The PSA is a democratically elected voting body committed to representing the professional staff employees of The University of Alabama and functions as an advisory and policy referral organization to the administration and the professional staff employees of the University. Employees of The University of Alabama holding full-time regular professional (non-faculty) positions that are eligible for full benefits and classified Equal Employment Opportunity 3 or 5 (EEO 3 or 5) shall be considered members of the professional staff employee group.

Why become a PSA representative?

  • Looks good on your résumé.
  • Hone your leadership skills to help build your career.
  • Let your voice be heard and be a voice for others.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Learn about UA from a new perspective.
  • Make a positive difference.

Nomination of Representatives (use this link or the QR code available below)

To be eligible for nomination and election, an individual must be a regular, full-time professional staff member who has completed a minimum of six months of service at The University of Alabama. PSA general assembly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. PSA representatives also serve on a PSA committee which typically meets monthly.

Each division/college on campus elects one PSA representative for every twenty professional staff members. You may only nominate representatives for your division/college. Before nominating an individual, please ask that person if they are willing to serve. You are welcome to nominate yourself. PSA representatives serve two-year terms. Half of the composition of PSA is elected every year.

A list of current PSA representatives is available here. All willing nominees will be included on the election ballot.

Election of PSA Representatives (use this link or the QR code available below)

  • REGULAR ELECTIONS: The list of candidates that accept their nomination will be confirmed and the election of Assembly representatives will be open annually on or near March 15th.
    • The election period will remain open for a period of at least 14 days.
    • The Assembly Nominations and Elections Committee will conduct the elections for each organizational unit in accordance with general guidelines approved by the Assembly.
  • VACANCIES: A vacancy in the Assembly may be filled by the eligible runner-up from within that division during the last regular election.  This person will serve until the term of said position expires.
    • If no runner-up is qualified, the Assembly President shall temporarily fill vacancies from the respective organizational unit by appointment with the concurrence of a majority of the Steering Committee members.
    • An Assembly member whose EEO/job category changes may complete the term to which they were elected.  Such EEO/job category changes will not constitute vacancies during the current term.
  • MEMBERS AT LARGE: Appointed to represent areas of campus with available seats.

Committee Assignments

Following the annual elections, all Assembly representatives will be given an opportunity to express interest in serving on Assembly standing committees and on University standing committees.

Using this information, the Assembly President shall make standing committee assignments.  The duties and responsibilities are on the Officials & Committee page.

  • Committees will elect co-chairs by a majority vote of the respective committee members.
  • Committee co-chairs and members shall serve a one-year term.
  • Each committee’s co-chairs are required to formally submit a written monthly and yearly report of the committee’s activities to the Steering Committee and the reports shall be available upon request.
  • The Assembly President is an ex officio member of all Assembly standing committees.

In addition to Assembly Standing Committees, PSA has representation in the University Standing Committees that advise broad campus programs or offices.

  • University standing committees are appointed by and are advisory to the President.
  • Appointments are for a one-year term.
  • Staff employees should be proportionally represented on appropriate University committees.
  • In the event an appointed representative is unable to attend a University committee meeting, the representative shall select an eligible Assembly representative to serve as an alternate.

The table below includes all standing committees listed in the preference survey.

PSA Standing Committees University Standing Committees & Other Groups
  • Assembly Operations Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Communication & PR Committee
  • Nominations & Elections Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Service & Outreach Committee
  • Staff Life Committee
  • Technology Committee
  • Steering Committee:
    • President
    • President-elect
    • past-president
    • Secretary of the Assembly
    • Treasurer
    • All standing committee chairs.
  • Ad-hoc (created and dissolved as deemed necessary by the Steering Committee.  Membership may be drawn from professional membership at large)
  • Campus Master Plan
  • Campus Security & Safety
  • Committee on University Committees
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Faculty & Staff Benefits
  • Information Technology
  • International Education
  • University Libraries
  • Parking & Transportation
  • Student & Campus Life
  • Student Health
  • University Recreation
  • Faculty Senate
  • United Way Coordination Committee
  • Intercollegiate Athletics – PSA President
  • HReimagine – PSA President
  • Ad-hoc – PSA President

Election of Officers

The Nominating and Elections Committee shall present names for each of the offices of 1) president-elect, 2) treasurer, and 3) secretary.

  • Assembly members shall be notified in writing of the nominees no later than three days prior to the April meeting.
  • If the nominee consents, nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting to be held in April.
  • Election shall be by secret ballot of the Assembly members with a majority of the votes cast required for election.
  • If a majority is not received on the first ballot, a runoff election will be held immediately between the two candidates garnering the largest number of votes.
  • The newly elected officers shall take office June 1st of the year elected
  • The Assembly President shall nominate a Parliamentarian and Historian; both appointments are subject to Assembly confirmation.