• As a damaging tax bill comes close to a vote, you can take action. Add your name to the petition urging 15 key Republicans to take a stand to protect students and higher education.

  • The new issue of Academe examines political and other divisions within higher education. Contributions from faculty members, AAUP chapter leaders, and an undergraduate activist consider how to advance learning and social justice in tense campus climates.

  • The AAUP recently launched a new website as part of a campaign that brings together faculty, academic professionals, and supporters to fight for higher education. The site serves as a hub for our work on fighting harassment of faculty members, protecting academic freedom, and uniting the faculty.

  • The AAUP’s June 14–17 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes panel presentations, plenary speakers, and the annual business meetings of the AAUP. We invite proposals for presentations exploring the concept of free speech in the context of higher education.

  • The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom. Submit papers by January 31, 2018.

  • Our 2016–17 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, based on the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States, includes comparisons by rank and information on gender-based disparity, administrative pay, regional variation, and part-time faculty.

AAUP in the News

Mon, 11/20/2017  |  WFPL-FM

In the face of mounting opposition to a closed search for the University of Louisville’s next president, the school’s board doubled down on its decision Monday. Susan Jarosi, president of the U of L AAUP, opened discussion on the topic during a meeting Monday with a review of 18 letters she said constituents sent to the board. She said there have been missteps in the search so far, warning the decision to keep the search closed would be divisive.

Fri, 11/17/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed

The new chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale has big plans to eliminate all departments across campus, in the name of “synergy” and cost savings. Many professors question his motives and doubt it’s the right move. Joerg Tiede, associate secretary of academic freedom, tenure and governance at the AAUP, said Montemagno’s plan appears to be a “rather serious governance concern.” Under widely accepted principles of institutional governance, he said, any important decision about departmental structure should be made “in concert with the faculty.”

Thu, 11/16/2017  |  Bill Moyers

Professors have long been political targets. But a spate of recent threats against scholars — including two that have led to campus closures — is raising fresh concerns about safety and academic freedom. The AAUP observed in 1915 that the social sciences in particular faced a “danger of restrictions upon the expression of opinions which point toward extensive social innovations, or call in question the moral legitimacy or social expediency of economic conditions or commercial practices in which large vested interests are involved.” The AAUP's Joerg Tiede said, “I don’t see any need to modify that observation today.”

Wed, 11/15/2017  |  Washington Post

Howard Gillman, chancellor and professor of law and political science at the University of California at Irvine, and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law write, "With so much attention focused on whether controversial speakers such as Milo Yiannapoulos or Richard Spencer should be allowed to appear on campus, an even more basic issue has been obscured: universities punishing faculty who, outside of professional settings, express views that are considered controversial or even offensive." They reflect on earlier purges of faculty leading to the creation of the AAUP in 1915, and the “Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure” insisting on the right of faculty to express themselves “to students and to the general public, without fear or favor” as long as they maintained “standards of professional character” when they were doing their jobs.

AAUP Updates

The AAUP filed an amicus brief last night supporting a challenge to a statute and policy in Texas that compelled faculty to permit concealed handguns in college classrooms. We argue that the policy violates faculty members’ academic freedom.

Last month, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) issued a statement on shared governance. The AAUP's Committee on College and University Governance commends this statement and urges members to bring it to the attention of their governing boards and administrations.

The AAUP, along with other higher education groups, strongly opposes proposed changes included in tax legislation being voted on by Congress this week. The AAUP particularly opposes the repeal of provisions exempting from taxation tuition waivers for campus employees and graduate students, which would cause a devastating tax increase for thousands of graduate students, and the repeal of the current Student Loan Interest Deduction.

Announcements

The AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences is seeking nominations for the following positions on its executive committee: Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. 

For its 2018 annual conference on the status of higher education, the AAUP invites proposals for presentations that offer nuanced articulations of the concept of free speech in the context of higher education. Proposals will be accepted through January 14, 2018, at http://www.aaup.org/CFP-2018.

For its next volume, scheduled for publication in fall 2018, the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom.

The Association’s Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election as officers of the AAUP, and as members of the AAUP’s governing Council, in spring 2018. Nominations are due by Thursday, December 14, 2017.

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Upcoming Events

June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018

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

June 14, 2018 to June 17, 2018

The AAUP's 2018 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will take place from June 14 to 17. On-site registration and check-in begins June 13.

October 26, 2018 to October 27, 2018

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