Nominations Invited

The Association's 2010 Nominating Committee, which will convene in early November, seeks nominations for candidates for election to the AAUP's governing Council.  Elections will be held in spring 2011. Nominations are due on November 1. See below for details on how to submit a nomination.

District Council members represent one of ten geographical districts (see the districts below) and serve three-year terms.  At-large Council members may come from any of the ten districts. The Council meets twice a year, in June and November, usually in Washington, D.C.

All active members, graduate student members, and retired members of the Association in good standing are eligible for Council positions (see member class definitions below). The Nominating Committee seeks a diverse group of individuals representing a mix of types of institutions and disciplines. Gender and ethnic diversity are also desired, as is experience in the AAUP at the local, state, or national level.

In 2009 the National Council approved a three year transition plan to allow for the creation of 10 at large Council positions, without altering the total number of Council members. The transition plan reduces the length of the terms of some of the Council members who will be elected in 2011. The following positions are open for election:

  • Three Year Terms:  three at-large Council positions and Districts 1, 4, 7, and 10
  • Two Year Terms: Districts 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9

Active members of the AAUP who seek to run for Council must submit the following no later than November 1, 2010.

  • Your name, institution, email address, and AAUP member status.
  • A statement specifying whether you would like to run for one of the at large Council positions, or for a position representing a specific district (and the number of that district).
  • Statements in the form of a letter and/or email from six Active Members of the AAUP, who agree to  nominate you as a candidate for Council.  These statements only need to include:  the name of the person nominating you, an email contact for that person, their institutional affiliation, and their AAUP membership status.  All six statements of nomination must be part of one letter, or email correspondence.

If you would like to nominate someone else for election to Council, please submit the following no later than November 1, 2010:

  • Your name, institution, email address, and AAUP member status.
  • The name of the person you are nominating, their email address, institution, and AAUP member status.
  • The Council seat that you are nominating the person for (either at-large or a specific numbered district).
  • Please note that for each candidate running for a Council position, the Nominating Committee must receive  six (6) ensorsements from AAUP members in good standing. In order to ensure that the necessary number arrive to support your preferred candidate, we encourage you to gather these endorsements and submit them in one letter or email. 

All proposed nominees meeting the above conditions will have their names included on the ballot for National Council in the Spring 2011 election.

Interested candidates may send nominations to:
AAUP Nominating Committee
1133 19th St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C., 20036
Saranna Thornton, Nominating Committee Chair

Questions about the nomination process may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee
Saranna Thornton -
Mayra Besosa -
Joan Chrisler -
Purification Martinez -
Charlie Parrish -

See the Council Resolution Regarding Nomination of Candidates for Council Positions for 2020-11 Election Cycle.

Classes of AAUP Membership

a. Active Members. Any person who holds a professional position of teacher or researcher or related professional appointment, excluding administrators but including any member of an AAUP-represented bargaining unit in a college, university, or professional school of similar grade accredited in the United States or Canada, may be admitted to active membership in the Association.
b. Graduate Student Members. Any person who is, or within the past five years has been, a graduate student may be admitted to graduate student membership. Graduate student members shall have all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections.  Graduate student members shall be transferred to active membership as soon as they become eligible.
c. Retired Members. An active member who retires may choose to be transferred to retired membership. Retired members retain all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections.
d. Associate Members.  Any person not eligible for one of the other three classes of membership may be admitted as an associate member, including members of the general public.  Any person in a college, university, or professional school of similar grade in the United States or Canada whose work is primarily administrative shall be eligible for associate membership. (Associate members are not eligible to run for Council.)

AAUP Council Districts

1. Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
2. Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming
3. Michigan
4. Arkansas, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia
5. Alabama, Canada, Florida, Foreign, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, West Virginia
6. Ohio
7. New Jersey
8. New York
9. Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont
10. Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island