The University of Central Oklahoma’s affiliate of the American Association of University Professors, AAUP-UCO, works to advance academic freedom on campus.

American Association of University Professors’ Mission:

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; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; 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.

Become a member of AAUP by joining the national organization here.

2017-18 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey

The annual AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey is the largest independent source of data on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The 2018 iteration of the survey includes information on salary and benefits for more than 378,865 faculty members from more than 1,000 institutions in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The survey, along with the accompanying “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession,” is published each year in the March–April issue of Academe, the AAUP’s magazine.

View the survey results at InsiderHigherEd

Statement on Shared Governance (from AAUP.org)

Since its founding, the AAUP has been ensuring meaningful faculty participation in institutional governance.

The AAUP’s Committee on College and University Governance composed its first statement on the subject in 1920, emphasizing the importance of faculty involvement in personnel decisions, selection of administrators, preparation of the budget, and determination of educational policies. Refinements were introduced in subsequent years, culminating in the development of the 1966 Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities. This statement, which was jointly formulated with the American Council on Education and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, calls for shared responsibility among the different components of institutional government and specifies areas of primary responsibility for governing boards, administrations, and faculties. It remains the Association’s central policy document relating to academic governance.

See more AAUP resources on governance.

AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports

The AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports presents in a convenient format a wide range of policies. The current edition, the eleventh, includes basic 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. Among the eighteen new reports included in this edition are statements on academic freedom and outside speakers, campus sexual assault, the inclusion of faculty on contingent appointments in academic governance, and salary-setting practices that unfairly disadvantage women faculty.

Learn more here

Journal of Academic Freedom Call for Papers

The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom is seeking submissions for its tenth volume, scheduled for publication in fall 2019. The journal’s new call for papers, “Who’s a Bully? Civility, Authoritarianism, and Power in the Contemporary Academy,” invites original, scholarly articles that consider how “bullying” is implicated in conflicts taking place around discourses of civility and academic freedom.

Submit papers by March 1, 2019