2015 Summer Institute

Please plan to join us at the University of Denver, July 23–26, 2015, for an intensive, four-day series of workshops and seminars that will prepare you to organize your colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priority of higher education.

Faculty and academic workers of all kinds face daunting challenges in this era of corporate power in higher education. Now more than ever, it is time to organize and strengthen the collective voice on your campus. The AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is the premier resource for organizing in higher education, whether you are in a unionized or nonunion setting. If you are a tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty member, a part-time faculty member, a graduate student, or an academic professional, the Summer Institute offers you the skills you need to protect higher education’s mission.

Registration has closed. If you have questions or still want to register, please contact Christopher Simeone.

Download the full program here.

Registration Costs:

Registration Type Early Registration Rate (until June 2) Regular Registration Rate (until July 1)
AAUP Member $575 $600
Commuter AAUP Member $450 $475
Non-Member $725 $750
Commuter Non-Member $650 $675
Campus Guest $350 $350
Commuter Guest price according to selected activities price according to selected activities

AAUP Member – You are an AAUP member staying in a residence hall

Commuter AAUP Member – You are an AAUP member staying somewhere besides the residence hall on campus (this category includes attendees who choose to stay in a hotel)

Non-Member – You currently are not a dues-paying member of the AAUP, and you are staying in the residence hall

Commuter Non-Member – You currently are not a dues-paying member of the AAUP, and you will stay somewhere besides the residence hall on campus (this category includes attendees who choose to stay in a hotel)

*Campus Guest – A guest who shares a room with an attendee (such as a spouse or partner)

*Commuter Guest – A guest who stays off campus but may opt to participate in some meals and activities (but not workshops)

*Individuals registered as guests to the Summer Institute are not permitted to attend seminars or workshops.

What Does Registration Cover?

Your registration fee covers:

  • all workshop materials
  • three nights in a single-occupancy room in a residence hall on campus
  • breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • opening reception on Thursday evening

All registration fees are due at the time of registration. If you select “check” as your method of payment, please make it payable to the AAUP and mail it to the national office within five (5) days of your registration:  AAUP, Attn: Summer Institute, 1133 19th St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036. Your early payments make our record-keeping much easier. All fees must be paid or you will not be permitted to check in.

If you are being sponsored by a chapter or conference, please have the chapter/conference president or executive director forward a letter to the national office on chapter/conference letterhead stating that your registration is being covered by the chapter/conference. Send these letters to Christopher Simeone by email, postal mail, or fax. Email: csimeone@aaup.org ; fax: (202) 737-5526; mail:  AAUP, Attn: C. Simeone, 1133 19th St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036. We ask that all outstanding Summer Institute balances be paid by July 10, 2015.

What Is Not Included in My Registration Fee?

  • dinner Friday and Saturday
  • optional activities (see below)
  • additional nights in the residence hall
  • hotel costs

Cancellation and Substitution:

We’re sorry you can’t make it! All cancellations and substitutions should be submitted in writing to Christopher Simeone at csimeone@aaup.org or (202) 737-5526 (fax) as soon as possible. Cancellations received prior to Friday, June 12, 2015 will be eligible for a refund minus the $35 processing fee. For all cancellations received after June 12, we will not be able to fully refund your registration fees.

All substitutions should be submitted in writing to Christopher Simeone before July 6, 2015. We will be unable to substitute attendees after this date.

Optional activities:

For an additional fee, you can participate in optional excursions that we’ve planned for our Summer Institute attendees.

Friday—Now and Then: Film Showing of Agents of Change (rough cut) and Discussion
Saturday—Watch the Colorado Rockies take on the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Tickets are $45, which includes a $10 voucher for food at the stadium.

See registration form for pricing details.

On Campus Accommodations:

Your registration fee includes lodging for three nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) in one of the university dorms. Additionally, a limited number of rooms are available for those wishing to arrive on Wednesday. All participants will be housed in Nelson Hall, which is newly renovated and air conditioned. While the buildings are a mix of suite-style or community living, each attendee will have their own bedroom. Each bedroom will be furnished with a bed, desk, and dresser and will also have sheets, a blanket, a pillow and pillow case, and towels when you arrive. If you have a medical need or special circumstance, please contact Mary Kinnison at mkinnison@aaup.org

Please remember to bring your toiletries as these will not be provided.


If you prefer to stay in a hotel, there is a room block for our Summer Institute attendees at the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek (1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80222). You can make a reservation by clicking here. Please note by clicking this link you will be taken to the Marriott website. You can also call (888) 238-1753, please be sure to mention you are with AAUP Summer Institute. The group rate is $134.00 per night and it is good until June 30, 2015.

Getting to the University of Denver:

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On-campus parking will be available at a rate of $8.00/day or $30.00/week. You can purchase parking permits on arrival.

Campus Map:

A downloadable map of the University of Denver's campus

Arrival Information:

Registration will be open Wednesday, July 22, from 3:00pm until 7:00pm, and Thursday, July 23, from 8:00am until 6:00pm. If you will be arriving after 6:00pm on Thursday, please contact Mary Kinnison to schedule a time to pick-up your registration packet. Registration location to be announced soon.

For those of you arriving Wednesday, July 22, you are invited to a reception co-sponsored by the University of Denver’s Chancellor, Rebecca Chopp, and the Colorado Conference. The reception will be from 5:00pm-8:00pm in the Renaissance Room of the Mary Reed Building.

University of Denver
2199 S University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
Date & Time: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:45am to Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 11:45am
All Day: