For AFT Higher Ed Members

Welcome! As a result of our affiliation with the AFT, many AAUP resources are available to AFT higher ed members at no cost. You may be interested in the following programs, publications, research, and more.

Academic Freedom

Advancing and protecting academic freedom is the AAUP's core mission. For more than a century, we have been developing standards for sound academic practice and working for the acceptance of these standards by the higher education community.

As our foundational policy statement states, "institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition." This statement has been endorsed by more than 250 national scholarly and educational associations. Learn more here.

Raised handsShared Governance

Since its founding, the AAUP has been ensuring meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance, which is the joint responsibility of faculty, administrations, and governing boards to govern colleges and universities.

Differences in the weight of each group's voice on a particular issue should be determined by the extent of its responsibility for and expertise on that issue.Our work helps protect the role of the faculty to have primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. Learn more here.

Image of the Rebook coverThe Redbook

The AAUP's Policy Documents and Reports (widely known as the "Redbook" because of the color of its cover) includes core AAUP policy statements on academic freedom, tenure, and due process; academic governance; professional ethics; research and teaching; online and distance education; intellectual property; discrimination; collective bargaining; accreditation; and students' rights and freedoms.

Learn more or purchase the book here. AFT members are entitled to a 30 percent discount.

Closeup of a hand holding a pen near paper and a laptopAAUP Research 

Leaders of AFT locals can order datasets from the AAUP's annual survey on faculty compensationat no cost. Information on ordering and available products is here.

Also check out our interactive data tools, which allow you to explore compensation and other higher ed workforce data. 

The AAUP research department also conducts research on academic freedom, tenure, and governance, the academic workforce, and more. Links to recent reports and ways to contact the department can be found here.

Academe and Academe Blog

The AAUP publishes the quarterly Academe magazine, with fall, winter, and spring issues featuring articles about academic freedom, labor, and higher education, and the annual Bulletin of the year's key reports published each summer.

Our Academe Blog  publishes short pieces on current issues in higher education throughout the year.

AFT members can sign up here to get Academe delivered straight to your inboxes

Woman teaching in front of a whiteboardSummer Institute

Our Summer Institute is the premier training program for faculty advocates. Every year, faculty members from around the country attend this four-day series of intensive workshops to learn about AAUP policies, discuss the issues facing the academy, sharpen their skills as union leaders, and develop strategies for organizing. 

Not only do attendees benefit from these educational, skills-building sessions, but they also enjoy the opportunity to network and brainstorm with fellow higher-education advocates.

A man smiling over the title of the podcast, AAUP PresentsAAUP Presents

Check out our podcast, AAUP Presents, where we discuss issues related to academic freedom, shared governance, higher ed, and more.

New episodes are posted on our site and all major podcasting platforms regularly. Subscribe on your preferred platform so you don't miss any episodes.

Empty landscape with windmillsJournal of Academic Freedom

The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom publishes scholarship on academic freedom and on its relation to shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining.  Essays range from historical studies to analyses of contemporary conflicts, from accounts of individual faculty experiences to institutional histories.

The Journal is published online annually, and we release a call for papers each fall.