New officers join AAUP-Oregon Exec Council

From the AAUP-Oregon Election Committee:
We are pleased to certify that the following people have been elected to the AAUP-Oregon Executive Council through on-line election held March 10-20th, 2014:
Jose’ Padin, Portland State University, President
Amy Orr,  Linfield College, Secretary
Deborah Olson, University of Oregon, VP for Communications and Public Relations
Whitney Head-Burgess, Advocate for Graduate Students
We are delighted to welcome the new officers!  Their term begins at the end of the April 26th Executive Council meeting.
your AAUP-Oregon Election Committee,
Gina Psaki, Randy Blazak, Kira Homo, Kathleen Stanley


We’re Hiring: AAUP-Oregon looking for an Organizer

Wanted: Organizer for AAUP-Oregon


The newly revived state conference of the American Association of University Professors chapters in Oregon, AAUP-Oregon, is pleased to announce an organizer position to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP, in Oregon and in the academy. Oregon faculty are becoming mobilized as never before. The organizer will play a vital role in building the AAUP’s membership; defining key issues; increasing the diversity of our membership; creating and sustaining coalitions; mobilizing members; and winning increased freedoms and protections for faculty, academic professionals, and graduate student employees. The  organizer will be based in Portland, but will work where necessary in Oregon. We invite you to join us in our critical work defending and advancing academic freedom, shared governance, due process, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

The AAUP-Oregon organizer will play a key role in developing and executing the Oregon organizing plan, with a focus on such key issues as academic freedom, online education, job security for faculty in fixed term positions, and intellectual property, and on building membership across the state. The organizer will work both with organizing for collective bargaining and with professional association organizing. The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a statewide organizing plan with concrete benchmarks
  • Develop committees of volunteer member organizers on AAUP campuses
  • Run organizing campaigns as assigned; meet weekly, monthly and annual benchmarks for face-to-face meetings, membership recruitment and leadership development in both collective bargaining campaigns and advocacy chapter development


Required Qualifications:


  • At least two years organizing experience
  • Both internal and external organizing experience with a union
  • Commitment to building faculty power as part of a broader social justice movement
  • Ability to manage workflow and meet benchmarks without much direct supervision
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office.
  • Must have a car and a willingness to travel regionally and be willing to work long, irregular hours and weekends as required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education organizing
  • Experience organizing adjunct faculty
  • Advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education 


The ideal candidate for this position has proven organizing skills and the ability to move workers into action. She/he is a self-starter who can work as the only staff on a campaign with weekly support from AAUP.


Salary: $40,000-$45,000 Annually depending on experience


Benefits: Health care, 401K contribution and paid vacation.


To apply, please send a resume’ and cover letter demonstrating qualifications to Please use organizing position in the subject line.


Save the Date! Conference April 26


Defending Higher Education:  Reclaiming Oregon’s Future

Now is the time to come together as faculty, students and community members to turn things around for higher education in Oregon. University of Oregon professors just won an historic first contract with big improvements. Portland State faculty are engaged in a key battle to defend quality education and faculty standards.  More and more students are organizing to battle crippling college debt.  Graduate students are on the move.  Let’s gather and unite for quality affordable higher education in Oregon!

Annual Conference

Saturday April 26, 2014

10 am to 3 pm

LaSalle Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Plenary speakers will address the restructuring of public education, the growth of contingent faculty, burgeoning student debt, and faculty unionization.  Lunch will allow attendees to discuss these issues with colleagues from around the state.

Workshops will include

  • Keep Oregon Working: defend Oregon professors’ right to advocate for ourselves
  • There is enough money: understanding your university’s budget
  • Contingent faculty: organizing for change
  • Affordable higher education: organizing against student debt

For more information: or email, phone 503-351-4192


Registration Costs*

Tenure-line $10
Fixed-term $5
Part-time / Graduate Student $3

*Scholarships available

AAUP Oregon Executive Committee Meeting 1/25/2014

The AAUP Oregon Executive Committee will meet from 10am-2pm at the University of Oregon, 137 Allan Hall.

Per our state conference bylaws, Executive Committee meetings are open to all AAUP Oregon members.

If you have questions or comments, please contact AAUP Northwest Regional Coordinator Scott Clifthorne:

We’re Hiring: AAUP-Oregon Searching for Half-time Executive Coordinator

Wanted:  Half-time Executive Coordinator for State-wide Union

A newly revived state conference of the American Association of University Professors chapters in Oregon, AAUP-Oregon, is hiring a part-time Executive Coordinator, to help manage a budget of approximately $126,000, starting January 1, 2014.

Primary duties will be to

*       keep the books

*       obtain an annual audit

*       invoice and collect dues from member chapters and individuals

*       work with member chapters with fair share fee payers to comply with Hudson requirements

*       work with the elected Treasurer, President and Executive Council Members to build and follow an annual budget

*       carry out the major purchases authorized by the Executive Council, whether for services such as lobbying, communications & web work, organizing and legal services, or for goods, such as computers,

*       assist the Executive Council with the annual AAUP-Oregon Membership Meeting,

*       assist the Executive Council in an assessment of strategic resource capacities,

*       compile organizational history

*       work with the Executive Council to implement a strategic vision for the organization in the first 6 – 12 months,

*       support elected officers in their work areas, minimally by reimbursing expenses,

*       maintain organizational files of agendas, minutes, etc.,

*       participate in quarterly Executive Council meetings, as well as other planning meetings

*       other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications include:  experience with managing a labor union or non-profit; event planning; accounting and financial education and skills; familiarity with Quickbooks or other software; good organization and interpersonal communication skills; the ability and willingness to learn new skills; and strong references.  Also desirable but not required:  web skills, experience with higher education, advocacy and/or organizing people.

The Future:  AAUP-Oregon would like to contract on a probationary basis for up to a year, as the organization begins operation.  As the organization grows, it may become interested in an Executive Director who could devote more time to the organization, and potentially take on other duties, such as communications.

Organizational Support:  No office space will be provided, but the organization will provide a laptop, a cell phone, and a PO box as well as budgets for communications, travel and supplies.  Must be local to Portland, able to meet regularly with leadership, and able to travel to (at least) quarterly meetings of elected leaders.

Report to AAUP-Oregon President, to be evaluated by Executive Council.

Pay:  The Coordinator will contract with AAUP-Oregon for an annual fee of $45k – 55k, depending on qualifications and experience.  The form of compensation is flexible, depending on the Coordinator’s needs and desires for benefits.

To Apply:  Please send a detailed letter, explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications, and contact information for two professional references, to Scott Clifthorne,

The truth about Oregon’s ‘right-to-work’ initiative

Please check out this guest op-ed by AAUP Oregon’s Vice President for Collective Bargaining, Mary King, and Gordon Lafer, Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Resource Center @UO.  So called “right to work” laws are anything but – check out King and Lafer’s analysis here: