Fort Lewis College Chapter
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Durango, Colorado

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What is the AAUP?

“The AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for
higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.” --
Is this a union? 
Some chapters of the AAUP are unions, however, we are not.  We are an advocacy chapter.  We are working to advocate for the interests of
the entire faculty of FLC in the face of serious threats to shared governance, dramatic cuts to instructional staff, and loss of department and
program control over curriculum.

Is AAUP open to all faculty?

Yes.  We encourage all faculty to join.  We hope to work for the interests of all faculty, and hope that all faculty will join and help us shape our
agenda going forward.

Will joining AAUP affect my ability to achieve tenure or promotion?

We believe strongly that joining or not joining AAUP should not have any effect on tenure or promotion one way or the other and that openly
agreeing with or disagreeing with any positions of AAUP should have no effect on tenure or promotion one way or the other.  We are opposed
to politicizing tenure in any way.

Is AAUP membership confidential?

The national AAUP does not release its membership list, not even to members or leaders of the local chapter.
Why the AAUP?

By forming this chapter, FLC faculty and staff have joined other educators across the nation who want to reverse more than several decades
of attacks on public higher education.