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About the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA)

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Supporting Professional Faculty to better serve OSU.


Our Mission

Providing OSU Professional Faculty with collaboration, mentoring and leadership opportunities.




Our Hero Award

Paula Christie

On October 8, 2015, the Professional Faculty Leadership Association made an Our Hero award presentation in the College of Science, Chemistry Department. Our Hero for September 2015 is Paula Christie, Assistant to the Chair Rich Carter. Paula received on the PFLA signature Our Hero mugs filled with chocolate candies and a certificate of recognition for her services to the department.

Chemistry Department chair Rich Carter shares in his nomination, as the Assistant to the Chair, Paula Christie is the person behind the scenes that keeps everything running smoothly in the Chemistry Department. I couldn’t do my job without her!  Paula has been doing a really amazing job of late, tackling some very complicated issues and I want to acknowledge her hard work. Given the circa...120 graduate students, 250 undergrad majors, 35 faculty and more than 20 staff, I don’t know how she does it. This summer she worked tirelessly with Human Resources to resolve some longstanding issues for a couple of staff members.

In many ways, Paula is the real face of OSU Chemistry. When people first start in their positions in Chemistry, Paula is their contact. When people need help with something, Paula is the go to person. She oversees the Chemistry Department office operations, and simply does a wonderful job at bringing out the best in fellow employees. Paula puts the other person first—trying to find a solution for their problem. She is a “get to yes” sort of person, always doing so with her calm, even demeanor and welcoming tone!

Paula is the behind the scenes ROCK STAR that makes the OSU Chemistry Department work.

The Professional Faculty Leadership Association congratulates Paula Christie as Our Hero for September 2015.

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