• The new volume of the Journal includes articles on academic labor and human rights at overseas branch campuses, faculty self-governance in the Cold War era and today's neoliberal university, Title IX compliance, and the difference between free speech and academic freedom.

  • The new issue of Academe focuses on a profession that increasingly finds itself "in the crosshairs." Articles address recent and historical instances of targeted harassment of faculty, the obligations of tenure-track faculty toward colleagues on contingent appointments, and the suppression of a course scrutinizing collegiate athletics.

  • 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. 

  • Through the One Faculty campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on our campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

AAUP in the News

Fri, 10/13/2017  |  Chronicle of Higher Education

Many of the students who take George Ciccariello-Maher’s classes don’t care what he posts on social media, though many people on the internet do. Those outsiders are so passionate that they have threatened to attack the associate professor of politics at Drexel University over his comments about race and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Students express feelings that their academic rights have been violated by the action of suspending the professor. The AAUP is in touch with the university about these academic freedom concerns.

Fri, 10/13/2017  |  Daily Chronicle

Howard Bunsis presented to Northern Illinois University and said, “There is no doubt in my mind that tuition is higher than it should be, and staff salary is lower than it should be, and athletics is the No. 1 problem.”

Tue, 10/10/2017  |  Washington Post

Tenured Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher comments on having been placed on administrative leave after the media "outrage machine" that publicized his social media posts about the Las Vegas mass shooting generated a large volume of hate mail and death threats. He writes, "By bowing to pressure from racist internet trolls, Drexel has sent the wrong signal: That you can control a university’s curriculum with anonymous threats of violence."

Tue, 10/10/2017  |  The Atlantic

Despite budget cuts at public universities, sluggish endowment growth at private ones, and falling enrollments everywhere—colleges and universities have continued to build new facilities at record-setting rates. Howard Bunsis, professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University and AAUP Council member said, “Borrowing is not necessarily bad. What matters is what you’re borrowing the money for.”


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AAUP Updates

University of Chicago graduate employees voted decisively and overwhelmingly for union recognition in a history-making vote.

The presidents of the AFT and the AAUP expressed concerns about the approval by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents of a policy to suspend and expel students who protest speeches on University of Wisconsin campuses.

A suspension is a severely adverse personnel action, and imposing one on Ciccariello-Maher without consulting an appropriate faculty body raises concerns about academic freedom and tenure.


For its 2018 annual conference on the status of higher education, the AAUP invites proposals for presentations that offer nuanced articulations of the concept of free speech in the context of higher education. Proposals will be accepted through January 14, 2018, at http://www.aaup.org/CFP-2018.

For its next volume, scheduled for publication in fall 2018, 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.

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? 

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Upcoming Events

October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017

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

November 17, 2017

A meeting of the AAUP Executive Committee.

November 18, 2017 to November 19, 2017

A meeting of the AAUP Council

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.