Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education

Contact: Robin Burns
June 4, 2013

Washington, DC—The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education on June 12–16, 2013, at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.

The highlight of the Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will be four days of presentations by faculty members and administrators from around the country. The presentations begin Wednesday, June 12, and continue through Saturday, June 15. Issues to be addressed include the role of faculty in institutional decision making; collective bargaining in higher education; faculty working off the tenure track; assessment and accountability; the corporatization of teaching and research; academic freedom; the twenty-first-century curriculum; and MOOCs and online education.

Other highlights include the following:

  • Capitol Hill Day (Thursday, June 13). The AAUP’s annual grassroots lobbying event provides members an opportunity to advocate for higher education. AAUP members visit their senators and representatives and speak up about the issues that matter most to academia. The day concludes with a congressional reception on Capitol Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building in room B-340.
  • Friday plenary luncheon (June 14). Kenneth C. Green of the Campus Computing Project will speak about “New Technology and Higher Education.”
  • Friday afternoon state lobbying networking meeting.
  • Reception on Friday evening.
  • Meetings of the AAUP Executive Committee and Council, the AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress, and the Assembly of State Conferences.
  • The Annual Meeting plenary (Saturday, June 15), where members will consider important business items such as investigations of alleged violations of academic freedom and tenure.
  • Saturday’s luncheon, which will honor fifty-year members and the recipients of the  Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education. David M. Hughes will also provide an update on “Why and How to Fight Person, Inc.”
  • A cash bar and banquet on Saturday evening, June 15. Steven (Stacey) Harris, president of the Saint Louis University AAUP chapter, will deliver the keynote address, “You Are Part of the Rebel Alliance and a Traitor.” The Saint Louis University AAUP chapter will also be honored as the winner of this year’s Beatrice Konheim award.

The complete program is posted on the AAUP’s website at: Members of the media are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, contact Robin Burns.

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities. The AAUP is a nonprofit professional association headquartered in Washington, DC.

Media Contact: 
Robin Burns
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013