AAUP Foundation Recent Grants

Foundation grants support

Academic Freedom
Shared Governance
Legal Defense
Faculty Engagement

Academic Freedom

  • Supports costs of the AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure investigations, meetings, and reports. 2016 investigations include the College of Saint Rose (New York), the University of Missouri (Columbia), and the Community College of Aurora (Colorado). 2015 investigations included Felician College (New Jersey), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ($360,000, 2016–18; $10,000, 2015)
  • Funds publication and distribution of portions of the Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors addressing academic freedom issues. The annual Bulletin includes the previous year’s academic freedom and tenure investigative reports, reports of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and committee reports on topics related to academic freedom. ($141,836, 2016–18)
  • Funds production costs for the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom. The open-access Journal is published annually in an electronic format and is the only academic journal that focuses exclusively on the global analysis of academic freedom and related issues. ($37,927, 2014–18)
  • Provided grants to support production of the documentary Agents of Change and outreach to AAUP chapters and conferences seeking to schedule screenings of the film. Agents of Change examines struggles to create black and ethnic studies programs in the 1960s and their legacy for campus activism today. ($2,500, 2016; $5,000, 2015)
  • Provided funds for legal defense and temporary financial assistance to support professor fired for using profanity. The board of the Academic Freedom Fund unanimously approved the request for funds for Teresa Buchanan of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, who is contesting her dismissal after 20 years at LSU. ($6,000, 2015)

Shared Governance

  • Supported costs of planning and holding the 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops and its plenary Neil Rappaport Lecture by Risa Lieberwitz.  The conference was attended by 200 people from over 100 institutions. ($15,000, 2016; $5,000, 2015)
  • Provided scholarships to cover registration costs for the 2016 AAUP Shared Governance Conference and Workshops for faculty likely to broaden the diversity of shared governance on their campuses. Scholarships supported Leah Akins of Dutchess Community College, Kristin Cook-Gailloud of Johns Hopkins University, and Pamela Petrease Felder of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
  • Sponsored the 2015 Neil Rappaport Lecture at the AAUP's 2015 Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education. Professor Larry Gerber delivered the opening plenary lecture about the history of the faculty’s role in governance. ($2,000, 2015)

Legal Defense

  • Defrayed costs of outside counsel for the AAUP’s amicus brief in the US Supreme Court case of Fisher v. University of Texas (Fisher II), in which the Court upheld the constitutionality of the university’s affirmative action program. The AAUP’s joint brief argued that consideration of race in the admissions process is appropriate and advanced the AAUP’s longstanding view that diversity is essential not only for students but for the entire academic enterprise. ($1,000, 2016)
  • Supported litigation costs for faculty challenging NYU’s Salary Reduction Policy. Professors Marie Monaco and Herbert Samuels, New York University Medical School, had their salaries significantly slashed after NYU arbitrarily imposed a salary reduction policy.  The Professors believed that this policy violated their contracts of employment, as well as NYU’s policies and procedures. NYU argued that it was not even bound by the Faculty Handbook. On December 15, 2016 the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Professors and found that NYU's Faculty Handbook had the force of a contract and that the salary reductions may have violated that contract. ($5,000, 2016; $5,000 2015)
  • Provided assistance with legal fees for Moraine Valley Community College faculty member dismissed after criticizing the administration’s treatment of adjuncts. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit remanded the case of Professor Robin Meade, an adjunct professor and active union officer, case back to federal court after it unanimously held that Moraine could not summarily dismiss Professor Meade for criticizing the administration because the issues she raised constituted “matters of public concern.” ($10,000, 2015)

Faculty Engagement

  • Supported registration, travel, or accommodation costs of attending the 2016 AAUP annual meeting for faculty members with contingent appointments. Five scholarships of up to $400 were given to support contingent faculty members who would otherwise find conference costs prohibitive. ($2,000, 2016)
  • Supported travel costs to attend the AAUP annual meeting for members of chapters engaged in advancing the Beatrice G. Konheim Award criteria. Carolyn Fridley of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University AAUP Chapter and Tommy Lucas of the Saint Louis University AAUP Chapter received support for the 2016 annual meeting. David Nalbone of the Purdue University, Calumet, AAUP chapter, Elizabeth Brannon of the University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Association, and Eve Raimon of the University of Southern Maine AAUP chapter received support for the 2015 annual meeting.
  • Supported travel costs for members attending their first AAUP annual meeting. John Wood of the University of Central Oklahoma and Steve Anthony of Georgia State University were nominated by their state conferences to receive support for attending the 2016 annual meeting. Kathryn Kuhn of St. Louis University and Troy Smith of Tennessee Tech University were nominated by their state conferences to receive support for attending the 2015 annual meeting.
  • Supported registration and travel costs for faculty from the University of Wisconsin and Sweet Briar College to attend the 2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute. Making Summer Institute workshops available to faculty from these institutions was a priority because the challenges to academic freedom, due process, and shared governance they have faced could become models for a national restructuring of higher education. ($8,000, 2015)