State governments

From the Editor: Doing More to Make Ourselves Heard

When my colleagues and I in the Virginia conference of the AAUP began holding an annual “Advocacy Day” at the state legislature in 2003, what we heard most often from our elected representatives was their surprise to learn that faculty members have a voice separate from that of university presidents. Accustomed as we are to arguing with our presidents, we were surprised that this fact was surprising to our legislators. The lesson learned was that we needed to do more to make ourselves heard.

Anti-Boycott Bill Threatens Academic Freedom

The AAUP has released a statement opposing New York's proposed Assembly Bill A.8392. While the AAUP opposes all academic boycotts, the statement explains that the restrictions threatened by Assembly Bill A.8392 could impose even greater restrictions on academic freedom.

AAUP Opposes Anti-Boycott Legislation

The AAUP released a statement opposing legislation (currently pending in New York and Maryland) which would prevent public funds from being used to support organizations which have voted to boycott higher education institutions in other countries.

Push to Eliminate Wage Gap

Along with many contingent faculty members, AAUP president Rudy Fichtenbaum gave testimony this week in support of a Colorado bill that would eliminate compensation gap between so-called “regular faculty” and “instructors” in the state's community colleges.

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