New director appointed for academic employee and labor relations
Author: Currently
Posted: May 28, 2019

On May 22, Debra Mayo-Kelley joined the Office of Academic Affairs as the new director of academic employee and labor relations. Mayo-Kelley will steward relationships between administrators, managers, supervisors and union-represented faculty and graduate students.

For the past five years, Mayo-Kelley was a field representative for the Oregon American Federation of Teachers union where she administered seven collective bargaining agreements for university, community college, K-12 and child care employees. Previous to that she worked in labor relations for the public school employees of Washington. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and specialized training in labor relations, conflict resolution, community planning and other related fields. 

Working in collaboration with PSU Human Resources and the Office of Equity and Compliance, Mayo-Kelley is responsible for overseeing the functions of academic employment in the areas of performance management, progressive discipline, employee conduct, expectation setting, and workplace interventions.