AAUP Updates

At the AAUP's annual conference three people will be honored for their extraordinary dedication and accomplishments as faculty activists. The AAUP's Georgina M. Smith Award will go to Jennifer K. Kerns of Portland State University and Christine Blasey Ford of Palo Alto University. The AAUP Marilyn Sternberg Award will go to Noeleen McIlvenna of Wright State University. The AAUP's Outstanding Achievement Award will go to the AAUP-Wright State University chapter.

This year’s report provides an overview of the results of the 2018–19 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey. It includes figures and tables documenting changes since the 2008–09 academic year in the proportion of full professors who are women, the breakdown of full-time faculty by gender and academic rank, and women faculty’s average full-time salary compared to men’s. The report also explores some of the improved data on part-time faculty pay, and includes a new table showing retirement and health insurance contributions for part-time faculty.

The AAUP released a report of an investigation of issues of academic governance at Vermont Law School (VLS), the state’s only legal education institution, finding unacceptable conditions of academic governance prevail at the law school.

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.

AAUP in the News

Fri, 05/17/2019  |  Fairfax County Times

All future private gift agreements signed by George Mason University officials will now be treated as public records subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. GMU’s AAUP chapter was part of a six-person gift acceptance policy implementation task force that provided guidance to administrators as they revised the policy that outlines the university’s processes regarding private philanthropy.

Thu, 05/16/2019  |  Clarion-Ledger

A tenure-track faculty member from the University of Mississippi tweeted about national politics. His tenure suddenly seemed at risk. AAUP reminded the school's governing board that denying tenure for political speech violates academic freedom. He was granted tenure. 

Wed, 05/08/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

AAUP investigation finds Vermont Law School violated shared governance norms when it suddenly stripped tenure from most of its faculty.

Thu, 05/02/2019  |  Springfield News-Sun

The Wright State Chapter of the AAUP has ratified a contract agreement reached earlier this year with the school’s administration. The agreement came after a 20-day strike by members of the union ended in early February when a tentative deal was reached.

Tue, 04/23/2019  |  Chicago Tribune

The University of Illinois at Chicago administration has announced a tentative contract agreement with UIC United Faculty, which represents about 1,200 teachers at the Near West Side campus. Faculty union members have been working without a contract since August and have been in negotiations with the administration since last summer.

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.

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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!


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.