• The Professor Watchlist, which purports to catalogue faculty who "advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” is a threat to academic freedom and free speech. The AAUP invites you to stand in solidarity with colleagues who have been singled out by asking to be added to the list.

  • On January 19, the AAUP and allies, including the American Federation of Teachers, Cosecha, and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, are promoting a day of action aimed at creating more sanctuary campuses and bringing attention to the issue. See resources and information. 

  • The AAUP's June 14–18 annual conference will feature presentations on student rights and freedoms. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, will be the plenary speaker.

  • The new issue of Academe focuses on race on campus and includes articles addressing issues related to student activism, implicit bias in the classroom, teaching the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the impact of austerity measures on higher education. 

  • The Journal is now accepting submissions for the 2017 volume through January 31, 2017.  We welcome scholarly articles on the status of academic freedom today, especially those exploring globalization, "civility," or the economics of academic freedom.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 01/12/2017  |  Eastern Iowa Gazette

If a bill introduced this week seeking to make it easier for the state’s public universities to fire professors by abolishing tenure becomes law, it could make Iowa an anomaly in banning the widely-accepted practice that affirms academic freedoms on campus. The AAUP's Joerg Tiede talks about the broad-based attack on public higher education by legislators.

Tue, 01/10/2017  |  Washington Post

José A. Cabranes, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, citing central AAUP statements, writes that while academic freedom and the tenure system that protects it can seem unnecessary to the many Americans who lack job security, academic tenure is essential to democracy and threats constitute threats to our democracy. 

Mon, 01/09/2017  |  The Nation

Ellen Schrecker, McCarthy era scholar and AAUP member, compares the current political climate to the McCarthy era. She is encouraged by professors, the AAUP and other organizations "refus[ing] to collaborate with political repression," by petitioning watchlists and joining with students to protect other groups of endangered students, saying, "Courage can be contagious."

Resources

  • Academe Magazine
    Feature articles, columns, and book reviews exploring developments in higher education.
  • Redbook
    The AAUP's key reports and policy documents.
  • Salary Survey
    The AAUP's annual report on faculty compensation.
  • Guidebooks
    Advice on navigating faculty handbooks, the FMLA, and more.

AAUP Updates

Legislators in Missouri and Iowa have introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure for faculty at public institutions in these states. The AAUP opposes both pieces of proposed legislation.

The AAUP delivered an open letter to Turning Point USA, criticizing its watch list and requesting that the names of more than 11,000 faculty and supporter signatories be added in a show of solidarity with those listed.

The American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Student Press Law Center released a report, Threats to the Independence of Student Media, shining a light on threats to student media and reaffirming and expanding upon basic principles of a free student press.

Announcements

The AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) is seeking nominations for one of the member-at-large positions on the ASC Executive Committee.

For its next volume, the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks scholarly articles exploring the status of academic freedom as concept and reality today. Submissions are due by January 31.

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

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Upcoming Events

February 25, 2017 to February 26, 2017

A meeting of the AAUP's Executive Committee.

June 2, 2017 to June 3, 2017

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

June 14, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The 2017 AAUP Annual Conference includes presentations, awards, a lobbying day, and business meetings.