Career Faculty Face Layoff or Non-Renewal

It’s early days, and some may see this report from the faculty union as alarmist.

On the other hand it’s important faculty understand what the administration is thinking, and you can’t count on VP for Strategic Communications Kyle Henley to communicate the administration’s strategic thinking on Around the O.

Full post below or see the union website at https://mailchi.mp/uauoregon/career-faculty-face-layoff-or-non-renewal?e=b103ce406c

Executive Summary: Officers of United Academics met with senior administrators to discuss current and future efforts to respond to COVID-19. We pushed admin to make a commitment to the Career faculty who could lose their jobs in the near future. The administration did not make any commitments.

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Imperative that you not notify career NTTF of either renewal or nonrenewal without approval.

Intro Macroeconomics: To turn a recession into a depression, cut government jobs:

From: CAS Dean <casdean@uoregon.edu>
Date: March 20, 2020 at 10:57:13 PDT
To:cas-heads@lists.uoregon.edu” <cas-heads@lists.uoregon.edu>, “casbudmgr@lists.uoregon.edu” <casbudmgr@lists.uoregon.edu>
Subject: cas-heads: Notifications of renewal and nonrenewal to career faculty

Dear heads and managers,

This is a reminder that the May 1 deadline for notification of career NTTF renewals and nonrenewals is quickly approaching. This process applies only to career NTTF with contracts that expire this year. It does not apply to pro tempore NTTF, visiting or acting faculty, or postdocs. See our CASweb process.

With the current uncertainties from the coronavirus situation, it is imperative that you do not notify career NTTF of either renewal or nonrenewal without conversation with us and approval.

    • Career NTTF Nonrenewals
      The Dean’s Office
       will notify career faculty of nonrenewal. We will submit a compiled list of all CAS nonrenewals to Employee and Labor Relations. After the nonrenewals are approved, the Dean’s Office will send the nonrenewal notices, cc’ing the head and the manager.
    • Career NTTF Renewals:  Do not notify without our approval

The department/program will notify career faculty of renewal, after nonrenewals have been approved centrally.  Deadlines for providing notice of renewal to faculty members are as follows:

      • Non-funding contingent career NTTF – May 1 of the last year of the faculty member’s current appointment.
      • Non-promoted funding-contingent career NTTF – as soon as practicable
      • Promoted funding-contingent career NTTF – at least 30 days prior to the nonrenewal.

After we give you the approval to do so, you will provide the renewal notifications by email to the bargaining unit faculty member’s UO email address, using the appropriate template provided on the HR website.  Please copy your divisional specialist and hrdocs@uoregon.edu.

    • Use the Cognos report “TTF & NTTF: Appt and Renewal Report” to see a list of career faculty with expiring appointments.
    • Again, appointments for faculty in pro tem, visiting, postdoctoral scholar, and acting classifications expire in accordance with their terms; no notice is required.
    • These notification emails are separate from the actual contracts, which are generated via RTO in Banner screen PWAAPPT.

If notice is not provided by the deadline above, the affected NTTF “shall receive a payment proportional to his or her base salary for the number of days the notice was late” [CBA Article 16, section 5a]. Any costs incurred for missing the deadline will be borne by the unit.

Further details about the notification process can be found on the OtP website: https://provost.uoregon.edu/renewal-notice.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your divisional dean and divisional specialist.

Sincerely,

Bruce Blonigen                                                  Sherri Nelson
Tykeson Dean                                                    Assistant Dean for Budget and Finance

UO Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold pledges full faith & credit of $1B endowment to maintaining UO’s academic mission:

Just kidding, I haven’t heard a peep from Weinhold lately, he’s busy running a bank on the side. In any case he already promised the endowment to the IAAF to get the Track & Field Championships. The academic side can sink or swim.

Here’s Weinhold telling IAAF President Lamine Diack that if they give Lananna’s Track Town group the championships, the UO Foundation will make good any losses:

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UO goes all-remote for all spring.

Obviously this and next fall will be devastating to UO. And obviously there will be huge amounts of cash flowing from the feds to the states, and UO will get a share of it. How big a share? Well that will depend on lobbying – and the Trustees ridiculous decision to take $12M from some clueless donor for a bigly new Autzen video screen is not going to make it easier to show how needy we are.

From Pres Schill:

Dear University of Oregon community,

I want to share the latest information about the University of Oregon’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that is accelerating in Oregon and nationally. It is important for me to emphasize that every decision we make as an institution is grounded in the following principles:

    • We must prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the broader community.
    • We must do everything humanly and institutionally possible to further the education of our students and make it possible for them to graduate from the UO in a timely fashion.

Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19, maintain our students’ path to on-time graduation, and support the UO’s vital mission of teaching, research, and service.

With that in mind, the UO will provide remote education for the entire spring term, which begins March 30. Previously, we had announced that we would operate remotely for the first three weeks of the term. An executive order from Oregon’s governor yesterday mandated remote educational delivery at public universities through at least April 28. The UO is electing—like many public universities in Oregon and our national peer institutions—to deliver the entire term remotely. We will return to normal campus operations and face-to-face instruction as quickly as is feasible, but making the decision now to deliver the spring term remotely is designed to provide certainty to our campus as faculty structure their courses for the term, and enable our students to more effectively manage their lives and plan during uncertain times.

I know many students will likely choose to take classes from home, which is good and entirely appropriate. UO residence halls and residential dining will remain open during spring term. Campus currently remains open for students, faculty, and staff and those with official business, though it is closed to the general public. For the upcoming term, it will not be possible to maintain all of our normal operations given the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 response, but we will prioritize services and operations that support students, faculty, and our core educational mission. We know things may be a bit bumpy as we start out the term. Stick with us though; I promise we will work through any challenges and we will get through this together.

We have received many questions about tuition rates as we move to a remote instructional model. We cannot discount tuition. We will not, however, charge students for housing and dining if they are not living in the residence halls. Students will be able to cancel their UO residence hall contract without penalty, and University Housing will be reaching out to residents via email with more information. We are also examining the feasibility of reducing administratively-controlled fees for services that we are unable to provide during this time. Also to help students with financial challenges, we will not assess interest or billing fees in April, May, or June on overdue student billing accounts.

Provost Patrick Phillips and I are dedicated to ensuring an excellent, quality education at the UO during this crisis and for the long term, and that means managing the UO’s finances responsibly so that we remain a viable institution and have the resources we need when we’re able to return to normal operations. The costs of providing remote education to students are just as high—if not higher—than traditional, in-person classes. We will continue to employ faculty, graduate students, advisors, and other staff on the payroll to teach and support our students. And we need to provide additional technology and support for them to be effective. But even more important, we remain committed to delivering the same education without missing a beat, which is incredibly important to keep students on track for timely graduation.

As I and others have said many times, due to the constantly evolving facts and conditions surrounding COVID-19, I regret that we cannot answer every one of your questions today. I do make you this promise: As soon as decisions are made we will communicate them honestly and transparently. For the latest information—including a list of adjusted or suspended operations on campus—please visit uoregon.edu/coronavirus and read our FAQs. Questions, concerns, or suggestions should continue to be directed to this web form or to a new coronavirus information line at 541-346-7007 (the line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays).

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this challenging time. The UO community is resilient, especially when we need to face challenges. We will get through this together and come out on the other side even stronger.

Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

How a prof used Title IX allegations to screw over competing job applicants

It’s a long story, and doesn’t have a very happy ending:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/magazine/title-ix-sexual-harassment-accusations.html

What would be different if the accused faculty were at UO, instead of ASU? For one thing the case would probably still be dragging on. ASU closed this within a month. UO’s Office of Investigations Civil Rights Compliance usually takes much, much longer.

And they’re now at least 18 months behind on their effort to review their procedures:

Annual Review of Title IX Adjudication Procedures

As part of the UO Title IX Coordinator’s commitment to transparency and stakeholder involvement, a UO advisory group has begun meeting as part of the annual review of how the university adjudicates cases of sexual misconduct and prohibited discrimination and harassment. The role of the advisory group is to make recommendations for how to change the university’s sexual misconduct standard operation procedures in light of both evolving national best practices and  possible federal rule changes.

The US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is in the process of making changes to the regulatory guidance it uses to enforce Title IX, the law related to gender equity in education. The proposed rules could have significant impact on the way in which universities respond to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In February, UO President Michael H. Schill joined other Oregon public university presidents to comment on the proposal. Associate Vice Provost for Civil Rights Darci Heroy, who is also the UO’s Title IX coordinator, also joined other university Title IX officials from Oregon in submitting separate comments.

An advisory group will review the adjudication procedures in depth, with the goal of providing concrete recommendations for any changes to the process. The recommendations would be presented to the Dean of Students and the Title IX Coordinator by the end of summer and would then be considered and any resulting changes drafted with an effective date of fall term 2019. The advisory group will seek campus and community input prior to the university making any final procedural changes. Anyone who would like to provide input can get connected with the advisory group by emailing their contact info and request to icrcinfo@uoregon.edu.

Advisory Group

Anna Schmidt-MacKenzie, (Co-Facilitator) Director of Residence Life & Educational Initiatives

John Inglish, (Co-Facilitator) Program Director for Conflict & Dispute Resolution

The first thing we do, let’s cut our law students’ tuition & make the undergrads pay

UO – meaning mostly CAS – has been subsidizing our money pit of a law school since Michael Moffitt’s “business school case-study dream” turned out to be a scam. Today UO’s Trustees let them raise tuition – but instead of paying back their debt they’re going to use it to continue to give law students 1/2 off on tuition. for their new all-remote classes. Meanwhile UO undergrads are expected to pay for themselves, and for the law students.

To quote Martin Luther King, “Go Ducks!”:

From: “Oregon Law Dean” <lawdean@uoregon.edu>
Subject: Dean’s Message about COVID-19
Date: March 17, 2020 at 9:23:49 PM PDT
Reply-To: lawdean@uoregon.edu

Dear Alumni and Friends:
The ultimate measure of an individual is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk their position, their prestige, and even their life for the welfare of others.

– Adapted from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 book, Strength to Love
Like many of you, I have been following reports of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reflecting on just how connected we are to one another and how our choices affect those around us. You may have received a message earlier this week from the university alumni office updating you on some measures taken by the university. I want to keep you updated on law school operations as well.

Instruction for our JD and LLM programs is being delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Classes in those programs end on April 26. Exams for our undergraduate legal studies program and master’s program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (aka CRES) are being administered remotely this week. Instruction for those programs, which are on the term schedule, will be delivered remotely at least through April 17. The university will provide further guidance about plans for the rest of the term no later than April 10.

Per the State of Oregon’s orders and recommendations, we have and will be, cancelling many events, as well. Protecting the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Please check our website for updates.

One of Oregon Law’s signature events, the 18th Annual Frohnmayer Public Service Award Event in Portland, will be postponed until further notice. We will be celebrating the Honorable John V. Acosta in the future. If you have already signed up, we will be sending a separate message to you soon.

To keep up-to-date on the University of Oregon’s response, here is the official website regarding information on the Coronavirus, which will be updated as needed.

Through all of these changes our faculty and staff have continued to put our students’ learning and overall wellbeing first. I am proud of the way that our community is adjusting and taking care of each other.

Please stay healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing you in person once the risks subside.

Go Ducks!

Marcilynn A. Burke
Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law

Chief Resilience Officer: UO closes to “general public”

Dear students, faculty, staff and community members,

The coronavirus outbreak has created unprecedented challenges for the University of Oregon, our state, and the nation. As we work to respond to this quickly-changing situation, our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As part of this focus on the UO community, the university will be shifting to a modified operational status.

Campuses in Eugene, Portland, and Charleston are open only for students, faculty, staff, and those with official business on campus. Effective immediately, the university’s buildings and facilities are closed to the general public. All members of the UO community who remain on campus are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Plans are being developed to address access for those with official business, including deliveries and vendors. At a minimum, signage will be placed on doors with the phone number to contact UOPD for assistance with access.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this challenging time. Please know this is a fluid situation, and our operational status could change with little notice. For the latest information – including a list of adjusted or suspended operations on campus – please visit https://uoregon.edu/coronavirus. Questions, concerns or suggestions should continue to be directed to this web form or to a new coronavirus information line at 541-346-7007 (the line will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays).

Thank You,
André Le Duc
Chief Resilience Officer
Safety and Risk Services

Faculty Union responds to Admin’s half-baked buyout scheme

Under the latest PERS reform, UO now has to pay into PERS for administrators like Brad Shelton and Lorraine Davis (yes, of course Lorraine’s still on the payroll) who are double dipping on salary and retirement. That change applies to faculty as well, substantially increasing the benefit to UO from getting older Tier 1 faculty to retire outright, rather than go on reduced FTE assignments.

You’d think the administration would recognize this, but instead they want to reduce faculty incentives to retire. Weird. The message from the union bargaining team today:

UA wants you to control your plans for retirement.

Executive Summary:
The administration presented their retirement/buyout proposal. It would give the administration complete control over when faculty could be bought out.

Bargaining is suspended for the foreseeable future. The UA office is closed until at least Monday, March 30. Officers and staff are working remotely and continue to be available at info@uauoregon.org.

Summary:

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Board of Trustees to meet Mar 16 & 17

3/16/2020: N0 liveblog since meeting is closed to visitors, live-streaming is failing.

I showed up at Ford Alumni this morning and was told the Board has banned all visitors from the room – no advance notice and no mention on the Board’s website.

The last time I got kicked out of a board meeting was the one on the IAAF Track and Field Championship bid, when Angela Wilhelms lied to me and the RG’s Diane Dietz, claiming it was a “training session” and that the Public Meetings law allowed her to ban reporters and mere bloggers.

Also, the live-streaming is now breaking up, at least for me on campus, and is unusable.

Supposedly I’ll be allowed into Tuesday’s meeting though, because I signed up to give public comment. I’ll try and live blog it.

3/15/2010: Expect frequent updates Monday and Tuesday.

Live streamed at https://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings All meetings are in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, are open to the public, and given the coronavirus situation everything is subject to change. Presumably more than the usual number of Trustees will be phoning it in, this time literally.

The main items for our Trustees to rubber-stamp this quarter are

$12M for a bigly new video screen at Autzen,

a risky new guaranteed tuition plan that does not yet have the necessary donor support, and

a new multi-million Duck media deal. Wilhelms has redacted all the interesting numbers from that, but it seems to cut the academic budget’s take even more. Hard to say how much, since Kevin Reed’s Public Records Office still won’t release the public records on it.

Schedule in brief:

Monday March 16:

10 AM: Academic and Student Affairs Committee

12. PM:  Secret Board meeting where Pres Schill tells them how well he thinks the Faculty Union bargaining is going.

2:30 PM: Finance and Facilities Committee

Tuesday March 17:

9:30 a.m. Full Board meeting.

12:00 PM. Tour of The Phildo for interested Trustees.

As usual, Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms has done her best to make it as difficult as possible to find the board’s agenda and meeting materials. So as usual I’ve extracted these from the pdf’s, added hyperlinks, and will add some more with commentary as the meetings progress.

Schedule in full, details to be added:

Monday March 16, 10 AM: Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Materials

Provost’s Report

Yes, there were a few understudies willing to do this job for less than union scale, but from what I’ve seen so far Patrick Phillips is earning his paycheck. So why do they list everyone’s name in the program except his?

1. College of Education’s Institutional Plan for Educator Equity in Teacher Preparation – Update: Randy Kamphaus, dean of the College of Education; Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, director of Administration.

The Legislature made them do it.

2. Accreditation – Mid-Cycle Report: Ron Bramhall, associate vice provost for academic excellence; Chuck Triplett, associate vice president for academic infrastructure and accreditation liaison officer.

Our accreditors at the NWCCU are making them do it.

3. UO Career Center: Paul Timmins, executive director

Should be interesting. This has not been UO’s strong point, but should be.

4. Student Success – Measuring Outcomes: Doneka Scott, vice provost for undergraduate education and student success; Kevin Marbury, vice president for student life; Elliot Berkman, professor of psychology and vice president of the University Senate; Michael Griffel, assistant vice president and director of University Housing; and Paul Timmins, executive director of the UO Career Center.

Recess meeting for [Full Board] executive session / lunch. Reconvene approx. 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Ford Alumni Center, Room 403. This meeting is an executive session only and is held as authorized under ORS 192.660(2)(d). It is closed to members of the public and the media. Subjects of the meeting will include: discussions related only to current collective bargaining between the UO and United Academics. 

5. PathwayOregon Overview: Jim Brooks, associate vice president and director of financial aid; Doneka Scott, vice provost for undergraduate education and student success.

Last I looked this program – which waves tuition for low income in-state students with decent GPAs and then surrounds them with support services – was a model. But it doesn’t have enough money to help lower middle class students.

6. UO-OHSU Partnerships: Patrick Phillips, provost and senior vice president; David Conover, vice president for research and innovation; Bill Cresko, professor and executive director of the Data Science Initiative.

7. Standardized Tests in Admissions: Jim Rawlins, assistant vice president for admissions; Janet Woodruff-Borden, executive vice president for academic affairs.

UO plans to follow the flagship OSU in going “test optional”, meaning students can choose not to submit their SAT/ACT scores. Good idea, not likely to have a big impact.

Monday March 16, 2020 2:30 p.m. Finance and Facilities Committee. Materials

1. Quarterly Audit Report: Leah Ladley, chief auditor; Amy Smith, senior auditor

Chuck Lillis and other UO boosters put up $500K in campaign donations, and got SB 270 through the legislature. The new law took away the State’s ability to audit UO. Now we only have internal auditors. They are beholden to Lillis, who has a bad track record including losing multiple ERISA lawsuits involving defrauding employee retirement funds, and serving on the WAMU board as it went through the largest financial services bankruptcy in US history, so far.

 Ladley is Lillis’s third UO internal auditor since the BoT took over. Not a good sign.

2. Quarterly Finance and Treasury Reports; Update on Bond Sale Activity (Action): Jamie Moffitt, vice president for finance and administration and CFO; Jeff Schumacher, director of treasury operations

3. Autzen Stadium Audio/Video Project (Action): Rob Mullens, director of intercollegiate athletics

What can you say,

4. Amended Multi-Media Agreement (Action): Rob Mullens, director of intercollegiate athletics

Show us the records.

Monday March 16, 12PM: Full Board Exec Session to hear about Faculty Union 

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Ford Alumni Center, Room 403 This meeting is an executive session only and is held as authorized under ORS 192.660(2)(d). It is closed to members of the public and the media. Subjects of the meeting will include: discussions related only to current collective bargaining between the UO and United Academics.

Tuesday MARCH 17, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. Ford Alumni Center, Full Board regular session. Materials

President’s Report –

Public Comment – Social distancing protocols will be in place for those wishing to make public comment in person. Public comment may also be submitted via email to trustees@uoregon.edu.

1. ASUO and University Senate Reports -ASUO President Sabinna Pierre -University Senate President Elizabeth Skowron

2. Tuition and Mandatory Fees for Academic Year 2020-2021 (Action): Michael Schill, President; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Kevin Marbury, Vice President for Student Life [Materials can be found under the bookmark for Agenda Item #5 – page 27.]

3. COVID-19 Planning and Response at UO: Andre Le Duc, Chief Resilience Officer and AVP for Safety and Risk Services [Materials can be found under the bookmark for Agenda Item #2 – page 9.]

4. Honorary Degree – James F. Ivory (Action): Michael Schill, President [Materials can be found under the bookmark for Agenda Item #3 – page 11.]

5. Resolutions and Seconded Motions from Committee (Actions) [Materials can be found under the bookmark for Agenda Item #4 – page 17.]

4.1 Seconded Motion from FFC – Autzen Audio/Video Project: Ross Kari, FFC Chair

4.2 Seconded Motion from FFC – Amended Multi-Media Agreement: Ross Kari, FFC Chair

4.3 Seconded Motion from FFC – Bond Refund Authorization: Ross Kari, FFC Chair

Video from UO profs in Italy on coronavirus

3/15/2020: Interviewed by Andrew Theen for the Oregonian on 3/13:

3/13/2020: 

The March 10th email to UO from Prof’s Graboyes, Burlando, and Redaelli (below the break) was prescient, and they’ve been quoted in the WSJ etc. Here is their update from Belluno in northern Italy. They note:

In the Italian town of Vo, which was an early hotspot for coronavirus 95% of the city’s residents were tested. Among the 3% who were positive for the disease, the vast majority had no symptoms. Had those people continued going around town, attending to their normal work and personal life activities, each positive person would have caused between 2-3 new people to become infected.

Hence the social distancing – the government has even postponed the Giro D’Italia. Click here for video from 1940 of Coppi v. Bartali. Fausto wins! UO’s coronavirus resource page is here.

New Letter:

March 12, 2020

We are three University of Oregon professors currently based in Northern Italy where the COVID-19 outbreak is raging. We are writing to alert residents of our home state to the public health emergency that is unfolding here in Italy and to raise the alarm about the limited window of time Oregonians have to prepare. We have 4 suggestions for how Oregonians should be preparing and responding–primarily through practicing rigorous social distancing and widespread closures of schools and activities–and call on all citizens to demand more widespread testing of suspected coronavirus cases.

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