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2020 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting

The June 18–21 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting—which will take place just outside of Washington, DC, in a Metro-accessible location—includes plenary sessions, a Friday night reception, an awards and recognition luncheon, and peer-to-peer sessions in addition to meetings of the AAUP Council and the meeting plenary. The meeting plenary includes officer and Council elections and a report from Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure about the latest developments in academic freedom.

Register here. (Early-bird registration ends May 7.)

Please note that we are monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and expect to make a decision by mid-Aprilacting in accordance with guidance issued by the CDC and state and local governmentsabout whether to hold the 2020 AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting as scheduled.

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Preliminary Schedule

The preliminary schedule for the AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting is below; additional details are forthcoming.

Thursday, June 18

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Conference Registration/Check-In  
8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. AAUP Executive Committee Breakfast and Meeting† 
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. AAUP Council Session I*
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Conference Sessions
         2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. AAUP Expo
         2:00 p.m–3:00 p.m. Organizing and Member Recruitment Workshop
         3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. State Conference Networking Session
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Delegate Voting & Elections Process Questions & Answers*

Friday, June 19

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Conference Registration/Check-In  
7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. AAUP Biennial Meeting Delegate Credential Check-In Desk
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary—speakers Michael Bérubé, Pennsylvania State University and Jennifer Ruth, Portland State University, "NTT Job Security at Two PSUs"
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  Conference Sessions
         10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Shared Governance Session
         10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Effective Leadership Workshop
         11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Regional Gatherings
NOON–1:00 p.m. Plenary Luncheon (ticket required)—speaker Abby Ferber, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, “The Politics of Targeted Harassment and Silencing in Higher Education”
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. AAUP Biennial Meeting Session I
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Candidate & Member Cash Bar and Networking Reception*

Saturday, June 20

7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Conference Registration
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. AAUP Biennial Meeting Session II—Including Officer and Council Elections
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Field Staff Association Meeting† 
12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Plenary Luncheon (ticket required) 
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. AAUP Biennial Meeting Session III

Sunday, June 21

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. AAUP Council Breakfast†   
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. AAUP Council Session II *

Program Highlights

Opening Plenary: NTT Job Security at Two PSUs

At our opening plenary session, speakers Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth, coauthors of The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments, will discuss the situations of non-tenure-track faculty at the respective “PSUs” where they teach, Pennsylvania State University and Portland State University. They will explain how they took different paths—from each other, and from the path they imagined and proposed in their book—to improving the working conditions and job security of their colleagues off the tenure track. 

Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University, the immediate past chair of his faculty senate, and a former member of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He is the author of ten books, including Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics and What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “ Bias” in Higher Education. Jennifer Ruth is professor of film studies at Portland State University. She is the author of Novel Professions in addition to the book she coauthored with Michael Bérubé. She has served as the editor of the AAUP's Journal of Academic Freedom and currently serves on the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and as vice president for grievances and academic freedom for Portland State's AAUP chapter.

Plenary Luncheon: The Politics of Targeted Harassment and Silencing in Higher Education

The Saturday plenary luncheon will feature speaker Abby Ferber. She is a professor of sociology and women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and cofounder and director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, where she directs the Knapsack Institute and a graduate certificate program in diversity, social justice and inclusion. She has authored, edited, or co-edited eight books, including White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy; Home Grown Hate; Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out; Privilege: A Reader; and, most recently, the textbook The Matrix of Race: Social Construction, Intersectionality and Inequality. Her book What Everyone Needs to Know about Privilege is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

DoubleTree Hotel Washington, DC-Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Date & Time: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00am to Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 12:00pm
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