Get Involved


There are many ways to get involved from those who are able to fulfill a leadership role to those who are able to find a few hours in their busy schedule each quarter. For more information, contact us


Become a Member

By becoming a member, you are supporting academic freedom, tenure, shared governance, and many other rights now enjoyed at Oregon State University. These practices must be defended not just at OSU, but nationwide. AAUP works on the principle of pooled strength:

The strong help defend the weak. Over the years, members have joined not just because they may need AAUP themselves but because they realize that the maintenance of academic freedom is imperative to the future of higher education.

We need your support!    By filling out a membership application:

  • you are helping AAUP lobby at the state and national level to ensure that there is money available. The more members we have, the stronger our voice in Salem and in Washington, DC
  • you are helping fight attacks on tenure and academic freedom at the national level
  • you can vote on contract ratification or on other important union issues

The more support we have from full members, the stronger our position at the bargaining table! There is no additional cost to becoming a member! Please take a look at our page on membership here.  You will find the application, as well as a summary of the many benefits of membership.  If you have any questions about membership, please feel free to contact us.

Unit Representative Team

By becoming a unit rep, you help build the union in a fundamental way. Unit representatives provide key information to and from faculty members on the status and progress of negotiations, faculty issues, and more. They are the glue in this grassroots organization, making sure all members are informed and have an active voice.

It’s easy to be an AAUP Unit Rep, and really important!  Unit reps

  • Post AAUP flyers on bulletin boards in or near your units,
  • Inform other AAUP members of events,
  • Encourage new faculty to join the AAUP,
  • Help to invite AAUP officers to address faculty or unit meetings
  • Provide feedback to the Executive Council and Bargaining Team on your thoughts about issues in your unit or strategy ideas.

All Unit Reps will be provided with a Unit Rep Packet, including AAUP brochures, membership forms, talking points, the current contract, etc.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a month

Executive Council

The Executive Council is the governing body of the OSU chapter of the AAUP. The council is composed of five officers (President, Vice-President for Grievances and Academic Freedom, Vice-President for Collective Bargaining, Treasurer, and Secretary) and seven Councilors as well as the Past President. Elections for the executive council occur every year in April, each term is two years.

Consider running for the upcoming year, or perhaps you have someone in mind to nominate. To be eligible, candidates must be full members of OSU-AAUP by the election date

  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Work with other committee members to make decisions affecting union activities
  • Time Commitment: 6 hours a month

Collective Bargaining Team

The Collective Bargaining Team works to improve the OSU-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement (the Contract), and as such, guarantees the rights of the faculty members of OSU. Please see our Collective Bargaining pages for current work that the team is undertaking.  The team works with other committee members to:

  • Bargain with OSU negotiators
  • Help to build a better contract
  • Time Commitment: 5 hours a week

Membership Committee

  • Identify and recruit unit reps in un-represented departments and units.
  • Develop and implement membership recruitment plans
  • Work closely with unit reps to recruit members
  • Work closely with unit reps to educate members about issues important to the AAUP and the University community as a whole
  • Time Commitment: Not more than 5 hours/quarter

Grievance Committee

  • Attend grievance committee meetings and workshops
  • Work with other committee members and AAUP staff on representing members in workplace grievances
  • Work with other committee members and AAUP office staff on protecting members workplace rights
  • Time Commitment: Not more than 8 hours/quarter

Legislative Committee

Join the OSU-AAUP Legislative Committee to help craft principles for the OSU-AAUP to follow in thinking about legislation to propose or support candidates to endorse and strategies for getting our perspectives out to policy makers.

For more information, contact us.

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