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AAUP Updates

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum has issued a statement on the protests in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Faculty at Oregon State University have agreed to terms on a historic first union contract, at a time of unprecedented challenges to higher education.

The AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession provides a snapshot of faculty compensation for the 2019–20 academic year, as the country was on the brink of what may be the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The AAUP joined with the American Council on Education and thirty-nine other higher education associations in filing an amicus brief supporting a district court judge's decision in a case that challenged Harvard's admissions policy. The brief emphasizes the educational value of a diverse student body.

The AAUP is proud to announce the recipients of the Georgina M. Smith Award, the Marilyn Sternberg Award, and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The AAUP has issued a response to revised Title IX regulations that the US Department of Education released on May 6. The response, prepared by a subcommittee of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession, comments on some aspects of the revised regulations that represent small steps forward and others that represent large steps backward.

After three and a half years of negotiations, the AAUP faculty bargaining unit at the College of Southern Nevada--part of the Nevada Faculty Alliance--has ratified its first contract, which is now pending before the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the AAUP, released a statement in support of the chapter’s hard-fought contract.

The AAUP has issued guidance on reopening campuses for our chapters, faculty governing bodies, and administrations. The guidance, which is consistent with existing AAUP policies and standards, emphasizes the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff and the importance of faculty involvement in decisions related to instruction.

The AAUP and the AFT have submitted joint comments urging the Department of Education to rescind proposed rules for distance education, citing the importance of interaction between students and faculty and the dangers of outsourcing core educational responsibilities.

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum has issued a statement of solidarity with essential workers who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. AAUP members and supporters can send a message of support by signing on to the solidarity statement.

AAUP in the News

Wed, 06/03/2020  |  Washington Post

The Washington Post speaks to three AAUP chapters, Wright State University, Purdue University and the University of Tulsa, for their perspective on safely re-opening campuses.

Thu, 05/28/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Inside Higher Education covers the AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession.

Fri, 05/15/2020  |  NBC News

"Suspending or ending OPT makes no practical sense — it solves no problem, it reduces the quality of America's higher education system, and it threatens the international exchange of ideas so vital to academic freedom," said Julie Schmid, executive director of the AAUP.

Wed, 05/06/2020  |  The Columbus Dispatch

The OU AAUP chapter has called for the administration “to cut from the top” first before faculty and staff cuts, as well as rescind and halt layoffs during the pandemic.

Mon, 05/04/2020  |  Chillicothe Gazette

The Ohio University AAUP chapter introduced and passed a resolution of no-confidence in University President Duane Nellis and Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer after demanding that layoffs of the faculty and staff involved be reversed "until a process of true shared governance and transparency can be established and implemented."

Wed, 04/15/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

The mounting death toll from COVID-19 among professors is tragic for all those whose lives are touched. And the loss of valued colleagues brings with it a loss of the institutional knowledge that helps faculty govern their institutions and departments.

Wed, 04/08/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed covers the annual Faculty Compensation Survey, noting that the AAUP’s data, collected before the disruption of US higher education by the COVID-19 pandemic, "will serve as important benchmarks when institutions look at faculty pay in reassessing their budgets."

Mon, 04/06/2020  |  Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The AAUP announced agreement last week with the attorneys general, stating that the COVID-19 crisis “severely constrains the ability of educational institutions’ administrations, faculty, staff and students to engage in meaningful shared governance to address new and complex Title IX regulations.”

Thu, 04/02/2020  |  Seacoast Online

UNH Lecturers United-AAUP and the University of New Hampshire jointly announced they have reached an agreement on a new contract. The new collective bargaining agreement runs through June 30, 2022. Lecturers had been working without a contract for the past couple of years.

Wed, 03/25/2020  |  The Daily Beast

The AAUP’s Hans-Joerg Tiede on exposés of liberal bias: “For all the concern these days that conservatives are expressing for free expression in universities, activities such as these seem to indicate a different interest in the suppression of views.”

Wed, 03/11/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

In an article about the impact of COVID-19, AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum said he is hearing from members that decisions about closing campuses or moving instruction online “are being made without adequate faculty involvement in decision-making.”

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Upcoming Events

June 5, 2020 to June 6, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, conducted remotely on Zoom. 

June 10, 2020

This webinar will address tactics and tools for improving digital engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 18, 2020 to June 21, 2020

Due to guidance issued by the CDC and state and local governments, we are unable to hold the June 18–21 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting as scheduled. 

June 18, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee, conducted remotely on Zoom.

June 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020

A two-part meeting of the AAUP's Council, conducted remotely on Zoom.


Due to concerns about COVID-19, the AAUP office has transitioned to telework until at least June 8. The best way to reach staff members is to write to the appropriate email address for the staff member or department you need to contact. Please consult the AAUP staff page for guidance. 

Three officer positions—president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer—and two at-large Council positions are open for election. The election scheduled for the Biennial Meeting, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conducted by a secret mail ballot of chapter and section delegates starting on or about June 19, 2020.

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.