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Higher Education Faculty & Staff

The dedicated faculty, staff, and graduate workers of our nation’s colleges and universities help students pursue their passions.
NEA Higher Ed

The dedicated faculty, staff, and graduate workers of our nation’s colleges and universities help students pursue their passions and realize their dreams. Their success is our nation’s success. 

NEA supports higher education professionals by helping them advocate for safe working conditions, fair pay, academic freedom, and so much more. We help faculty and staff understand the challenges of today’s campuses and empower them to work together to solve problems and build power.

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2024 Higher Education Salary Analysis

Despite relatively large salary increases in 2023, U.S. faculty’s purchasing power keeps falling according to federal data.

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National Higher Education Month

Check out our 2023 celebration of the dedicated faculty and staff who ensure our students are able to grab their piece of the American Dream through higher education.


Professional Pay

Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants should be fairly compensated for their work. For decades, the pay earned by college and university workers has failed to keep pace with the rising cost of living. We’re working to fix that.

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Professional Growth 

We provide cutting-edge resources from NEA experts—our staff, affiliates, and members—on the skills and topics educators need to join, stay in, and advance our profession.

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Leadership Development  

Ready to take the next step in your career? Start with our leadership resources below for the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective leader on the local, state, and national stage.

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Research & Data

College and University Data Analysis System (CUDAS) enables you to research and compare data for your home institution to a group of similar institutions.

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Student Debt Forgiveness for Higher Educators

NEA student debt experts walk through the process to fill out the PSLF waiver and ensure higher education faculty & staff get the cancellation they deserve.

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National Council for Higher Education

NCHE serves as the instrument through which higher education members of the National Education Association (NEA) utilize their individual and collective power 

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Contact Us

Let's start a conversation. For questions regarding organizing, state and local affiliate support, and staff-related questions.

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Florida Faculty Fighting for Free Speech and Ideas

A new Florida law requiring state universities to survey faculty and students on their "viewpoints" is an attempt to chill everyone's right to free speech.
women faculty pay gap

Fighting for Better Pay and Rights for Adjunct & Contingent Faculty

Resources from our higher education webinar with NEA General Counsel Alice O'Brien!

Faculty Pay: Five Things to Know

NEA's annual examination of federal data on full-time faculty pay shows salaries aren't keeping up with inflation

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Sign up for the NEA Higher Education email newsletter and get resources, insight into news and trends, and opportunities to advocate for you and your students.

Sheila Gilmour
"We've been fighting for better wages, safer working conditions, properly ventilated buildings—it's important for us to fight for those rights."
Quote by: Sheila Gilmour, Office Manager, UMass Amherst
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Let's make a difference.

The best way you can support students across your campus and advocate for a high-quality higher education is to get involved directly in your community. At NEA, we partner closely with our state and local affiliates on your campus to support you where you live and work.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.