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OCAAUP Board endorses Joel O’Dorisio for State Senate

Press Release | July 31, 2020

The Ohio Conference AAUP has endorsed member Joel O’Dorisio in his bid for the 2nd State Senate District. Below is the official endorsement letter that was sent to his campaign. In June, we had published a story about Joel’s candidacy, highlighting his activism as a member of the Bowling Green State University Faculty Association, a […]

University of Akron trustees, president should rescind faculty layoffs or resign

Press Release | July 28, 2020

Turmoil doesn’t begin to describe the current situation at the University of Akron (UA). The Akron-AAUP needs our help. On July 15, the Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of President Gary Miller, terminated 97 full-time faculty positions, 96 of which were part of the Akron-AAUP bargaining unit, and 70 of which were tenured professors. […]

AAUP-WSU’s Summer Solidarity: Call to Action Event

Press Release | July 17, 2020

As part of “Solidarity Summer” — a series of events hosted by the AAUP-Wright State University chapter — the chapter is hosting several virtual events focused on candidates and issues impacting Ohioans and the communities we serve.  While the events are free, participants will be asked to consider a contribution to AAUP-WSU’s political action committee, […]


Press Release | July 14, 2020

All hands on deck! Join Akron-AAUP for a rally and press conference before the University of Akron Board of Trustees meeting. Our event is:  WEDNESDAY, JULY 15th at 12 NOON.  We’ll meet at the Buchtel Hall steps for the press conference, which will feature Pam Schulze, President of Akron-AAUP. Additional speakers are TBA. UA is […]

ODHE Unveils FY 2021 Cuts to SSI

Press Release | July 10, 2020

State Share of Instruction (SSI) — the main funding stream of state subsidy to public colleges and universities — has been cut 4.38% from its original budget allocation for this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). This is on top of the 3.8% cut that was made from original budget allocations for […]

DeWine Announces COVID Guidance, Funds for Higher Ed

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On Thursday, July 9, Gov. DeWine announced reopening guidelines for institutions of higher education. The document outlines “Minimum Operating Standards” as well as “Recommended Best Practices.” Generally, the state is requiring that institutions comply with CDC and state guidelines, but leave the bulk of decisions to individual institutions. Additionally, the governor announced that all public and […]

Midwest AAUP Coalition Presents Statement on Reopening Campuses

Press Release | July 8, 2020

A group of Midwest AAUP chapters and state conferences (including a number of Ohio chapters and the Ohio Conference) have collaborated in response to the prospect of college and university campuses reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition issued the following statement: “Protecting Lives, Promoting Education: Principles for Reopening Campuses,” which outlines the principles that should […]

Meet Joel O’Dorisio, one of our own running for State Senate

Press Release | June 22, 2020

Ten years ago, Joel O’Dorisio was campaigning for a faculty union at Bowling Green State University. Ten years later, he has been campaigning to be the next State Senator for Ohio’s 2nd District. Some political candidates “talk the talk” of support for public education and labor, but BGSU Art Professor Joel O’Dorisio walks the walk. […]

Statement on Returning to Campus

Press Release | June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tumultuous time in Ohio higher education. The emergency shutdown of our colleges and universities has drastically changed the nature of instruction, as well as the financial situations of our institutions. This past semester, faculty across Ohio rose to the challenge of moving courses online, holding virtual office hours, adapting […]

In This Pandemic, Ohio’s Colleges and Universities Are Serving the Public Good

Press Release | June 9, 2020

Martin KichProfessor of English, Wright State UniversityPresident-Elect, Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors Ohio’s colleges and universities are contributing in uncountable ways to the state’s efforts to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. Our faculty have provided expertise that has helped our state to meet a wide range of challenges, from conducting ground-breaking […]

Wittenberg AAUP sends open letter to university president

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The following is an open letter sent by the members of the Wittenberg AAUP chapter to their university president. The Ohio Conference AAUP fully supports the chapter and their efforts to promote and enforce standards of shared governance. June 9, 2020 An Open Letter to the President,  Provost, Board of Directors, and Faculty of Wittenberg […]

Why billionaires want you to opt out of your union

Press Release | May 20, 2020

[This message is borrowed from our friends at the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT). Educators in Ohio are starting to be contacted by “The Freedom Foundation” to encourage them to “opt-out” of their union membership in an attempt to further weaken unions after the Janus U.S. Supreme Court ruling.] Who is the Freedom Foundation? The […]

Urge federal lawmakers to provide relief for colleges, universities

Press Release | May 19, 2020

National AAUP has started an online letter campaign to federal lawmakers urging more aid to higher education. Please send messages to your U.S. Representative and Senators through this page. While there is no silver bullet that will reverse the layoffs/terminations of faculty and staff at Ohio colleges and universities, as well as institutions around the […]

Miami, OSU, and OU AAUP Chapters to Host Public Zoom Forum on 5/13

Press Release | May 11, 2020

Higher Education across the State of Ohio is under threat. Join your colleagues and co-workers from Miami University, Ohio State University, and Ohio University at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13 to learn about the dramatic cuts already happening at Miami and OU, and to strategize about how we can all support one another in […]

DeWine announces higher ed cuts. Here is what you can do.

Press Release | May 7, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a total of $775 million in spending cuts for the rest of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020 at his press briefing yesterday, May 5. The cuts will be implemented over the next two months to balance the state budget. The governor chose not to tap the state’s “Rainy […]