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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. 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, and key documents related to some recent, high-profile national cases in which principles of academic freedom and shared governance have been put to the test. 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, DU Chapter President. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.