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The AAUP office reopened on September 7, 2021. Contact information for all staff, including those working remotely or on a hybrid schedule, is available here



Upcoming Events


The successful implementation of AAUP policies is largely dependent upon faculty working toward and insisting upon sound policies at their own institutions. This webinar reviews language about academic freedom that should be included in faculty handbooks. It considers ways in which institutional regulations may fall short and need to be revised.


Join us for a training covering the basics of using a digital communication tool like Action Network to run email campaigns, letter campaigns, and petitions. We will also discuss common website platforms like WordPress and Wix. Participants will be asked to take a survey in advance of the training to help hone in on chapter-specific issues.


Academic freedom is central to the ability of faculty, librarians, and graduate employees to fully engage in their work and to fulfill the public mission of the university. For unionized AAUP chapters, putting academic freedom protections in your contract is the best way to ensure that they are legally enforceable. Using a newly issued AAUP guidebook, we’ll offer guidelines and examples for strengthening academic freedom and related provisions in collective bargaining agreements. This webinar is intended for members of AAUP collective bargaining chapters and affiliates.


In this training, we’ll offer a broad overview of the AAUP’s federal-level government relations work and how chapters and conferences can get involved. Many have already supported our campaign for a New Deal for higher ed—but what is our long-term vision for our association’s access and influence in the halls of power?


This training is designed for chapter and conference leaders and field staff interested in learning about a primary role of AAUP chapters: working for the incorporation of AAUP standards on academic freedom, tenure, and governance into the institution’s faculty handbook. Which of these standards should a chapter focus on and how are they best understood?


In this training for chapter and conference leaders, we’ll give an overview of engaging with campus community/members via Facebook and Twitter, and go over the pros/cons of public pages vs. private groups. We’ll delve into storytelling techniques and creating compelling messages for social media.


Whether you are just forming an AAUP chapter or you are part of an established one, this session will give you the practical tools you need to manage an effective organization. We will review some key areas of chapter management, from chapter by-laws and finances to officer roles and establishing chapter programs, in addition to answering questions from participants. This training is for officers of AAUP advocacy (non-unionized) chapters.


Financial exigency, force majeure, program cuts, reduction in force—these are the challenges that faculty governance has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a recent AAUP report detailed, some administrations effected drastic responses to the pandemic with little or no consultation with the faculty even where austerity and emergency measures had dramatic effects on the curriculum and faculty status, areas traditionally considered the faculty’s primary responsibility. This beginner-level session will help you understand the AAUP’s recommended standards for faculty governance.


Leaders of collective bargaining chapters are invited to share their work on campus and learn from other AAUP chapter leaders. Register



This training will give an overview of running an effective state-level lobbying program. We’ll also discuss legislation we are seeing in many states that seeks to restrict teaching about race and history. It is intended for chapter and conference leaders who are interested in starting or jumpstarting a state-level lobbying program.