• 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. 

  • You can support the AAUP Foundation—which promotes academic freedom and funds AAUP investigations—while also reducing your tax bill. Ways to give with likely tax benefits include IRA rollovers, gifts of stock or securities, and bequests in your will.

  • 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 current 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.

  • 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

Fri, 03/24/2017  |  truthout

Racism is rampant and foreign students or prospective students have much to consider. Rudy Fichtenbaum, AAUP president says, "The atmosphere -- the increasing attacks on Jewish centers, cemeteries, Muslim mosques and the recent murder of two Sikhs in Kansas City -- means that many international students are deciding to stay away from the US and are instead attending colleges in Canada, Australia or Europe."

Tue, 03/21/2017  |  BG Independent

Rudy Fichtenbaum discusses many problems stemming from ill-conceived policies and escalating since the November election.

Fri, 03/17/2017  |  GoodCall

While coaches and university presidents earn seven figure salaries, Howard Bunsis, AAUP leader and chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congrees, points out, “Many universities have lost their way, as the core function of a university is the academic success of our students."

Sun, 03/12/2017  |  New York Times

The Rutgers athletic department has run an annual deficit of at least $20 million since 2006 and has diverted millions in student fees and millions from its general fund to cover the athletic shortfall. In 2012, Rutgers joined the Big Ten with high hopes and low returns. David Hughes, president of the Rutgers AAUP chapter, and Mark Killingsworth, Rutgers economics professor and football fan, weigh in. The faculty council is set to vote on a motion deploring this state of affairs.

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

In keeping with its mission to support principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society, the AAUP Foundation welcomes grant applications from faculty impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban or by other threats to academic freedom. The next quarterly application deadline is March 31.

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been proclaimed a “natural successor” to former justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, would likely continue Scalia’s work to dismantle many of the protections extended to workers, the public, minorities, and the disabled.

President Trump released an initial budget proposal Thursday containing deep cuts that would severely damage scientific research, the arts and humanities, and access to higher education. This is not a design for the world class system of higher education that Americans have come to expect. It is, instead, a design that will undermine the world's finest system of higher education and further harm low-income college students. 

The second Muslim ban is still a discriminatory, exclusionary ban aimed at Muslim-majority countries. It still has a chilling effect on academic freedom and the movement of people and ideas.

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

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

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Upcoming Events

April 18, 2017

AAUP faculty unions have much in common with other groups of organized workers, but there are also important differences.

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.

July 27, 2017 to July 30, 2017

The 2017 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.