Resources on Contingent Appointments

Numbers and Data

Trends in the Academic Labor Force, 1975-2015 (pdf, released March 2017)

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

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 Guidance and Resources

Unemployment Insurance Information. 2016 guidance makes it easier for faculty in contingent appointments to qualify for unemployment compensation over the summer. 

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. 

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