Towson University American Association of University Professors

The TU AAUP encourages faculty to participate in campus life through engaged leadership in committee work at all levels, active recruitment of departmental colleagues, and direct communication of issues as they arise. We are stronger together. 

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American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a nonprofit membership association of faculty and other academic professionals. 

Towson University Faculty Association - TU AAUP 

All members of the faculty at Towson University, at any rank and status, are automatically members of the Faculty Association and of the TU chapter of the AAUP.  At the local and national levels, the AAUP advocates for faculty colleagues in all matters of shared governance, professional advancement, and academic values.  We encourage all faculty members to take an active role in this vital organization.

Issues of special importance to faculty at Towson University include:

  • Compensation and expectation for all stages of the career and profession
  • Transparency in expectations for promotion, tenure, and merit
  • Defending faculty rights in curriculum, peer review, and academic standards
  • Promoting an equitable and rational balance of teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Defending academic freedom and campus civility in a highly charged and polarized political context
  • Promoting faculty wellness.

The TU Faculty Association/AAUP is not a union.  State law bars public university faculty from collective bargaining.  On this campus we meet regularly with the Administration to present faculty perspectives on critical issues in a constructive, principled manner.  The higher the percentage of engaged, informed, dues-paying members of the Faculty Association, the stronger our collective voice. 

The work of our faculty is a source of continual inspiration.  The TU AAUP encourages every single faculty member to participate actively in campus life, through leadership in committee work at all levels – department, College, and University, committees of the University Senate, and committees of the AAUP itself – as appropriate to the faculty member’s interests and skills.  Faculty can also help by recruiting departmental colleagues, and by keeping the TU AAUP apprised of issues and concerns as they arise.  We are stronger together. 

Towson University AAUP Officers

John C. McLucas, President

Professor of Foreign Languages

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Sarah Gilchrist, Vice President

Research & Instruction Librarian

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Harald Beck, Treasurer

Professor of Biological Sciences

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Danny Mydlack, Secretary

Associate Professor of Electronic Media & Film

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