AAUP Updates

A clear majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico have declared their support for unionization in an official election petition filed today with the UNM Labor Management Relations Board. The UNM bargaining unit, comprising more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty on five campuses has organized under the banner of United Academics of the University of New Mexico which is affiliated nationally with AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers.

Yesterday evening the AAUP-WSU negotiating team came to a tentative agreement with the Wright State University administration, and the AAUP-WSU Executive Committee voted to end the faculty strike that began on January 22.

An AAUP investigative report finds the most plausible explanation for the dismissal of Professor Richard Schmitt from Nunez Community College was that it occured as a retaliatory measure, violating his academic freedom.

We note with sadness the death of William Van Alstyne, who served as president of the national AAUP from 1974 to 1976.

The AAUP sent a letter to the president of Augsburg University after the university suspended Phillip Adamo over his use of a quoted passage from a book by James Baldwin, which used the n-word.

AAUP submitted comments today on amendments proposed by the Department of Education to the regulations governing the implementation of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. The proposed regulations ultimately fail to specify the importance of academic freedom and shared governance for Title IX proceedings. Moreover, we object to proposed regulations that unduly narrow the scope of protections against sexual harassment.

AAUP in the News

Fri, 02/15/2019  |  Washington Post

Collective bargaining has emerged as a path to improving working conditions for adjunct faculty. Higher ed administrators shouldn't look at this as a threat to their industry--the real threat is a workforce that is seen as "disposable." 

Tue, 02/12/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

AAUP report says Nunez Community College fired a longtime professor of English when he asked too many questions about how it would meet reaccreditation requirements on assessment.

Fri, 02/01/2019  |  Inside Higher Education

AAUP sent a letter to Augsburg University after it suspended professor Phillip Adamo because he quoted a passage by James Baldwin which contained the N-word.

Sun, 01/27/2019  |  Dayton Daily News

Wright State University administration filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the State Employment Relations Board, asking it to declare the faculty strike unauthorized. But the SERB ruled against university’s complaint, allowing the faculty strike to continue.

Fri, 01/25/2019  |  WKEF

On the fourth day of a faculty strike at Wright State University, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown released a statement in support of striking faculty. "I'm proud of the faculty and students demanding better benefits for those who've helped make it [Wright State] the premier institution it is today," said Brown. Brown went on to say he supports the rights of workers to band together and "fight for better working conditions."

Tue, 01/22/2019  |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Great coverage of AAUP-WSU strike. Explains: "Years of overspending, combined with declining donations and enrollment, caused Wright State’s financial problems to snowball." It shouldn't be on faculty to pay for mistakes.

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March 29, 2019 to March 30, 2019

A meeting of the AAUP's governing Council. 

June 12, 2019 to June 16, 2019

The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes the annual business meetings of the AAUP and the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress.


The Nominating Committee of the AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) has submitted a final report about nominations for the following positions on the ASC Executive Committee: Treasurer and two At-Large Members.

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