About the AAUP
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared
governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher
education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher
education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in
this country's colleges and universities.
The AAUP's 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure is the definitive articulation of these
principles and practices and is widely accepted throughout the academic community. Our procedures ensuring
academic due process remain the model for professional employment practices on campuses throughout the
country. The AAUP's amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts address
significant issues of academic freedom, and our policy statements are frequently cited in court decisions.
More than a thousand faculty members call on the AAUP each year for advice and assistance. We are best known
for assisting individual faculty members when there is the probability that academic freedom or due process rights
have been violated. In addition to this "casework," the Association works with Congress and state legislators to
promote effective higher education legislation and promotes the profession and the purposes of higher education in
the public eye. College presidents and administrators rely on Association-developed policy statements and
procedural guidelines. The Association has recently issued statements on topics such as freedom in the classroom,
conversion of contingent faculty appointments to the tenure track, protecting an independent faculty voice, and
work and family policies.
The AAUP annually publishes a nationally acclaimed faculty compensation survey that includes a comprehensive
analysis of faculty salaries and benefits.
Membership in the national organization is open to all faculty, librarians, and academic professionals at two- and
four-year accredited public and private colleges and universities. Current membership is about 47,000, with over
500 local campus chapters and 39 state organizations. The Association is governed by an elected national Council
that meets twice a year, and by an Executive Committee that meets four times a year