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We’ve put together some resources here: affiliate benefits, useful UO web pages and the like; but if you can’t find something shoot us an email or give us a call. We’re here to help!

You Have Questions.

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Kristy Hammond

Administrative Coordinator

Kristy Hammond has worked for United Academics since February of 2014. Previously, she co-founded Cornbread Cafe, Eugene's premier vegan comfort food restaurant, and also spent seven years with the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

Kristy is a native of Wisconsin and has lived in Eugene for twenty years where she takes every opportunity afforded to her to enjoy the outdoors with her family.

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Information for Career Researchers

Information for Career Instructors

Information for Librarians

Information for Postdoctoral Scholars

Information for Pro Tempore Faculty

Information for Tenure-Track Faculty

Affiliate Benefits

As they say, membership has its benefits …

AFT Benefits

Many of the AFT’s benefit offerings are through our affiliation with Union Plus, the AFL-CIO benefits program. New Union Plus programs have been added to the AFT + roster of benefits to bring you savings on an even wider array of products and services.

With the purchasing power of 1.5 million members, together we are able to access a wide array of quality programs and services.

If you need help accessing your membership number or did not receive a membership card, contact the office at 541-636-4714 or email Kristy.

Occupational Liability Plan

In the event a faculty member is sued, it is not necessarily the case that the University or Oregon would represent, defend, or indemnify them.

The AFT occupational liability insurance is a strong backup that our faculty have long needed. This insurance may be available if a faculty member is sued, or threatened with suit for

• information cited in a research publication;

• content or conduct of courses; or

• financial or fiduciary misconduct.

Coverage is provided for claims arising out of incidents that take place during the policy period. Note that the defendant must be a member in good standing at the time of the incident. If you have questions about your occupational insurance with AFT, please contact the office at 541-636-4714 or email Kristy.

AAUP Benefits

You join the AAUP to protect academic freedom, shared governance, and the faculty voice. But membership brings more tangible benefits, too:

Your AAUP membership gives you exclusive access to the expertise of AAUP staff, members, and leaders. Our lineup of guidebooks, toolkits, and webinars put the resources to defend academic freedom, ensure economic security, and advance faculty governance for all faculty at your fingertips.

Academe

Your membership includes a subscription to Academe, the bimonthly magazine of the AAUP, which includes the Association’s Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession (also known as the “salary survey”).

Chronicle of Higher Education

Call the Chronicle’s AAUP line at 1-800-728-2803 for the special AAUP discount of 20% off print and digital subscriptions.

Professional Liability Insurance
This comprehensive coverage designed exclusively for AAUP members provides protection in the event of costly litigation related to your professional duties as a faculty member, librarian, researcher, or member of an instructional staff employed in an institution of higher education.

Medical Insurance
An affordable major medical plan may be hard to find if you are not covered under a college or university policy. We offer plans from some of the top health insurance carriers in the country. You can also shop for short term medical plans, which may be an affordable alternative to major medical plans. Licensed agents in all 50 states can help you choose the option that best fits your needs.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Resources offers customized plans to help you manage care and protect assets in case you suffer long term effects of an accident or debilitating disease.

Resources for Career Research Faculty

Career researchers keep our labs going strong! Let’s keep you going strong too.

Meet your VP

Your VP for NTT Research Affairs is our specialist on the issues that affect research faculty. Typically research faculty positions are Research Assistants, Research Associates, Post Docs, and Research Professors, among others. They are often funding contingent positions. You can contact your VP or our union office for advice, information, and assistance with navigating any issues that arise with your research faculty position.

Christina Karns

Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Research Faculty Affairs

Christina Karns is an Assistant Research Professor in Psychology with the Center for Brain Injury Research and Training. 

She uses human neuroimaging, behavior, and interventions in kids and adults (with and without disability) to clarify how attention and self-regulation support development. What brain systems support positive social interactions, how do they affect stress systems in the body, and to what degree are these interactions changeable, demonstrating neuroplasticity?

Good science can be a powerful force toward social justice, an ethos she brings to her teaching and her research.

Email Christina

Welcome New Researchers!

Research Assistants and Research Associates are critical to the university’s research mission. Research assistants and associates come to the UO with varying skill sets and expertise, and develop additional important skills over time. Research assistant positions are diverse ranging from recent graduates gaining research experience before graduate school to directors of centers who are already experts in their field. Research Associate positions may include directors of externally funded projects or experts in their research area. As such, clear job descriptions, development plans, and performance evaluations are important for the careers of research assistants and associates.

As a union we want to ensure that you are treated fairly and that title, pay, and rank is appropriate for your position. We also want to make sure positions are appropriately categorized, for example as pro tem or career appointments.

Research Professors are critical to the university’s research mission. Research professors typically develop and direct externally funded projects. Funding may come from various sources.

As a union we want to ensure that all faculty are treated fairly and that pay and rank is appropriate for your level. We also want to make sure positions are appropriately categorized and that promotion and review processes are clear.

Resources for Career Instructional Faculty

Career instructional faculty are the educational backbone of the university. Here are some resources to help shoulder that burden!

Meet your VP

Mike Urbancic

Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty Affairs

Mike Urbancic is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Economics, where he has been teaching both large lower-division courses and smaller upper-division electives since 2012.

He is passionate about teaching, and he loves making connections across campus both through his work with United Academics and in a variety of service roles across campus. He currently serves on the Undergraduate Council, the Committee for Academic Infrastructure, and the Board of the Provost’s Teaching Academy.

In each of these spheres—and at the bargaining table—he works to highlight and elevate the teaching mission of the university, enhance the profile of our dedicated instructors, and strengthen our institutional support and job security.

Email Mike

Welcome New Instructors!

Career instructional faculty are an integral part of the University of Oregon. They fulfill an enormous amount of this public institution’s central teaching mission. They are on the leading edge when it comes to pedagogy and professional development of teaching. They work behind the scenes to keep the institution running by mentoring students and colleagues alike, helping to advise students either formally or informally, and serving in an endless variety of campus committees.

Since its inception in 2012 United Academics has accomplished an amazing amount on behalf of Career instructors and lecturers in terms of transparent promotion procedures, regular pay raises in equivalent proportions to tenure-track faculty, a larger role in shared governance at the unit level, and a noticeably positive cultural shift in how Career faculty are perceived and respected by colleagues across campus.

There is much work yet to be done. Our union strives to expand and enhance the support provided by the institution so that our instructors and lecturers can become ever more effective in their teaching while having scope for growth in their careers.

Resources for Tenure-Track Faculty

Tenure is a big challenge! Here’s what you need to know.

Meet your VP

David Luebke

Vice President for Tenure-Track Faculty Affairs

David M. Luebke is a professor in the Department of History whose research and writing focuses on the religions and political cultures of ordinary people in the German-speaking lands of central Europe.

He has been a member of the UO faculty since 1997 and has supported the formation of a faculty union since beginning, way back in 2007.

David is especially interested in ensuring that procedures for the review and promotion of faculty members are conducted fairly, according to clear and transparent criteria, and with proper respect for the value that departments place on scholarship, teaching, and service.

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Welcome New Tenure-Track Faculty! 

Tenure-track faculty embody the university’s dedication to the generation of knowledge, its dissemination, preservation, and application. Together, they form both the largest category in our bargaining unit and the largest constituency among active members of United Academics. Our union’s mission is to protect and preserve academic freedom, to defend the integrity of peer review for tenure and promotion, and to uphold the university’s standing in American higher education.

United Academics strives to ensure that the expectations for tenure are made clear to newly hired faculty at the time of appointment and that midterm reviews are conducted fairly and objectively. To secure fairness and equity in the process of tenure and promotion, we help departments, programs, and colleges develop clear criteria for evaluation. We strive to correct disparities of pay and compensation on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin. In mid-term reviews, tenure, and promotion, we work to ensure that full consideration is given to all faculty for the effects of ill health and the burdens of family.

Resources for Librarians

Librarians job is year-round. We’re here year-round too.

Meet your VP

Mike Urbancic

Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty Affairs

Mike Urbancic is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Economics, where he has been teaching both large lower-division courses and smaller upper-division electives since 2012.

He is passionate about teaching, and he loves making connections across campus both through his work with United Academics and in a variety of service roles across campus. He currently serves on the Undergraduate Council, the Committee for Academic Infrastructure, and the Board of the Provost’s Teaching Academy.

In each of these spheres—and at the bargaining table—he works to highlight and elevate the teaching mission of the university, enhance the profile of our dedicated instructors, and strengthen our institutional support and job security.

Email Mike

Welcome New Librarians!

Librarians directly support the research and teaching missions of the University of Oregon. They have long been at the forefront of the transition in higher education from traditional media to new media. They deliver subject-specific expertise. They help connect researchers and their questions to resources and answers. They work with instructors to navigate the boundless possibilities and potential pitfalls of digital content. They support the software and platforms that underpin today’s teaching and learning. They assist students class-by-class and individually.

Throughout the country university libraries have been asked to do more with ever shrinking resources. United Academics strives to defend this crucial work and those engaged in it—in all its myriad facets—here at the University of Oregon.

Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars

The PhD is just the beginning, find advice for freshly minted academics here.

Meet your VP

Your VP for NTT Research Affairs is our specialist on the issues that affect research faculty. Typically research faculty positions are Research Assistants, Research Associates, Post Docs, and Research Professors, among others. They are often funding contingent positions. You can contact your VP or our union office for advice, information, and assistance with navigating any issues that arise with your research faculty position.

Christina Karns

Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Research Faculty Affairs

Christina Karns is an Assistant Research Professor in Psychology with the Center for Brain Injury Research and Training. 

She uses human neuroimaging, behavior, and interventions in kids and adults (with and without disability) to clarify how attention and self-regulation support development. What brain systems support positive social interactions, how do they affect stress systems in the body, and to what degree are these interactions changeable, demonstrating neuroplasticity?

Good science can be a powerful force toward social justice, an ethos she brings to her teaching and her research.

Email Christina

Welcome New Postdocs!

Postdoctoral researchers are short-term mentored positions with a faculty advisor, that do not exceed 5 years. Postdoctoral research positions may be funded through external grants through the UO, or funding may be from foundations or fellowship grants to the individual. This creates complexity for postdocs in terms of employee status and benefits as funding may shift over time.

We work with postdocs and the administration to ensure that postdocs are treated fairly, that processes are transparent, and that mentorship plans are appropriate to ensure postdocs transition successfully to the next stage of their careers.

Resources for Pro Tempore Faculty

Career instructional faculty are the educational backbone of the university. Here are some resources to help shoulder that burden!

Meet your VP

Mike Urbancic

Vice President for Non-Tenure-Track Instructional Faculty Affairs

Mike Urbancic is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Economics, where he has been teaching both large lower-division courses and smaller upper-division electives since 2012.

He is passionate about teaching, and he loves making connections across campus both through his work with United Academics and in a variety of service roles across campus. He currently serves on the Undergraduate Council, the Committee for Academic Infrastructure, and the Board of the Provost’s Teaching Academy.

In each of these spheres—and at the bargaining table—he works to highlight and elevate the teaching mission of the university, enhance the profile of our dedicated instructors, and strengthen our institutional support and job security.

Email Mike

Welcome New Pro Tems!

Pro tem faculty have a lot to contribute to campus, even if they are here only for a time: pro tempore. They are professionals bringing real-world experiences and expertise. They are researchers working on specific projects. They are instructors helping to fulfill a programmatic need. They are librarians tackling challenging projects.

Those serving in pro tem positions come from a variety of backgrounds and have different goals. For some their primary career is ongoing and external to campus. For others the University of Oregon is a waystation to new opportunities elsewhere in academia or industry. Some end up in Career or tenure-track positions. Regardless of journey or trajectory, those working as pro tem faculty impact students and colleagues.

During their stay with us—however long or short that might be—United Academics represents pro tem faculty in every respect. Reach out with any questions or concerns!