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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 organize the higher education community in order 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.

AAUP at UCO Member Benefits

Local Benefits

Ensuring Due Process
We seek a fair due process when your employment is in question, especially based on academic freedom under AAUP guidelines.

Enhancing Shared Governance
In the context of fiscal constraints, we need to ensure that UCO’s governance is widely shared.

State Legislature and Faculty Voice
We also advocate at the state capitol on such issues as protecting our retirement pension and common-sense gun laws that might affect the classroom.

Colleague Networking
Get to know other faculty across campus.

National AAUP Benefits

Journal Academe
Your membership includes a subscription to Academe, the bimonthly magazine of the AAUP, which includes the Association’s Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession (also known as the “salary survey.”)

Chronicle of Higher Education
Call the Chronicle’s AAUP line at 1-800-728-2803  for the special AAUP discount of 33 percent off print and digital subscriptions.

Liberty Mutual Auto, Home, Condo, and Renter’s Insurance
AAUP has teamed up with Liberty Mutual – a Fortune 100 company and one of the top 10 insurance providers in the nation – to offer you special discounts on Liberty Mutual’s already-competitive auto and home insurance rates.  Receive a no-obligation quote.  You may also call 1-800-524-9400 and mention client #9705.

Marsh Affinity Group Services
Members also can secure valuable insurance protection—including professional liability, term life, disability, and health insurance—the plans offer economical group rates through AAUP’s relationship with Marsh Affinity Group Services.  Marsh, the world’s number one insurance services company, helps millions of association members across America protect their assets with insurance programs and other loss-management strategies.

  • Professional Liability Insurance
    Professional Liability Insurance protects you against covered claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence, in the course of your professional duties. Remember, legal defense and settlement costs are paid in addition to your limits of liability.
  • Chapter Liability Insurance

AAUP nationals and the state conference hold conferences yearly.

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

AAUP’s Policy Documents and Reports present 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