OEA Division of Higher Education
The Ohio Education Association (OEA) was formed in 1847 by educators to advocate for public education students. While the majority of OEA members work in primary and secondary education, we represent over 1,800 faculty, professional and support staff at nine colleges and universities across the state of Ohio. The first local to affiliate with OEA represented the faculty at Youngstown State University, while the latest was the faculty at Columbus State Community College.
Higher education policy and practice is directed by the OEA’s Higher Education Advisory Council (HEAC). Specifically, HEAC is responsible for devising and implementing instructional programs to enhance the professional ability of its members; advocating for the interests of its members within the Association, including support for collective bargaining in higher education, development of appropriate legislative positions and maintenance of appropriate relations with other groups interested in higher education and supportive of Association positions; and recommending members to be appointed to OEA Committees and other appropriate NEA and OEA bodies.
Members of the Higher Education Advisory Council are nominated and elected by local. The members select officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary) annually at one of four meetings per academic year.