CoD fundraiser drops in on CoD Town Hall, photographs attendees


The event was pretty well attended, with about 30 CoD faculty and 5 or so union reps. There was a full and frank discussion that went on til 5:30, and continued in small groups afterwards.

I helped bring in extra chairs, one of which was then taken by a gentleman who unobtrusively started taking cell phone pictures. A union rep saw this and asked him to leave, which he did. He came back a few minutes later, and since I was lounging by the door he asked me why he’d been asked to leave and what the rules were for union meetings.

Full disclosure: I have no idea. So I told him that people wanted to have an open discussion and he was making them nervous since they didn’t know who he was. I asked him who he was. He said he was the director of development for design. I asked him why he was there. He said because he was worried about what they were talking about and wanted to know what was going on. I asked him why he was taking pictures. He said because he didn’t know many faculty by name and wanted to know who was there.

It seems a bit sad that the director of development would need to photograph a faculty/union meeting to figure out who the faculty are, but maybe he’s new. In any case turnabout is fair play, and so here’s his photo:

2/22/2018: College of Design faculty to hold Town Hall:

This Thursday at 4PM in Lawrence 230. Issues include:

The fate of AAD and the process used to terminate that program
The cutting of the summer Architecture program for high school students
The Portland Faculty Assignment Criteria & Process
The lack of Post-Tenure Review criteria
The management of the Ross Fund
De-emphasis on professional work and emphasis on peer-reviewed publications in reviews
The restructuring causing administrative bloat

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13 Responses to CoD fundraiser drops in on CoD Town Hall, photographs attendees

  1. Dog says:

    “De-emphasis on professional work and emphasis on peer-reviewed publications in reviews”

    I really believe is an issue. There now are so many different ways to exercise and perform academic scholarship that exceeds that of peer review pubs, but which get no credit and no recognition. The era of Digital Scholarship is quite real and offers new kinds of possibilities, especially for young faculty that are essentially disincentived to do this. This is just wrong, Its 2018, not 1958. (By the way, the Internet turns 50 next year)

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  2. Peter Keyes says:

    I think this was an inadvertent mistake. Patrick is just generally interested in the life of the college, and he’s still figuring out some of the protocols.

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  3. arch departure says:

    What was said in the meeting?

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    • uomatters says:

      It was 90 minutes of praise for the glorious leadership of the Dean and his loyal associates.

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  4. Unhappy in COD says:

    It does not matter if Patrick was being aloof and uninformed. His presence as a member of the deans office – and taking photos of faculty without their permission!!!??? – intimidated several faculty who do not enjoy the security of tenure. Whether intended or not, Patrick’s presence and photo-clicking posed a very serious insult to the rights of faculty to freely associate and organize, per labor law. There is a long and ugly history of sending bullies or “nice guys” to meetings of employees as a means of intimidation to suppress dissent. That an administrator dumbly walked into a meeting where he was not invited and then thought he could take pictures of attendees WITHOUT anyone’s permission should raise flags, not whitewashing.

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    • Peter Keyes says:

      I agree that Patrick’s presence was very problematic (I was the one who spotted him and asked him to leave), and I don’t mean to minimize its import. I’m just saying that knowing Patrick, I think it was a mistake, not an intentional incursion. That doesn’t change the possible effect on others, just moves the charge from first degree to second degree.

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      • Seriously? says:

        It wasn’t just his presence, but he took photos of attendees! Very problematic.

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  5. Anarchivist says:

    Surveillance (or even Unlawful Impression of Surveillance) by Management of protected Union activities is an Unfair Labor Practice. Formally put him on notice that such activity is impermissible and notify your Union’s attorneys.

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  6. Woop says:

    That would be a ULB if you wanted to pursue it.

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  7. The Final Straw says:

    As if someone who works for the Dean of the College photographing faculty at a faculty union meeting wasn’t intimidating enough, the faculty’s capacity to speak freely was also completely compromised by the presence of a member of the College leadership—a School Head—throughout the entire meeting. This folks, is what “freedom of speech” now looks like inside the College of Design.

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  8. The Final Straw says:

    In case you’re wondering, that would be #6 on the “College Leadership” web page:

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  9. Not Really says:

    I know the sixth person down on the “College Leadership” web page, and she was not there. Maybe you have confused her with someone else?

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