Regrettably we are not able to have our live event at Gallery 1 this year, so please visit the page HERE to see your colleagues who achieved tenure and/or promotion and be sure to congratulate them on their achievements





United Faculty of Central supports the rights of all CWU employees and students to equal recognition and protection under the law. As our slogan says, Our working environment is our students' learning environment. UFC is committed to creating a working environment for faculty in which both faculty and students can pursue the University's educational mission, unimpeded by prejudice of any kind. At this tragic moment we wish to state unequivocally our full support for both CWU's faculty and students of color. We see you, and we stand with you.


The UFC officers continue to work with the University administration to protect faculty working conditions as we move forward through the coronavirus pandemic.


On June 18, we signed an MOU with Central about the Summer and Fall 2020 quarters. This followed two earlier MOUs about instruction for Spring 2020, and matters related to scholarship.

We also signed a one-year contract extension with the University, extending the current contract by one year. Here is a digest of what this extension means, from bargaining chair Matt Altman.

All of these documents, and others, can be found on our Documents page.


United Faculty of Central (UFC) is the university faculty union which represents the interests of all CWU faculty (including coaches) on matters of wages, salaries, and working conditions. All faculty are in the bargaining unit. (For the distinction between the bargaining unit and members, see here.)

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A Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), jointly signed by CWU and UFC, and ratified by CWU's Board of Trustees and by UFC's membership, specifies policies and procedures related to these matters.

UFC is led by four elected officers, and an Executive Board.

The current UFC officers (2019-2021) are:

President: Gary Bartlett  (Philosophy & Religious Studies, CAH)

Vice President: Kara Gabriel (Psychology, COTS)

Communications Officer: Amy Hoover  (Aviation, CEPS)

Financial Officer: Paul James  (Biological Sciences, COTS)

An Executive Board assists the officers in managing the affairs and business of the UFC. The current members of the Executive Board are:

James Avey (Management)

Ruthi Erdman (English/DHC/WGS)

Kevin Feeney (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Martin Kennedy (Music)

Dan Lipori (Music)

Sathy Rajendran (Eng. Tech., Safety & Constr.)

Karen Roemer (Health Sciences)

Terry Wilson (Management)

Faculty may always contact the officers (listed above), but we also encourage faculty with questions or concerns to reach out to a UFC liaison. It need not be a liaison in your own department.

The current liaisons are:

Roxanne Easley (Hist.), Ruthi Erdman (Engl./DHC/WGS), Sarah Feeney (Fam. & Cons. Sci.), Steve Hackenberger (Anthro.), Bob Hickey (Geog.), Martin Kennedy (Music), Keith Lewis (Art + Design), Rich Marsicano (Psych.), Josh Nelson (World Lang.), Jeff Penick (Psych.), Nancy Graber Pigeon (Mgmt.), Holly Pinkart (Biol. Sci.), Sathy Rajendran (ETSC), Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia (Anthro.), Roger Schaefer (L&J), Todd Schaefer (Poli. Sci.), Bob Trumpy (ITAM), Josh Welsh (Engl.), Lauren Wittek (Library)

© United Faculty of Central 2019