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Higher Education Faculty & Staff

We are faculty, staff, and graduate assistants at institutions of higher learning.
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2022 Higher Education Conference
March 18-20, 2022

Uniting for a Better Future for Our Students, Our Educators, and Our Communities: NEA Higher Ed—Leading Across Campuses for a Better Tomorrow.

Request for Proposals: The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 3

Learn more and submit a proposal!

Together, we are united in providing a high-quality higher education, so that every student can attain their dreams. We represent all roles necessary to provide a rich, equitable education, from administrators to adjunct faculty, counselors to program coordinators.

We work at community and technical colleges, private and public colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions such as historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). We fight for access and affordability, fair pay and the workplace conditions that support student learning, including academic freedom, tenure, racial and social justice, and more.

Join us in advocating for public higher education on the federal level, and also explore our library of professional development guides for higher educators. Be sure to check out our College and University Data Analysis System (CUDAS) which enables you to research and compare data for your home institution to a group of similar institutions.

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National Higher Education Month

Check out our 2021 celebration of the dedicated faculty and staff who ensure our students are able to grab their piece of the American Dream through higher education.


Higher Education is the Gateway to the American Dream

Julius Thomas, 2020 NEA Higher Educator of the Year
I never miss an opportunity to talk to my students about whether education may be their calling.
Quote by: Julius Thomas, 2021 NEA Higher Educator of the Year
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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.