Foundation Awards Five New Grants

Date: May 2, 2017

The AAUP Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation board has awarded five grants submitted for its March 31 grant application deadline.

  • An Academic Freedom Fund grant to provide replacement income to Nathanial Bork, a part-time instructor of philosophy who was summarily dismissed by Community College of Aurora after conveying to the administration his intention to send the institution's accreditor a letter that criticized a new Gateway to Success curriculum. The AAUP published a report of the investigation concerning Bork’s dismissal on March 29.
  • An Academic Freedom Fund grant to support Scholars at Risk’s Scholar Transition Project, which provides support and assistance to higher education professionals whose careers are upended due to external political upheaval. Scholars at Risk is “an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.”
  • An Academic Freedom Fund grant to support the  AAUP’s participation in a two-day multi-organization meeting at the Institute for Advanced Study on the topic of how best to respond to current threats to academic freedom.
  • An Academic Freedom Fund grant to cover costs related to the commemoration of the 1967 US Supreme Court case Keyishian v. Board of Regents at the 2017 AAUP Annual Conference.
  • A Glick, Rappaport, Tristman Fund grant to cover costs for two events at the AAUP Annual Conference: a plenary presentation by National Book Award winner Professor Ibram X. Kendi and a showing of A Time to Stir, a documentary film about the 1968 student strike at Columbia University, along with a panel discussion to follow.

The next deadline for AAUP Foundation grant applications is June 30. Learn more our special funds and grant application guidelines.