Grant Opportunities for Faculty Under Attack

Grant money is now available through National AAUP when individual faculty need financial support when seeking legal advice.

Below is a message from Henry Reichman, Chair of AAUP.

Faculty, even those with tenure, are feeling vulnerable these days. Increasingly under attack—from legislators who want to abolish tenure or withhold funding for controversial courses, from overzealous governing boards, and even from students who might accuse them of radicalism on the Professor Watchlist website—faculty sometimes feel compelled to self-censor or to change the way they teach. The time is now to stand up for academic freedom and the importance of higher education in a free and democratic society.

Through our grant programs, the AAUP Foundation supports individual faculty members who need legal or financial assistance after being terminated without due process. Foundation grants also support faculty engagement in shared governance, academic conferences, and other professional opportunities and provide critical funding for the AAUP’s work on academic freedom and faculty governance, costs that membership dues alone cannot cover.

Learn about the AAUP Foundation’s grant funds and guidelines.

A recent Academic Freedom Fund grant provided replacement income for part-time instructor of philosophy Nathanial Bork, who was summarily dismissed by the Community College of Aurora after saying he would send a report to the college’s accreditor criticizing its new Gateway to Success curriculum. Mr. Bork claimed that new requirements to lower standards in “gatekeeper” courses necessary for transferring to four-year institutions would inadequately prepare students for college-level work. His dismissal was the subject of an investigation by the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which receives funding from the AAUP Foundation for investigations and reports. Delegates at the 2017 AAUP Annual Meeting will vote on whether or not to add the Community College of Aurora to the AAUP’s list of censured institutions.

Apply for the next round of AAUP Foundation grants by June 30.

The AAUP Foundation Legal Defense Fund supports faculty members in cases at the trial and appellate levels that implicate important legal rights, involve legal issues of national significance in higher education, and affect the careers of academics. Grant recipient Robin Meade—dismissed by Moraine Valley Community College after sending a letter criticizing the college’s treatment of adjunct faculty—won a settlement that affirmed the free speech rights of contingent faculty. And a New York Supreme Court ruling allowed grant recipients Marie Monaco and Herbert Samuels to continue their case challenging New York University Medical School’s salary reduction policy, used to slash their salaries after their net grant income declined due to loss of research data in Superstorm Sandy. Such legal victories make a difference for the academic profession as well as for individual faculty.

The AAUP Foundation also supports educational programs that advance the cause of academic freedom. We recently awarded a grant to Scholars at Risk—an international network that protects scholars and promotes academic freedom—for its Scholar Transition Program, which will provide training for higher education professionals who are the victims of external political upheaval. Academic freedom must not be subject to the whims of those in power—whether abroad or in this country.

Best regards,
Henry Reichman,
Chair, AAUP Foundation

2016 NC AAUP Conference (October 14th and 15th)

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Dear Members of the North Carolina Conference of the American Association of University Professors,

I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

On behalf of Dr. Jim Carmichael, President of the NC AAUP, I cordially invite you to attend our 2016 Conference Meeting at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Dr Jo Allen, President of Meredith College, will hold a reception for the conference at her campus residence on Friday, October 14 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Conference activities formally begin on Saturday, October 15 with registration, coffee, and continental breakfast from 8:00 AM. The program begins at 9:00. Our keynote speaker, Samuel J Dunietz , Research and Policy Analyst at AAUP National, will conduct a workshop on Political Mobilizing for NC Higher Education (A Non-Union State).  After lunch, we will have a short business meeting including elections followed by a discussion on how to apply what we have learned into an action plan for NCAAUP.

We hope that you will be able to attend the various facets of the conference and join us in discussion over organizing efforts to promote NC higher education policies. Whether you are a faculty member affiliated with a public or private institution, non-tenure track faculty or teaching graduate student, we invite you to attend and give voice to your interests, ideas, and concerns with the welfare of the professorate.

Attached to this post is an itinerary of the conference with specific times and an RSVP form indicating which parts you will be able to attend. Please return the completed form to Chase Hanes at by October 3rd, 2016. Also attached are two maps of Meredith College with pertinent buildings circled and a more detailed display of Massey House.

We look forward to seeing you at the NC AAUP 2016 Conference!

Chase Hanes

on behalf of Dr. Jim Carmichael

James V. Carmichael, Jr.
Department of Library and Information Studies
447 School of Education Building
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412