Higher Education Professionals

A Strong United Voice.

Missouri NEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association. NEA is the largest college and university faculty and staff organization in the United States, representing more than 115,000 higher education personnel. MNEA is the leading voice for education and educators in Missouri, representing hundreds of Missouri’s higher education professionals and adjuncts.

Missouri NEA helps our members:

  • Supplement and enhance collegial governance on campus
  • Improve compensation and economic security
  • Exercise due process rights through the grievance and arbitration processes
  • Protect academic freedom
  • Lobby the legislature on higher education issues
  • Obtain legal assistance
  • Assure quality of the profession
  • Establish strong local associations

At the Capitol

MNEA membership gives you a voice in policymaking and decisions that improve and fund educational institutions, reduce class sizes, ensure safe schools, secure technology resources, protect your retirement and the education profession, and expand community involvement in schools. In addition, MNEA delivers:

  • Full-time lobbyists working on your behalf in the Missouri legislature and U.S. Congress.
  • Online Legislative Action Center, which makes communication about education issues with your legislators easy.
  • Daily and weekly state legislative updates when legislators are in session
  • Campaigns to elect pro-education lawmakers and work to defeat dangerous ballot issues

At Your Institution

MNEA membership provides an avenue for voicing your concerns about issues of importance at your institution. Local associations advocate for improvements in the conditions in which you work. They work to enhance your working environment so you can be your best for your students. Through bargaining and advocating with the administration governing boards, local affiliates work to make changes to policies and procedures that enhance the learning environments at Missouri higher education institutions.

Higher Ed brochure


Missouri NEA membership is your ticket to a wide array of benefits that help you provide the best possible education for Missouri’s students and give you the financial advantage that comes with the buying power of the 3-million-member NEA. Download the brochure to find out more about the benefits every member enjoys. Here are some of the highlights. 

  • Advocacy & Representation
  • Big Money-Saving Discounts on 
    • Cell Phones & Computers
    • Renters/Homeowners Insurance
    • Auto Insurance
    • Travel, Dining & Entertainment
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Free Magazines
  • Personal Finance Assistance 
    • Loans
    • Money Markets and Savings Accounts
    • Credit Cards


More Resources

NEA Higher Education program offers a broad array of publications on academic and higher education employment issues.

Missouri Department of Higher Education is a great resource for research. Check out their site to stay up to date on the state of Missouri colleges and universities.

Contact MNEA

East Central College & Lincoln University
Kyle Olmstead
(573) 644-9604

St. Louis Community College & Harris-Stowe State University  
Charlyn Shepherd
(314) 584-1306

Jefferson College and Mineral Area College
James Mueller
(314) 449-7087

Metropolitan Community College 
Kurt Swanson
(816) 255-1701

Missouri State University and Ozark Technical College
Melissa Albright
(417) 569-1406

University of Central Missouri, Truman State, University of Missouri, & Coalition of Graduate Workers at MU 
Laverne Copeland
(573) 644-9604