About

AAUP at UCO

AAUP is a venue for UCO faculty to be heard. In addition to being an advocacy group for faculty issues, AAUP-UCO holds a seat on the Provost’s Advisory Council, Graduate Council, and Faculty Handbook Editorial Board. We meet the second Friday of every month during the academic year. Join here or contact us for details. All faculty welcome!

Click here to meet our 2020-2021 Executive Committee

Click here to view our Constitution

Click here to view a general FAQ about AAUP


AAUP Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Conference of the AAUP is an affiliate of the national American Association of University Professors (www.aaup.org).  AAUP sets the standards for the professorate.

  • Advancing academic freedom and shared governance
  • Defining professional values and standards
  • Promoting the economic security of those who teach and research in higher education
  • Organizing to make our goals a reality
  • Ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good

More information about AAUP Oklahoma can be found on their Facebook page here.


AAUP National

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.

Learn more at the AAUP website here.


Statement on Shared Governance

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.