Standards of academic freedom and tenure built up by the AAUP over 80 years represent a body of persuasive professional opinion with high levels of organizational endorsement.
The AAUP seeks to strengthen faculty governance, provide fair procedures for resolving grievances, promote the economic well-being of the faculty, and advance the interests of higher education.
In an era of eroding security for university faculty, growing attacks on academic freedom, and shrinking support for public higher education,
the Bloomington AAUP is active on many fronts.
Our local Committee A on Academic Freedom continues to advise and vigorously advocate for ALL
faculty colleagues and graduate students who
believe their academic freedom and/or free speech rights have been violated.
In addition, in 2016-17, our chapter has devoted itself to the following issues and actions:
- protecting the broad mission of public higher education as a common good rather than a commodity
- working with IUB’s Faculty Governance Caucus to ensure robust faculty governance at all levels, from UFC down to individual departments
- bringing together non-tenure track and tenure-track faculty around issues of common concern
- investigating and publicizing the impact of decentralized budget management (RCM) on the university’s core academic missions
- acting in solidarity with those calling for a “sanctuary campus,"
endorsed by the national AAUP
We also work with the Indiana conference of the AAUP and with chapters at other IU campuses on issues of common concern.
Every summer we send IUB faculty to the national AAUP’s Summer Institute to train faculty in advocacy and organizing.
The 2017 Summer Institute will be held in Cincinnati; please contact us if you would like to participate.
The AAUP is the only national organization standing up for your rights as faculty.
Our local chapter can only be as strong as its membership.
Please join us.