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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

 

AAUP Updates

While the AAUP commends several aspects of the ED’s proposed regulations, including clarification that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, we urge the ED to further amend provisions of the proposed regulations to better enact Title IX’s broad equity goals for higher education.

The AAUP has opened an investigation at Indiana University Northwest, focused on the IUN administration’s summary dismissal last fall of Professor Mark McPhail, a tenured professor of communication who had been initially appointed as the institution’s chief academic officer.

President Biden’s long awaited announcement of a plan to alleviate the student debt of roughly twenty million Americans should be celebrated. The data on student debt makes it clear that people of color, especially women of color, are most heavily burdened. For three quarters of Black borrowers, the student loan balance they owe today is greater than the original balance. It is hard to imagine this kind of injustice going unaddressed if it were directed at a white population. The AAUP will continue to push for more actions and policies that alleviate student debt in ways that move us towards a more just and equitable society. 

The AAUP submitted joint comments with the American Federation of Teachers to the US Department of Education on Tuesday in support of the proposed changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and to encourage the department to do far better in providing access to this program for all those who do public service work but are currently excluded from accessing the program based on existing regulations.

The conference took place June 16 to 19, and featured remarks by AFT president Randi Weingarten, US Department of Education under secretary for higher education James Kvaal, and secretary of education Miguel Cardona. Delegates to the Biennial Association Meeting voted in new members of the AAUP's governing Council and voted overwhelmingly to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers. 

The AAUP's 2021–22 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, released today, finds that real wages for full-time faculty members decreased 5.0 percent after adjusting for inflation, the largest one-year decrease on record since the AAUP began tracking this measure in 1972.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 09/22/2022  |  The ESU Bulletin

“What’s happening at Emporia State University in Kansas is incredibly important,” said Irene Mulvey, AAUP president. “By getting rid of tenure, they’ve gutted academic freedom. This is part of a larger attack on education, which is part of the attack on democracy we are witnessing in this country.”

Fri, 09/16/2022  |  The Oakland Post

If Oakland is going to become “a university of choice” it must identify problems facing the faculty and attempt to resolve them.  And yet, the university has failed to even ask faculty why they leave.

The AAUP wants to understand why our faculty leave Oakland; that way we can improve the working environment for those who remain.

Wed, 09/14/2022  |  NC Policy Watch

Last week UNC-Chapel Hill’s Faculty Council passed a resolution affirming the right of faculty members to speak freely and the university’s duty to protect their speech.

“[Faculty members] should be encouraged to provide thought leadership, to be public scholars when their work gives them meaningful insight,” said Mimi Chapman during the meeting. “This is what faculty at a great research university does. They weigh in. They share their knowledge and experience. We shouldn’t be intimidated into hiding our light under the proverbial bushel.”

Tue, 09/13/2022  |  Kansas Reflector

Tenure serves the public interest because society benefits when teachers and researchers are free of control by corporations, religious groups, special interests, and the government. Free inquiry, free expression, and open dissent are critical for student learning and the advancement of knowledge,” the association says. “Therefore, it is important to have systems in place to protect academic freedom. Tenure serves that purpose.”

Mon, 09/12/2022  |  The Detroit News

"We took a stand to maintain and strengthen quality education at EMU, and this agreement moves us forward," Kirkpatrick added. "This was a challenging set of negotiations. Our goal now is to work together, all across the campus, to deliver the best possible options and opportunities for EMU students."

Upcoming Events

September 28, 2022

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?

October 26, 2022

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.

December 3, 2022 to December 4, 2022

A meeting of the AAUP's governing Council. 

December 4, 2022

A meeting of the AAUP Foundation's governing board.

December 7, 2022

This webinar will discuss how to access and analyze data from the AAUP's Faculty Compensation Survey data, focusing on interactive data tools now available on the new AAUP Data website.

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Did you know that the AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See open positions and learn how to apply.