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The Pittsburg State University Chapter
of the Kansas National Education Association,
affiliated with the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA)
and the National Education Association (NEA) 

Our Goals

  • To promote better educational opportunities for all students and to elevate the quality of instruction;
  • To develop and promote the adoption of such ethical practices, personnel policies, and standards of preparation and participation as mark a profession;

  • To develop and promote a continuing program to advance instruction by improving salaries and fringe benefits, by upgrading professional preparation, and by improving working conditions for all members of the faculty through formal negotiations with the governing body of Pittsburg State University;

  • To enable members to speak with a common voice on matters pertaining to the teaching profession and to present their individual and common interests;

  • To help educators develop an awareness of their privileges and responsibilities as citizens.

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  • Regular membership shall be available to: a) any faculty member with teaching assignments, except for administrative members of the faculty at the level of development chairperson and above; b) support personnel (which includes instructional media personnel, librarians, and others of academic rank not excluded in Article III, Sec. 1a, or included in Article III, Sec. 2).  Such persons shall be entitled to hold membership, to vote, to hold office, and to serve on Chapter committees, providing such persons are also members of KNEA/NEA.
  • Associate membership shall be available to academic department chairpersons, directors, and other who perform professional services for students and teaching faculty, providing such persons are also members of KNEA/NEA.  Associate members are not entitled to vote, to hold office, or to serve on Chapter committees.  


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Membership Contact Information 

For information on becoming a member for PSU-KNEA, please contact:  

Khamis Siam, President

Office:  301 Yates Hall, 620-235-4754

Seth O'Brien, Membership Chair


Prospective members!   Follow this link to find the magic PAYROLL DEDUCTION form!   


Top Ten Reasons to Join KNEA


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PSU KNEA * Pittsburg State University

1701 South Broadway * Pittsburg KS 66762



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KNEA Officers, Delegates, and Committee Members 2020-2021

Executive Committee Members 


Khamis Siam, President, 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Browyn Conrad, 1st Vice President, 2020-2021 (1 year term)

Seth O'Brien, 2nd Vice President (Membership Chair), 2020-2021 (1 year term)

Susan Johns-Smith, (Acting) Secretary, 2019-2021* (2 year term)

Phil Rudd, Treasurer, 2020-2022 (2 year term)

Kyle Thompson, Parliamentarian, 2020-2021 (1 year term)

Grant Moss, Past President, 2020-2021


*Constitution indicates elections in odd years


KNEA-RA & Southeast Uniserv Council Delegates

Mark Diacopoulos, 2020-2021 (1 year term)

Barth Cox, 2020-2021 (1 year term)



NEA-RA Delegates

Susan Carlson, 2019-2020 (1 year term)



Bargaining Team 

Tim Thomas,  Lead Negotiator, 2019-2021

Linden Dalecki, 2019-2021

Mike Elder, 2019-2021

Dave Lomshek, 2019-2021

Laura Washburn, 2019-2021


Bargaining Council (10 elected, 5 appointed)

(vacancy), 2019-2021

Browyn Conrad, 2019-2021

Jamie Wood, 2020-2022

Jason Ward, 2020-2022

Kent Runyan, 2019-2021

Ruth Monnier, 2020-2022

Scott Thuong, 2020-2022

Chris Anderson, 2020-2022

Marjorie Donovan, 2020-2021



Grievance Committee (6 members, 3-year term, 2 per year)

Susan Johns-Smith, 2019-2022

Browyn Conrad, 2019-2022

Laura Washburn, 2018-2021

Jamie Wood, 2018-2021

Khamis Siam, 2018-2021

Marti York, 2017-2020


Membership Committee (3 members, 2-year term, even years)

Seth O'Brien, Chair 2020-2021

Jason Lloyd, 2020-2021

Barbara Pope, 2020-2021

Vacant, 2020-2021


Elections Committee Committee (3 members, 2-year term, even years)

Susan Carlson, Chair, 2019-2021

Alicia Mason-Collins, 2019-2021



Fall 2020

Scheduled Executive Committee Meetings (via Zoom):

October 5, 2020

November 2, 2020

December 7, 2020

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PSU-KNEA Documents

PSU-KNEA Constitution

(Revised August 27, 2004; March 31, 2007; August 20, 2014)


PSU-KNEA Contract 2017-2021 


PSU Shared Leave Form (2020) 


Documentation for Activity Insight

NOTE:  Effective Fall 2020, for assistance/help with Activity Insight, please contact Bill Hoyt or Melinda Roelfs, Registrar's Office until newer documentation is received.  


KBOR Documents on Weapons Possession Policies at State Universities in Kansas


PSU KNEA Faculty Survey 




What Can PSU/KNEA Do for You?

  • Work for quality education at PSU.
  • Continue to advocate for faculty rights.
  • Negotiate for fair employment practices.
  • Work to ensure academic freedom and other fundamental concepts of the profession.
  • Bargain for fair rates of compensation.
  • Bargain for the ‘unit’ in contract negotiations for all things considered ‘conditions of employment’.
  • Publicly defend and represent the faculty, assisting the ‘unit’ in grievance issues. We sincerely hope that you will not have need of this service.

Why Join?

  • It is the professional teacher's organization.
  • Because you, like KNEA, want quality schools for all ages and levels.
  • We can also assist with obtaining legal advice and provide an attorney-referral program for non-job related issues.
  • For all the reasons above and so much more.

Did You Know?

  • All faculty promotion dollars and contractual travel funds are negotiated by PSU-KNEA.
  • The negotiation of intellectual property rights was protected in a case argued by PSU-KNEA at the Kansas Supreme Court.
  • Moving PSU faculty salaries from the lowest in the state system to number 4 is the result of PSU-KNEA bargaining.
  • A grievance procedure where faculty can make their case to peers is the result of PSU-KNEA bargaining.

Member Benefits

NEA/KNEA Member Benefits provides a wide range of programs that help improve the overall quality of life for members and their families. From affordable insurance and secure investments, to advance technology and convenient, accessible credit, NEA/KNEA Member Benefits programs can help members get significantly more out of life and their hard-earned dollars. Benefits include:

  • Life Insurance Programs
  • Health and Disability Insurance Programs
  • Casualty Insurance
  • Savings and Investment Programs
  • Credit Programs
  • Special Discount Programs
  • Loan Programs
  • Member Education Guides
  • NEA/KNEA Attorney Referral Program
  • We provide liability insurance protection plus access to specially trained staff and KNEA attorneys should you ever find yourself with job-related legal trouble.
  • KNEA's Access to Savings Plan offering a variety of discounts and savings opportunities at business across the state and region.
  • NEA DUES-TAB® Insurance. Provides up to $1,000 of FREE life insurance coverage and up to $5,000 of accidental death and dismemberment coverage to eligible members. All at no cost to the NEA member.


PSU Student Program of KNEA / NEA 

For information on joining the student chapter of PSU KNEA/NEA please contact
Mrs. Debbie Restivo, Faculty Advisor, College of Education,, 620-235-4204 
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PSU KNEA Student Program participants at
the KNEA Summit 2018 Conference in Topeka, June 2018,
posing in front of a Richard Crowson original.  
From left to right,


Bret Downing, 2018-2019 KNEA SP Chapter President;
Lauren Bergman, KNEA SP President, KSU;
Tori Mitchell, 2017-2018 KNEA SP Chapter President;
Anna Davied, NEA SP Leadership Conference elected representative;
and faculty sponsor Debbie Restivo