AAUP Updates

The results of the AAUP's annual Faculty Compensation Survey show that, on average, salaries for full-time faculty members at US colleges and universities are 2 percent higher in 2018-19 than they were in the preceding academic year. The third successive year that increases in average full-time faculty salaries have barely outpaced inflation.

The AAUP Council and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress Executive Committee met March 29–30 and overwhelmingly approved detailed draft revisions to governing documents and other policies that will streamline our shared organizational structure if approved by the AAUP annual meeting and AAUP-CBC regular meeting in June 2019.

A response from Julie Schmid, AAUP executive director, on President Trump's executive order that would deny federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not "support free speech."

The AAUP Foundation received a $150,000 three-year grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to fund costs associated with fall meetings and reports for the AAUP’s standing Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

After President Trump announced that he would soon issue an executive order denying federal research funds to colleges and universities that do not "support free speech," the AAUP and eleven other groups issued a statement, calling it a dangerous solution to a largely nonexistent problem.

The AAUP released a governance investigation report about the Maricopa Community Colleges district governing board’s decisions to repeal the entire faculty manual, put restrictions on the faculty’s participation in institutional decision making, and terminate a “meet-and-confer” process. Investigators found evidence which strongly suggests that the board’s intervention was an engineered performance of political theater motivated by partisan ideology.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 04/18/2019  |  WHYY

A strike has been averted at New Jersey’s largest public university after Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, which had been working without a contract for nearly a year. The proposed four-year contract includes pay hikes for faculty members, pay equity measures for female and minority instructors, and better job security for some non-tenured professors.

Mon, 04/15/2019  |  North Jersey Record

If the Rutgers University faculty union AAUP-AFT decides to call a strike after marathon bargaining sessions with the university for a new contract, union members are ready: Official picket signs have been printed, picket line captains trained, and students prepared to provide support.

Wed, 04/10/2019  |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Our annual faculty-compensation survey provides a snapshot of the earning power of full-time and part-time faculty members. The long and short of it: Pay raises were modest, faculty buying power has eroded, and many different factors are rolled into faculty pay. But the data, from nearly 1,000 two- and four-year colleges, also tell us three things about the academic workplace.

Wed, 03/27/2019  |  Des Moines Register

A new "free speech" law in Iowa will require public universities and community colleges to uphold the "fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression." Katherine Tachau, Iowa AAUP president, said freedom of expression is at the heart of universities. It's not clear how the law will change their campus, but her organization worries about "undesirable unintended consequences."

Thu, 03/21/2019  |  San Francisco Chronicle

In a joint statement, higher education groups including the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges & Universities called the order “a dangerous solution to a largely nonexistent problem” that is “more likely to stifle than encourage free expression and diversity of opinion.”

Tue, 03/19/2019  |  Politico

Rutgers AAUP-AFT, the bargaining unit representing full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers University has its members’ blessing to call a strike if contract negotiations aren’t successful. Eighty-eight percent of its members voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike.

Tue, 03/05/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

Many organizations, including the AAUP, are opposing President Trump's plan to issue an executive order to cut off federal research dollars to institutions determined not to be supporting free speech.

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Upcoming Events

May 31, 2019 to June 1, 2019

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

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.

July 25, 2019 to July 28, 2019

The 2019 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to Chicago!

Announcements

The Nominating Committee of the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) has submitted a final report about nominations for the following positions on the ASC Executive Committee: Treasurer and two At-Large Members.

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.