National Teaching Organizations:
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; 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 maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country’s colleges and universities.
Founded in 1911, the College Art Association:
- Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art
- Facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among those interested in art and history of art
- Advocates comprehensive and inclusive education in the visual arts
- Speaks for the membership on issues affecting the visual arts and humanities
- Provides publication of scholarship, criticism, and artists’ writings
- Fosters career development and professional advancement. Identifies and develops sources of funding for the practice of art and for scholarship in the arts and humanities
- Honors accomplishments of artists, art historians, and critics
- Articulates and affirms the highest ethical standards in the conduct of the profession