Higher Education Faculty


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Kristen Owen
(314) 449-7087 
East Central College

Charlyn Shepherd
(314) 584-1306
St. Louis Community College Harris-Stowe State University  
Alice Floros
(314) 449-7090
Jefferson College 

Kurt Swanson
(816) 255-1701
Metropolitan Community College 
Anne Smith
(417) 569-1406
Missouri State University

Elizabeth Zerr 
(573) 644-9610
University of Central Missouri 

Doug Hurst
MNEA Higher Education Board Member


The largest voice of faculty and staff in Missouri

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.

Missouri NEA helps our members:

  • Supplement and enhance collegial governance on campus
  • Improve compensation and economic security
  • Exercise due process rights through 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


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.

National Faculty Salary Report

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Share your story

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at coronavirus@mnea.org, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.