FAQ

Q: Do I need to be a National AAUP member to come to your chapter meeting?

A: Although we highly recommend joining National AAUP for member benefits and resources, you can simply join our local chapter to attend meetings. When elections occur, only National members can vote.

Q: How do I join National AUUP?

A: You may join here: https://www.aaup.org/membership/join. Your dues category is based on your annual academic income. Dues are tax-deductible professional expenses, AAUP being at the national level a 501(c)3 organization.

Q: How do I join the local chapter at JMU?

A: Joining the AAUP-JMU local chapter does not give you National AAUP membership or access to these resources. Joining the local chapter may include annual chapter fees (between 5-20 dollars). Joining your local chapter is confidential: to be added to our list, simply send us an email at aaup.jmu@gmail.com with your preferred email (non-jmu).

Q: It is late in the semester, can I still become a member?

A: Yes! We welcome new members at any time!

Q: I am a part-time or adjunct faculty member. Am I welcome to join and participate? 

A: Absolutely! The AAUP is for every academic member of the campus, including graduate students.

Q: Why should I join AAUP?

A: Joining National or your local chapter allows us to better communicate on common concerns, share and spread information. It also provides us as faculty the power and safety we need to win effective changes. Large numbers of faculty standing together on an issue is more effective than a few isolated voices.

Q: What are the common topics discussed in the chapter?

A: We are here to educate faculty on their rights but also to listen to their concerns and act on it. Some of our main considerations are academic freedom, shared governance (active involvement of faculty in decision-making processes and priority-setting), transparency, work load, job security… Our members decide the issues to discuss and be involved in.

Q: I thought that the Faculty Senate was the faculty voice on campus, how different is AAUP from the Senate?

A: We do work closely with the Senate (whose voice is only advisory) and collaborate on many occasions, but AAUP is an independent association, not related to the university. In our chapter, all members are necessary and have a voice and everyone can join without going through an election process as Senators do.

Q: Which email should I use to join and communicate?

A: We recommend that you use a personal email address (non-jmu). Your membership is confidential and the list of our members is not published or shared with the university.

Q: I still have questions….

A: We’ll be happy to hear and answer them! Contact us at aaup.jmu@gmail.com and let’s talk!

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