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Member Benefits

Your AAUP membership gives you exclusive access to the expertise of AAUP staff, members, and leaders. Our lineup of guidebooks, toolkits, and webinars put the resources to defend academic freedom, ensure economic security, and advance faculty governance for all faculty at your fingertips.

Insurance programs offer a wide variety of products to further enhance the value of your membership with extensive product offerings nationwide. Certain coverage may not be available in all states.


  • Webinars on topics such as strengthening faculty handbooks, good-faith bargaining, working with the media, and other topics of interest to advocacy and union AAUP chapters. 
  • Toolkits for action that give you the guidelines, sample documents, and other resources you need to advance the faculty voice on your campus. These toolkits will help you organize a stronger chapter, run issue-based campaigns, build a better website, win improvements for faculty collective bargaining agreements, and more. 
  • One Faculty Campaign materials, which equip chapters to advocate for faculty in contingent appointments. 
  • Guidebooks and other publications provide in-depth advice about the Family and Medical Leave Act, pregnancy in the academy, and faculty handbooks as enforceable contracts. 
  • Publications that keep you informed about the issues facing the profession and higher education. All members receive a subscription to Academe, the quarterly magazine of the AAUP, which analyzes higher education issues from faculty members’ perspectives. Feature articles examine tenure, affirmative action, contingent faculty appointments, intellectual property, and other timely academic issues. Investigative reports on violations of academic freedom and tenure are regularly covered. The summer Bulletin issue of Academe contains the AAUP’s Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession.  Members are also entitled to a 30 percent discount on the AAUP's Policy Documents and Reports (widely known as the "Redbook" because of the color of its cover). The current edition, the eleventh, includes basic statements on academic freedom, tenure, and due process; academic governance; professional ethics; research and teaching; online and distance education; intellectual property; discrimination; collective bargaining; accreditation; and students' rights and freedoms.


  • Professional Liability InsuranceThis comprehensive coverage designed exclusively for AAUP members provides protection in the event of costly litigation related to your professional duties as a faculty member, librarian, researcher, or member of an instructional staff employed in an institution of higher education.
  • Medical InsuranceAn affordable major medical plan may be hard to find if you are not covered under a college or university policy. We offer plans from some of the top health insurance carriers in the country. You can also shop for short-term medical plans, which may be an affordable alternative to major medical plans. Licensed agents in all fifty states can help you choose the option that best fits your needs. Small employer options, ideal for groups of up to 50, are also available.
  • Long-Term Care InsuranceLong-Term Care Resources offers customized plans to help you manage care and protect assets in case you suffer long-term effects of an accident or debilitating disease.
  • Accident InsuranceThe Accident Insurance Plan provides inexpensive protection against financial loss from an accident if the accident results in death or loss of limbs, hearing, speech, or sight. Benefit levels between $50,000 and $500,000 are available. A unique educational rider is part of family coverage. All AAUP members under seventy are guaranteed coverage, as are their families.