American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

The national AAUP defines its mission in the following way:  “The AAUP’s purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good.”

The F&M chapter of the AAUP endorses this mission and seeks to pursue these goals in the local context of our campus.  The F&M chapter provides an open forum, separate from the pressures of college meetings, where members can engage in open dialogue and take action collectively, as appropriate, on matters pertaining to this mission.  Like the national AAUP, the F&M chapter seeks to promote best practices in higher education on a range of topics: academic freedom, teaching and research, compensation, contingent faculty, diversity, ethics, workload, family/life balance, and other issues. 

The AAUP at 100: Dr. Steven Salaita and the Question of Academic Freedom 

Celebrating 100 Years of Academic Freedom

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the AAUP, the F&M AAUP, Writers House, and Weis House hosted a talk by Professor Steven Salaita on the subject of the current threats to academic freedom.  As major media outlets reported this past summer, trustees at the University of Illinois rescinded an offer of a tenured professorship to Dr.Salaita, a scholar of Native American and indigenous studies, on the grounds that several of his Twitter messages were uncivil. 


Read Opening Remarks. 

  • From Left to Right: Kerry Sherrin Wright, Writers House (Secretary AAUP), Dr. Steven Salaita, Matthew Hoffman, History ( President AAUP), Laura Shelton, History, (Vice President AAUP)
  • Dr. Steven Salaita
  • Professor SherAli Tareen, Religious Studies
  • Professor Matthew Hoffman, History, (President AAUP)

Executive Commitee


President, Matthew Hoffman (History)

Vice-President, Laura Shelton (History)

Secretary, Kerry Sherin Wright (Writers House )

Treasurer, Sean Flahrety (Economics)

Ex Officio, Dennis Deslippe (American Studies), immediate former President

Membership Information

Membership in the National AAUP

The National AAUP has several membership classes.  At Franklin & Marshall College, National AAUP dues can be automatically deducted from your paycheck.  For more information about AAUP membership, visit their website.

Membership in the Franklin & Marshall Chapter of the AAUP

Eligibility for membership in this chapter extends to all current and retired faculty members as well as to academic professionals at Franklin & Marshall College.  Local AAUP dues are collected at our General Meetings.  

Upcoming Meetings

  • AAUP Spring General Meeting, Wednesday February 4, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in the Joseph International House. 
There, we will kick off our conversation on academic freedom with a discussion of the introduction of Stanley Fish’s new book, Versions of Academic Freedom. We invite you to read the brief introduction to his book (pdf attached), which will be the first of a series of books we hope to read together as a Faculty. 
  • AAUP Presents: Dr. Steven Salaita Talk, Wednesday April 1 2015, 4:30 p.m. at Weis House Great Room, Reception to follow at Writers House
  • AAUP Dinner Honoring Retirees, TBA