7/24/2012: That’s Stephen Hsu in Physics, hired by Michigan State as VP for Research. More information on his blog, here. He will be missed.
Michigan had an open, public search with faculty input. The faculty has a formal written agreement with the administration requiring that. The process starts with the President notifying the faculty senate. The contrast with the insider dealing at UO is striking:
- Provost Jim Bean: appointed by Frohnmayer as interim, made permanent by Lariviere without any search.
- VPFA Jamie Moffitt: Got her job after an open search failed and Lariviere appointed her apparently without discussing it with the committee – of which she’d been a member. The search committee had been appointed by Bean and of course had no faculty representation, until people protested.
- VP for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy: An internal search, of sorts. Initially our administration was to not even going to have the candidates do presentations to the faculty. What more do you need to know about JH priorities?
It’s time for the UO Senate to insist that the UO administration adopt the same sorts of rules for faculty input as Michigan State – as a binding policy. And let’s make it retroactive.