The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that have maintained quality education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities for most of the twentieth century, and now in the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The AAUP chapter at Appalachian State University functions as a local resource for faculty. Our membership meets routinely to discuss campus issues pertaining to the mission of the organization. We also assist faculty in the protection of their rights by providing necessary information on campus procedures and national standards. Membership is open to all faculty, librarians, and academic professionals.