AAUP Updates

In a historic election victory, a decisive majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico voted for a union. Two UNM bargaining units consisting of more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty across five campuses voted by a 70 percent margin to join the American Federation of Teachers and the AAUP.

The AAUP, together with forty-three educational associations, signed onto an amicus brief prepared by the American Council on Education to the US Supreme Court in support of upholding the DACA program.

The AAUP has filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Jennifer Freyd, who sued the University of Oregon for pay discrimination based on significant pay disparities with male faculty members.

Multiple organizations have joined the AAUP's statement urging the Department of Education to step away from its dangerous path of political intrusion into curricular decisions best made by faculty.  

Statement from Henry Reichman, Chair, Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure on the US Department of Education's letter ordering the Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings

In August, Kirkwood Community College in Iowa forced the resignation of Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct instructor of 24 years, because of social media posts (some dating to 2012) that supported antifascism and were critical of the president of the United States.

AAUP in the News

Wed, 10/16/2019  |  The Nation

“The mission of the university is a public mission, and part of that mission is to protect free speech and the right of students and faculty to engage in vigorous and heated debate. That might be very loud, and some might view it as disruptive, but just because of that, doesn’t mean the student should be silenced," said Risa Lieberwitz, general counsel at the AAUP. 

Mon, 10/14/2019  |  Santa Fe New Mexican

Years of labor organizing at the University of New Mexico culminates this week as faculty members vote on unionization to join the United Academics of UNM, which is jointly affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the AAUP.

Wed, 10/09/2019  |  Crain's Cleveland Business

The University of Akron will open a national search for an executive vice president and provost, doing away with the approach of splitting the duties of the Office of Academic Affairs. Returning to the provost structure was one of the changes the University of Akron chapter of the AAUP said it wanted to see when it released the results of a member survey back in August.

Tue, 10/01/2019  |  Lincoln Journal-Star

The proposed changes, if approved by regents, would go a long way to removing UNL from the AAUP’s Censure List, said Julia Schleck, an associate professor of English and member of the Nebraska chapter of the AAUP.

Wed, 09/25/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

Henry Reichman, the chair of AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, described the department’s inquiry into the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies’ use of federal Title VI funds as “a chillingly inappropriate political intrusion into curricular decisions best made by faculty.”

Fri, 09/20/2019  |  Science Magazine

"This current NLRB has a strong majority of very conservative board members; … [it’s] shown itself to be extremely political and quite focused on overruling precedent that had expanded employee rights to unionize,” noted Risa Lieberwitz, AAUP's general counsel. 

Mon, 09/16/2019  |  The Gazette

If Kirkwood Community College rebuffs demands from the AAUP, over the termination of faculty member for his Facebook posts, the college could face censure. “I can’t rule it out,” Gregory Scholtz, director of the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, told The Gazette in an email.

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November 8, 2019

This webinar will provide AAUP members with an overview of recommended AAUP-supported standards on financial exigency and program elimination that should be included in faculty handbooks and collective bargaining agreements.

November 23, 2019 to November 24, 2019

A meeting of the AAUP's governing Council.


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