The AAUP’s Digital Future


cropped AAUP Facebook pageOver the three years of my involvement with the AAUP, I’ve watched this venerable faculty institution complete a reorganization and begin a process of revitalization that is already placing it at the forefront of faculty advocacy, reaching far beyond what had been envisioned for it less than a generation ago. As a defender of academic freedom, shared governance and, since 1976, a collective-bargaining umbrella organization through the Collective Bargaining Congress, the AAUP has spent a century as a major faculty organization. In recent years, however, it has begun to be something more, an assertive proponent of faculty of all types and in all institutions. Adjuncts and contingent hires are becoming as important to the AAUP as those tenured or on the tenure track. Community colleges are beginning to be as represented within (and by) the AAUP as the venerable institutions whose faculty first founded the organization.

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