Friday, March 20, 2015

AAUP Executive Council Elections Results and Caucus Dates

Election Results
The ballot for the election of councilors to the Executive Council of PSU-AAUP opened Sunday March 1, 2015 at 9am. The link to the online ballot was be sent to you by on March 1. As required by PSU-AAUP bylaws, the ballot was open for 15 days and closed on Sunday March 15 at 5pm. Please welcome the newly elected Executive Council:

Vice President for Grievances: Jose Padin
Secretary: Ted Donlan
Treasurer: Eva Nunez
Councilors at Large: Gary Brodowicz, Karen Kennedy, and Ron Narode

More information about the results can be found by clicking here
Upcoming Caucuses:
    Tenure Track caucus. April 14, 12-1pm. SMSU 294. Lunch Provided.
    NTTF caucus. April 22, 12-1pm. SMSU 298. Lunch Provided.
    Academic Professional Caucus. April 29, 12-1pm. SMSU 327/8. Lunch Provided.
    Make-up Caucus. April 29, 4-5pm. SMSU 327. Lunch provided.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Portland State University Will Raise Tuition

March 13th, 2015

Portland State University (PSU) will increase student tuition by about 4 percent starting this fall.

Students protested at a PSU board meeting Thursday afternoon, where members voted 10 to 2 in favor of the tuition increase, which will cost in-state students more than $300 per year.

PSU sophomore Kate Stubblefield says higher tuition might affect her ability to buy groceries and textbooks, but she’s concerned that it might have more serious consequences for her classmates.

PSU board raises tuition above $8,000 in meeting disrupted by student protest

March 12th, 2015

In a meeting disrupted by raucous student protests, Portland State University trustees voted Thursday to increase tuition and fees for resident undergraduates to more than $8,000 a year.
Two dozen protesters, some with bullhorns and signs, shut down the trustees' meeting for more than 20 minutes after several students had presented testimony to the board. The protesters marched around the trustees in a circle, chanting and clapping. Board Chairman Pete Nickerson called a recess until the protest was finished.
PSU President Wim Wiewel told trustees that the 4.23 percent increase, coupled with $4.7 million in cuts, was necessary to balance the budget -- unless the Legislature boosts funding this summer, as Oregon's seven public universities have asked.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RALLY TOMORROW against proposed tuition increase

We have an opportunity to stand with students, against yet another tuition hike this year. The Board of Trustees will vote on the proposed increase tomorrow (Thursday March 12).

In solidarity with students, we encourage you to do one or more of the following:
- No consequence for students who miss class to attend the rally or Board of Trustees meeting. If you teach a class that overlaps with the events (details below), please consider adopting a "no consequence" stance and letting students know.

- Rally against the tuition hike (tomorrow, Thursday March 12 at noon, outside Millar Library). The rally will be led by PSU Student Union: the same group that organized a massive student walkout in support of our contract negotiations last year. A PSU-AAUP representative will speak.

- Attend the Board meeting (tomorrow, Thursday March 12 from 1-5pm, Millar library 3rd floor). We'll have signs for AAUP members to hold. If you wish, you can also follow this link to sign up for public comment (note that the speaker list may fill up quickly).

- Join students in making signs (today, Wednesday March 11 at 5pm, Greenspace in the basement of SMSU).

Background / more details:
The administration's proposal to raise tuition has cropped up quickly and has not been well-publicized. Last month, on the same day that the administration publicly supported a Rally to Restore Higher Education in Salem, administrators also proposed the tuition hike to the Board's Finance and Administration Committee. The proposed increases are as follows: 4.8% for resident undergraduates, 3.2% for resident graduates, 3.1% for non-resident undergraduates, and 3.2% non-resident graduates. The Finance and Administration Committee is recommending this proposal to the Board for full approval.

It's important to make clear to the campus and community that de-funding of public higher education adversely impacts both students and academic workers.
Thanks for considering ways to support our allies' struggles.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PSU names Karen Marrongelle dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

March 9th, 2015

Portland State University has named Karen Marrongelle dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a post she held on an interim basis since June.
Marrongelle started her career as a math professor at the college, and has served in administrative and faculty roles at PSU since 2001. Before accepting the interim-dean position, she was a top administrator in the Oregon University System.
In an interview Monday, Marrongelle said one of her goals is for the college "to become the premier institution in Oregon for pre health sciences."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Adjunct instructors seek stability

PSU Vanguard
March 3rd, 2015

The first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day took place last week on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The event aimed to raise awareness of unfair labor practices that adjunct instructors face at universities nationwide.
Anna Gray, adjunct instructor in the School of Art and Design at Portland State, helped organize PSU’s NAWD event along with Davida Jordan, who teaches in the Intensive English Language Program.
Several terms are used to describe higher education instructors who are contracted on a short-term basis. At PSU, they are most often referred to as adjunct or fixed-term instructors. They may also be described as non-tenure track faculty. Nationally, and by AAUP, they are most often described as contingent employees.
According to the American Association of University Professors’ 2012–13 Economic Status Annual Report, 75 percent of the nation’s higher education teaching faculty is made up of contingent employees.