Proposed Amendment to AAUP Constitution

June 17, 2017, update: The proposed amendment below was passed by the 103rd Annual Meeting.

At its March 23–24, 2017, electronic meeting, the AAUP Council approved a proposed amendment of Article III, Section 7 of the AAUP Constitution for adoption by the 2017 Annual Meeting. The proposed amendment is as follows (with amended language underlined and bold):

7. Officers shall receive no salary, but they shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.  This provision shall not prevent the Association from compensating officers’ institutions, or compensating directly officers who are part-time faculty members for salary of up to one course per semester, for release time from teaching or other assigned duties attributable to the officers’ participation in Association matters.

The recommended amendment would modify a provision that governs the payment of release time to officers of the AAUP (namely the president, first vice-president, second vice-president, and secretary-treasurer). Currently, compensation for release time to perform AAUP duties can only be paid to the “officer’s institution.” Therefore an officer cannot receive payment directly, even if the institution declines to grant release time. Under the recommended amendment, an officer who is a part-time faculty member could be paid compensation for release time directly, up to a limit of one course per semester.


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017