Our CauseOur ValuesOur Promise

Our Cause

We believe higher education is a fundamental human right to which freedom of inquiry and expression are integral.

Our Values

We defend academic freedom and shared governance. ~ We produce and promote the best policy documents in higher education ~ We promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research. ~ We bring higher education professionals together for collective action.

Our Promise

To provide training and advice to our chapters, conferences, and members. ~ To challenge institutions of higher education that violate norms of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance. ~ To organize the higher education community to defend our principles and common interests. ~ To support collective bargaining as a means to strengthen and protect our core principles of academic freedom and shared governance. ~ To advocate for AAUP policies and defend the profession, including in the courts through amicus briefs.

Our 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‚Äźdoctoral 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.

About

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. The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values […]

Membership

To become a member of the AAUP, go to the National AAUP website. The MN-AAUP offer: If you decide to become an active member, we will pay half of your annual AAUP dues for the first two years. Contact us if you are interested in this program.

Programs & Seminars

The Minnesota Conference of the AAUP sponsors two seminar/workshops a year. Here are flyers from some of our previous events. To be notified about our upcoming events, go to contact and leave your email.

Need Help with Workplace Issues?

Concerned about your workplace rights, academic freedom, due process, tenure, or related issues? Committee A provides counsel for your concerns. Minnesota AAUP Committee A Guidelines Faculty who have concerns in these areas should first work with their local AAUP chapter officers and pursue all possible local appeals which may be described in their Faculty Handbooks. […]