Who Are We?

The University Scholars Association is an educational incorporation of the faculty and staff of Pacific Lutheran University.  Our members can avail themselves of the opportunity to:

  1. Improve teaching abilities;
  2. Establish communication among scholars and academicians;
  3. Assume a more positive role as guardians of academic values;
  4. Impart an appreciation of the structure and values of our civilization.

What Services Do We Offer?

Annual Events


Each Fall, during the first month of the regular semester, and each Spring during the last month of the semester, the University Scholars Association hosts a barbecue for members.  We offer food (burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and sides galore), a guest “celebrity” cook, beverages of all kinds, and a great atmosphere to kick off or wrap up the academic year.  The Fall Barbecue is traditionally held the first Friday of the Academic Year, and the Spring Barbecue on the Friday of Finals Week.

NOTE:  the Fall Barbecue is open to all Faculty and Staff in addition to members.


Each year during December Finals Week, we offer our members a free brunch.  Come for the hearty fare, brunch-time beverages, and good conversation with friends and colleagues.  It’s a great way to tie off the semester and the year!  Traditionally held the Tuesday of Finals Week.

Friday Night Social Hour

Each Friday, members are invited to come to the UHouse basement from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for our social hour.  Get to know your colleagues away from the office, play pool and darts, or just enjoy a conversation.

Lunch Hour Talks

Each week, the USA sponsors a lunch hour talk by a faculty or staff member.  Talks generally begin at 12:30 pm and last 30 minutes (including time for questions and discussion).  They may cover a variety of topics:  research interests, issues of import to the community, and personal passions.

Are you interested in learning more from and about your colleagues?  Would you like to share your interests with the community?  Come to UHouse on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the lunch hour talk!To volunteer for a lunch hour talk, please contact our  Academic Director, Jessica Schwinck at x7682 or email at schwinjl@plu.edu