• The current issue of Academe addresses the often harsh realities of higher education for faculty and students. Articles consider the impact of budget cuts, technology, inequality, and other challenges that make collective action crucial.

  • Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the AAUP's Shared Governance Conference and Workshops, to be held September 30-October 2, 2016, in Washington, DC. For details, see the call for proposals.

  • Our survey includes data on over 375,000 full-time faculty, making it the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the US. This year, for the first time, the survey includes data about faculty in part-time positions.

  • Through the One Faculty campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on our campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 07/14/2016  |  Inside Higher Ed

The University of Memphis has proposed an increase in minimum adjunct pay from $1,500 to $2,100 per three-credit-hour course. Though it marks the first pay raise for adjuncts at the university in three decades, some adjuncts at other universities are winning contracts with minimums more than three times higher. Under the new minimum, adjuncts at the University of Memphis who teach a full load of three courses for two semesters could still fall near the poverty threshold and below a full-time minimum wage employee.

Wed, 07/13/2016  |  Cedar Rapids Gazette

Deferred compensation and bonuses increased Robert Donley's pay to $338,466. John Barnshaw, AAUP senior higher education researcher, said while deferred compensation plans are not uncommon in higher education, salary caps are generally made to be honored.

Thu, 07/14/2016  |  Cedar Rapids Gazette

The 100 faculty resignations during the 2016 budget year is up 11 percent from last year and 52 percent from the 2014 budget year, marking the highest number of faculty resignations since at least 1987, according to Board of Regents records. The resignations came during a tumultuous year at the university, including the arrival of Bruce Harreld as president. The selection of former IBM businessman Harreld resulted in votes of no-confidence from faculty and student leaders in the Board of Regents and a sanction by the AAUP.

Fri, 07/01/2016  |  Lexington Herald Leader

After the University of Kentucky lost significant state funding, announced layoffs and a 5 percent tuition increase, many were shocked to hear UK President Eli Capilouto would get a 48 percent increase in his base pay, bringing it to $790,000. John Barnshaw, AAUP senior higher education researcher, explains the ways in which university boards tend to underestimate the value of faculty, who help students stay in school. 

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

Today, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher II) the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action program. The AAUP had joined an amicus brief in this case, supporting affirmative action.

AAUP Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) elections were conducted on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at the AAUP annual meeting in Washington, DC. State conference delegates elected the new ASC officers, who will serve two- or three-year terms ending in June 2018 or 2019.

Today, delegates to the 102nd Annual Meeting of the AAUP voted to place the College of Saint Rose and the University of Missouri (Columbia) on the AAUP’s list of administrations censured for violating standards of academic freedom and tenure. The annual meeting also voted to remove from the censure list two institutions: Metropolitan Community College in Missouri and Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Grove City College had been on the censure list since 1963, longer than any other institution. 

Announcements

Following an announcement earlier this year about a new subscription model for Academe ​magazine, the AAUP sent members instructions by e-mail on February 9 and May 5 about how to opt in to a print subscription by visiting this opt-in page and entering AAUP website usernames and passwords, included in the e-mail notification. 

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

The AAUP has openings for a development director and a digital organizer! See position descriptions and learn how to apply.

AAUP Activists

Participants at the 2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute in Denver. More photos on Flickr

Upcoming Events

August 25, 2016 to August 26, 2016

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.

September 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016

2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops

October 28, 2016 to October 29, 2016

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

November 18, 2016

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.