• The AAUP is a partner with the March for Science. On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, scientists and their supporters will march on Washington and in satellite marches around the world to affirm the importance and independence of scientific research and evidence-based policies. 

  • Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries affects large numbers of faculty and students. The AAUP urges you to sign a statement of solidarity against this discriminatory ban.

  • The new issue of Academe calls for a renewed commitment to activism to counter increasing threats to higher education. Contributors provide historical context and practical strategies for the fight ahead, focusing on collective bargaining, public and for-profit education, faculty governance, and financial mismanagement.

  • The Professor Watchlist, which purports to catalogue faculty who "advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” is a threat to academic freedom and free speech. The AAUP invites you to stand in solidarity with colleagues who have been singled out by asking to be added to the list.

  • The sanctuary campus movement calls on campuses to provide a safe space for undocumented students. See resources and information. 

  • Register now for the AAUP's June 14–18 annual conference, featuring presentations on student rights and freedoms. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, is a plenary speaker.

AAUP in the News

Mon, 02/27/2017  |  Chronicle of Higher Education

Petitions and open letters by academics are popular and on the rise since the elections. The AAUP delivered an open letter to Turning Point USA denouncing their Professor Watchlist as a tool to "silence free speech, chill academic freedom, and harass faculty members."

Sun, 02/26/2017  |  Louisville Cardinal

The AAUP is making rounds at college campuses, talking about academic freedom in the age of Trump. Joerg Tiede explains at a recent visit to the University of Louisville “These attacks [on the press and academics] are aimed at these institutions because of the roles they play in our democracy.”

Sat, 02/25/2017  |  Voice of America

Tenure has long been important to American higher education as a means of protecting academic freedom. Beginning in 1915, the AAUP was one of the first organizations of college professors to fight for academic freedom. In the 1700s, religious groups operated most colleges in the United States and, before that, Britain’s North American colonies. College officials often removed employees who spoke about subjects that were in conflict with the school’s teachings. By the late 1800s, it became common for individuals who gave large amounts of money to a college to have powers similar to those officials. In the early 20th century, the presidents of three private universities (Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago) decided their professors needed more protection and the freedom to explore difficult issues, which would also help better educate students. They created a system (tenure) to reduce the ability of donors to influence the removal of professors. 

Mon, 02/27/2017  |  Science

The March for Science, scheduled for 22 April, is creating a buzz in the scientific community. The march arose as a grassroots reaction to concerns about the attacks on science under President Donald Trump. The AAUP is one of many proud March for Science partners.

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 Updates

Two examples of extreme legislation coming from Iowa and North Carolina call for "ideological balance" among faculty.

The AAUP issued a statement, "Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty," to address increasing concerns about efforts to intimidate and harass faculty. The statement includes recommendations for administrations, governing boards, faculty bodies, and individual faculty members.

We note with sadness the death of Mary Burgan, who served as the general secretary of the Association from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Burgan died in Washington, DC, on January 12 at the age of 81. A memorial event in her honor will take place on March 11.

The AAUP urges the Senate to block the nomination of Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. Puzder has opposed paid sick leave, overtime pay, and raising the minimum wage, and he is an opponent of the right of workers to organize unions.

The AAUP strongly opposes Donald Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries. Large numbers of our students and faculty members are affected by the administration’s ill-considered executive order, which violates so many American traditions and beliefs.

Announcements

On Wednesday, February 15, the AAUP will transition to an auto-attendant telephone system.

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

See position descriptions and learn how to apply.

E-mail Updates

AAUP on Facebook

Upcoming Events

June 2, 2017 to June 3, 2017

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

June 14, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The 2017 AAUP Annual Conference includes presentations, awards, a lobbying day, and business meetings.

October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017

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

November 17, 2017

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.