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  • In 1900 the economist Edward Ross lost his job at Stanford University because Mrs. Leland Stanford didn't like his views on immigrant labor and railroad monopolies.  The incident disturbed the philosophers Arthur O. Lovejoy of Johns Hopkins University and John Dewey, then at the University of Chicago, even though neither shared Ross's values. When Lovejoy and Dewey called a meeting in 1915 to form an organization to ensure academic freedom for faculty members, the American Association of University Professors was born.

    The AAUP defends the principles of academic freedom, due process, and shared governance.  It helps define fundamental professional values and standards.  The AAUP's 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure defending the "free search for truth and its free exposition" at institutions of higher learning is widely accepted within the academic community. The Association works with Congress and state legislators to promote effective higher education legislation, and helps its members to do the same. College presidents and administrators rely on Association-developed policy statements and procedural guidelines. The AAUP works to protect all members of the profession: full-and part-time teachers, tenured and contingent faculty, graduate students, union members and non-union-members. In so doing, the AAUP helps shape American higher education and ensure higher education's contribution to the public good.

    The University of Denver has had an AAUP chapter at various times in its history.  An active chapter was re-established on April 13, 2007.  It is comprised of faculty members from across the arts, sciences, and professional schools who are interested in working to address issues of common concern. We seek to support  the work of the DU Faculty Senate by providing a broader perspective on issues affecting faculty, and a direct link to the policy resources offered by the national AAUP. The chapter also exists to help support and protect the faculty's franchise on other campuses in Colorado and around the nation.


    This Portfolio provides AAUP-recommended policies concerning academic freedom and shared governance. It archives important statements related to academic freedom and shared governance. It provides news and information from the DU chapter of AAUP and the Colorado Conference of the AAUP.  The portfolio is organized and maintained by Dean Saitta, Chapter Secretary. You can reach him at


  • AAUP Summer Institute Held at DU

  • AAUP Summer Institute 2015
    AAUP Summer Institute 2015
  • DU hosted the 2015 AAUP Summer Institute on July 23-26. The Colorado location honored the work that the Colorado Conference of AAUP has done over the last few years supporting academic freedom and shared governance.  The Colorado Conference hosted a welcoming reception for all AAUP members and guests on Wednesday evening, July 22. The event was open to all members and guests irrespective of participation in the Summer Institute, and was graciously supported by former University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. Photographs of the 2015 Summer Institute are here.

  • John Dewey, AAUP Co-Founder and First President
    John Dewey, AAUP Co-Founder and First President
  • Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

  • The following are some essential documents generated by the DU Chapter, the Colorado AAUP, and the National AAUP. The National AAUP offers a full list of Coronavirus Resources here: If readers have trouble accessing any particular documents, please contact Dean Saitta at

  • AAUP Special Report: COVID-19-and-Academic-Governance (May 2021)

  • AAUP Principles and Standards for the COVID-19 Crisis

  • Contingent Faculty and the Global Pandemic (August 2020)

  • DU Faculty Senate Resolution Regarding Visiting and Adjunct Faculty (July 2020)

  • DU Open Letter on Contingent Faculty (July 2020)

  • Fighting Back Against Austerity (Slide Show, July 2020)

  • Organizing During COVID (Slide Show, July 2020)

  • A Practical Guide to Shared Governance in a Time of Crisis (Slide Show, July 2020)

  • Policies on Academic Freedom, Financial Exigency, and Program Discontinuance (July 2020)

  • Colorado AAUP Statement: Protecting Colorado Faculty (May 2020)

  • AAUP & AFT Principles for Response (March 2020)

  • The Faculty's Role in Decision-Making (March 2020)

  • Guidance for Reopening Campuses (Spring 2020)

  • Some Exigent Words about Financial Exigency (Spring 2020)

  • Chapter Officers

  • President: Aaron Schneider (Korbel School of International Studies)

    Secretary and Past President: Dean Saitta (Anthropology)

  • A Brief History of the DU AAUP Chapter, 2007-2017

  • Letter in Support of DU Law School Faculty

This portfolio last updated: 12-Mar-2023 4:35 AM