FIRE Faculty Network

The FIRE Faculty Network is a diverse coalition of faculty interested in defending an sustaining academic freedom, 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


Free Speech Resources for Faculty


FIRE Faculty Conference

This year’s FIRE Faculty Conference will take place from October 11-13, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. The FIRE Faculty Conference brings together faculty from a range of disciplines and institutions, who have a variety of viewpoints, to present research and discuss issues related to academic freedom and freedom of expression on campus. The conference provides a venue for faculty to present their work and foster an ongoing dialogue across disciplines and institutions.

The submission period for paper proposals has closed, but the application to attend the conference is now open! All interested faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis through July 31.  

The 2017 FIRE Faculty Conference took place October 2-5, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.

If you have questions or would like more information about the conference, please contact us at

In a word, the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”

–Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago