Faculty Rights & Resources

FIRE Faculty Network

The FIRE Faculty Network is a diverse coalition of faculty interested in defending an sustaining academic freedom and faculty rights, free speech, and civil liberties on campus. By joining FIRE’s faculty network, you’ll receive information curated specifically for faculty, including the latest information on FIRE events, legal developments, strategies for activism, and noteworthy research and reporting related to free speech and academic freedom.

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Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.”–Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago
FIRE offers a variety of resources for faculty members who would like to protect freedom of expression at their college or university. We would be pleased to work with any faculty member who wishes to help reform their school’s speech codes, would like to convince their institution to adopt a version of the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago (the “Chicago Statement”), is concerned about academic censorship,  faculty rights and professor rights at their school, or otherwise wants to improve the free speech climate on campus.

If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to be added to FIRE’s faculty outreach network, please email facultyoutreach@thefire.org.

2019 Faculty Conference

FIRE’s 2019 Faculty Conference will be held at Boston University from October 31–November 2, 2019. We are currently accepting proposals from faculty interested in presenting on topics related to free speech and academic freedom in higher education. The deadline for proposals is June 10, 2019. Selected authors will be eligible to receive a $3,000 honorarium for their presented work. For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit our conference page. Additional information for those interested in attending the conference will be available in early summer 2019. Related inquiries may be directed to facultyoutreach@thefire.org.

Previous Conferences

The 2018 FIRE Faculty Conference took place from October 11-13, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, at the downtown Water Tower campus of Loyola University Chicago. The conference brought together roughly 60 faculty from a range of disciplines and institutions to present research and discuss issues related to academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus. The 2018 conference was highlighted by a keynote address by University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey C. Stone. The papers presented at the 2018 conference are collected in this volume.

The 2017 FIRE Faculty Conference took place October from October 5-7, 2017, in Dallas, Texas, at the law campus of the University of North Texas. The volume of 2017 conference papers is available here.

If you have questions or would like more information about the conference, please contact us at facultyconference@thefire.org.

Free Speech Resources for Faculty