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Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education & 101st Annual Meeting of the AAUP

June 2, 2015
Contact: Robin Burns

Washington, DC—The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and one hundred and first annual meeting June 10–14, 2015, at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.

The conference starts with two days of presentations by faculty members and administrators from around the country addressing 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, online education, and the history of the AAUP. The presentations begin Thursday, June 11 and continue through Friday, June 12. Larry Gerber will deliver the opening plenary address, “Shared Governance: The Key to Quality Higher Education.”

Other highlights include the following:

Thursday, June 11

  • Capitol Hill Day, 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 in room B-369 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Friday, June 12

  • Plenary Luncheon: "Academic Unrest: Governance, Unionization, and the First Red Scare" Speaker Hans-Joerg Tiede, chair of the AAUP’s Committee on the History of the Association, will give a presentation on the early formative years of the AAUP’s history. Arthur Lovejoy served as AAUP president in 1919, with the country in the grips of the first Red Scare and labor unrest that included efforts to unionize faculty. These events would have a significant impact on a major undertaking of the AAUP: formulating a first statement on governance.
  • Community College Sector Forum The AAUP’s Committee on Community Colleges invites community college faculty to join us for a roundtable discussion on “The State of Community College Education in the Nation.”
  • A cash bar reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be held Friday evening.

Saturday, June 13

  • Awards and Recognition Luncheon 50-Year AAUP members and recipients of this year’s awards will be honored.
  • Centennial Banquet Juan González, award winning staff columnist for the New York Daily News and co-host of Democracy Now! an international daily morning news show, will address members and guests at our Centennial Banquet.
  • Centennial Celebration Reception includes music by The Nighthawks, dancing, cake, and a cash bar as the AAUP celebrates its Centennial. 

See the complete program. Members of the media are welcome to attend and should contact Robin Burns for more information or to register.

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; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; 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.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015