Caprice Lawless won a rerun election and is now AAUP second vice president.

Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See open positions and learn how to apply.