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- VP for Communication Kyle Henley... (4)
- Anonymous http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/the-public-eye/article36715044.html UC-Davis fired her after student and faculty protests over her $260K salary. – Friday
- uomatters Do tell us more! – Friday
- Fishwrapper Oh dear God. Well, she did such a good job to -- er, for the state's flagship university, so maybe... – Friday
- Anonymous University Communications has contracted with consultantLuanne Lawrence http://www.lmlmarcom.com – Friday
- Former UO VPR Kimberly Espy... (21)
- Well, Espy has "moved on to other opportunities" (i.e., was canned) several times in a row. So, universities sometimes hold... – Friday
- Dog Who holds anyone accountable for anything these days? – Thursday
- This makes some sense. But why wouldn't search firms be held accountable after serving up losers like Espy time and... – Thursday
- Dog I don't think search firms care, they just want to provide their client candidates. In addition, the fastest way to... – Thursday
- What you say makes sense, Dog...but it is still baffling that professional search firms are not able (or willing?) to... – Thursday
- OMA Could be that most admin is just dead wood at this point. Like a gaggle of MBA type middle managers,... – Thursday
- Dog Even if they were warned, most higher ed Institutions don't believe it or take it as a sign of personal... – Wednesday
- UO administrators waste an hour... (3)
- honest Uncle Bernie And they talk about the ols gang that couldn't shoot straight! These professional administrators, many of whom never even were... – Thursday
- uomatters Yes, but we'd rather work together with admin as in the past. – Thursday
- Old Man Policy development may go more smoothly if Senate is in the loop early, but I don't see that the Senate... – Thursday
- UO unveils historic new Hayward... (24)
- Dog This is because "we smoked it all" – Thursday
- Eugenenative I don’t think they have any idea what they are losing. – Thursday
- Permanent Skeptic It didn't take long for the PR flaks to bring in what I'm sure is just the first of the... – Thursday
- New Year Cat I absolutely fail to see why we must have the Best In the World here. We are not the Best... – Thursday
- The Truth "We Smoked It All" – Thursday
- Charlie Man, thanks for the vid! That was cool! On top of the goodwill, it would be an outstanding project for... – Wednesday
- Hayward to Civic Could the historic Hayward grandstand be moved to the Civic site to replace the grandstand that burned down? It may... – Wednesday
- Old Gray Mare Something like this would be better at the old Civic Stadium site. – Wednesday
- NYTimes gives Oregon PERS a... (10)
- Oldertimer Vortex I was awesome brah! We’re you there? Can’t wait for Vortex II ! See you there? – Wednesday
- Dog With respect to the Figure above and other tidbits, for academics on a 9-month salary, it is important to remember:... – Tuesday
- Owl Nicely summed up UoM. Thanks. – Monday
- oldtimer Yes, that is right, passed by large margin in multnomah county and also passed in lane, and most other blue... – Sunday
- Dog that may or may not be true, would have to see the actual data - however, I know that Measure... – Sunday
- oldtimer Yes, and paradoxically, measure 5 typically passed in blue counties and failed in red counties. Another one of Oregon’s many... – Sunday
- RCO Indeed. If I didn't know better I would think, from reading this article, that we have to choose between funding... – Sunday
- Anas clypeata I found it strange that the article did not mention voters' hamstringing of local governments through limits on property taxes.... – Sunday
- Dana Altman leads his Ducks... (7)
- an ex-fan The "larger problem" is that Oregon, and others, are running college campus versions of pre-pro basketball. Maybe we could call... – Wednesday
- Inquiring Minds The notes indicate that students who transfer out before graduating are excluded. So that could be a factor since it... – Wednesday
- Dog graduation rates in Oregon have been improving http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2018/01/oregons_graduation_rate_improv.html but we still rank low compared to other states but are not... – Wednesday
- honest Uncle Bernie Aren't the basketball players high school students? Seriously, Dog may have a point. Oregon apparently is such a dumbass state... – Wednesday
- uomatters Please think harder before you post more comments like this. – Tuesday
- There is no Dog Apparently Oregon has the lowest high-school graduation rate of any state in the nation, perhaps barring DC. So maybe this... – Tuesday
- Dog This is great as Altman is likely to receive another hefty raised, based of course, on metrics. – Tuesday
- Hopelessly naive incoming Univ Senate... (2)
- Eugene Weekly reports on GC... (3)
- uomatters Thanks, this sort of praise means a lot to me, and presumably to Kevin as well. – Monday
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- VP for Communication Kyle Henley... (4)
- RT @jjforegon: Powerful piece by Professor Rubin about the impact of #institutionalBetrayal on individuals and institutions.… https://t.co/oXjWsWS0I7, 22 hours ago
- VP for Communication Kyle Henley uncommunicative on "brand awareness" contract - https://t.co/veMcQ4Mp4E, 22 hours ago
- RT @npquarterly: RT @pinnaclehills Baltimore Museum Sells Art by White Men to Finance More Diverse Holdings https://t.co/3qKWEa6i2W, Apr 20
- RT @Oregon_Law: #UOregonLaw's Erik Girvan “In a nutshell, there’s not much evidence that trainings result in any long-term improvem… https://t.co/Ji1SRQdd0Z, Apr 19
- RT @KenGoe: NCAA awards the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Texas. The meet will return to Eugene in… https://t.co/EFU3p73gL0, Apr 19
TagsAAUP-AFT Union? Academic Freedom administrative bloat Athletics athletics subsidy Beangrams Dave Frohnmayer: UO President Dave Hubin Diversity Faculty pay Faculty Union (United Academics of UO) free speech Jamie Moffitt Jim Bean: UO Provost Jim O'Fallon jock box Lariviere Firing Lorraine Davis March 8-9 rape allegations Melinda Grier Michael Gottfredson NCAA NCAA violations new partnership plan off topic OUS Board and Chancellor Pernsteiner PERS Public Records Public Safety Randy Geller General Counsel Research money Richard Lariviere: UO President Robert Berdahl Rob Mullens Scott Coltrane Senate Sharon Rudnick Tim Gleason Track and Field Championships Uncategorized UO Foundation UO Presidential Archives UO restructuring plan UO Trustees
- VP for Communication Kyle Henley uncommunicative on “brand awareness” contract 04/20/2018
- Senate/University Service Survey held open til Friday 04/19/2018
- UO administrators waste an hour of Senate Exec time trying to explain why they still can’t decide if they need to involve the Senate in new COI/C policy 04/19/2018
- Former UO VPR Kimberly Espy gets provost job at UTSA 04/18/2018
- UO unveils historic new Hayward Field, with weird fat blunt add-on 04/17/2018
- Dana Altman leads his Ducks to rock bottom of graduation success metrics 04/17/2018
- Students elect next year’s ASUO leaders 04/16/2018
- Hopelessly naive incoming Univ Senate Pres wants to improve relations between faculty and administration 04/16/2018
- NYTimes gives Oregon PERS a superficial once-over, doesn’t cite Sickinger or explain why PERS wants $20B more for its $70B endowment 04/14/2018
- Former UO Diversity head Greg Vincent loses Pres job for plagiarism 04/14/2018
- Eugene Weekly reports on GC Kevin Reed’s refusal to refund student $114 for Fed subpoena PRO wouldn’t provide, & Reed’s refusal to participate in Transparency Committee or send his assistant Bryan Dearinger 04/12/2018
- UO Dean takes principled stand 04/11/2018
- Law Dean Burke does Q&A with students about Prof Shurtz 04/11/2018
- Senate meets 3PM today: VPRI, Conflicts, Learning, Honors, Multicultural 04/11/2018
- Bootleg versions of proposed Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedures 04/10/2018
- Berdahl to ask Trustees to give Gottfredson another chance 04/09/2018
- Nike and Oregon High School athletics 04/09/2018
- Sign up now for Senate & committee service 04/09/2018
- Faculty Union Assembly to meet at Noon today – no photos! 04/09/2018
- CoD Dean Lindner apologizes, admits the union protects faculty right to meet and talk without fear 04/07/2018
4/7/2012: Word down here at the faculty club is that Frances Dyke and Jim Bean have left UO with $15 to $30 million in unfunded obligations. Jamie Moffitt thinks she can patch it up though. Or at least that’s what I think I’m hearing, the music’s pretty loud.
4/7/2012: I’m no law professor, or
$600 an hour union busting lawyer $600 an hour defender of faculty members’ right to negotiate individually with the administration, but it seems obvious that a key point in the formation of a UO faculty union is the definition of the term faculty. On 3/20 the UO union organizers petitioned the state ERB for a bargaining unit defined as:
“All full-time and part-time research and instructional faculty. Including tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, adjunct faculty, post-retired or emeritus faculty, library faculty and officers of research including research assistants, research associates, and postdoctoral scholars, employed by theemployer and excluding Principal Investigators with supervisory authority and faculty in the School of Law.”
And the commentator Terducken notes that:
According to Oregon Administrative Rules 115-025-0065, “Within 7 days after a public employer receives notice under OAR 115-025-0030(2) that a petition has been filed seeking certification without an election, it will submit to the Board an alphabetical list of employees in the proposed bargaining unit…” Therefore, this Excelsior list is a list provided to the ERB by the administration and is a standard step in this process.
But the Excelsior list that the UO administration provided in response to this petition includes many employees that are clearly not “faculty” in the ordinary sense of the word, but who are on the UO books as faculty. Der Alte has posted a helpful comment on this:
Current UO Constitution defines a STATUTORY FACULTY. “In this document, Statutory Faculty is defined as the body of professors consisting of the University President, tenure-related officers of instruction, career non-tenure-track officers of instruction, and officers of administration who are tenured in an academic department. Membership in the Statutory Faculty is retained during sabbatical leaves. Retired and emeriti faculty members are not members of the Statutory Faculty, whether or not they have teaching responsibilities. The University President is the President of the Statutory Faculty.”
With no disrespect, I do not think that people without an advanced degree, perhaps working in a lab or teaching PE courses in ultimate frisbee, aerobics, or yoga, count as faculty under any reasonable or customary definition of the word. Yet it seems that UO’s administration and their consulting lawyers have agreed with the union organizers that they do. They’ve also included emeriti, etc. in their list. The Rudnick letter to the ERB raises many objections, but none having to do with this basic question of what does it mean to be faculty – a question central to the union petition.
So, there is a game being played here between the administration and the union that most of us faculty do not understand and which I don’t think either side wants us to understand. But I bet some of our readers know what’s really going on. So why not tell us? It’s anonymous.
4/5/2012: From a Josephine Woolington story in the ODE on last term’s basketball fight:
“It’s not wrong to videotape us (DPS). That’s OK,” said Carolyn McDermed, acting chief of DPS. “The cellphone was seized because it contained evidence of the crime. It was pertinent to the case.”
DPS still has Said’s cellphone, and is waiting to obtain a search warrant from Eugene Police Department to look through it.
Three weeks and they are still waiting for a warrant?
From the RG. Prison time for cheating the yuppies with fake organic corn?
is not getting a lot of respect from the Oregonian’s Steve Duin.
4/3/2012: From Betsy Hammond in the Oregonian:
Teachers at Reynolds Arthur Academy in Troutdale spurred the biggest gains in individual students’ reading and math scores of any elementary charter school in the nation the past two years. For that, a national charter group soon will hand each of them and their principal bonuses of $4,000 or more.
Many teacher unions, including the one in Oregon City that turned away millions of dollars in federally funded bonuses last fall, oppose rewarding teachers for raising student test scores.
But not Reynolds Arthur Academy’s non-union teachers….
They must teach to the test like crazy. Strong incentives have problems too.
At PSU. A reader sends this, by Jennifer Schuberth, an assistant professor of religion at Portland State University:
On the question of whether a faculty union will promote more transparency and a “better” allocation of resources by the administration:
“Like many students and faculty, I have been frustrated by the administration’s lack of transparency about financial matters. For more than a year, PSU faculty and students have asked the administration to explain how a $54 million surplus will be spent and why the university, while forcing draconian cuts in the teaching budget, is building up reserves in excess of the Oregon University System’s recommendations. The administration has never given a clear answer. “
On the issue of salaries and benefits for NTTF faculty:
“With a growing deficit looming in the background, the administration claimed that faculty will need to increase productivity and capacity — i.e., increase class sizes — and that PSU will be implementing retirement incentives so that higher-paid faculty can be replaced with lower-cost alternatives. In academics, “lower cost” means adjuncts who are paid by the course, often teach huge classes and have no benefits. Many adjuncts working at PSU teach at one or two other schools and make only enough to hover around the poverty line. Some are on food stamps. This is the current administration’s vision of PSU’s future: lower-quality education and a workforce living in poverty.”
3/31/2012: A reader asks:
What should an appropriate system of retention at UO look like? What is the current policy? Should the UO adopt a preemptive retention offer policy for certain categories of faculty? Does it have one now?
Obviously more productive faculty with better outside options should get paid more. But at UO productivity doesn’t translate into pay unless you have an outside offer. In many departments you will need a written offer from a department with close to equal or better rank than UO to take to your chair and then the dean to get a raise. Typically this will get you some fraction of the outside offer – say 20% to 40%. But I’ve heard talk of cases where just going to give a talk at another school and making the right noises can pay off. It’s looking more and more like we will have a faculty union and this is presumably the sort of thing that will be part of the CBA. Any comments on current practice and on what a sensible policy would look like?
3/31/2012: Joe Nocera of the NYT has been posting a series of pieces on the NCAA cartel. The latest blows a hole in one of the favorite arguments of the AD and its Johnson Hall enablers – that college athletics should be praised for bringing African-Americans to colleges like UO:
But Richard Southall, who directs the College Sport Research Institute at the University of North Carolina — along with two colleagues, E. Woodrow Eckard of the University of Colorado-Denver and Mark Nagel at the University of South Carolina — have done rigorous studies that show the opposite. In comparing college basketball players with their true peer group — full-time college students — their data show that the athletes are 20 percent less likely to graduate than nonathletes. They also parsed the data by race: of the teams in this year’s March Madness, for instance, the black athletes are 33 percent less likely to graduate than nonathletes.
3/29/2012: I’m no economist, so I don’t like to make forecasts, but Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier are and they’ve got an interesting piece out: What Would the End of Football Look Like?
… This slow death march could easily take 10 to 15 years. Imagine the timeline. A couple more college players — or worse, high schoolers — commit suicide with autopsies showing CTE. A jury makes a huge award of $20 million to a family. A class-action suit shapes up with real legs, the NFL keeps changing its rules, but it turns out that less than concussion levels of constant head contact still produce CTE. Technological solutions (new helmets, pads) are tried and they fail to solve the problem. Soon high schools decide it isn’t worth it. The Ivy League quits football, then California shuts down its participation, busting up the Pac-12. Then the Big Ten calls it quits, followed by the East Coast schools. Now it’s mainly a regional sport in the southeast and Texas/Oklahoma. The socioeconomic picture of a football player becomes more homogeneous: poor, weak home life, poorly educated. Ford and Chevy pull their advertising, as does IBM and eventually the beer companies.
Not to mention the rapes. Cowen’s earlier post raises the question of why watching football games increases assaults and domestic violence, while watching violent movies reduces violence. Complements and substitutes is how those economists put it. Meanwhile the Chronicle has a story on declining interest in college basketball – apparently it’s not just at Oregon:
More than 70 Division I men’s basketball programs—about one out of every five—have seen their regular-season attendance fall by 20 percent or more over the past four seasons, a Chronicle analysis has found. And while many colleges have had significant gains, the declines have left big budget holes in some athletic departments and could lead to major changes in the game.
The falloff has been particularly sharp in the Pacific-12 Conference, where fan support has dropped 14 percent since 2009. Arizona State, Washington State, and UCLA have all seen their home attendance decline by more than a third in the past four years. Arizona State, with an arena that seats over 14,000 fans, attracted an average of just 5,411 per game this season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, historically one of the strongest basketball leagues, has had a 7-percent slide since 2009, with average attendance falling below 10,000 fans a game for the first time in recent history. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are both off by more than 2,500 spectators per game from 2009, and even Duke University has seen interest in its rabid student section wane.
They attribute the disinterest to the increase in other entertainment options.
3/25/2012: This Insidehighered.com piece starts with the recent firing of Pres Michael Hogan from UI and then moves to a good discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of closed presidential searches such as that underway at UO:
… “What all universities are trying to do is find a successor who has been someplace else as president.” Throughout the Illinois search, board members repeatedly said they were looking for someone who had held a similar role. …
The desire to secure experienced candidates drives an increased level of confidentiality in searches. Search consultants and many board members say keeping the names of candidates confidential — in many cases until a selection is made — attracts a better pool of candidates, many of whom would be reluctant to enter out of fear of backlash on their home campus.
“Sitting presidents require a degree of confidentiality that other candidates don’t,” said Susan Resneck Pierce, a former president of the University of Puget Sound who now consults with governing boards and presidents, and who has written for Inside Higher Ed. She said that seeking another presidency is viewed by boards and campuses as an effort to abandon the current institution. That can damage everything from fund raising to faculty relations, proponents of confidentiality argue. For provosts and other senior administrators, the presidency is a step up so it’s less of an issue if their names become public.
But many faculty members don’t buy that argument. By keeping searches secret, they say, boards are discounting the importance of the relationship between faculty members and presidents, which is essential to university governance.
The search underway at UO does include a fair number of faculty representatives, but the power lies with Pernsteiner.
from the University of Illinois, because of his “dictatorial managerial style”. Glad to see faculty are regaining their traditional governance power somewhere. Thanks to Margaret Soltan for the link. 3/22/2012.
3/22/2012: From Insidehighered: (link now fixed, thanks anon)
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a former graduate student’s lawsuit alleging that the University of Oregon retaliated against her for complaining about gender discrimination in her doctoral program. Experts said the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, if upheld, could reshape the relationship between dissertation chairs and doctoral students.