The Oregon State University Management Association (OSUMA) began in 1985 as a small group of faculty and management services staff gathering together in a problem-solving session once a month over a brown-bag lunch. OSUMA was officially established in 1989 with the stated purpose of providing development, support, and networking opportunities for supervisory and managerial staff and faculty. OSUMA also led open discussions on the transition of management service employees to professional faculty in 1997. The regular function continues to be monthly brown-bag forums. In addition OSUMA sponsors seminars and workshops for professional development and co-sponsors the annual Professional Development Award.
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