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AAUP Summer Institute


The Summer Institute, cosponsored by the AAUP and the AAUP-Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC), is an annual training program for faculty advocates, and one of the best sources available for learning the practical skills that faculty unionists need to build their organizations and run them successfully. Every year, faculty members from around the country attend this four-day series of intensive workshops to learn about AAUP policies, discuss the issues facing the academy, sharpen their skills as union leaders, and develop strategies for organizing.

Over 270 academic activists convened at the University of Denver July 23–26 for the 2015 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute. An intensive series of workshops and seminars prepared participants to organize their colleagues, stand up for academic freedom, and advocate for research and teaching as the core priorities of higher education. Topics offered included bargaining basics, strategic use of grievances, administering collective bargaining contracts, organizing for power, building and running AAUP chapters, understanding institutional finances, and forging partnerships and alliances on campus.

One of the many workshops at the Summer Institute was one by Dr. Howard Bunsis called "A Crash Course on Institutional Finances." Learn more about Dr. Howard Bunsis, AAUP-CBC Chair and Professor of Accounting. Rutgers AAUP-AFT benefited from his expertise during the 2014 contract campaign.

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Katherine Gray in workshop at 2015 AAUP Summer Institute


TA member activist, Katherine Gray, attending the 2015 AAUP Summer Institute


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