One Faculty at Penn
We are the University of Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP–Penn), a membership organization that advocates for the interests of Penn faculty and for a just university that meets its obligations to the city and the community. We welcome members from all departments and all schools at Penn, and we apply the broadest definition of faculty: all those employed primarily in research and/or teaching at a professional level regardless of title, including standing faculty, contingent faculty, graduate researchers and instructors, postdocs, and librarians, archivists, curators, and technicians whose work involves or substantially contributes to research or teaching. Our goals include promoting meaningfully shared university governance; improving working conditions; advocating for racial justice and gender equality on and off campus; ensuring the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of our community; and building solidarity among university workers across ranks and job categories at Penn and across institutions.
Founded in 1915, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has advocated for academic freedom and shared governance that prioritizes the voice of faculty for over a century. It defines equitable policies of academic employment and advances professional ethics and teaching standards that foster a just society. AAUP centers meaningful faculty and staff participation in decision-making processes and aims to build worker solidarity across campuses in the United States. It represents academic employees of universities and colleges in labor disputes, contributes research and policy on crucial issues in higher education, and fights for the economic security of the profession through direct advocacy and the creation of chapters.