SEIU calls for more state funding for – and control of – universities

The UO boosters who broke up OUS with SB270 have not delivered on their promises. They know the legislature isn’t going to give them more taxpayer money without more control. Our SEIU staff union is now in the midst of negotiating a new contract with Oregon’s public universities, and they’ve responding to the shitty pay offer from the university with this white paper, which includes an analysis of university funding, and arguments like this:

Universities are not facing a bad economy, poor funding or—as some politicians have said—problems paying PERS debt. Rather, they have misplaced their priorities, choosing to focus on administrative bloat, athletics and capital construction projects over good jobs and affordable education. Oregon certainly isn’t the only state in which this is happening, but we do have an opportunity to do things differently.

… Four non-faculty employees of Oregon’s public universities — all coaches— have a base salary of $1 million or more. There are 70 people who are paid $400,000 or more per year, and 411 who make more than $200,000. About one-third of the coaches and administrators working for Oregon’s universities get paid more than $100,000 a year— more than Oregon’s governor is paid ($98,600 a year). University of Oregon had the highest salaries, with 64% of coaches and 42% of administrators paid over $100,000 a year. More than half of the classified workers at universities are paid less than $40,000 per year.

Universities used to be part of the Oregon University System, a state agency overseen by the State Board of Higher Education. In 2013 the Legislature passed Senate Bill 270, which scrapped the Board and allowed universities
to set up their own institutional governing boards instead. This arrangement came with less statewide scrutiny of governance decisions, and more authority for universities to borrow money for capital projects.

From what I’ve heard the legislature is likely to be very sympathetic to SEIU’s argument that the independent boards need to be reigned it.

Board of Trustees to perform due diligence theatre, Portland Th & Fr

UO Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms has buried the agendas in pdf’s, to make it hard to see what our board is up to. I’ve reformatted them as html below.  Among the items that our board will not be discussing in public:

  1. UO’s current budget crisis and administrative bloat
  2. UO’s future budget crisis and demographic cliff
  3. Upcoming search to replace Pres Mike Schill
  4. Legislative distrust of UO and resulting lack of state funding
  5. IAAF 2021 subsidies
  6. Upcoming Duck athletic scandals
  7. Ducks by 6 points, watch party Saturday in Schill’s $350K Autzen skybox
  8. Cost of football concussion insurance

All meetings in the UO-Portland Naito Building, Room 136, first floor to the left.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee — September 5, 2019. 10:00 a.m.

Provost’s Quarterly Report

1. Student Success Initiatives Semi-Annual Report: Kevin Marbury, Vice President for Student Life; Sarah Nutter, Dean of the Lundquist College of Business; Julia Pomerenk, Assistant Vice President and Registrar; and Doneka Scott, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success.

2. Accreditation Update – Learning Outcomes: Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence; Chuck Triplett, Associate Vice President for Academic Infrastructure

3. University Leadership and Faculty Development Initiatives: Sierra Dawson, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Anticipated Recess for Lunch

4. Research Enterprise Annual Report: David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation

5. Academic Area in Focus – Urbanism Next: Nico Larco, professor of Architecture, and Becky Steckler, program manager


Executive and Audit Committee — September 5, 2019. 3:00 p.m.

1. FY19 Year End Audit Report and Quarterly Report: Amy Smith, Interim Chief Auditor

2. Chief Auditor Search Plan and Update: Greg Stripp, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President


Finance and Facilities Committee — September 6, 2019. 8:30 a.m.

1. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

2. FY20 Budget and Expenditure Authority Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

3. Naming of the Black Cultural Center (Action): Kevin Marbury, Vice President for Student Life

4. Housing Transformation Capital Project – Authorization for Project Expenditures (Action): Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management; Michael Griffel, Assistant Vice President and Director of University Housing

5. Oregon Acoustics Research Laboratory Capital Project – Authorization for Project Expenditures (Action): Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Professor of Architecture

6. Annual Retirement Plan Report: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO


Meeting of the Board — September 6, 2019 10:30 AM

– Public comment

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

2. President’s Report

3. Resolutions from Committee (pending September 6 committee action)
-Seconded Motion from FFC: Black Cultural Center Naming
-Seconded Motion from FFC: University Housing Project
-Seconded Motion from FFC: Oregon Acoustics Research Laboratory
-Seconded Motion from FFC: FY20 Expenditure Authorizations

4. Knight Campus Semi-Annual Report: Bob Guldberg, Vice President and Executive Director of the Knight Campus

5. Executive Session Regarding Collective Bargaining: Missy Matella, Senior Director of Employee and Labor Relations; Peter Fehrs, Associate Director of Employee and Labor Relations. The Board of Trustees will meet in executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) for purposes of conducting deliberations regarding labor negotiations. This session is closed to members of the public
and the media.


UO’s 100 most excellent faculty, ranked in a convenient spreadsheet

The Board of Trustees is meeting this week, and Chairman Chuck Lillis is obsessed with the idea that UO’s faculty are overpaid deadwood. So I’ve prepared this helpful Spreadsheet of Excellence. As a bonus I added another 20 excellent faculty at the bottom to get it to 120, to offset the fact that some of our most cited researchers are post-docs, retired, have left UO but haven’t updated their profile, or are just plain dead – which, according to this new economics paper can be good for their field, at least in the life sciences.

Of course this list only includes those who’ve added their profile to google scholar, which is easy. As of 9/3/2019, here.

If you’re interested in what’s wrong with these numbers and their inevitable misuse by UO administrators check out the posts and discussion in the metrics tag below. This post on the new Faculty Tracking Software – not a joke, but an actual initiative from UO Vice Provost Ellen Herman that will go out for bids soon – is a good place to start.

Or just indulge yourself in a little gratuitous ranking voyeurism:


Number: Name, rank, citations number
1 Paul Slovic
Decision Research and University of Oregon
Cited by 229411
2 Eric Torrence
University of Oregon
Cited by 206954
High Energy Physics Particle Physics Physics
3 David M Strom
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Cited by 181282
Particle Physics High Energy Physics
Prof Emeritus of psychology University of Oregon
Cited by 139751
5 Mark Johnson
Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon
Cited by 106280
cognitive science philosophy of language moral theory aesthetics American Philosophy
6 Raymond Frey
Department of Physics, University of Oregon
Cited by 103521
astrophysics high-energy physics
7 Jacob Searcy
University of Oregon
Cited by 101308
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Cited by 57854
atomic physics
Professor, University of Oregon; Professor Emeritus, Yale University
Cited by 42664
10 John R Seeley
University of Oregon
Cited by 39491
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Substance Abuse Suicide Prevention Mental Health Promotion
Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 32410
Developmental biology molecular genetics genomics evolution of development
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Oregon
Cited by 30843
13 Davison Soper
University of Oregon
Cited by 26527
14 Alan D. Meyer
Professor of Management, University of Oregon
Cited by 24930
Organization design change innovation technology
Professor of Geography, University of Oregon
Cited by 24194
geography physical geography climatology paleoclimatology paleoecology
16 Ellen Peters
University of Oregon
Cited by 23870
decision making risk perception affect/emotion numeracy communication
17 Andrew Kern
Evergreen Associate Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 23703
Population Genetics Evolutionary biology Genetics Genomics Computational Biology
Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon
Cited by 23462
Political Economy Environmental Sociology Marxism
University of Oregon
Cited by 23258
University of Oregon
Cited by 22339
Physics General relativity interferometer calibration
21 Helen Neville
Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Oregon
Cited by 21807
22 cq doe
Univ Oregon
Cited by 21322
23 Joan Acker
Sociology, University of Oregon
Cited by 21169
sociology gender work organizations feminism
24 Don M. Tucker
University of Oregon
Cited by 20975
emotion psychopathology cognitive neuroscience EEG
25 Eric Selker
Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 20883
epigenetics DNA methylation chromatin RIP heterochromatin
University of Oregon
Cited by 20860
27 Nicholas Allen
Ann Swindells Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 20045
Developmental Psychopathology Adolescence Brain Development Prevention Science Sleep
28 Linda Price
Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon
Cited by 19978
Marketing consumer identity family research consumer behavior
29 Jon Erlandson
Professor of Anthropology, Executive Director of the Museum of Natural & Cultural Historty …
Archaeology Anthropology Historical Ecology Human Migrations Seafaring and Maritime Adaptations
University of Oregon
Cited by 18343
Statistical physics Ecology Proteins Neuroscience River networks
Professor Emerita at the University of Oregon
Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 18087
Interpersonal perception Emotions Personality Development
33 Lynn Kahle
Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon
Cited by 17981
marketing sports values psychology attitudes
University of Oregon
Cited by 17575
geosciences paleontology paleopedology paleobotany paleoclimatology
Vice President and Robert and Leona DeArmond Executive Director, Knight Campus …
Cited by 17311
Musculoskeletal regenerative medicine tissue engineering and biomechanics
Assoc. Prof. Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 17178
37 Hill M. Walker
Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon
Cited by 17174
behavior disorders school safety bullying early intervention social skills
Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 16654
University of Oregon
Cited by 14372
ecology evolution fisheries marine science
40 Jennifer Freyd
University of Oregon
Cited by 14271
Psychology of Trauma Psychology of Gender
41 William Cresko
University of Oregon
Cited by 13230
Evolution Genomics Quantitative Biology
Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 12882
Nanoscience molecular recognition surface chemistry green chemistry
Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Oregon Center for Optics, University of …
Cited by 12472
Quantum optics Nonlinear optics Quantum information
Oregon Retina, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Oregon, Mayo Clinic …
Cited by 12116
Ophthalmology Retinal diseases and surgery Macular and diabetic eye diseases Uveitis Ocular oncology
45 ulrich mayr
University of Oregon
Cited by 11835
cognitive control cognitive aging decision making
46 Phil Fisher
University of Oregon
Cited by 11746
stress neurobiology prevention science foster care adversity
University of Oregon
Cited by 11692
Microbial Ecology Biodiversity Science Architecture
Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 11528
cell division cell polarity cytoskeleton
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 11093
50 Dare Baldwin
University of Oregon
Cited by 10889
event processing social cognition development
Richard M. & Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 10827
Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon
Cited by 10822
Sponsorship Advertising Communications Marketing Health
53 Bruce Blonigen
University of Oregon
Cited by 10761
Professor of Human Physiology, University of Oregon
Cited by 10758
Cardiovascular Physiology Thermoregulation Sex Steroids
55 Nash Unsworth
University of Oregon
Cited by 9701
working memory memory attention individual differences
University of Oregon
Cited by 9652
57 Gerard Saucier
Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 9628
Personality Cultural Psychology Moral Psychology Political Psychology Psychology of Religion
University of Oregon
Cited by 9413
59 Richard York
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
Cited by 9335
environmental sociology ecological economics human ecology animal studies sociology of science
60 Craig M. Young
Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 9304
subtidal and deep-sea ecology larval development invertebrate zoology
University of Oregon
Cited by 9283
Observational Cosmology Climate Change Energy Policy and Sustainability Data Science Complexity
62 Alice Barkan
University of Oregon
Cited by 9158
63 Graham Kribs
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Cited by 8948
Professor of Biology, Institute for Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon
Cited by 8856
Evolution Evolutionary Genetics Quantitative Genetics Genomics Behavior
65 Scott Bridgham
Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
ecosystem ecology wetlands climate change
66 alan l shanks
university of oregon
Cited by 8746
marine biology
67 Dennis Howard
Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon
economics of sport finance
Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon
Criminology Demography Quantitative Methods Sociology
Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 8529
Materials Science Solid State Chemistry Electrochemistry
Department of Human Physiology, University of Oregon
Cited by 8426
Post-exercise hypotension Recovery from exercise
Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management, University of Oregon
Cited by 8339
72 Reza Rejaie
Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon
Cited by 8290
Network Measurement Online Social Networks P2P Streaming P2P Networks Congestion Control
73 John Conery
Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 8094
bioinformatics computational science high performance computing
74 Paul J. Wallace
University of Oregon
Cited by 7991
petrology geochemistry volcanology geology
RF Mikesell Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, University of Oregon
Cited by 7900
Environmental Economics Environmental Health Benefits Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Valuation of Ecosystem Benefit
76 Jean Stockard
University of Oregon
Cited by 7889
77 Leslie Leve
University of Oregon
Cited by 7795
adoption foster care delinquency prevention science interventions
78 Stephen Fickas
Professor of Computer and Information Science University of Oregon
Cited by 7772
software engineering requirements engineering
Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon
Cited by 7760
International relations International environmental politics
University of Oregon
Cited by 7573
University of Oregon
Cited by 7276
parallel computing performance analysis
82 Ilya Bindeman
Professor of Geology, U of Oregon
Cited by 7055
Isotope geochemistry volcanology
Professor, University of Oregon
Cited by 7004
developmental social neuroscience adolescence self-evaluation emotion translational neuroscience
84 Marjorie Taylor
University of Oregon
Cited by 6906
85 Li-Shan Chou
University of Oregon
Cited by 6577
Human movement analysis balance control traumatic brain injury
86 Kim Sheehan
University of Oregon
Cited by 6432
Commmunication New Media Ethics Advertising
87 Hailin Wang
Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Cited by 6422
Optical Physics Semiconductor Physics Quantum Information and Quantum …
Professor of Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 6391
microbiota zebrafish symbiosis intestinal development Helicobacter
89 David Krinsley
Courtesy Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
Cited by 6300
Nanotechnology in Geology Rock varnish Rock varnish on Mars
Professor of Economics, University of Oregon
Cited by 6249
econ sophisticated brain imaging bodily fluids & the odd survey
91 CJ Pascoe
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon
Cited by 6211
sociology gender youth sexuality inequality
92 Ray Weldon
Professor of Geology, University of Oregon
Cited by 6168
neotectonics paleoseismology seismic hazards structural geology
93 Yuan Xu
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oregon
Cited by 6161
Approximation theory Orthogonal polynomials Harmonic analysis Special functions Numerical analysis
94 Laura Pulido
University of Oregon
Cited by 6129
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 5994
Materials Modeling Boundary Pushing Coffee
96 Jane Squires
Early Intervention/Special Education, University of Oregon
Cited by 5827
developmental screening social emotional competence and testing
97 SJ van Enk
University of Oregon
Cited by 5774
Quantum Information Theory Quantum Optics
98 Josh Roering
Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
Cited by 5757
Geomorphology Surface Processes Landscape Evolution Landslides
99 Dietrich Belitz
University of Oregon
Cited by 5612
Strongly Correlated Electrons Quantum Phase Transitions
100 Scott DeLancey
University of Oregon
Cited by 5530
linguistic typology Sino-Tibetan Tibeto-Burman Penutian grammaticalization
Head of Physics Department, University of Oregon
Cited by 5505
Nanoelectronics Fractals Retinal Implants Solar Energy
102 Seth C. Lewis
Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, University of Oregon
Cited by 5392
Journalism Emerging Media Media Sociology Journalism Studies Digital Technologies
103 Michael Pluth
Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Cited by 5389
Organic Chemistry Chemical Biology Bioinorganic Chemistry
104 Daniel G. Gavin
Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Cited by 5292
paleoecology climate change biogeography forest ecology refugia
University of Oregon
Cited by 5251
biology cell biology developmental biology invertebrate biology
106 Holly Arrow
Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 5236
Group Dynamics Psychology of War Complexity Theory
Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon
Cited by 5047
prevention science intervention family parenting
University of Oregon
Cited by 5027
Earth sciences marine geophysics mid-ocean ridges hotspots subduction zones
109 Jeremy Piger
Professor of Economics, University of Oregon
Cited by 4819
Macroeconomics Time-Series Econometrics Bayesian Econometrics
110 Ken Prehoda
Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 4782
Cell biology stem cells protein structure and function
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon
Cited by 4688
Bioinorganic chemistry nucleic acids RNA spectroscopy
University of Oregon
Cited by 4616
Teacher-Student Relationships Transition Among Students with Disabilities
The University of Oregon, Department of Physics
Cited by 4569
Biophysics Microscopy Microbiology Membranes Gut microbiota
114 Lynn Stephen
University of Oregon
Cited by 4539
Indigenous Communities in the Americas Race Gender Social Movements Transborder migration
University of Oregon
Cited by 4534
116 Kent McIntosh
Verified email at
Cited by 4475
117 Kryn Stankunas
Associate Professor of Biology, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon
Cited by 4440
Director, Performance Research Laboratory, University of Oregon and President, ParaTools …
Cited by 4424
Performance Evaluation Tools Instrumentation Measurement Runtime Systems
120 Hans C. Dreyer
University of Oregon
Cited by 4380

Admin delivers leftover gender equity lump tomorrow: 3.8% then 0.68% ATB

8/29/2019 update: As explained below the most recent faculty union salary deal included Jan 1 2019 raises of 2% ATB for NTTF and 1.25% ATB for TTF, with the other 0.75% for TTF held back until UO’s slow and overpaid consultants could figure out how much gender inequity there was in the TTF ranks. They didn’t find much, so TTF now get the leftovers as ATB raises of about 0.68%. (The 12 faculty identified as underpaid on the basis of gender have apparently all been notified of their separately calculated catch-up raises, so if you have not heard you are probably not getting one of those.) The retroactive portion of the leftover raise, 5.5 months plus interest at a hopping 1.17%, is being paid out tomorrow.

Bottom line: TTF should see a one-time payment tomorrow of about 0.68%*5.5 months or 3.8% of your normal monthly pay, followed in fall by a permanent 0.68% increase.  If you log onto Duckweb you should be able to see your earnings report now. One reader reports that the withholding is unusually high, for reasons not even an economist can understand. So the average TTF will get about $150 net this month. Or, in real purchasing power:

The external equity raises for TTF will be calculated soon, and will be paid starting Jan 1 2020. I’m no faculty union treasurer, but this time there will be no consultants and no delays.

8/22/2019: Provost Phillips emails TTF about long delayed gender equity raises

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Top Admins’ raises blow past cost of living – but not for SEIU staff or GTFF

Thanks to an anonymous correspondent for compiling these from official data sources:


Western States Consumer Price Index: 3.1%


State Funding (PUSF): +16.3%

UO Student Tuition: +7.1%

GTFF Graduate Employees

Average Salary: $16,000 (based on 9-month .49FTE)

Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment: 1.85% (~$296/yr)

Union ask: 4% (~$640/yr)

SEIU Classified Staff

Average Salary: $40,000 (12-month 1.0FTE)

Mgt Proposed Cost of Living Adjustment ~0.75% (~$300/yr)

Union ask: 3.5% (~$1400/yr)

Notable Administrator Raises (2018-19)

Jay Namyet (UO Foundation): +10% (+$43,000/yr)

Paul Weinhold (UO Foundation): +8% (+$36,000/yr)

Aaron Feld (Athletics Str&Cond Coord): +46% (+$110,000/yr)

Alejandro Mirabal (Ass’t Fb Coach) +15% (+$50,000/yr)

Jessica Minton (VP Info Svcs): +15.2% (+$77,000/yr)

Michael Schill (UO President): +9% (+$60,000/yr)

Gregory Stripp (Advisor to Pres): +21% (+$51,000/yr)

Angela Wilhelms (Advisor to Pres): +22% (+$25,000/yr)

Brad Shelton (VP Budget): +5% (+$13,000/yr)

Kyle Henley (University Comms): +3.9% (+$10,000/yr)

Kevin Reed (Gen Council): +3% (+$9,000/yr)

How much are the universities offering SEIU?

Not close to what the UO Foundation’s been giving CEO Paul Weinhold, but if this is accurate more than I’d thought. [Update: It’s not accurate. Read the comments.] Jordyn Brown in the RG here:

The universities’ bargaining unit is proposing a cost of living increase of 2.5% over two years, along with regular pay steps for the first year and delayed step increases for six months after salary eligibility. They are not offering new steps for longtime employees who have topped out on pay.

This represents a 12% increase in wages over two years, said Di Saunders, spokesperson for Oregon’s public universities. The increases proposed by the union add up to about an 18% increase.

Administration throws GTFF diversity and benefits bones, decreases pay cut by epsilon

This is just weird. All along the administration has been saying that their primary goal was to increase GTFF pay so we looked better in the metrics and could attract better grad students – I guess meaning ones who care about pay and not benefits. So what to make of this latest offer, which promises them more benefits, but keeps the real pay cuts?

Back of the envelope, a 1% GTFF pay increase costs UO about $220K a year. UO’s latest proposal increases their pay offer by 0.4% total, spread out over 3 years. Do the math. This is way less than what JH pays a junior assistant strategic communicator.

I’m sure Pres Schill and Provost Phillips would like to get this wrapped up in time for the Board of Trustees to sign off at their meeting Sept 5-6, but this approach doesn’t seem likely to produce that result:

Dear Faculty Colleagues,
Just a note to share with you the latest economic offers exchanged at the most recent mediation session with the GTFF bargaining team. I’m forwarding a copy of an email update from the ELR bargaining team that was sent today to academic leadership. I wanted to make sure all faculty members have the most current information. An overview of the package is available on the GTFF bargaining webpage. If you have questions, contact Peter Fehrs, lead negotiator, by submitting an email to
Thanks and best wishes.
**Sent on Behalf of Missy Matella**
Dear Colleagues,
The university mediated with the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation (GTFF) on August 21. While the two sides did not reach agreement, both parties are working hard to try to address basic needs for graduate employees. Below are the latest university offers related to diversity, inclusion, summer support, and supporting students with families:
  • Family and childcare support
    The university is proposing to invest resources to support graduate employees with family and childcare needs in the following way:

    • increase the assistance fund for childcare from $575 to $700
    • increase access to the assistance fund for childcare by extending age limit of the child from 18 months to five years and allowing one use per year instead of per child
    • provide six weeks of paid family leave
    • continue funding a GE position to support graduate families
  • Workplace discrimination prevention
    The two sides have reached agreement on a proposal presented by the GTFF that promotes diversity and aligns with the university’s commitment to inclusion. In the new contract, UO will invest in a pilot project that creates a diversity graduate employee position to develop and maintain resources for underrepresented graduate students.
    We have committed to annual trainings with departments to discuss policies related to discrimination and other inclusive workplace behaviors.
  • Workplace accommodation
    The two sides are nearing agreement on contract language that addresses disability access and clearly defines the accommodations process.
  • Promoting summer hiring
    The university is proposing a new summer GE position article, which is a proposal designed to encourage hiring over the summer by allowing certain positions to be offered without a tuition waiver. Based on faculty feedback, we believe this would encourage GE hiring over the summer, a win for our faculty and our graduate students.
At the last mediation session, the GTFF presented an economic proposal that brings the two sides closer together on salary. However, the parties are still far apart on issues such as health insurance, and summer and international graduate employee support. The university responded with a proposal to increase salary and health insurance support. Here is a summary of the latest offers from both sides:
GTFF offer: Salary
4% increase to GE salary each year of the contract.The previous proposal was 5.75%.
UO offer: Salary
1.85% increase to all GE salaries each year of the contract.Previously, 1.65% in year one and two, and 1.75% in year three.

Other employee group salary increases

  • Service Employee International Union (SEIU) employees: 1%
  • Faculty: 1.25% across-the-board + .75% equity pool for TTF; 2% across the board for NTTF
  • Officers of Administration: 2% merit pool
GTFF offer: Health insurance
University pays 95% (previously 100%) of health care premiums for the academic year and the summer to the extent health care premiums increase between 0 and 9.9% (Currently, UO pays 95% for the academic year and 80% over the summer).The proposal also includes a tiered cost sharing model based on the size of premium increases.
UO offer: Health insurance
In a mediation proposal, which expires on September 13, UO offered a counter to the GTFF cost sharing model that increased funding for GE insurance in FY19-20 and incentivizes the GTFF insurance trust to implement reasonable cost containment measures over the term of the contract.
The University of Oregon provides GE’s insurance coverage worth nearly twice the average of public AAU institutions. However, the UO offers slightly less, on average, for graduate employee stipends. In settling on a new contract with the GTFF, we hope to pave a path to containing health insurance costs so that we can increase GE compensation as we look to attract and retain GEs now and in the future. A detailed comparison of the current salary, health insurance, and other offers is available on the HR website.
We will continue to bargain to reach a resolution that meets the needs of our entire university community and fulfills our responsibility to be a good steward of tuition dollars and public funds. The bargaining team remains focused on reaching an agreement that provides a competitive compensation package to attract and retain top talent and positions our graduate programs for long-term success.
Our next mediation session will be on September 16. Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Shortly, this update will be shared with department heads, and the provost will email this update to faculty members to keep them informed, as well.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please visit the GTFF bargaining webpage or contact Peter Fehrs, lead negotiator, by submitting an email to
Best regards,
Missy Matella
Senior Director, Employee and Labor Relations
University Human Resources


UO Foundation’s Weinhold and Namyet getting 9% real annual raises

Budget Crisis? Not at UO’s very charitable foundation:

$453K Paul Weinhold $469K Jay Namyet

Back in 2015 the UO Foundation was paying Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold $345K and CIO Jay Namyet $340K. Three years later Weinhold is making $453K, and Namyet $469K.\

By my math that’s a 35% increase, or about 9% a year after inflation, and not bad compared to what UO’s administration is offering the GTFF union, or what the SEIU staff are likely to get.

From the IRS:

The data for 18-19 are due Nov 15th, but the Foundation typically delays releasing them for another 6 months.

Executive Vice Provost? Anyone? Please?

One of the problems with President Schill’s top-down management style is that it’s hard to find enough yes-men and women to fill an org chart. In the past year we’ve lost Provost Banavar, CAS Dean Marcus, Dean of Libraries Lim, and Executive VP Pratt. (My apologies to any others I missed.)

Most of the faculty wanted Pratt for Provost – even at full price – and it seems there aren’t any volunteers to be his interim replacement as new Provost Phillips’ EVP. So Phillips is holding a quick internal search, in the hope a permanent position will find more takers. If there’s any UO Senate involvement in the process, Phillips doesn’t find it worth mentioning:

Dear University of Oregon faculty members,

I wanted to share with you that the search for the new Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs will now commence. My office will conduct an internal search for the position, which reports directly to me. This position is a critical part of the provost’s office and serves as the primary point person for academic and faculty affairs.

Consideration was given to an external search, but with a host of priorities on the table and the start of the academic year just around the corner, I thought it would be best to build a pool of candidates who already have knowledge of the University of Oregon.

I am looking for someone who has a high level of significant scholarly achievements, a track record of distinguished leadership, and a commitment to advancing the UO’s academic portfolio. The successful candidate will be someone who is highly engaged and decisive; dedicated to improving the ways we support faculty, students, and staff; and understands the importance of transparency and communication.

My leadership team has assembled a search committee to select finalists and assess the relative strengths of those finalists following a robust campus interview process. I am pleased that Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Liska Chan has agreed to serve as chair. Liska’s past experience as a department head and associate dean will help this process move forward smoothly. Liska will be joined by a collection of faculty members and administrators representing a cross section of schools and colleges. I am confident they will help me find the right candidate for the job.

The deadline for applications will be 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. For more details and to see the position description, go to the provost’s website. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses how they see the job, their vision for the position, and any relevant information. All materials should be sent to by the deadline.

To help ensure broad feedback, finalists will engage in a variety of stakeholder interviews and an open meet and greet with faculty.

I am excited at the prospect of developing a highly qualified pool of candidates for this very important job, and I look forward to hearing from the search committee as its members begin their work. If you have any questions, wish to apply, or want to suggest someone as a candidate, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the committee via

Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President

Pres Schill to let Rob Mullens burn another $2.5M on baseball:

Budget crisis? Not for the Ducks and their special subsidies. In the RG here:

New coach Mark Wasikowski confirmed that the Ducks plan to install a new turf on the baseball field and bring the fences in about 20 feet, but it is uncertain if those changes will be done in time for next season. Kendall Rogers of was the first to report Tuesday night that Oregon will invest $2.5 million for alterations to the ballpark. …


Donors narc out Duck AD Rob Mullens to the Washington Post

WaPo columnist Sally Jenkins, here:

Appearances matter — to some people. But apparently not to those paunchy administrators who cheat captive young people to the tune of seven figures, known as collegiate athletic directors. If you think this assessment is too harsh, check out the Ritz-Carlton oceanside resort where the College Football Playoff selection committee stayed last week, at the expense of the kids who actually play the game.

The 13-member committee won’t be issuing any rankings until November, yet somehow they required a multiday conference at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, a California beachfront hotel where the cheapest rooms start at $681 a night. …

What Mullens and his colleagues could not have known was that they were being watched with mounting disgust by a couple of major collegiate donors vacationing at the same hotel. These two folks, a married couple who estimate they have sponsored 100 or so scholarships at their Big Ten alma mater, wrote me a description of what they saw because they were so “appalled” by it and believe the scene “captures what’s wrong with collegiate athletics.”

… I wrote to some of them to ask what was accomplished at the meeting that could not have been handed in a conference call or email chain? And how do they justify such expense, given that committee won’t issue its first playoff rankings until after Week 10 of the season? And how do they square a stay at the Ritz with the arguments made by some of these same administrators, such as Castiglione, whose annual compensation is over $1 million a year, that there simply isn’t enough money to pay athletes?

The first one I tried was Mullens, because he is chair of the committee. Mullens’s base salary at Oregon is $717,500, and then there are his performance and retention bonuses, which will pay him another $100,000 and $200,000 in 2019-2020.

He did not respond to an email.