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American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

From its inception in 1915, the American Association of University Professors or AAUP has been an indefatigable advocate for academic freedom and shared governance in higher education and the chief architect of industry standard policy on tenure and due process in higher education. For more than 5 years, the Randolph College chapter of the Virginia Conference of the AAUP has afforded interested faculty the opportunity to dialogue about these fundamental professional values and standards and to benefit from the resources and protections of the AAUP.

What is academic freedom?

Simply put, it encompasses the right of faculty to full freedom in research and publication of results, to freedom in classroom discussion of their subject, and to “freedom from institutional censorship or discipline when faculty speak or write as citizens.”
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What is shared governance?

It refers to institutional governance in which responsibility is shared by faculty, administrators, and trustees. The AAUP emphasizes the importance of faculty involvement in personnel decisions, selection and evaluation of administrators, budget preparation, and determination of educational policies. According to the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities, faculty should have primary responsibility for the curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life relevant to the educational process.
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Are academic freedom and shared governance the only areas of interest to the AAUP?

Not at all. In addition to safeguarding academic freedom and the advocacy of shared governance, the AAUP addresses a wide variety of issues relevant to the cultivation of quality higher education, including, for example, issues of faculty workload, contingent faculty, and gender equity.
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How do I join the AAUP?

It’s easy; join online here and contact current Randolph College chapter President Brad Bullock for information about upcoming meetings and opportunities. As a member you will be entitled to certain benefits, including subscription to Academe, the bimonthly bulletin of the AAUP.

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