With all the AAUP benefits, can you afford not to join? Joining the AAUP shows that you are a dedicated professional who has made the commitment to be involved with issues that matter most in academe.
Defense of Academic Freedom and Tenure
Members have a direct connection to expert guidance on academic freedom and professional standards. The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure is the most widely accepted statement on academic freedom in the country and is endorsed by colleges, universities, and educational and disciplinary associations nationwide. Other AAUP policies and reports cover a wide range of issues, such as academic freedom and national security, family responsibilities and academic work, and the increase of contingent faculty appointments.
Tools for Strong Faculty Governance
You can turn to the AAUP to help strengthen your campus governance system. Along with access to the Association’s expert staff, the AAUP provides faculty members with services and tools to help them evaluate shared governance on their own campuses. Members receive training, educational materials, consultation on policies, and tactical advice.
Your Voice for the Academic Future
The AAUP represents higher education concerns on Capitol Hill, with accreditors, before state legislatures, and before regulatory agencies, boards, and commissions at the federal, state, and local levels. We also monitor, evaluate, and influence legislation, including that related to state and federal budgets, the Higher Education Act, intellectual property and academic freedom, affirmative action, and homeland security.
Faculty Advocacy Through Local Chapters and State Conferences
AAUP chapters on campuses across the country speak knowledgeably about academic freedom, grading policies, funding priorities, and other key issues. Chapter leaders become skilled in lobbying state legislatures, negotiating and interpreting contracts, and securing the most professional environment for faculty members at their institutions. AAUP state conferences also give members influence at the state and local levels.
Professional Advice and Assistance
When you face a career-threatening situation, your future may depend on the AAUP’s ability to defend academic freedom, strengthen faculty governance, inspire faculty organization, and influence policy and legislation. Ensure that the AAUP can be there when you or a colleague needs our help the most.
The AAUP’s legal office responds to informational inquiries on legal topics relevant to faculty, monitors legal developments around the country, leads workshops on higher education law, and submits friend-of-the-court briefs in key appellate cases, seeking to shape the law in ways that support AAUP principles.
Meetings, Institutes, and Workshops
Education, information, and training are key member benefits. The AAUP has effectively relied upon the strength and democratic participation of its member leaders to advocate on behalf of the profession. In addition to our premier training opportunity, the annual Summer Institute, AAUP members from around the country participate in a variety of programs during the academic year that focus on practical applications of academic freedom principles, governance challenges, and faculty advocacy.
Membership includes a subscription to Academe, the AAUP’s bimonthly magazine. It analyzes important issues affecting the academic workplace and higher education. Feature articles explore higher education funding, intellectual property, legal trends, legislative developments, contingent faculty appointments, affirmative action, corporate influence on academia, ethical matters, and many other topics. Members also receive discounts on AAUP publications, such as guidebooks and Policy Documents and Reports (known as the Redbook), and are kept informed of important developments through newsletters and advisories.
Up-to-Date Information on Trends in Higher Education
The AAUP research office reports on trends affecting faculty and higher education and provides data and analysis on topics such as the use of contingent positions, work-family issues, gender equity, workplace concerns, and salaries and benefits. Included in Academe is the Annual Report on Faculty Compensation with data on faculty salaries and benefits from more than 1,500 colleges and universities. We routinely customize comparative salary reports for chapter and conference members.
Your Direct Connection: www.aaup.org
At a click of a button, you can access the AAUP Web site for timely information on higher education, action alerts, news releases, fact sheets, advocacy opportunities, legal topical outlines, amicus briefs, meetings, resources, and job listings at the AAUP’s Career Center.
Members receive the AAUP-negotiated discount rate and beneficial terms for money-saving programs, such as:
- Professional Liability Insurance and Chapter Liability Insurance
- Accident Insurance
- Term Life Insurance for up to $100,000 in benefits
- Disability Insurance and Short-Term Medical Insurance
- Customized or Excess Major Medical Insurance
- Auto, Home and Umbrella Insurance
- No Annual Fee Credit Card
For more information on discount programs, visit the Get Involved section of the AAUP Web site at www.aaup.org.
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