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Please serve with us on the PSU-AAUP Executive Council! 

February 28, 2022 / PSU-AAUP

Is this the year you will step forward to run for the Executive Council? We hope to hear from you! We depend on the efforts of volunteers to:

  • support the bargaining team with contract action,
  • support the efforts of classified staff, part-time faculty and students in advocating for themselves & high quality, affordable higher education,
  • voice the concerns of PSU faculty - including non-tenure track faculty and academic professionals, as well as tenure-track faculty – to members of the PSU Administration, the Oregon Legislature, the press and the community, and
  • have a good time doing it!

We’ll be electing seven (7) people to serve from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023 or April 30, 2024 as:

  • President (Two Year Position Ending April 30, 2024) 
  • Vice President of Collective Bargaining (Two Year Position Ending April 30, 2024)
  • Vice President of Membership and Organizing (Two Year Position Ending April 30, 2024)
  • Vice President for Academic Freedom and Grievances (One Year Position Ending April 30, 2023)
  • Vice President for Legislative and Political Action (One Year Position Ending April 30, 2023)
  • Secretary (One Year Position) 
  • Councilor At Large (2 Positions with One Year Terms Ending April 30, 2024 and 3 Positions with Two Year Terms Ending April 30, 2024)

You can nominate yourself, or speak to a friend that you want to nominate and nominate them.  It’s important to have a good mix of APs, fixed-term faculty, research faculty and tenure-related faculty.
 
The nominations period will open March 14th and close on March 28th. We expect the vote to begin on or about April 13th.

If you are interested in learning more about serving on the EC, including as an officer, there will be an informational Zoom meeting on March 9th at 12 pm. Zoom invite to be sent in a separate email.

Should you have any questions about the Association or the open positions, you can contact any of the current executive council members, or Mark Leymon, PSU-AAUP President. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Mark Leymon, Tina Burdsall, and Kathryn Wuschke
PSU-AAUP 2021 Nominating Committee
 
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More Detailed Descriptions of Executive Council Positions

Office of the President (release time position)
The President shall call meetings of the Executive Council and the Chapter and preside at those meetings. The President shall be responsible for implementing and administering decisions of the Chapter and the Executive Council and shall have such other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Council. The President and his or her designated alternate shall serve as spokesperson for the Chapter. He or she or an alternate designated by the Executive Council shall represent the Chapter at national and regional AAUP meetings. The President may delegate the Chair of the Unit Representative Committee to another Council member if the position of Vice President of Membership and Organizing is vacant.
 
Office of the Vice President for Membership and Organizing  (release time position)
The Vice President for Membership and Organizing shall primarily be responsible for building and maintaining the membership of the chapter through internal organizing. He or she shall serve ex-officio as Chair of the Unit Representative Committee.
 
Office of the Vice President for Collective Bargaining (release time position)
The Vice President for Collective Bargaining shall be responsible for the coordination of activities of the Chapter for collective bargaining. He or she shall serve, ex-officio, on the Unit Representative Committee and on standing or ad-hoc committees on salaries, workloads, and other matters subject to contract negotiation. In the absence of the President, he or she shall preside at meetings of the Executive Council or chapter.
 
Office of Vice President for Academic Freedom and Grievances (release time position)
The Vice President for Academic Freedom and Grievances is one of the eight officer positions on the Executive Council. This VP works closely with the Association Strategic Director and is normally provided 1/3 release time to facilitate the performance of grievance officer duties for the Association. The Vice president for Academic Freedom and Grievances acts as the chief dispute resolution officer for the Association; they meet with members about work issues, and represent members in grievance meetings and participates in other kinds of meetings with management.

Office of Vice President for Legislative and Political Action (VP-LEG) (partial release time position)
The VP-LEG is one of the eight officer positions on the Executive Council. The position is provided a one course release per year when the Oregon Legislature is in session. The VP-LEG shall be responsible for the promotion of the chapter’s mission and objectives through legislative and political action. The Vice President shall recommend the appointment of the Legislative and Political Action Committee to the Executive Council and shall preside over the activities of the committee.  The Vice President shall represent the chapter on legislative and political action with our affiliates and ensure our agreements with affiliates about legislative and political action are upheld. The Vice President shall make recommendations to the Executive Council on Association policies and strategies for legislative and political action, candidate endorsement, and government policy regarding higher education and faculty. The Vice President shall make recommendations to the Executive Council on positions for legislation and initiatives, endorsements on legislation, initiatives, and candidates, and shall ensure that the Executive Councils adopted positions and endorsements are communicated, as necessary.  The Vice President shall organize lobbying efforts for chapter membership in concert with coalition partners and other organizations to support legislation and initiatives and candidates. The Vice President shall negotiate with government leaders about pending legislation as necessary based on Association positions and endorsements. The Vice President shall testify at public hearings and be available as a key resource to government bodies regarding higher education and faculty issues. The VP-COM works closely and presides over the PSU-AAUP legislative and political action committee, and works closely with the other AAUP chapters in Oregon as a member of the AAUP-Oregon legislative committee.
 
Office of the Vice President for Communications and Public Relations (Release Time Position)
The Vice President for Communications and Public Relations shall be responsible for the promotion of the chapter’s missions and objectives through communications for the Chapter, to include regular communications to the chapter membership, communications during negotiations, external communications and public relations, and is the designated media contact for the chapter, with the President. The Vice President for Communications and Public Relations shall ensure that all Association communications are consistent with the Association’s governing documents and strategic objectives. The Vice President for Communications shall recommend the appointment of the Strategic Communications Committee to the Executive Council and shall preside over the activities of the committee.

Secretary
The Secretary is one of the eight officer positions on the Executive Council and takes minutes at meetings. It is not normally a release time position. 
 
Councilors At Large (3 positions open)
Councilors At Large are not officers of the Association and these are not normally release time positions. Their participation is generally limited to attending meetings, reading and responding to emails, and participating in Executive Council decisions at Executive Council meetings and via email. Most Councilors At Large, however, assume others duties on behalf of the Executive Council such as leading caucus meetings, or representing PSU-AAUP in forums off campus. 

New councilors will be expected to attend a 2-hour new councilor orientation on zoom with the Strategic Director and continuing executive councilors in April 2022. The Executive Council meets every Thursday during the term, from noon to 1:30 during the academic year.  The Executive Council normally meets for a full day planning retreat at the end of spring term, the beginning of fall term, or both. Those retreats have not yet been scheduled.

All Executive Council positions are invited to participate in all organizing and contract action.

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