Selected Readings

To mark the AAUP’s centennial, Academe devoted two special issues to the Association’s role in American higher education over the past hundred years and to the opportunities and challenges of the next century. The January–February 2015 issue looks back on the organization's first century of existence and includes articles on the history of the AAUP in the courts, the history of AAUP collective bargaining, the work of the Association in academic freedom and shared governance over the past century, and other topics. The November-December 2015 issue looks forward at the AAUP's second century.

Academe Blog marked the centennial with a series of centennial blog posts highlighting key figures in the Association, major investigations of the past century, and other historical topics.

A selection of articles and reports related to the AAUP’s origins and history is below.

Selected Readings in AAUP History

AAUP. 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure

AAUP. Report of the Committee of Inquiry on Conditions at the University of Utah. July 1915.

Benjamin, Ernst. "How Did We Get Here?" Academe (January–February 2015): 38–45.

Deery, Phillip. "The AAUP, Academic Freedom, and the Cold War." Journal of Academic Freedom (2010).

Gara, Larry. "Surviving Attacks on Academic Freedom." Academe (September–October 2017): 20–24.

Gerber, Larry G. "College and University Governance." Academe (January–February 2015): 31–37.

Gray, Mary W. "The AAUP and Women." Academe (January–February 2015): 46–52.

Knight, Jonathan. “The AAUP’s Censure List.” Academe (January–February 2003): 44–49.

Kreiser, B. Robert. "Championing Academic Freedom at Rutgers: The Genovese Affair and the Teach-In of April 1965." Journal of Academic Freedom (2016).

Lane, Jack C. "The Rollins College Inquiry of 1933 and the AAUP’s Struggle for Shared Governance at Small Colleges." Journal of Academic Freedom (2020).

Metzger, Walter P. “The First Investigation.” AAUP Bulletin (Autumn 1961): 206–10.

Metzger, Walter P. “Origins of the Association.” AAUP Bulletin (Summer 1965): 229–37.

O'Neil, Robert M. "The AAUP in the Courts." Academe (January–February 2015): 6–14.

Pollitt, Daniel H., and Jordan E. Kurland. “Entering the Academic Freedom Arena Running: The AAUP’s First Year.” Academe (July–August 1998): 45–52.

Schrecker, Ellen. “One Historian’s Perspective on Academic Freedom and the AAUP.” Academe (January–February 2014): 30–34.

Strohm, Paul, ed. “75 Years: A Retrospective on the Occasion of the Seventy-fifth Annual Meeting.” Academe (May–June 1989): 1–33.

Tiede, Hans-Joerg. "Exhuming McCarthy (Meet Me at the Book Burning)." Academe (September–October 2017): 15–19.

Tiede, Hans-Joerg. "'To Make Collective Action Possible': The Founding of the AAUP." Journal of Academic Freedom (2014).

Tiede, Hans-Joerg. University Reform. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.