AAUP Champion Dies

Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, has passed away at age 87. 

Jef Akst
Jef Akst
Jan 26, 2016

Jordan Kurland, June 2015COURTESY OF AAUPJordan Kurland, an active member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for more than five decades, passed away last month (January 23) after a brief illness. He was 87.

At the time of his death, Kurland served as the associate general secretary of AAUP and had been a member of the AAUP staff for more than 50 years. He helped with “more than 90 percent of the case investigations conducted in the association’s history,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reported, “including a 2007 investigation that resulted in a report criticizing five New Orleans universities for layoffs and program cuts after Hurricane Katrina.” Kurland also continued to preside over the association’s biggest cases on academic freedom and tenure a decade and a half after having officially stepped down as director of the relevant committee.

“Jordan was a tireless champion of academic freedom who joined the AAUP staff in 1965, having taken a leave of absence from his appointment at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro,” the organization said in a statement. “Jordan had an encyclopedic knowledge of AAUP policy and history and played a role in more than 90 percent of the case investigations conducted in the Association’s history. He carried out his responsibilities with dedication, skill, and passion. He will be sorely missed.”

Kurland is survived by his wife, Anita Siegel Kurland, four children, and eight grandchildren.