PSUFA administers three benefits funds for part-time faculty: the Adjunct Faculty Assistance Fund, the Faculty Education Fund, and the Professional Development Fund. Benefits are available to members by application throughout the year. Send any questions or inquiries to: benefits(at)psufa.org
The Adjunct Faculty Assistance Fund (AFAF):
The Adjunct Faculty Assistance Fund (AFAF) was created as part of the May 2018 changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The goal of the fund is to provide financial support for part-time faculty and researchers at PSU who are experiencing financial hardship.
“Financial hardship” may include but is not limited to circumstances such as sudden loss of income; housing insecurity; family crisis or urgent need; unanticipated or catastrophic losses.
The fund may not be used for reimbursement of health insurance premiums or direct reimbursement of health care expenses. PSUFA can no longer provide a Health Insurance Fund due to legal concerns, but the union is working with PSU to research health insurance benefit options for adjuncts in the future.
To be eligible for the AFAF, you must be a member of PSU adjunct faculty or an adjunct researcher, employed during the term for which you are applying, or in the previous term. Please indicate on your application the amount of assistance you are requesting.
To apply, fill out this form and observe the quarterly application deadlines:
December 1st for Fall term
March 1st for Winter term
May 1st for Spring term
July 1st for Summer term
***Note: you do not have to be a member of PSUFA to receive AFAF benefits, but members’ fees support the time and resources necessary to administer these funds. If you are not a signed member of PSUFA, you can sign up here.
Faculty Education Fund:
The Faculty Education Fund offsets the cost of tuition for part-time faculty who wish to take career-related PSU courses. Successful applicants to the fund pay $24 per credit for PSU courses. To be eligible for the fund, the applicant must be employed in either the year preceding or the year in which a course is taken. A personal statement is needed to indicate how the Faculty Education Fund will support the applicant professionally. Preference is given to applicants pursuing an advanced degree.
PSUFA has $45,000 to dispense to applicants of the Faculty Education Fund throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of PSUFA members. Due to limited resources, applicants are asked to limit the number of courses for which they are requesting support and consider the broader applicant pool when making their application.
*To apply, complete the Faculty Education Fund Application, and please observe the following deadlines and apply for the term in which you wish to take a course.
September 1st for Fall term courses
December 1st for Winter term courses
March 1st for Spring term courses
June 1st for Summer term courses
Further, if you are teaching 8 credits or more in a given quarter, you are eligible to receive the Tuition Discount available to full-time faculty during that quarter. Find more information here https://www.pdx.edu/hr/staff-fee-privileges.
Professional Development Fund:
The Professional Development Fund provides grants of up to $2000 per year to part-time faculty members to cover the cost of professional development opportunities including travel, conferences, workshops, research, and more. Preference is given to faculty who are presenting, performing, exhibiting, or conducting primary research in their respective field. To be eligible for the fund, faculty must be teaching or employed as a researcher during the year in which they apply. Applications must be signed by the Department Chair by the submission deadline.
PSUFA has $100,000 to dispense to applicants of the Professional Development Fund throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of PSUFA members and processed by the PSU Office of Academic Affairs.
*To apply, complete the Professional Development Fund Application, and please observe the following deadlines and apply for the term in which your professional opportunity will take place. See our Professional Development Fund Guidelines and Restrictions and budget form (PDF) for more information about how best to prepare your application.
September 1st for Fall term activities (October-December)
December 1st for Winter term activities (January-March)
March 1st for Spring term activities (April-June)
June 1st for Summer term activities (July-September)
Disbursement of Funds for Recipients of Professional Development Grants: Funds are dispensed through the applicant’s department. Recipients may find the following PSU forms useful for getting reimbursements, funds for travel, etc.
Common PSU University Financial Services Forms (check UFS website for most recent form):