Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Faculty and support staff at several public and private higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold a variety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.

In 2022, several local chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) joined our state federation’s labor family when their national union affiliated with AFT. Together, we work hand-in-hand to protect academic freedom on campuses and to unify the faculty voice for greater strength at the Connecticut General Assembly.

Click here to learn more about the “Higher Ed, Not Debt” campaign.

Click here for our national union’s campaign to unite contingent faculty, graduate and undergraduate workers.

Click here to learn more about AAUP’s affiliation with AAUP.

Higher Education News

  • Benefitting the Common Good by Bolstering Our Human Capital

    The roots of the public service crisis gripping communities across the nation run deep and sprouted more than a decade ago. Lyle Scruggs (in photo, above), a member of our affiliated UConn-AAUP, unearthed the seeds of short-staffing in state agencies in a recently published commentary. A professor of political science at the University of Connecticut…

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  • Urging Investments in Public Higher Education

    Recent headlines touting continued job growth in Connecticut have obscured lackluster gains for the state’s chronically understaffed public sector. Sinéad Ruane, (right, in photo above), a chapter secretary in our affiliated CSU-AAUP, and fellow union member Jason Snyder (left), parsed the numbers in order to bring to light the broader implications in a recently published…

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  • “Keeping the Pressure On” for Improved Working Conditions

    A new survey of adjunct faculty from our national union underscores the continuing crisis faced by millions of contingent workers at America’s colleges and universities. AFT’s latest “Army of Temps” report, the third in a series, finds little improvement to poverty wages and untenable conditions in the wake of the pandemic. It documents the troubling…

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