Pres Schill and Kevin Reed continue work to weaken shared governance

Long story. Back in 2012 Interim UO President Bob Berdahl commissioned this memo from then General Counsel Randy Geller, on how he could disband the UO Senate and ensure its former committees were staffed with his lackeys. Snippets:

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This abolitionist effort failed. President Schill has adopted a more indirect, long term approach to weakening the Senate and shared governance.

Here’s the latest example. Last year, as Senate President I appointed a faculty member to the Campus Planning Committee who was skeptical of President Schill’s plans to develop the North Campus. The CPC has no real power, it just makes recommendations. You’d think there’d be no problem having a skeptic on it. Some might welcome one.

Not President Schill, whose response to this appointment was to unleash the full force of his office against it. He had his Liaison to the Senate Melanie Muenzer, devote hours of her time, staff time, summer law student intern time, and Senate Leadership time to argue that the President appointed the faculty members of the CPC, not the Senate. Now he’s got his General Counsel Kevin Reed to issue this 5 page memo, with a 20 page appendix, supporting his effort to control who makes recommendations to him and the campus about campus planning:

Full doc here.

Senate for Wed: Schill’s State of U + Neuroscience, Diverse Heritage

Liveblog: State of the University updates from Pres Schill:

4-year graduation rate is up from about 50% to about 60. Budget situation is not good because of PERS and our heavily unionized environment. [And the failures of our board He’s going to work with Senate on a new policy for hiring academic administrators. He believes in trust and transparency. UO needs new degrees to keep up with our peers.

Senate Meeting Agenda – November 13, 2019

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Elizabeth Skowron
  • Remarks; Senate Vice President Elliot Berkman

3:10 P.M.  Approval of the Minutes

3:15 P.M.   State of the University

  • President Schill
  • Tim Gardner, Knight Campus

3:30 P.M.   New Business

  • Election: Tenured faculty senator to serve on Senate Budget Committee: Nomination (Gina Biancarosa, COE)
  • Vote: US19/20-06: Motion re: UOCC rep to Graduate Council-voting status; Frances White (Anthropology)
  • Vote: US19/20-05: New Program Proposal: Bachelor’s in Neuroscience; Nicole Dudukovic (Psychology), Phil Washbourne (Biology), Hal Sadofsky (Divisional Dean Natural Sciences)
  • Update: Data Science undergraduate program proposal; Joe Sventek (Computer & Information Science) Bill Cresko (Dir Data Science Initiatives)

4:30 P.M.    Open Discussion

  • Committee on Recognizing our Diverse History: Updates (10’) and discussion (20’, time permitting)

4:50 P.M.   Reports
4:51 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:55 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

UO Senate to meet 3-5PM Wed at Ford Alumni Center

UO Senate Onboarding-Orientation Retreat October 2, 2019 3:00 to 5:00 PM Ford Alumni Center

Goals:

  • Welcome new and returning UO Senators.
  • Discuss leadership in shared governance and the roles and function of university senate service.
  • Gain familiarity with the UO Senate Constitution, By-Laws, and Robert’s Rules of Order—preparing for effective meetings, governance, communication, etc.
  • Identify key topics for discussion at future Senate meetings based on identified short and long-term goals.
  • Meet UO Administrators – Shop Talk and Q&A

Schedule:

2:45 p.m. Check-In, Light Refreshments, & Mingling

Tea, coffee, other

3:00 p.m. Welcome & Overview

Elizabeth Skowron, Senate President

3:05 p.m. Leadership in Shared Governance/Discussion

Presenter/Facilitator:

Sierra Dawson, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

3:30 pm UO Senate Nuts & Bolts (Constitution, By-Laws, & Roberts Rules)

Presenters/Facilitators:

Elizabeth Skowron, Senate President

Elliot Berkman, Senate Vice President

Melanie Muenzer, Associate Vice President & Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives

4:10 p.m. Who’s Who in UO Administration?

Doneka Scott, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Success

Janet Woodruff-Borden, Dean & Vice Provost, Graduate School

Kevin Reed, Vice President & General Counsel

Jaime Moffitt, Vice President for Finance & Administration/Chief Financial Officer

4:45 p.m. Remarks & Q&A

Patrick Phillips, Provost

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Senate to hold last meeting of year, today June 5th

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Bill Harbaugh
  • Remarks: President Schill

3:29 PM   Approval of Minutes

3:30 PM     Business / Reports:

  • Vote on Other Curricular Matters included in the Curriculum Report: A change to the last date for students to add courses. Full Text: “The last day to add a course is to be moved from the Sunday preceding the second week at 11:59 p.m. to the Monday of the second week at 11:59 p.m.” Frances White.
  • Vote: US18/19-21: Approval of Curriculum Report, Spring 2019; Frances White
  • Vote on new Senate VP / President Elect. Elizabeth Skowron (Psychology, Senate Vice President) [Statement from candidate Elliot Berkman (Psych) here.]
  • Pass the gavel
  • UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency and Trust: To Karen Ford (College of Arts & Sciences and English), Jessica Price (General Counsel’s Office), Brent Walth (Journalism)
  • UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration: To Annie Herz (Human Resources)
  • UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: To Terry McQuilkin (UO Libraries)
  • UO Senate Wayne T. Westling Award: To Karen Ford (College of Arts & Sciences and English), Leslie Opp-Beckman (American English Institute)
  • Another recognition

4:50 PM   Open Discussion
4:52 PM   Other Reports
4:54 PM   Notice(s) of Motion
4:56 PM   Other Business
5:00 PM   Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!

Elliot Berkman (psych) elected Senate VP/President Elect

6/7/2019 update: 

Elizabeth Skowron (Psychology) is Senate President for the 19-20 AY. Elliot Berkman will be VP, and then Senate President for 20-21.

6/3/2019: Elliot Berkman (psych) only Senate VP candidate for Wed. election

I won’t be running again, and so far this is the only candidate statement posted on the Senate webpage here:

Berkman Candidate Statement
May 29, 2019 Continue reading

Senate to meet today

DRAFT

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms) 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

All times are estimates.

3:00 P.M.   Call to order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Bill Harbaugh

3:10 PM   Approval of Minutes

3:11 PM     Business / Reports:

  • Update: Knight Campus and Bioengineering program; Patrick Phillips (Biology, Advisor to the President)
  • Report: Data Science Initiative; Bill Cresko (Biology, Office of the Provost)
  • Discuss: US18/19-18: Enhancing Engagement in Academic Governance; Elizabeth Skowron (Psychology, Senate VP)
  • Discuss: US18/19-20: Policy on Hiring and Promotion of Academic Administrators; Bill Harbaugh (Economics, Senate President)
  • Discuss: US18/19-19: Core Ed Distribution Requirements; Chris Sinclair (Mathematics)
  • Senate VP Elections: solicitation of self-nominees, election process, compensation; Bill Harbaugh (Economics, Senate President)
  • Report on Research Metrics and Faculty Tracking Software; Scott Pratt (Executive Vice Provost) and Ellen Herman (History, Office of the Provost)
  • Legislative Update; Melanie Muenzer (Assoc VP Vice Provost of Academic Initiatives)

4:35 PM   Open Discussion
4:36 PM   Other Reports
4:37 PM   Notice(s) of Motion
4:40 PM   Other Business

  • Executive Session: Honorary Degrees

5:00 PM   Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!

Senate to meet Wed 4/24 to discuss and vote on academic matters

DRAFT.

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

All times are estimates.

3:00 P.M.   Call to order

  • University update; Provost Banavar
  • Introductory Remarks; Senate Pres Harbaugh
  • Senate committee review report; Senate VP Skowron

3:30 PM   Approval of Minutes

3:31 PM     Business/ Reports:

4:50 PM   Open Discussion
4:51 PM   Other Reports

  • Legislative update; Robert Garral (OtP)

4:58 PM   Notice(s) of Motion

  • Core Ed Distribution Requirements; Senator Chris Sinclair

4:59 PM   Other Business
5:00 PM   Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!

UO Senate votes to end numerical teaching evals. Vote on ACP delayed. Info on contacting state legislators on budget crisis.

4/10/2019: Results from today’s Senate meeting:

After a presentation by Sierra Dawson (OtP), Lee Rumbarger (TEP), and a discussion with participation ranging from student senators on down to several unit heads responsible for instructor evaluation, and responses from the CIET committee members, and an amendment to require that the CIET report back on potential biases (w.r.s.t to women and minority instructors) after the  new Student Experience Survey is in place, the Senate voted unanimously for the legislation below. It will end UO’s collection of numerical student evaluations starting in Fall, and in any case no later than next spring. So many people have worked so hard on this for so long. Thanks.

In regard to the Academic Continuity Plan / Emergency Grades legislation, the vote was postponed for at least two weeks, in light of late breaking news that raised the possibility that the President might be legally entitled to overrule an Academic Council decision on emergency grades. Given this, President Schill suggested, and the Senate Pres (me) agreed that it would be best to give the GCO time to form an informed opinion on this, and then time for the Senate and its constituencies time to digest that opinion before a vote. Perhaps the policy will be amended, perhaps that will not be necessary. I hope that this will be accomplished in time for a vote a the 4/24 meeting.

The Senate then adjourned, and VP Skowron and Melanie Muenzer (OtP) explained to the senators how they could contact key state legislators regarding key legislation that will affect UO’s budget, and tuition. Needs to be done by tomorrow.

See here for more info. A snippet:

Senate meets 4/10/2019, 3-5PM, EMU Crater Lake

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to order

  • Remarks: President Schill
  • Introductory Remarks. To include budget crisis, our regional accreditor’s proposed changes to standards, University nominations survey, Dean’s nights at Faculty Club; Senate Pres Bill Harbaugh

3:30 PM   Approval of Minutes

3:30 PM     Business/ Reports:

4:50 PM   Open Discussion
4:51 PM   Reports

  • Legislative update, Melanie Muenzer (OtP)

4:58 PM   Notice(s) of Motion

4:59 PM   Other Business
5:00 PM   Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!

Senate meets today, 3-5PM on teaching evals, leg agenda, dual careers

DRAFT

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.    Call to order

3:05 PM Introductory Remarks; Senate President Bill Harbaugh

3:20 PM    Presentation on Teaching Evaluation reform; Ginger Clark, USC Associate Professor of Clinical Education and former Academic Senate President

3:50 PM      Business/ Reports:

  • Teaching Evaluation Warning Language; Bill Harbaugh (See below for draft language. Discussion, possible vote)
  • Vote: US18/19-03: Approval of Curriculum Report, Fall term 2018; Frances White (Vote)
  • Policy for faculty membership on committees, task forces and advisory groups; Bill Harbaugh (Presentation and discussion)

4:20 PM    UO’s legislative agenda; Libby Batlan & Hans Bernard, UO State and Community Affairs (Presentation and discussion)

4:40 PM.    UO’s new approach to Dual Career Support; Rhonda Smith & Melanie Muenzer, Provost’s Office (Presentation and discussion)

4:56 PM    Open Discussion
4:57 PM    Reports
4:58 PM    Notice(s) of Motion
4:59 PM    Other Business
5:00 PM    Adjourn

Draft: For discussion for Senate adoption per https://senate.uoregon.edu/entry/?Motions=US17/18-19. Also see https://provost.uoregon.edu/revising-uos-teaching-evaluations for background.

Warning: Bias in Student Course Evaluations

Research has shown that student evaluations, particularly numerical ratings, are marred by bias against women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other groups, and are generally unrelated to teaching effectiveness. Despite these problems, numerical ratings using our current instrument may still be collected, and past numerical ratings may still be used in teaching evaluation. The UO Senate, in cooperation with the Office of the Provost, is revising UO’s teaching evaluation instruments and practices in response to this research. During this transition, numerical student evaluations of teaching should not be used as a standalone measure of teaching quality for any university purpose. Instead, teaching should be evaluated primarily using instructor self-reflection, peer reviews, and substantive written student comments, in alignment with the academic unit’s definition of teaching excellence as that is developed.

 

(Note: See Uttl et al. (2017), Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related, Studies in Education Evaluation, at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191491X16300323)

 

Senate votes unanimously for Elizabeth Skowron as VP/President elect

6/5/218:

Senate meets today in REDWOOD room for curriculum vote, awards

DRAFT

Location: EMU 214 (Redwood Auditorium)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate Vice President Bill Harbaugh
  • Update from Johnson Hall

3:30 P.M. Approval of Minutes, May 23, 2018

3:35 P.M.   Business

  • Spring 2018 Preliminary Curriculum Report; Frances White (Anthropology), Chair of UO Committee on Courses
  • Vote: Vice President and President Elect for 2018-2019
  • UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust – Britt Johnson, AEI; Monique Balbuena, Clark Honors College; Kenny Jacoby, Palm Beach Post
  • UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration – Teri Rowe, Economics and Sociology
  • UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award – Jimmy Murray, Price Science Commons Library
  • UO Senate Wayne T. Westling Award – Frances White, Anthropology

4:50 P.M.   Open Discussion
4:50 P.M.   Reports
4:50 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:50 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

Senate Awards Reception:

  • Part 1 – Refreshments and Snacks in the Redwood Auditorium, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
  • Part 2 – Drinks and hor-d’oeuvres at the Faculty Club*, Senate Awardees and guests welcome. 5:50 on, with a toast at 5:45 P.M.
    • * Enter through the front door of the Jordan Schnitzer Musuem of Art

NOW: Senate to meet today at 3PM on IHP, teaching evaluations, diff tuition

Update: Teaching evaluation and improvement motion passes. Hannah Kanik has a report in the Emerald here.

Senate website here.

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake Rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

Introductory Remarks; Senate President Chris Sinclair [Today will be Chris’s last Senate meeting as President, as he’ll miss the June 6th meeting for a conference.]

Chris gives an excellent speech.

Institutional Hiring Plan; Jayanth Banavar

Not sure if diff tuition motion is needed. Admin is committed to consultation.

See https://provost.uoregon.edu/ay2018-19-institutional-hiring-plan for info on how many new slots went to law and the business school.

Jayanth thanks Chris for helping him get hired as Provost, and says many kind and true things about his excellent character, his excellent work for shared governance, and his excellent paper on “A Solvable Two Charge Ensemble on a circle.”

3:30 P.M. Approval of Minutes, May 9, 2018

3:35 P.M.   Business

Consent Calendar (Policies)

Vote: US17/18-19: Implementing A System For The Continuous Improvement And Evaluation Of Teaching, Bill Harbaugh, Sierra Dawson

Also see https://provost.uoregon.edu/revising-teaching-evaluations and a news report on the USC and UO plans at https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/05/22/most-institutions-say-they-value-teaching-how-they-assess-it-tells-different-story

After a discussion of the implications of anonymity and bias, the motion passed with many ayes and two nays.

Vote: US17/18-20: Process For The Determination Of Implementation Of Differential Tuition, ASUO President Amy Schenk

When a college implements differential tuition it means that, given the effective overall cap from the HECC, there’s less money for other colleges.

Passes unanimously.

4:30 P.M.   Open Discussion
4:30 P.M.   Reports
4:30 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:30 P.M.   Other Business
4:40 P.M. Executive Session

Awards

5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

Senate to meet Wed on learning, multicultural, teaching, diff tuition

SENATE MEETING AGENDA – MAY 9, 2018

DRAFT

Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake Rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Chris Sinclair
  • Update from Johnson Hall

3:20 P.M. Approval of Minutes, April 25, 2018

3:35 P.M.   Business

4:50 P.M.   Open Discussion
4:50 P.M.   Reports
4:55 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:55 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn