Senate update from President Kyr

To: University of Oregon Senate 

From: Robert Kyr, President 
RE: Looking Ahead
In four weeks, we will begin a new academic year that promises to be one of the most significant in the history of our university. I am writing to give you a brief overview of some of our activities and projects for the year, as well as an update on several other matters.
Since his arrival at the university on August 1, President Michael Gottfredson and I have discussed a wide range of issues, including most of those that I have summarized below. I am confident that our new President is the ideal leader for our university, one who strongly supports shared governance and our ongoing commitment to academic excellence, and who will work with the Senate in a consultative and collaborative way. As President of the Senate, I will meet with President Gottfredson at least once per week during the fall quarter and on a regular basis throughout the rest of the year.
SENATE EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR-Christopher Prosser, our Senate Executive Coordinator for 2011-2012, has resigned from his job in order to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Chris was an exceptional colleague and will be greatly missed by the Senate. The position announcement may be accessed through the following link: http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=4007.
I encourage you to share it with all viable candidates. Please note that a review of applications will begin no later than September 14 and the appointment will begin on October 15 or as soon as possible thereafter.
In the meantime, please direct all of your correspondence regarding Senate matters to me at both of the following email addresses: rkyr@uoregon.edu and uosenate@uoregon.edu.
TENTH YEAR REVIEW-This year, the Committee on Committees will conduct a Tenth Year Review of all University Standing Committees. After the Committee on Committees has completed its comprehensive review of the charge and membership of each committee, the Senate will discuss the final report and vote on the recommended revisions and changes. I anticipate that this review will bring about a much needed set of reforms in our system of university service.
FACULTY UNION-Throughout the summer, I have had meaningful and productive contact with the UA Organizing Committee, the UA Coordinating Committee, and the UA Governance Subcommittee. The union has been both consultative and collaborative on all matters related to the Senate, and has assured me that one of its goals is to strengthen both the Senate and shared governance at our institution. As a result of our discussions, the UA Coordinating Committee is in the process of forming a University Senate Liaison Committee that will meet with me and the Senate Executive Committee throughout the year. I know that we will continue to have a fruitful interaction and I will keep you informed about our discussions.
TWO NEW AD HOC COMMITTEES-In order to explore a wide variety of issues that are focused on academic matters, I am forming two ad hoc committees: the Committee on Academic Excellence and the Committee on Instructional Technology (IT). The former will concentrate on proposing substantive ways in which academic excellence can be furthered at the University of Oregon, especially in regard to improving our standing in the Association of American Universities (AAU). The latter will explore the role of Instructional Technology at our university, and propose constructive ways in which we can become a regional and national leader in this important area.
OAR ON RANDOM DRUG TESTING OF STUDENT ATHLETES-Over the summer, changes were proposed for the OAR on random drug testing of student athletes (OAR 571-004-0038: “Institute random student-athlete drug testing and provide for safe-reporting program”). At first, a public hearing was scheduled during the summer months, but the Senate (in collaboration with the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee [IAC]) filed a request to postpone the meeting until after the beginning of the new academic year. Interim President Berdahl accepted our request and the new meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm in the Walnut Room of the EMU. (Please see the attached document, “OAR ON RANDOM DRUG TESTING.”) [UO Matters ed: Also see Randy Geller attacks Rob Kyr and Senate] I strongly urge you to attend and participate in this important public meeting, which will precede our consideration of the revised OAR at our October 10th Senate meeting.
POLICY AGENDA FOR 2012-2013-During the coming academic year, the Senate will consider three important policies-Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech Policy; Facilities Use Policy; and Legal Representation Policy–as well as several other policies that are currently in development. The three aforementioned policies can be accessed by going to the Senate webpage (http://senate.uoregon.edu/) and clicking on the policies that are listed under the blue headline near the top of the page (“Policies under consideration by the Senate”). At our first Senate meeting of the year (October 10), I will be giving an update about each of these policies and the process through which we will be considering them.
STUDENT VOTER DRIVE-The ASUO is organizing a student voter drive, through which it hopes to register at least 6,000 students in order to foster greater civic engagement regarding the candidates and issues on the November ballot. I am in conversation with ASUO Senator Lamar Wise regarding how the University Senate can best assist in this effort.
I hope that you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and I very much look forward to our work together during the coming academic year.
All the best, Rob
Robert Kyr 
Philip H. Knight Professor of Music 
President, University Senate

UO to hire new Coordinator for Senate President

The ad is here, it does not say who is on the search committee. Chris Prosser was doing a great job at 0.9 FTE and a very modest salary, he left to pursue a PhD. As a commenter notes, top salary for the job listed is $38,000. In comparison the UO President has many assistants, the lowest paid apparently gets $72,000.

In the comments someone raises the possibility of increasing the salary for this job and adding “licensed Oregon attorney” to the required qualifications. I think this is a great idea. The Senate and Assembly need legal representation to deal with the increasingly bizarre attacks and power grabs coming from the OUS/administration’s attorney, Randy Geller.

One unprofessional example, from an email Geller sent to the UO Senate President and IAC Chair on 7/30, a few days before Mike Gottfredson took over from Bob Berdahl:

… Your allegations about the University’s rulemaking processes are offensive and false , as are the comments made publicly by members of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. I ask that you apologize in writing to President Berdahl, Rob Mullens, and me. I also ask that you censure the members of the IAC who have published offensive and defamatory comments.

Randolph Geller  

General Counsel
University of Oregon

I have published posts questioning Randy Geller’s competence. But his own emails probably make the point better than I can. (This post updated 8/10/2012.)

Live notes from 5/23/2012 Senate meeting

are not going to happen, I’ve got a defense. Live video is here.

I did catch the part where Bob Berdahl announced that Jim Bean would return as provost on July 1, after a transition starting June 1. Back of the envelope the cost to UO of Bean’s strange sabbatical episode will work out to about $300,000, or about 10% of the entire annual cost of the Lariviere faculty raises. I’d make a public records request for his contract, to pin this down and see what sort of perks he’s getting this time – but I’m not sure I can afford Berdahl’s new fees. Hint.

Senate election results, if it matters

5/19/2012: Bob Berdahl’s threats to veto faculty votes on who will chair our committees are getting more strident. And the administration has been setting up its own committees on important issues like policing, without even consulting the senate. But FWIW the senate and committee election results are now posted here.

Update: A comment posted by Pres Berdahl:

Once again, Bill Harbaugh tries to stir dissent with misinformation. I have NEVER threatened to veto Senate committee chairs. All I have ever said is that we could not bring to the Senate Transparency Committee a discussion of public records fee policy so long as the chair of that committee, Bill Harbaugh, has a conflict of interest about fee policy. This is not threatening to veto committee chair selections.

This comment raises still more questions – Berdahl is going to ignore the charge of a senate committee, purely on his own judgement about what constitutes a conflict of interest? Right.

On the veto issue, here’s an email from him to the IAC a few days ago, emphasis added. Berdahl is correct about his veto threat point, in that this is not an explicit threat to veto the faculty’s vote on who should be IAC chair.

On Fri, 18 May 2012 17:25:21 +0000, Bob Berdahl wrote:
Nathan,

This will be my last word on this matter.  I am not going to waste
any more time on it.  You asked that I publicly acknowledge that the
athletic department is not self- supporting, based on the USA piece. I
did so.  Although the USA data included revenue that may be
challenged, as I pointed out, I accepted the 2.8% as the number to be
compared to other universities.  By that number,  which is the only
apples to apples number we have, UO’s subsidy is lower than 212 out of
227 universities.

Now you seem to be rejecting the USA report because you think the
number is higher.  And you cite the other subsidies the university
provides.  My response is simply that everywhere i have been, the
universities provide similar services.  The UO is not unique in this
no matter what you may think.  And many of those services — general
counsel, public records, public safety, senior management,
parking–are provided all auxiliaries.

You reject the notion that athletic scholarships paid to the
university are a source of revenue for the university. Tuition is not
counted by USA, so it is not a part of that calculation.  However,
because non-resident tuition  subsidizes the education of residents —
non-residents pay more than the actual cost of education, the
difference between the cost of educating students and what the
athletic department pays is revenue to the university.

None of these calculations, of course, count the intangible benefits
— the visibility via television exposure, the enthusiasm of alumni,
the benefit to the city and local businesses that come from the
athletic program.  These intangible benefits can’t be measured, but
they are real.

Thus, I conclude that the only analysis of the institutional support
for athletics, the one you asked me to respond to, shows the UO to
look very good  compared with other Division  1 schools.

I do not think that an uncritical booster should be chair of the IAC, but neither do I believe a relentless and unfair critic should chair it either.

Please share this email with the entire committee.

Bob Berdahl 

Earlier correspondence between Berdahl and the IAC is here. There’s been a lot more lately, I’ll post when I get a chance in a day or two. For now I’ll just point out that Berdahl’s comments on athlete tuition (which originate with Jim Bean) would make sense, except for the fact that we don’t have a shortage of non-athlete out-of-staters willing to come to UO and pay the tuition.

And most of those are better students than the out-of-state athletes that the AD recruits. Many of those players (though certainly not all!) have academic records that require special dispensation from the admissions office. And they then require the $2 million in special jock box tutoring, subsidized by tuition money from the regular students.

It quacks like a subsidy, and it is a subsidy. I hope our next president will recognize that fact, and then move on to helping us reduce it, instead of trying to subvert the work of the IAC.

May 9 2012 Senate meeting notes

Update: Archived video of the meeting is now available, here. It cuts off before the public records debate, meaning we have no public record of Hubin and Berdahl’s rationale for subverting UO’s public records process. Peter Keyes’s clear presentation about the union is there though, along with Berdahl’s rant.

5/10/2012: Sam Stites has the ODE version, here.

“All things being equal, you prefer to stay with the status quo,” Berdahl said. “I would not accept changes to any Senate committee during my interim presidency.” …

Toward the end of the meeting, Economics professor Bill Harbaugh took the floor to bring up issues over the new public records fee policy ending the $200 fee waiver.

This policy was changed without any notice to the Senate or the Senate Transparency Committee,” Harbaugh said. “I think the next step is for the Senate Transparency Committee to figure out why these changes were made in order to come back and give a recommendation to the Senate.”

Consistency is for the little people, I guess.

5/9/2012: Live, these are my comments, not quotes!

State of University, Pres Berdahl:

Shout-outs to award winning faculty and students. I’d mention their names, but that would be a FERPA violation. Search moving along, expects the candidate to be here in June, job filled by Sept. Challenges with union, but committed to moving forward as best we can to contract, being fair. His time has been focused on governance, getting independent institutional board that will act as advocate. Slips in obligatory Pernsteiner dig.

Stahl: Q about administrative problems. Berdahl: I just got an award from Berkeley for this! We need to be civil – I think he means polite and evasive, not civil.

Senate Pres election, Bonine: It’s gonna be Greek style. It’s Rob Kyr, only nominee for next year’s Pres. Good. Still haven’t found anyone for vice pres (meaning Pres for 2013/14).

Classified research. Stahl wants to pass classified research policy and make a separate policy on fee for service work (like materials testing). Gnarly. Stahl wins this one, I think.

Motion to add ASUO Pres to IAC:

Waddell: Simple enough, add one more student.

Berdahl: No pasaran!

Kyr: We have delayed *all* changes to accommodate our Interim Pres.

Harbaugh: For better or worse students care about athletics, pay a lot for it, give them a voice. Want at least one revenue player on the committee, they are pretty busy earning Mullens’s paycheck for him and can’t always make the meetings, need a backup.

Bonine: Also puzzled by how much time Berdahl’s spent on this, but will vote against it just to avoid further embarrassment to him. 

 Eckstein, Khalsa, others: Students want a voice, will participate. 

Motion voted down, 7 to 13.

Student Conduct Code; Shabd Khalsa, Student Conduct and Community Standards Committee (chair designee)

Changes that will give students sensible rights in grievance committee.

Eveland: These are OAR changes and will be difficult!

Bonine: Not well prepared, table it, senate votes to table.

Stahl: Motion to require administrators acknowledge our shared governance constitution. Unanimous.

Keyes on union:

United Academics plans and info. Newsletter now published here. Looking for people who want to get involved, even if they were opposed. Forming working groups, call for volunteers. Work through summer. Membership drive will start while Tublitz is out of the country.

Berdahl: This means no contract til fall? Surprised. Shocked even. You only work 9 months out of the year? (What a pompous …)

Keyes: Stays calm, wins. Need to do this democratically. Berdahl angry and petty. Is this on video?

Harbaugh on Berdahl’s public records changes:

Since he’s just an Interim President Berdahl says is not willing to add one more student to the IAC – leave that for the next guy. But he’s quite happy to make a unilateral policy change restricting public records access. More on this later.

Vitulli: Are TRP faculty statutory faculty? Berdahl: Seems reasonable. Kyr: Matters for voting for Senate.

What the hell happened?

5/9/2012: Here’s the agenda for today’s Senate meeting, 3PM in the Knight Library.

With Bob Berdahl we thought we were hiring a caretaker who’d lend a little gravitas to the search for Larivere’s replacement, keep Pernsteiner at bay, and maybe clean up a few of JH’s more obvious problems. I do not understand why, but instead he’s decided to spend a good portion of his short tenure as Interim President tearing down what little remains of UO’s shared governance system.

First, he will waste still more of the Senate’s time fighting the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee’s unanimous request to add the ASUO President as a member. Last Senate meeting he had Dave Hubin and Sonja Runberg waste 40 minutes arguing this should go to the Committee on Committees. It did, they voted for it, now he wants to argue some more. What is Berdahl’s problem with this simple change? It’s trivial compared to what they are doing at Berkeley. In March he implied he might dissolve the IAC

Then there’s the matter of transparency. Under Richard Lariviere, Dave Hubin cooperated with the Senate Transparency Committee to improve access to public records. The biggest improvement was the $200 fee waiver – ODE story here. The celebratory email sent out by the STC last September, with Hubin’s approval, is here. Under Bob Berdahl, Dave Hubin has drastically cut back the waiver, with no discussion at all with the STC. Sam Stites manages to get some good quotes for his latest ODE story, some of which are even true.

This will be an interesting Senate meeting, in the worst sense. I’ll try and live blog it. If anyone knows what’s really going on with Berdahl, the comments are open.

Pernsteiner to update Senate on confidential presidential search in public meeting

Today, Phil Knight Library, Room 101 3:00 ‐ 5:00 pm 

Some live notes: (My interpretation of what speakers mean, not their own words!)

Lorraine Davis talks about OIEB benchmarks, then announces she is leaving the Senate meeting, but wants to say something about emeritus policy first. Why doesn’t the provost even bother to stay for the Senate meeting? An in your face commentary on the weight JH puts on shared governance.

Wants to call emeritus parking “subsidized” rather than free. Will that logic extent to the athletic department budget? Announces she and Jamie will look more at parking issues – including subsidies for jock box and Matt Court garage? What do you think? Now she’s lecturing the faculty about sharing their parking permits with family – it’s a privilege, don’t abuse it, children. My god, have you no shame, madame?

She went on long enough that there’s time for only one question – about admin petition about the bargaining unit.

Her answer: admin is neutral about existence of a union, but objects to this specific bargaining unit.

3:25 Next up: Pernsteiner. He’s not twitching this time. They’ve accumulated a pool of candidates. If you are thinking about applying or nominating someone (Bean? Frohnmayer? Moseley?) now is the time.

3:35 Glen Waddell on change to Intercollegiate Athletics Committee charge. The background on this: Berdahl wants to weaken the IAC, and objects to the current charge because it gives the faculty and students too much power over athletics department. Berdahl’s emails are here. Current charge here. UO has told the NCAA that the IAC provides “student and faculty oversight“. Berdahl wants no oversight. Loss of institutional control? Now Sonja Runberg, an OA from Academic Affairs, moves to table motion and refer to C on C.   Hubin put her up to this. JH is very scared of any faculty student oversight of athletics. Hubin goes on to stall for a bit with irrelevancies – sort of rude wasting the Senate’s time – 20 minutes so far… BTW – where’s Berdahl? President doesn’t even need to show up for Senate meetings? Bonine: Watershed proposal, this is a power grab by our administrative overlords. Vote no on the motion to stall this by sending it to the C on C. Ben Eckstein: admin is stalling. Dev Sinha: thinks Berdahl will back down on a change in charge this small. Runberg calls for a roll call vote: Berdahl wants to know who’s on his side. Bonine calls Runberg out on this: is a division OK or do you need to have a list of names for your boss? Runberg folds on names, the administration’s efforts to stall on this simple change, having taken 50 minutes of Senate time, passes and now goes to committee to waste still more time. Another successful  administrative effort to sabotage faculty governance.

4:25: Policy on Emeriti. Sorry, I’m going to go light on this and check my facebook. Mooney: The admin has been stalling, please vote yes and get this done. And after a quick wording change, it is done!

4:35: ASUO update: Ben Eckstein: While election incidents are serious, ASUO government will survive and will stay autonomous. Frances Dyke had been overcharging ASUO on overhead (and using the money to subsidize the Jocks) this week they got $100,000 back. Nice work.

4:40: Emilio Hernandez on respectful workplace proposal. Staff/OA, maybe an ombudsman?

4:50: UO Truth Commission (student group) on Robin Holmes’s recent changes in OMAS/CMAE. The services are for students, they would like to have a voice in changes, ask Senate support.

4:52: Ben DeJarnette some “student-athletes” are complaining that they have to miss too much class for sports and that their professors are not sympathetic. IAC will study this.

4:55: Frank Stahl says he was going to bring a motion asking for evaluation of UO administrators, but thinks UO Matters is doing a fine job with ad hoc evaluations.

Adjourned.

4/11/2012: It’s going to be a while before OUS board chair Matt Donegan and Governor Kitzhaber accumulate enough testosterone to show up in public on the UO campus again. In the interim they’ve been sending George Pernsteiner down to update us on the progress of their search to replace Richard Lariviere. Lots of other interesting topics on the Senate agenda as well, starting with an opportunity to ask Lorraine Davis why she rehired John Moseley as her $248,000 “Special Assistant to the Provost”, or why she had to fire CIO Don Harris before Jim Bean got back from his sabbatical. Or maybe she’ll even tell us how Bean spent the tuition money that the academic plan said would go to hire 100 new TTF. But probably not.

Senate Agenda for 4/11/2012:

3:00  1. Call to Order
       1.1 Approval of the minutes of the March 7 meeting
3:05  2. State of the University
2.1 Remarks by Lorraine Davis, Acting Provost and Senior Vice President
2.2 Questions  and comments with response
3:20 3. Open Discussion
3.1 Update on Presidential Search; George Pernsteiner, Chancellor
3.2 Questions and comments with response
3:40 4. New Business
4.1 Motion on IAC Membership; Glen Waddell, IAC Acting Chair
4.2 Retirement & Emeriti Policy; John Nicols and Jim Mooney, Co-chairs; Tenure Reduction, Retirement and Emeriti Committee
4:15 5. Reports
5.1 ASUO Report; Ben Eckstein, ASUO President
5.2 Respectful Workplace Ad-Hoc Committee Report; Emilio Hernandez, Chair
5.3 OEIB Achievement Compacts Subcommittee Testimony; Robert Kyr, Senate President
5.4 IFS & OUS Leadership Caucus; Robert Kyr
4:40 6. Announcements & Communications from the Floor
6.1 Concern regarding changes to the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence; UO Truth Coalition
6.2 Motion regarding student athletes and sports scheduling; Ben DeJarnette, Student Athlete
6.3 Motion regarding shared governance & job postings; Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)
5:00  7. Adjournment

UO faculty governance committee call

4/10/2012 Update: The deadline is extended until 4/24. 

There’s a list of current nominations here. Many committees do not have enough names.

4/10/2012 Update: The deadline to complete this form is today.

4/5/2012: This will be an important year for shared governance. The call for faculty/OA/staff participation is out:

To: University Community
From: Committee on Committees
Re: 2012 Appointed and Elected Committee Service Preference Form

Dear University Community,

This is your friendly reminder to please sign up for committee service. To indicate your preferences for 2012-2013 committee service, please complete the “2012 Committee Service Preference Form” located at http://committees.uoregon.edu/ and on the Senate homepage at http://senate.uoregon.edu/ by Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the latest.

In this particularly important year, please help us to address the most crucial issues that we face. We urge you to participate in shared governance by signing up to serve on a university committee. Your time, effort and dedication are greatly valued.

Please be sure to submit your online form by Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Typically it is difficult to get busy faculty to sign up for these committees. I am thinking that the Lariviere firing, unionization, and the current administration’s efforts to redefine shared governance to diminish the faculty role may motivate more people to get involved this year. The form is a simple survey that takes minutes to complete. Some committees are appointed, some elected. If you want to run for a Senate seat that is an option too. Talk your friends into signing up too, committees are always more fun if you go out for martinis afterwards, or bring a thermos.

The acid test

for leadership at UO for the next few years will have two parts:

a) Did you fight back when OUS fired Lariviere?

b) Can you get over it already, and put in the effort to get UO back on track?

Lots of unpaid committee work coming up for the faculty on this list, starting with the presidential search committee.

UO Constitution passes unanimously, to be signed soon

12/7/2011: Two years of hard work by the Senate Governance Committee and some administrator(s) from Johnson Hall. Passed by unanimous vote of the Faculty Assembly, after some discussion of the role of NTTFs and adjuncts, and one friendly amendment from chemist Paul Engelking to correct the “half plus one” rule for the Senate. The problem? Assume a committee of 3. … Yikes. Thanks Paul,

Now goes to President Lariviere for signature, which by all signs should come quickly.

a plea to attend today’s Faculty Assembly at 3 pm.

On Wednesday Dec 7, 2011, at 12:58 PM, John E Bonine (UO) wrote:

Dear colleagues,

I write to you with a plea to attend today’s Faculty Assembly at 3 pm.

The revised UO Constitution is up for a vote today.  It is a document that
has been intensely negotiated with everyone at Johnson Hall and which
makes major strides forward in faculty governance at UO.  In my view, we
don’t need an Interim President to be spending his few months here going
over this, when he/she must be helping us find a permanent President and
keeping the ship afloat.

The members of the Administration have agreed with major steps toward
allowing Senate (mostly faculty) oversight when the Administration
develops university-side “policies.”  This is critical, because those
policies involve matters such as academic freedom and free speech,
conflicts of interest, etc., etc.  Without these changes, everything
remains ad hoc and without official procedures.

The “statutory faculty” (defined by state law and an Attorney General’s
opinion) continues to delegate day-to-day governance to a broader
University Senate.  But now, if a President disagrees with Senate
legislation or policies, the process involves the President and the Senate
in a collaborative search for a solution.

Importantly, if a dispute is elevated to the statutory faculty Assembly,
the Constitution will now facilitate the participation of all faculty
members, including those who have class conflicts or other reasons they
can’t attend an Assembly meeting.  Just as Oregon’s political system
provides for vote-by-mail, the new UO Constitution provides for
vote-electronically.


Andrew Marcus in Geography prepared an objective short analysis, which is
attached.

We are at a “constitutional moment” when we can help cement shared
governance into UO’s way of doing things. While I realize we could examine
this for more months, many on campus have worked on this over a year and
have produced substantial improvements.  We can always modify it later if
glitches are found.  But right now we have a chance to make a major stride
forward and I urge you to show up and bring your vote.

Thanks,

John

**************************************
             John E. Bonine
         Kliks Professor of Law
Distinguished Faculty Fellow, 2007-2010
       1221 University of Oregon
          Eugene, OR 97403 USA
**************************************

We need turnout for the faculty assembly, 3PM TODAY

12/7/2011: This constitution has been in development for two years – two years of hard work by the governance committee, compromises with the administration, back and forth, compromises by them with us. It is ready to be passed and signed. People I trust – that you trust – support it. There are rumors that a few people may try to stop it by claiming it is a rush job. It’s not a rush job. 2 years. We want it signed now so that President Berdahl can start with a clean slate.

Show up for the faculty assembly, listen to the arguments, we will need your vote.

*New* Faculty Assembly meeting, 3 PM Wednesday, Mac Court (arrive at 2:45)

12/6/2011: The UO administration has been missing in action since the Lariviere firing. It is obvious that UO needs strong faculty leadership and we clearly have it with our Senate President, the Senate Executive Committee, the Senate, and many, many other faculty, who have showed up and did their teaching and research, and then a year of university service in a few weeks with little sleep.

We don’t yet know who we will get for a president, or what terms he or she will be able to extract from Pernsteiner, the Board, and the Governor. But we do know, absolutely, that without our faculty leadership and the turnout in Portland and at Mac court last week by faculty, students, staff, and alumni we would already have been saddled with one internal toady or another, of OUS’s choosing, and willing to sign on to do OUS’s bidding. I believe that is now off the table. We will know soon.

Wednesday’s meeting is to pass a constitution that will help strengthen the faculty’s role in governance. The faculty have taken this power already – we found it huddled under a bush outside Johnson Hall, a little damp, lonely, but still breathing. Adopting it formally requires a meeting of the faculty assembly as was held last week – not just the Senate. Presumably there will also be news from Senate President Kyr on the search for our new UO president.

Why this is important: (thanks to anon commenter)

If I may try to summarize, it sounds the answer to “why is this all important” is, in part, the following:

(1) Faculty will now be guaranteed a chance to review and offer input on policies that will affect our work and the academic mission of UO. 

(2) This constitution encourages collaboration between the pres/admin and the faculty by requiring the president to hear and respond to us on matters that we deem important. 

(3) Although state law and board policy vest final authority in the president, defying the will of the faculty will be a very slow and very public process for a president.

So this constitution will try to make the best use of what little power we have, and where our power falls short it will push for transparency.

Statutory Faculty meeting, MAC court, 2:45 – 5PM Wed 11/30/2011

11/29/2011: Dear Statutory Faculty and UO Community:

There will be a STATUTORY FACULTY meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) Nov. 30 from 3:10 to 5 pm in MAC COURT.  The meeting will be preceded by a 10-minute University Senate meeting. We strongly encourage all statutory faculty* to participate and warmly invite the UO community to observe. …. Statutory Faculty are kindly requested to arrive at 2:45 pm to ensure that everyone is signed in prior to the beginning of the meeting.

The tentative agenda for the meeting is:

Statutory Faculty Assembly Tentative Agenda – Nov. 30, 2011
Mac Court 3:10 – 5:00 pm

3:10 pm  1. Call to Order
  1.1 Introductory Remarks, Robert Kyr
  1.2 Introductory Remarks, Chancellor Pernsteiner
  1.3 Remarks by other distinguished guests
  1.4 Question and Answer Period

4:00 pm 2. New Business
  2.1 Motion President Lariviere
  2.2 Motion for a Process with State Board for the Creation of a local UO Board
  2.3 Motion for a State Board Review of Chancellor Pernsteiner’s contract

5:00 pm 3. Adjournment

The Senate President Robert Kyr and the Senate Executive Committee deeply appreciate your commitment to campus governance and to the future of our University.

*”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 tenured senior officers of instruction.

The meeting will be streamed live, http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/2010/12/22/senate-live/

The Statutory Faculty Assembly exercises the authority granted to it in 1872, when the Oregon Legislature first decreed that the “president and professors constitute the faculty” of UO “and as such have the immediate government and discipline” of the University.  (Now Oregon Revised Statutes 352.010.)