Since 1915 the AAUP has been promoting sound academic practices and working for those practices to be accepted by the higher education community, as well as by national and state legislators. In the interest of the common good, it defends academic freedom and tenure, advocates collegial governance, develops policies ensuring due process, backs affirmative action, and seeks the overall well-being of the profession.

The AAUP chapter at Tennessee Technological University promotes the activities and values of the AAUP on the state and campus level. We hold monthly business meetings to discuss topics pertaining to tenure, academic freedom, and shared governance.

To check out our concerns and contributions, click on the appropriate links. The national AAUP website carries even more news of importance to higher education, as well as many of the classic AAUP statements on academic freedom, etc., and up-to-date ones about currently hot topics such as the use and pay of part-time faculty members, distance education, independent boards, and intellectual property rights.

The AAUP has  about 45,000 members nationwide; TTU has about 40 members. Different kinds of membership are available to faculty members and others on campus and off.

Our goal is to provide the faculty of TTU an organized voice through which to discuss concerns and communicate issues.

Join the AAUP here: https://www.aaup.org/membership/join






  1. President

The duties of the president shall be to preside at the meetings of the chapter and the Executive Committee.  The president shall call meetings of the Executive Committee and special meetings of the chapter at the direction of the Executive Committee.  With the advice of the Executive Committee, the president shall appoint members to standing committees and shall designate chairpersons.  With the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, the president shall appoint a member to complete the unexpired term of office should a vacancy occur among the officers or members of the Executive Committee.

  1. Vice-President

The duties of the vice-president shall be to preside at meetings of the chapter and of the Executive Committee in the absence of the president.  The vice-president shall arrange public programs with the advice and consent of chapter members.  In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice-president shall succeed to the unexpired portion of the president’s term of office.

  1. Secretary

The duties of the secretary shall be to keep an accurate record of the meetings of the chapter and the Executive Committee and to conduct all correspondence of the chapter.  Notices shall be sent to all members of meetings of the chapter and of any proposed amendments to the constitution of by-laws of the chapter.

  1. Treasurer

The treasurer shall receive all dues and assessments from the members, conduct other aspects of the financial affairs of the chapter, and make a report of the finances of the chapter at each regular meeting or at the request of the Executive Committee.

  1. The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall advise the president on all matters of concern to the chapter.  In particular, the committee shall advise the president on appointments to standing committees, on appointments to vacant positions among the officers or on the Executive Committee, and on all public announcements and publications of the chapter.


  1.  At the first meeting of the spring semester, the membership of the AAUP chapter shall elect a Nomination Committee of three members who are not officers or members of the Executive Committee.  At least two weeks prior to the final meeting of the spring semester, this Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate consisting of candidates for each of the offices of the chapter and shall submit this slate to the membership, along with the notice of the meeting at which the election of officers shall take place.
  2. Nominations may be made from the floor.
  3. Terms are for one year, with no limit on the number of terms that can be served.
  4. The officers elected by the chapter shall assume their responsibilities at the close of the meeting at which they were elected.


Each member shall pay annual dues to the national, state, and local organization of AAUP.  Members who are full-time faculty may elect to pay dues by payroll deduction.  For members who do not elect to pay dues by payroll deduction, chapter dues are payable at the first meeting of each academic year.  Chapter dues are $10.00 for the academic year.


Regular meetings of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of AAUP shall be held three times each semester, on the first Thursday of September, October, February, and March and on the first Friday of November and April, except when other times and days are authorized by the Executive Committee.

A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of a minimum of eight members in good standing.


By-laws to the Constitution of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of AAUP may be adopted, or existing by-laws amended, at any regular meeting of the chapter by a majority vote of those members present and voting, provided that a copy of the proposed by-laws or amendments has been sent to the members at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken.


2018-2019 Officers

President: Dan Allcott

Vice-President: Julia Gruber

Secretary: –

Treasurer/membership: Colleen Hays

2017-2018 Officers

President: Julia Gruber

Vice-President: Troy Smith

Secretary: Josie McQuail

Treasurer/membership: Allen Driggers/Kim Godwin

2016-2017 Officers

President: Julia Gruber

Vice-President: Troy Smith

Secretary: Josie McQuail

Treasurer/membership: Wali Kharif

2018/19 Meetings:

September 6, 11:00-11:50   Roaden University Center, Room 371
October 4, 11:00-11:50        Roaden University Center, Room 371
The third meeting of the semester can be scheduled at an alternate time to allow for a more social or alternative meeting time for those who aren’t regularly available for the other meetings.

New Faculty Guidebook


Welcome to Tennessee Technological University.  As a new faculty member, you probably have many questions you would like answered. Recognizing your need, the Tennessee Tech Chapter of the American Association of University Professors has produced this guidebook, which presents in one relatively short document information about many of the topics that are probably of interest to you in your efforts to become acquainted with TTU. In addition to this guide, we recommend your participation in the annual orientation for new faculty at the beginning of each academic year, which is coordinated by the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Let us stress that the information presented in this guidebook is by no means complete or exhaustive.  It is intended merely as a point of departure.  Eventually, you will want to refer to numerous other documents that discuss the matters contained hereinafter in far greater detail than was possible or desirable in this guidebook.


One of the first documents that you will want to consult after browsing through this guidebook is the Faculty Handbook, accessible on-line in the latest version at https://www.tntech.edu/handbooks/facultyhandbook/.  In it many of the matters discussed briefly below are spelled out in considerable detail.



Access the New Faculty Guidebook here.