The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), established in 1915, is the only exclusively National Organization representing faculty of higher education. AAUP has pioneered the fights for tenure, academic freedom, and due process for all faculty.
The Portland State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (PSU-AAUP) was first chartered as the bargaining unit for faculty in 1978. In approximately 1995 the bargaining unit was expanded to include Academic Professionals. We operate as both a professional association and as the exclusive collective bargaining agent.
PSU-AAUP represents faculty who work more than .5 FTE, and all Academic Professionals. With over 1,200 members, we are the largest bargaining unit at Portland State, and the largest faculty bargaining unit in higher education in the State of Oregon.
We are an agency fee campus. All faculty must become a member of the Association, or pay service fees (fair share fees) for collective bargaining and contract enforcement.
In addition to your appointment letter, the collective bargaining agreement between the university and PSU-AAUP is your employment contract (the most recent contract is 2009-2011, please click to download here). An important provision of this contract is recognition of past practice, where you are guaranteed to be treated in the same manner, and provided the same rights and privileges, as the faculty that came before you.
We employ an Executive Director and an Office Coordinator to run the day to day operations of the Association. The Executive Director reports to the elected President, who in turn presides over an Executive Council of thirteen faculty members elected yearly from the membership. The Executive Council meets ever Thursday during the academic year.
Our union office is in Smith 232. Our phone is 5-4414, and the general email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an active group. We have a number of committees that serve the membership that do negotiations; investigations, research, and dispute resolution; membership drives; communications, legislation; etc. If you call with questions or concerns, chances are you will interact with one of these committees. Once you become a member, you may be interested in serving on one of them.
You must complete a membership application to become a member. The majority of faculty are members of the Association
Executive Council & Staff
Collective Bargaining Team
Work-Family Balance for Full-Time Faculty - Then and Now