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The discount insurance programs of the American Association of University Professors further enhance the value of your membership. Mass purchasing power permits us to make these programs available at prices below those an individual could obtain. Certain coverage may not be available in all states.
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Other discounts: Through an arrangement with the AAUP, Johns Hopkins University Press is offering a 30% discount on two books that treat subjects of special interest to AAUP members: Hans-Joerg Tiede’s University Reform: The Founding of the American Association of University Professors (September 2015) and Larry G. Gerber’s The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance: Professionalization and the Modern American University (August 2014).