2016 AAUP Updates

06.23.2016 | Affirmative Action Ruling

In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher II) the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action program. The AAUP had joined an amicus brief in this case, supporting affirmative action.

06.21.2016 | Assembly of State Conferences Election Results

AAUP Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) elections were conducted on Saturday, June 18th, 2016 at the AAUP annual meeting in Washington, DC. State conference delegates elected the new ASC officers, who will serve two- or three-year terms ending in June 2018 or 2019.

06.14.2016 | Deepa Kumar and Deanna Wood Receive Georgina M. Smith Award

Deepa Kumar, associate professor of media studies at Rutgers University, and Deanna Wood, associate professor of the University of New Hampshire library faculty, were selected as recipients of AAUP’s 2016 Georgina M. Smith Award. Professor Kumar has championed greater participation of junior faculty, and especially women of color, in union membership, and made gender and race issues central to bargaining. Professor Wood has advanced the art of collective bargaining, improved procedures for grievances, worked for gender equity and anti-discrimination in contract language, and gained a strong paid parental leave policy for faculty at her institution.

06.14.2016 | Annual Meeting Resolution and Proposal

The 102nd Annual Meeting of the AAUP met on June 18. Among other business, the assembly passed a resolution and a proposal. The resolution marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities and affirms the Association’s steadfast commitment to the principles and standards articulated therein. The proposal recommends to the AAUP Council the establishment of a committee to study and make recommendations on the topic of how colleges and universities can best address climate change.


06.09.2016 | Ryan Golden and Rebecca Schisler Receive AAUP Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education

For their reporting in Mount St. Mary’s University’s the Mountain Echo, Ryan Golden and Rebecca Schisler are the recipients of this year’s Martin D. Snyder Award for Excellence in Student Coverage of Higher Education. Their entry was chosen for thoughtful and comprehensive reporting on an important issue.

06.02.2016 | PSU Graduate Employees Union Certified!

The Graduate Employees Union, jointly affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, announced that it is now certified to represent all graduate assistants at Portland State University. The Graduate Employees Union will now represent approximately 800 graduate administrative assistants, graduate research assistants and graduate teaching assistants.

05.11.2016 | Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker Receive AAUP Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education

For reporting in The Hechinger Report and The Huffington Post, journalists Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker are the recipients of this year’s Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education.

05.10.2016 | AAUP Expresses Strong Concern Over Renaming GMU Law School and Issues of Shared Governance

The AAUP sent a letter to the president of George Mason University and the chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia expressing concern over the action of the GMU Board of Visitors at the end of March 2016 to approve renaming the university’s law school the Antonin Scalia Law School as a result of the university’s having received a combined gift of $30 million from the Charles Koch Foundation. The AAUP shares the university faculty senate’s deep concerns about the terms of the donor agreements under which the university carries many obligations, and the fact that the faculty was not meaningfully involved in the decision-making process.