Higher Education

2015 NEA Higher Ed Conference

The 2015 NEA Higher Education Conference will be a joint conference with the American Federation of Teachers and will be held in the Orlando, Florida area at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort. Leadership Day is March 12 with the conference on March 13-15.

IEA members may apply for funding to attend the 2015 NEA Higher Education Conference by completing the Request for Funding form. Forms must be received no later than January 12, 2015.

Request for Funding Form – 2015 NEA Higher Ed Conference


The Illinois higher education system consists of nine public universities on 12 campuses, 48 community colleges, 98 independent not-for-profit colleges and universities, and 29 independent for-profit ­institutions.


The struggles in higher education mirror those of PreK-12 IEA members with regard to increasing benefits and salary and having a voice in decisions that impact members.

Organizing & Support

Higher Education activities within the IEA include both organizing higher education locals and providing support to existing locals and membership. Higher education members include four-year faculty members, two-year faculty members, academic professionals, part-time faculty members, civil service employees and ESP’s.

IEA Higher Education Council 2014-2015

View the list of IEA Higher Education Council members and their terms.  The council is ready to answer your questions or give you assistance.

NEA Higher Education

Provides organizing/development assistance to the states through the NEA regional offices, works with higher education governance, develops training packages, and does coalition work with other associations and unions.

National Council for Higher Education

NCHE is an independent organization for all higher education members of the National Education Association.

Contact the Higher Education Program

Michael McDermott
Higher Education Program Director
Phone: (618) 656-0010
Toll Free: (800) 462-6213
Mary Ann Kocher
Higher Education Paraprofessional
Phone: (217) 347-2159
Toll Free: (800) 252-9264