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 Navigating Faculty Appointments, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and using Faculty Handbooks as Enforceable Contracts. 
  • Publications that keep you informed on the issues facing the profession and higher education. All members receive a subscription to Academe, the bimonthly 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 March–April issue of Academe contains the AAUP’s annual Faculty Compensation Survey results, the Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession. Members are also eligible for discounted subscriptions to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Call the Chronicle's AAUP line at 1-800-728-2803 for the special AAUP discount of 20 percent off print and digital subscriptions. 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.


Note: AAUP was recently notified that the insurance carrier providing group life insurance to AAUP members is no longer accepting new policies. We are working with our broker, Mercer, to secure another insurance carrier that will provide this life insurance option to our members. We hope to have this situation resolved in the next few weeks.

Professional Liability Insurance
This 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 Insurance
An 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 50 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 Insurance
Long-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 Insurance
The 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.

Other discounts: Through an arrangement with the AAUP, Johns Hopkins University Press is offering a 30% discount on three books that treat subjects of special interest to AAUP members: Henry Reichman's The Future of Academic Freedom (April 2019), Hans-Joerg Tiede’s University Reform: The Founding of the American Association of University Professors (September 2015), and Larry G. Gerber’s The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance: Professionalization and the Modern American University (August 2014).