Faculty Compensation

Compensation affects all academic professionals. Since 1940, when the Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure declared that both academic freedom and economic security for professors were indispensable, the AAUP has supported fair compensation in a variety of ways.

Currently, more than 70 local AAUP chapters serve as collective bargaining agents for faculty and other academic professionals on their campuses, directly negotiating compensation with administrations. Traditional advocacy chapters may also represent the interests of faculty in non-union discussions with administrations, and AAUP state conferences approach compensation issues on the state level.

The national AAUP’s standing Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession and the AAUP research department conduct a survey of full-time faculty compensation, the Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, which sets the standard for national faculty compensation data and is used by local chapters and many other faculty members and groups as a tool in fighting for better compensation.

The national Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession works to improve compensation and working conditions for part- and full-time non-tenure-track faculty.

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