American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

 “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. 

In particular, over the last few years,  our AAUP chapter has worked to promote faculty and staff input in the budgeting, shared sacrifice in budget cutting,  job security and academic freedom for faculty not on the tenure track, including Teaching Professors and adjuncts, and the articulation of best practices in shared governance during COVID-19.  In 2019-20, our chapter formally broadened the definition of "academic professional" to be more broadly inclusive (see more below).

Executive Commitee


David Brennan (ECO)

ElenaCuffari (PSY)

Elizabeth De Santo (ENE)

Dennis Deslippe (AMS)

Ted Pearson (HIS)


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.  

The F&M AAUP chapter  uses the term academic professional to refer to all staff employed at F&M who do not otherwise fall within the definition of faculty; thus, this definition encompasses both exempt and non-exempt staff, with the exception of senior administration, at Franklin & Marshall College across all divisions of the College, and is additionally inclusive of those individuals who may be engaged in teaching, but whose status does not fall within the tenure stream.