• The new issue of Academe examines political and other divisions within higher education. Contributions from faculty members, AAUP chapter leaders, and an undergraduate activist consider how to advance learning and social justice in tense campus climates.

  • The AAUP recently launched a new website as part of a campaign that brings together faculty, academic professionals, and supporters to fight for higher education. The site serves as a hub for our work on fighting harassment of faculty members, protecting academic freedom, and uniting the faculty.

  • The AAUP’s June 14–17 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education includes panel presentations, plenary speakers, and the annual business meetings of the AAUP. This year's focus is free speech in the context of higher education; presentation proposals are due by January 14.

  • The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom. Submit papers by January 31.

  • Our 2016–17 Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, based on the largest independent faculty compensation survey in the United States, includes comparisons by rank and information on gender-based disparity, administrative pay, regional variation, and part-time faculty.

  • The AAUP works toward a reality in which institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good. We believe that faculty play an important role in a free society and that academic freedom requires and supports a democracy that thrives on dissent, critical inquiry, free speech, and free research. 

AAUP in the News

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.

Mon, 12/11/2017  |  Austin American-Statesman

Sixty-one words detail the bill for UCLA to fire the coach without cause: "Eighty percent of the Base Salary and Talent Fee remaining to be paid ... " David Teplow, a UCLA neurology professor and president of the school's AAUP chapter said, "there is something quite bizarre about athletic coaches being paid millions of dollars in salary each year while those whose jobs are to educate young men and women, and in my case, to make breakthroughs in medicine and science, must struggle to run our laboratories..."

Sat, 12/09/2017  |  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This in-depth article discusses how at Savannah College of Art and Design, a cult of personality benefits its president, who in 2014 made $9.6 million. The AAUP censured SCAD's administration in 1993.

Fri, 12/08/2017  |  Lincoln Journal Star

A committee from the AAUP will conduct a site visit next month to investigate whether or not the University of Nebraska-Lincoln violated the academic due process of a lecturer removed from the classroom.

Fri, 12/08/2017  |  Inside Higher Ed

The AAUP's new report says that science has been increasingly politicized in the Trump era and questions, among other things, various Trump administration appointees to federal agencies founded in science, Congressional moves to curb research on climate and other topics, and President Trump’s various travel bans. Such bans “create a chilling environment for the international exchange of scholars, including scientists whose work may have no obvious political implications,” the report says. It also notes six instances in which Chinese or Chinese American scientists based in the U.S. have been accused of espionage in the course of their academic work, since 1999. AAUP encourages scientists and others to resist efforts to unduly restrict or discredit research on the grounds of national security and to speak out against the the politicization of science.

AAUP Updates

The AAUP has joined with other higher education organizations in urging Congress to slow down its reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to allow the consequences of its provisions to be understood and revised as necessary. After several years of inaction, the bill is suddenly being rushed through committee with hastily crafted provisions that would make higher education more expensive for millions of students and families. In addition, it would make significant changes in federal higher education policy without a clear understanding of the likely consequences.

A new report, National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom, released by the AAUP details troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences that have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s hostility to science. International scientific exchange and, especially, the charging of innocent Chinese or Chinese American scientists with espionage in the name of national security is one focus of the report. The second is climate science, which has been subject to vicious attacks that have intensified significantly under the current administration.

The AAUP sent a letter to University of Nebraska–Lincoln administrators today regarding concerns about due process and academic freedom in the dismissal of a doctoral student with a part-time appointment as a lecturer in the English department. 

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 take place from June 14 to 17. On-site registration and check-in begins June 13.

October 26, 2018 to October 27, 2018

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

E-mail Updates



The AAUP’s Assembly of State Conferences is seeking nominations for the following positions on its executive committee: Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. 

The Association’s Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for election as officers of the AAUP, and as members of the AAUP’s governing Council, in spring 2018. Nominations are due by Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Did you know that AAUP has an online career center to help colleges and universities connect with qualified applicants? 

See position descriptions and learn how to apply.

AAUP Activists

Participants in the AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute. More photos on Flickr