Proposed Changes to AAUP Constitution

At its November 2012 meeting, the AAUP Council approved a number of proposed amendments to the AAUP Constitution that are recommended for adoption by the 2013 Annual Meeting. The primary substantive change would shift the election of Council members from an annual cycle to a biennial one. This change necessitates several other changes, including the following:

  • the term of office for directly elected Council members changes from three years to four;
  • the number of directly elected Council members drops from twenty-nine to twenty-eight;
  • term limits for officers (other than the Secretary-Treasurer) and for directly-elected Council members change from six years to eight years;
  • the Nominating Committee is constituted only in alternate years;  and
  • the nomination process is changed, inspired by the simplified petition process used in the past two elections.

In addition, there are a number of changes unrelated to the election process, most of which are stylistic or clarifying; these should be clear from the proposed language.

See the .pdf below to review the proposed amendments, a proposed resolution implementing a transition to phase in a biennial election cycle, and a schematic illustrating the transition plan. All members are encouraged to study the proposed amendments and communicate their opinions and questions to their representatives and other delegates to the 2013 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 15, 2013, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013