The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is the leading organization protecting academic freedom, tenure, academic standards in higher education. Many faculty members assume that they are members because the University deducts a portion of their paycheck for AAUP dues. However, one must opt in if they wish to become a bona fide member of the Chapter and of National AAUP. Members of our bargaining unit, which is automatic with your job title, are all eligible to join the AAUP, but joining the AAUP is not automatic – you are required to fill out a form to join
As a member, you are entitled to attend all UConn-AAUP social functions, vote for Chapter officers, run for Chapter office, and vote on the Chapter Bylaws. In addition National AAUP offers numerous benefits including a subscription to AAUP’s Academe magazine, and exclusive access to faculty webinars, toolkits, and publications. At the National level membership includes standing for a national office position, participating in committee work, and voting and participating in national meetings.
Most importantly, the number of members is a major factor in Chapter strength and higher membership numbers result in better contract negotiation outcomes. This is a simple and easy way to improve your Chapter.
There is no additional fee for joining as the amount deducted in dues is the same whether you or a member or not.
If you are uncertain if you are actually a member, reach out to your Department/Unit Representative or contact the UConn-AAUP Office