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AAUP Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic must not become the occasion for administrations or governing boards to jettison normative principles of academic governance.

We call on our chapters, our members, and campus administrations to stand firm in their support of members of the campus community who speak out in the name of anti-racism and racial justice.

The governing Council of the AAUP voted to add Pacific Lutheran University to the AAUP’s list of censured administrations. The Council also voted to remove Clarkson College of Nebraska. Since 1938 the AAUP has censured administrations of higher education institutions for failing to observe generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure.

AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum has issued a statement on the protests in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Faculty at Oregon State University have agreed to terms on a historic first union contract, at a time of unprecedented challenges to higher education.

The AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession provides a snapshot of faculty compensation for the 2019–20 academic year, as the country was on the brink of what may be the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The AAUP joined with the American Council on Education and thirty-nine other higher education associations in filing an amicus brief supporting a district court judge's decision in a case that challenged Harvard's admissions policy. The brief emphasizes the educational value of a diverse student body.

The AAUP is proud to announce the recipients of the Georgina M. Smith Award, the Marilyn Sternberg Award, and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The AAUP has issued a response to revised Title IX regulations that the US Department of Education released on May 6. The response, prepared by a subcommittee of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Academic Profession, comments on some aspects of the revised regulations that represent small steps forward and others that represent large steps backward.

AAUP in the News

Tue, 06/30/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Purdue University president Mitch Daniels told CNN that Alice Pawley, associate professor of engineering education and president of the main Purdue campus’s AAUP represented a “very tiny minority” of the Purdue faculty and that she was “frankly, not from the most scientifically credible corner of our very STEM-based campus.”

Wed, 07/01/2020  |  Chicago Tribune

In a statement the University of Chicago's AAUP chapter said it was concerned about staff who can’t work remotely — such as those in libraries, dining halls and maintenance — who might not be allowed to stay at home. They also wanted to ensure that adjunct or tenure-track faculty don’t feel pressured into offering in-person classes.

Tue, 06/23/2020  |  Omaha World-Herald

“We’re very excited about having this removed,” said Aubray Orduña, interim president of Clarkson College. “Having that censure was not in alignment with our mission ... values and the legacy that the college has here.”

Wed, 06/03/2020  |  Washington Post

The Washington Post speaks to three AAUP chapters, Wright State University, Purdue University and the University of Tulsa, for their perspectives on safely reopening campuses.

Thu, 05/28/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

Inside Higher Education covers the AAUP's Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession.

Fri, 05/15/2020  |  NBC News

"Suspending or ending OPT makes no practical sense — it solves no problem, it reduces the quality of America's higher education system, and it threatens the international exchange of ideas so vital to academic freedom," said Julie Schmid, executive director of the AAUP.

Wed, 05/06/2020  |  The Columbus Dispatch

The OU AAUP chapter has called for the administration “to cut from the top” first before faculty and staff cuts, as well as rescind and halt layoffs during the pandemic.

Mon, 05/04/2020  |  Chillicothe Gazette

The Ohio University AAUP chapter introduced and passed a resolution of no-confidence in University President Duane Nellis and Vice President of Finance Deb Shaffer after demanding that layoffs of the faculty and staff involved be reversed "until a process of true shared governance and transparency can be established and implemented."

Wed, 04/15/2020  |  Inside Higher Education

The mounting death toll from COVID-19 among professors is tragic for all those whose lives are touched. And the loss of valued colleagues brings with it a loss of the institutional knowledge that helps faculty govern their institutions and departments.

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Upcoming Events

July 7, 2020 to August 4, 2020

We will hold an online Summer Institute with free webinars every Tuesday and Thursday between July 7 and August 4 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Due to guidance issued by the CDC and state and local governments, we are unable to hold the in-person Summer Institute previously scheduled.

November 20, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's national Council.

November 21, 2020

A meeting of the AAUP's national Council.

November 22, 2020

The AAUP's 2020 biennial meeting was postponed due to the pandemic and has now been rescheduled. 


Due to concerns about COVID-19, the AAUP office has transitioned to telework until further notice. The best way to reach staff members is to write to the appropriate email address for the staff member or department you need to contact. Please consult the AAUP staff page for guidance. 

Three officer positions—president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer—and two at-large Council positions are open for election. The election scheduled for the Biennial Meeting, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conducted by a secret mail ballot of chapter and section delegates starting on or about June 19, 2020.

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.