AAUP Updates

The National Education Association and the American Association of University Professors submitted an amicus brief today with the Supreme Court in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. The case is the latest legal threat to union rights and is part of a broader effort to weaken the freedom and power of working people, to undermine public services, and to erode the common good.

The AAUP submitted an amicus brief urging the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to uphold the National Labor Relation Board’s determination that non-tenure-track faculty at USC are not managerial employees and are therefore eligible to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act.

The AAUP urges Congress to use a resolution of disapproval to overturn the FCC's vote to dismantle net neutrality rules. We must preserve the internet as space as a place where all ideas can be heard and where all people regardless of their age, race, and socioeconomic standing have access.

Upcoming Events

June 1, 2018 to June 2, 2018

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

June 14, 2018 to June 17, 2018

The AAUP's 2018 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education will focus on free speech on campus.

October 26, 2018 to October 27, 2018

A meeting of the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

AAUP in the News

Thu, 01/11/2018  |  CNN

A Florida university posted campus police outside a sociology class titled "White Racism" after the professor was flooded with harassing emails and messages -- some of them openly racist. Thornhill's experience is not unusual. Last year, the AAUP documented more than 100 incidents of harassment targeting professors were reported on college campuses around the country.

Thu, 01/11/2018  |  Lincoln Journal Star

A three-person committee with the AAUP will investigate whether or not the University of Nebraska-Lincoln violated the due process rights of a graduate student lecturer dismissed from her teaching duties in November. Joerg Tiede said, “Due process is tied to what kind of power someone has over you. We, as citizens of the United States, are entitled to due process when it comes to government prosecution. Faculty are entitled to due process when it comes to disciplinary actions against them.”

Fri, 12/29/2017  |  Washington Post

Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher resigned after a year of enduring unrelenting harassment and death threats for his controversial tweets. He stated, "They will continue to attack me and many others, but from these attacks new unities spring dialectically forth: an upsurge in new AAUP chapters and the establishment of the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN), among others." Dozens of incidents of harassment against professors have been reported on college campuses in the past year, with African American professors among those most targeted, according to the AAUP.

Thu, 12/28/2017  |  CNN

Dan Lieberman speaks with professors George Ciccariello-Maher and Johnny Williams about targeted harassment and academic freedom. The AAUP has tracked more than 100 incidents of targeted harassment against professors have over the past year.

Mon, 12/11/2017  |  Denver Westword

For most of the instructors at Colorado's community colleges, the holidays offer not a respite, but a time of great anxiety and financial strain, with no cash coming in and looming uncertainty over the number of courses they might be hired to teach in the months or years to come. AAUP's second vice president Caprice Lawless said, "We're getting less than a living wage, and winter breaks are especially tough. ... All of this hardship is unnecessary, because the CCCS takes in $20 million a year more than it spends." The group is holding an AAUP Unemployment Deployment Workshop this Thursday to assist instructors in following guidelines to apply for unemployment insurance.

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