AAUP Updates

AAUP president Irene Mulvey released a statement ahead of an upcoming House Education and Workforce Committee hearing.

Preliminary findings from our annual Faculty Compensation Survey show that average salaries for full-time faculty members increased 3.8 percent, following a 4.1 percent increase the prior year. Real (inflation-adjusted) average salaries for full-time faculty members increased 0.4 percent—the first time in four years that wage growth has exceeded inflation—but are nowhere close to the levels before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 3.4 percent in 2023, 6.5 percent in 2022, 7.0 percent in 2021, and 1.4 percent in 2020.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued an important decision recognizing academic freedom and economic security as “important norms in the academic community.”

After noting that contractual language at issue in the case was taken word-for-word from the AAUP’s 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the court echoed crucial points made in the AAUP’s amicus brief, explaining in particular that “academic freedom is essential to the common good” and that the purpose of tenure is to safeguard academic freedom and ensure the economic security of faculty members.


This week, the AAUP filed an amicus brief in an important legal case concerning the ability of a college to terminate tenured faculty appointments due to the institution’s purported financial difficulties. The plaintiffs were tenured professors at Canisius College prior to their termination.

This week, the AAUP filed amicus briefs in two important legal cases involving the right of faculty members to teach and to speak publicly about curriculum standards and shared governance. Our briefs are a key component of our work to defend higher education for the common good, and they aim to shape the law to support academic freedom, which continues to face an unprecedented barrage of attacks. The AAUP hopes that these amicus briefs will spur the courts to issue decisions that will be favorable to the individual professors involved and that will protect the rights of faculty more broadly in the years to come.

The AAUP’s governing Council voted to add New College of Florida and Spartanburg Community College to the Association’s list of institutions sanctioned for substantial noncompliance with widely accepted standards of academic government.

AAUP in the News

Tue, 04/16/2024  |  Inside Higher Ed

“We are witnessing a new strain of McCarthyism in the U.S. where instead of going after Hollywood, it is professors and higher education that are under attack,” said AAUP president Irene Mulvey. “Like the original McCarthyism, people’s lives are being upended, their careers are being ruined, and they are losing their livelihoods based on narratives being pushed to further a political agenda that have no basis in reality.”

Wed, 04/10/2024  |  Fox 7 Austin

Dr. Brian Evans, the interim president of the Texas Conference of the AAUP, said he’s heard from at least 66 UT faculty members who said they received a notice of termination. He thinks that number could grow. "They lost staff who provided the academic advising, the scholarships, connections with internships, counseling, health services, food pantries, and ways to connect with other students," said Evans.

Mon, 04/01/2024  |  Inside Higher Ed

“If it’s being done through an anonymous complaint process, then that indicates to me that it’s a political hit job,” said Isaac Kamola, director of the Center for the Defense of Academic Freedom at the American Association of University Professors.  “It’s a mockery of academic peer review.” An allegation of plagiarism “needs to be evaluated outside of a right-wing ecosystem that is committed to destroying the careers of Black scholars,” he said.

Sat, 03/23/2024  |  New York Times

Alice Pawley, a professor of engineering education at Purdue University and president of the univeritity's AAUP chapter, said that many faculty members in Indiana were angered by the new restrictions, and that “nobody trusts that this is actually going to be fairly applied.” Many felt discouraged about their job security, believing it would be at the mercy of trustees who are not experts in their fields and would be making decisions on the basis of highly subjective criteria.

“This policy is a clever way of looking reasonable but producing a climate where people are always looking over their shoulder,” Dr. Pawley said.

Thu, 03/14/2024  |  Inside Higher Ed

The bill “seems to be deeply problematic; it assigns to the Board of Regents powers that it really should have delegated to faculty,” said Mark Criley, a senior program officer for the American Association of University Professors’ Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. A faculty member’s right to assign the grades he or she believes a student deserves is considered a pillar of academic freedom.

Fri, 03/01/2024  |  Chronicle of Higher Education

"It is a blank check to fire any faculty member for any reason, at any time, regardless of tenure. I think people find that hard to believe, because it is so shocking and so radical and so un-American, but that is what the text says.”

Upcoming Events

April 17, 2024

Join AAUP chapters, higher education unions, and student organizations across the country in a National Day of Action for Higher Education! 

May 7, 2024

This webinar will review the registration process that section and chapter leaders must use by May 15 to submit their lists of delegates and alternates for the upcoming AAUP Conference and Biennial Meeting.

May 31, 2024 to June 1, 2024

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

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