Standing and Special Committees

AAUP standing committees work on a variety of topics of importance to higher education and to faculty. Special committees are occasionally appointed to address a specific issue. The president of the Association serves as an ex officio member of all committees. In addition to topical standing and special committees, listed below, the AAUP has the following leadership committees: 

A description of each standing committee follows, along with a list of committee members. Members are appointed to committees by the president of the Association. The date of appointment expiration is given after each name. Members of the national AAUP staff are assigned to assist the committees in their work. The Constitution provides that the president shall be ex officio a member of all committees except the Nominating Committee, the Election Committee, and the Election Appeals Committee. 

Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure
Committee on Academic Professionals
Committee on College and University Governance
Committee on Community Colleges
Committee on Contingency and the Profession
Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession
Committee on Government Relations
Committee on Graduate and Professional Students
Committee on Historically Black Institutions and Scholars of Color
Committee on Professional Ethics
Committee on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity
Committee on Teaching, Research, and Publication 
Committee on Women in the Academic Profession
Special Committee to Address the Threat of Climate Change

 

Academic Freedom and Tenure (Committee A)

Promotes principles of academic freedom, tenure, and due process in higher education through the development of policy documents and reports relating to these subjects and the application of those principles to particular situations that are brought to its attention. The staff is authorized to receive, on behalf of the committee, complaints of departures from these standards and, where appropriate, to undertake formal investigations. Such investigations may lead to a recommendation from the committee to the Association’s national council and annual meeting that the administration of an institution be censured for failure to adhere to the principles of academic freedom and tenure as endorsed by the AAUP and hundreds of other professional and educational organizations. Read Committee A reports or investigative reports

Committee A Members

Henry Reichman (History)
California State University, East Bay, chair, 2018

Michael F. Bérubé (English)
Pennsylvania State University, 2018

Don M. Eron (Writing and Rhetoric)
University of Colorado Boulder, 2018

Jeffrey R. Halpern (Anthropology)
Rider University, 2018

Marjorie Heins (Communications)
New York, NY, 2018

Ibram X. Kendi (History)
American University, 2020

Michael E. Mann (Meteorology)
Pennsylvania State University, 2018

Walter Benn Michaels (English)
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2019

Debra Nails (Philosophy)
Michigan State University, 2018

Joan Wallach Scott (History)
Institute for Advanced Study, 2018

Donna Young (Law)
Albany Law School, 2018

Risa L. Lieberwitz (Law), ex officio as general counsel
Cornell University, 2018

Julie M. Schmid, ex officio as executive director

Joan E. Bertin (Public Health)
Columbia University, consultant, 2019

Irene T. Mulvey (Mathematics)
Fairfield University, liaison from the Assembly of State Conferences, 2018

Gregory F. Scholtz, staff

Academic Professionals

Deals with issues involving college and university professionals who work in positions other than faculty appointments. Such issues include recruitment and appointment, compensation, job security, and protection of professional autonomy and responsibility. The committee also promotes the inclusion of academic professionals in the AAUP.

Members

Iris DeLutro (Labor Education and Advancement Program),
City University of New York Queens College, chair, 2019

Jim Bakken, staff

College and University Governance

Promotes meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance through the development of policy statements and reports related to shared governance and application of those principles to particular situations that are brought to its attention.  The staff is authorized to receive, on behalf of the committee, complaints of departures from these standards and, where appropriate, to undertake formal investigations. Such cases may lead to a recommendation from the committee to the Association’s national council and annual meeting that an institution be sanctioned for "substantial noncompliance with standards of academic governance."

Members

Michael DeCesare (Sociology),
Merrimack College, chair, 2020
 
Charles A. Baker (French and Film),
College of the Holy Cross, 2018
 
Rachel Ida Buff (History)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2019
 
Allison Cohen (Psychology)
Delaware Valley University, 2020
 
Philip Cole (Physics)
Idaho State University, 2020
 
Ruben Garcia (Law),
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2018
 
Susan Jarosi (Art History and Women's and Gender Studies)
University of Louisville, 2019
 
Nicole Monnier (Russian)
University of Missouri, 2019
 
Katherine Morrison (Community Health and Wellness),
Curry College, liaison from the AAUP-CBC, 2017
 
Brian Turner (Political Science),
Randolph-Macon College, liaison from the ASC, 2018
 

Community Colleges

Deals with issues of concern to faculty in the nation’s community colleges.  Advances AAUP principles on community college campuses in such matters as faculty workload, shared governance, academic freedom, and the over-reliance on contingent academic labor

Members

Kimberley Reiser (Biology),
Nassau Community College, chair, 2018

Ashlee Brand (English),
Cuyahoga Community College, 2019

Paul Davis (Behavioral and Social Sciences),
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 2018

Anne Friedman (Linguistics and Academic Literacy),
City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2019

James Klein (History),
Del Mar College, 2019

Caprice Lawless (English),
Front Range Community College, 2020

Robert Manis (Sociology),
College of Southern Nevada, 2018

Joshua Guy Lenes, Staff

Contingency and the Profession     

Deals with issues related to contingent faculty appointments.  Works to improve conditions for contingent faculty members and to reverse the trend towards part-time and non-tenure-track appointments.

Members

Caprice Lawless (English),
Front Range Community College, 2019, chair

Sam Gioia (Social Work),
Portland State University, 2018

Mary Ellen Goodwin (ESL),
De Anza College, 2019

Gretchen McNamara (Music),
Wright State University, 2020

Debra Merskin (Journalism and Communication),
University of Oregon, 2018

Catherine Moran (Sociology),
University of New Hampshire, 2019

Chris Nagel (Philosophy),
California State University, Stanislaus, 2019

Margaret Stein (Writing Studies)
Hofstra University, 2020

Victoria Treadaway (Oceanography),
University of Rhode Island, 2020

David Kociemba, staff

Economic Status of the Profession

In collaboration with the Association’s research office, prepares the annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, using data collected in the AAUP’s annual faculty compensation survey. The report describes national trends in faculty compensation, as well as issues in the financial organization and condition of higher education, and is a valued resource throughout the higher education community.

Members

Oskar Harman (Economics),
University of Connecticut, chair, 2020

Barbara Hopkins (Economics),
Wright State University, 2018

Robert Kelchen (Higher Education),
Seton Hall University, 2018

Joe Persky (Economics)
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2019

Samuel J. Dunietz, staff

Government Relations

Works on government relations at all levels of government, advocating positions that are beneficial to the higher education community. Members of the committee analyze bills before Congress and state legislatures, recommend Association policy with regard to proposed legislation, and, on occasion, testify at legislative and executive hearings on mattes of concern to higher education.

Members

John T. McNay (History),
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College, chair, 2018

Natalio Avani (Education),
San Francisco State University, 2019

Michael Behrent (History),
Appalachian State University, 2020

Sara Kilpatrick, executive director of the Ohio AAUP conference, 2020

James Klein (History),
Del Mar College, 2019

Linda Rouillard (French),
University of Toledo, 2019

Paul Davis (Behavioral and Social Sciences),
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, ex officio as chair of the AAUP-CBC, 2019

Lynn Tatum (Religion),
Baylor University, liaison from the ASC, 2019

Samuel J. Dunietz, staff

Graduate and Professional Students

Deals with issues of special concern to graduate students, such as intellectual and academic freedom, institutional policy, collective bargaining, and those points outlined in the Association’s Statement on Graduate Students. Monitors and reports on the status of graduate students in the context of AAUP policies and principles.

Members

Danielle Dirocco (Political Science),
University of Rhode Island, chair, 2018

Abhiskek Bhattacharyya (South Asian Languages and Civilizations),
University of Chicago, 2018

Matt Canfield (Anthropology),
New York University, 2018

Alexandra Holmstrom-Smith (Sociology),
University of California, Los Angeles, 2018

Shane Lancer (Industrial and Labor Relations),
Cornell University, 2018

Anthony Levenda (Urban Studies and Planning),
Portland State University, 2018

Anna Waltman (English and American Literature),
University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

Kira Schuman, staff

Historically Black Institutions and Scholars of Color

Deals with issues of special concern to historically black institutions and to minority faculty members in general.  The committee is concerned with access to opportunities in higher education for traditionally underrepresented groups and has focused its recent efforts on affirmative action and diversity, and outreach to faculty at minority serving institutions.

Members

Julian Madison (History)
Southern Connecticut State University, chair, 2020

Emily Houh (Law),
University of Cincinnati, 2018

Doris Johnson (Teacher Education)
Wright State University, 2018

Kenyal McGee (Accounting)
Central State University, 2020

Katherine Morrison (Community Health and Wellness)
Curry College, 2020

Jason Elias, staff

Professional Ethics

Promotes the observance of professional and ethical standards by members of the higher education community through the development of policy statements and reports and the application of those principles to particular ethical situations.

Members

Linda Farmer (Philosophy),
Wright State University, chair, 2018

Arthur Greenberg (Chemistry),
University of New Hampshire, 2018

Claire Katz (Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies),
Texas A&M University, 2018

Craig Vasey (Philosophy),
University of Mary Washington, 2019

Aaron Nisenson, staff

Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity

Researches, monitors, and educates members of the higher education community and the public on issues relating to sexual diversity and gender identity.  Works with other committees (government relations, governance, and Committee A, for example) to promote fair and inclusive policies on these matters on campuses and in the legislatures.

Members

Steven (Stacey) Harris (Mathematics and Computer Science),
Saint Louis University, chair, 2019

Sine Anahita (Sociology),
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018

Maura Kelly (Sociology)
Portland State University, 2018

Jeanne Laurel (English),
Niagara University, 2018

Jamie Owen Daniel, staff

Teaching, Research, and Publication

Addresses issues of concern to all faculty, such as faculty workload, teaching evaluation, assessment, and curricular issues, through the development of policy documents and reports and the application of those principles to particular situations.

Members

Craig Vasey (Philosophy),
University of Mary Washington, chair, 2019

Martin Kich (English),
Wright State University, 2019

Susan Michalczyk (Arts and Sciences Honors Program),
Boston College, 2018

Daniel Murphy (History),
Hanover College, 2018

Jonathan Rees (History),
Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2018

Gwendolyn Bradley, staff

Women in the Academic Profession    

Formulates policy statements, provides resources, and reports on matters of interest to women faculty and the academic community, addressing such issues as equity in pay, work and family balance, sexual harassment and discrimination, affirmative action and the status of female faculty in rank and tenure.  Sponsors data reports on gender equity, prepared by the AAUP Office of Research. 

Members

Anne Sisson Runyan (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies),
University of Cincinnati, chair, 2018
 
Sally Dear-Healey (Sociology and Anthropology),
State University of New York College at Cortland, 2020
 
Lori Dobbins (Music),
University of New Hampshire, 2019
 
Kay Emmert (English),
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
 
Barbara Hopkins (Economics),
Wright State University, 2019
 
Rana Jaleel (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies), 
University of California, Davis, 2018
 
Tina Kelleher (English),
Towson University, 2020
 
Anita Levy, staff

Special Committee to Address the Threat of Climate Change

The charge of the committee is to research how American colleges and universities can best address the grave threat posed by climate change.

Members

David M. Hughes (Anthropology)
Rutgers University, chair

David Karowe (Biological Sciences)
Western Michigan University

Michael E. Mann (Meteorology)
Pennsylvania State University

Sandra O'Neil (Criminal Justice and Sociology)
Curry College

Carl Salsedo (Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources)
University of Connecticut

Brian Salvatore (Chemistry and Physics)
Louisiana State University in Shreveport

Glenn Talaska (Environmental Health)
University of Cincinnati

Hans-Joerg Tiede, staff