Resources on Contingent Appointments

Numbers and Data

Status of the Academic Labor Force, 2013. A bar chart showing the percentage of faculty in different appointment categories.

Instructional Faculty by Rank and Reporting Category, 2013 (.pdf). A figure from the 2014-15 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession.

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011 (.pdf). A data report, released April 2014, 68 pp.

Trends in Faculty Employment Status, 1975-2011 (.pdf). A bar chart showing changes in different faculty job categories between 1975 and 2011. Does not include graduate employees.

Trends in Instructional Staff Employment Status, 1975-2011 (.pdf). A bar chart showing changes in different instructional staff categories between 1975 and 2011. Unlike the chart above, this one does include graduate employees.

Trends Table (.pdf). The same data as the two charts above, but in table format.

AAUP Policy Statements & Reports 

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions. 2013.

 The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments. 2012.

Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments. 2010.

Looking the Other Way? Accreditation Standards and Part-Time Faculty. 2008.

Part-time Faculty Appointments. Section 13 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 2013.

AAUP Contingent Faculty Index 2006. Provides data specific to individual college and university campuses on the number of full-time faculty with and without tenure, the number of part-time faculty, and the number of graduate student employees.

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession. 2003.

The Applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to All Full-Time Faculty Members on Renewable Term Appointments. 1995.

The Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. 1993.

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AAUP Actions & Initiatives

One Faculty Campaign: Through the campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on their campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor. A network of activists involved in contingent faculty issues. 

The AAUP supports the National Unemployment Compensation Initiative, designed to help eligible contingent faculty obtain unemployment compensation between academic terms

Coalition on the Academic Workforce. An organization formed in 1997 by over a dozen disciplinary and professional associations to disseminates information on contingency and its implications.

Campus Equity Week. A biennial week of action drawing attention to academic contingent work. 

Collective Bargaining. Many local AAUP chapters act as the collective bargaining agents for campus faculty, often including non-tenure-track part- or full-time faculty. 

Negotiating Contingency: Devising a Practical Workplan. A webinar presented by Mike Mauer, a labor attorney who serves as senior labor advisor to the AAUP.