2012 AAUP Updates

06.01.2012 | Summary Dismissal of Contingent Faculty Member Raises Concerns

The summary dismissal of a contingent faculty member at Texas A & M University-San Antonio (TAMUS) raises serious concerns for the AAUP.  A letter was sent to the TAMUS administration yesterday conveying these concerns. Read the AAUP's letter (.pdf)

05.23.2012 | NLRB Chairman to Speak at AAUP Annual Conference

The AAUP is proud to announce that Mark G. Pearce, the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, will be speaking to our Annual Conference on Saturday, June 16. His address will be titled "NLRB: from the Attic to the Kitchen" and will happen as part of a special plenary presentation at 2:00 p. m.

05.21.2012 | Journal of Academic Freedom Seeks Editor

The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom is an online journal that seeks to develop international discussion of academic freedom and related issues. It focuses on scholarship on academic freedom and its relation to shared governance, tenure, the structure of the academy, and collective bargaining.

05.03.2012 | Faculty, Grad Employee Contracts Rejected

On May 7, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education voted down contracts for faculty and graduate assistants at the University of Rhode Island. 

05.03.2012 | The AAUP Supports California Faculty

Members of the California Faculty Association, an AAUP affiliate, overwhelmingly approved unprecedented system-wide strikes. The vote came after two years of unsuccessful bargaining with the California State University administration, where administrators are pushing for draconian cuts to the instructional budget. 

04.19.2012 | New Union Cards Filed in Illinois

After administrators at the University of Illinois at Chicago challenged a single union for tenure-track and contingent faculty and refused to voluntarily recognize two separate unions, faculty today filed a new set of a membership cards with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board for two separate bargaining units.

04.19.2012 | Rudy Fichtenbaum Elected AAUP President

Wright State University professor Rudy Fichtenbaum has been elected president of the AAUP. Fichtenbaum, a long time AAUP leader and faculty unionist, will take office in June. Below, he is pictured at the AAUP Governance Conference. 

04.19.2012 | Michigan’s Folly

Should Michigan residents be concerned that the state’s legislators will enact legislation denying public university students their academic freedom? AAUP president Cary Nelson issued this statement on April 16, 2012.