FAR Jim O’Fallon endorses “separate and unequal” athlete tutoring subsidy

FAR Jim O’Fallon: 0.5FTE at $195K FAR Tim Gleason: 0.5FTE at $219K

Jim O’Fallon has been pulling down $100K or so a year to serve as UO’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for 25 years, without any faculty review. Last summer Mike Gottfredson appointed retiring Journalism Tim Gleason to replace O’Fallon in this sinecure, but let O’Fallon stay on for a last year. So at the moment we’ve got two FARs – both paid out of the academic budget, of course. The academic side even pays for their away-game junkets.

On March 4th the UO Senate unanimously passed two pieces of athletics legislation. The first will require the Ducks to gradually start paying a modest amount of money to UO’s academic side, for things like student scholarships. The second will replace Gleason with a Faculty Athletics Representative that’s actually picked by the faculty. Sounds crazy, I know.

Meanwhile, here’s O’Fallon’s letter to the RG Editors in response to the first legislation. He’s defending the $2.2M subsidy the academic budget pays the Ducks for the athlete only Jock Box:

Jaqua center aids student-athletes

Register-Guard readers may find some additional information helpful in understanding the circumstances of the academic support program for student athletes that was covered in the March 7 article regarding the University of Oregon Senate’s effort to secure fund transfers from the athletic department (“Faculty eyeing athletics budget”).

The exclusionary policy in the Jaqua academic center for athletes is functional. Its purpose is to secure an environment where student-athletes can study without undue distraction.

For many high-profile student-athletes, that’s not possible in more accessible study spaces. It wasn’t a point of contention in the space previously occupied by the program, but it’s become an easy target for invidious comparison in the new building.

The article mentioned “free lunch.” That’s a benefit recently authorized by the NCAA as part of a reform package aimed at student-athlete welfare. It addresses concerns related to the nutrition of these very active young women and men.

One further bit of information may be worth mentioning. While academic support services are a staple of Division I athletics programs, there’s a significant split in how they’re funded.

Many institutions believe the best practice is to keep the funding in the hands of academic authorities, rather than in the athletic department. The UO’s practice reflects agreement with that judgment.

JIM O’FALLON
PROFESSOR OF LAW, EMERITUS
FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVE, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
Eugene

Jim is full of shit, of course, as the commenters on the RG page point out. It’s even more absurd than they know. While UO’s regular students are stuck subsidizing the athlete-only Jock Box, it’s the athletic department that controls it. To the point of charging the academic side if we want to use it:

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160over90 Branders to try out media campaign plan on faculty, staff

11/17/2014: Today, 4PM in the Alumni Center. Deputy Chief Strategic Communicator Tobin Klinger has the report here.

11/14/2014 update: Strategic Communicator Tim Clevenger fiddles with the brand, as grad students burn away

Job #1 was keeping us in the AAU by boosting research and grad student enrollment. But UO’s IR office reports that grad student enrollment has dropped yet again: down 100 just this year:

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Gottfredson unable to find qualified “Faculty Athletics Representative”

9/22/2014 update: Gottfredson’s last official act before skipping town with his $940K was to appoint former journalism dean Tim Gleason to replace longtime NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Jim O’Fallon (Law), after presumptive heir Rob Illig (Law) crashed and burned with his viral “I’m worth $1M, so screw you unemployed law grads” campaign. The FAR’s are having their national meeting in November in New Orleans. For more info about what the FAR is supposed to do to balance the interests of big-time Duck sports and its multi-million dollar employees with our academic mission, try here. Meanwhile the UO Senate needs to decide what to do about Gleason – specifically this proposed legislation from Pedro Garcia-Caro calling for a Senate role in appointing a new FAR.

7/21/2014 update:

This winter Gottfredson set up a search committee to find a replacement for Jim O’Fallon (Law), who has had the FAR job for 25 years and who been the subject of repeated Senate motions and reports calling for a review and replacement. The Senate will take this up again in the fall. Andy Karduna (Human Phys) agreed to chair the committee, despite Gottfredson’s secrecy requirements. Karduna reported to the IAC and the Senate that the secrecy (and presumably Gottfredson’s control-freak job description and the requirement of a year-long apprenticeship to O’Fallon) kept several qualified and interested faculty from applying. Rumor has it that Rob Illig (Law) wanted the job, but his $1 Million salary goal was a bit too steep. The appointment was supposed to be made in June, but apparently there are still no takers.

6/20/2014 update: Gottfredson appoints IAC-lite, to evade faculty oversight of athletics

The day after President Gottfredson got the EPD report on the basketball rape allegations he decided to dismantle the Senate Intercollegiate Athletic Committee and appoint his own handpicked group of faculty to a new “Advisory Group”. Still no word on who Gottfredson will appoint as FAR in training. At least a few qualified and interested faculty refused to apply under the terms of Gottfredson’s secret search. The Senate will vote on legislation for a new search in the Fall, in any case.

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Don Kahle and Austin Meek on Frohnmayer, Gottfredson, Lariviere, Lillis, Nixon, and Gleason

8/15/2014 update: RG sports columnist Austin Meek gets Dave Frohnmayer to take a little time out from his work lobbying for BP, to talk about UO and sports:

Critics would say Oregon’s sports boom came at the expense of the school’s academic reputation. Frohnmayer disagrees, saying Oregon made academic progress in spite of severe cuts in state funding.

Frohnmayer is especially emphatic about rebutting the idea that Oregon’s athletic achievements — fueled by contributions from Knight, also the school’s largest academic donor — undermined the school’s educational mission.

“The critics, who I think are either uninformed or malevolent, don’t get it,” he said.

I think Frohnmayer is either defensive or malevolent. Here’s a good Steve Duin column from the Oregonian about some of the sleazy deals he cut with Kilkenny, 2 weeks before he resigned as President in 2009. The academic side is still paying the bill.

And Don Kahle has a skeptical column on the editorial page , comparing the departures of Lariviere, Gottfredson, and Nixon:

Reporters cannot speculate about a private conversation, but columnists can. Here’s how that conversation might have gone.

Chuck Lillis: We’d like you to leave.

Michael Gottfredson: The Oregon University System extended my contract through June 2016.

CL: We could pay you for those two years.

MG: Is that a threat or a bribe?

CL: (silence)

MG: I don’t want to have to answer any questions.

CL: This will be just between you and me.

MG: My contract requires that I give 30 days’ notice.

CL: That won’t be necessary.

MG: (silence)

CL: I’ll look for your letter later today.

The Lariviere bit is even funnier. He ends by asking about the last minute Gleason appointment. I have the feeling there are going to be a lot more questions about Gleason and the FAR job. Say, doesn’t UO need Gleason’s expertise for that important bowl branding work?

8/6/2014: Gottfredson’s last act: appointing Tim Gleason as NCAA faculty rep

I think Gottfredson is technically President until the end of the day, so who knows what other last minute craziness there will be.

This reminds me of when Bob Berdahl gave Randy Geller a 3 year contract renewal, just before he left town. I doubt this will stick as long as the 2 years Randy lasted. In fact the Senate already has a motion scheduled for October for legislation to have the faculty appoint the Faculty Athletics Representative – yes I know that sounds crazy – before Gleason’s term would even start:

Date: August 6, 2014 at 5:05:05 PM PDT
To: everyone <everyone@jcomm.uoregon.edu>
Subject: [Everyone] message from Julie Newton

This message is sent on behalf of Interim Dean Julie Newton:

Dear members of the SOJC community,

As you may have seen on Around the O, Tim Gleason has been appointed by the president as the University of Oregon’s Faculty Athletics Representative. This will be a .5 FTE position. The other .5 will be as a Professor in the SOJC. Tim’s duties will include teaching, directorship of the Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism and development and implementation of the budget and plans for the SOJC 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2016. Tim will be back from sabbatical in January 2015.

With very best regards,
Julie Newton

Gottfredson’s announcement:

Dear Campus Community,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of former dean Tim Gleason to serve as the university’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), an important position required by the NCAA.
The FAR is responsible for ensuring the academic integrity of the intercollegiate athletic program, promoting the well-being of student athletes, and supporting institutional oversight of athletics compliance and student eligibility.

The opportunity to gain experience from a 15-year dean who is nationally recognized and respected among peers in his field is wonderful for the University of Oregon.

Dr. Gleason began his career at the UO in 1987. During that that time he was awarded the School of Journalism and Communication’s Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching, published two books and many articles in law and history journals, and led the school through major growth, changes in the journalism industry and two major remodels. Since stepping down as dean he has served as a special assistant to the president and provost. Gleason’s teaching and research focus is on communication law and communication ethics. He also serves on the legislative committee of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, on the board of directors of Open Oregon and on the Oregon Bar Press Broadcasters Council where his primary focus is on laws and regulations concerning the gathering and reporting of news.

Dr. Gleason will assume his appointment on January 1, 2015. Current FAR, Jim O’Fallon, will continue in his role until June 30, 2015 as co-FAR to facilitate a smooth transition. I again thank Dr. O’Fallon for his dedication to the university and his willingness to provide continued counsel and expertise as he transitions into retirement.

When Dr. O’Fallon announced his retirement, after more than two decades in the position, I appointed an advisory recruitment committee to oversee the search for his successor. I am grateful the excellent work of the committee members, under the leadership of chair Andy Karduna, for their thorough and thoughtful vetting of the highly qualified candidates for this critical role.

Dr. Gleason exemplifies dedication to the academic success of the university’s student-athletes, along with the ability to collaborate successfully with the varied groups the position serves. Please join me in congratulating Tim Gleason and welcoming him to his new role as Faculty Athletics Representative.

Michael Gottfredson, President

GC Randy Geller’s holiday message to the staff and faculty

12/11/2013: Geller: Faculty must be fully engaged

An email from President Gottfredson’s General Counsel Randy Geller, sent round today:

Work schedule for bargaining unit faculty members:

This is a reminder that under Article 32, Section 21, of the United Academics Collective Bargaining Agreement, bargaining unit officers of instruction who do not earn vacation will be considered to be on paid leave during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day (and during the week of Spring Break).

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are paid holidays. However, bargaining unit faculty members (typically some officers of research) may be required to work on these holidays if necessary to maintain or operate critical facilities or operations. If a bargaining unit faculty member is required to work on a holiday for that reason, he or she may take an equivalent amount of time off with pay at a later date, as approved by the bargaining unit faculty member’s supervisor.

Otherwise, as provided in Article 17, Section 7, of the CBA, each bargaining unit faculty member must be fully engaged in teaching, research, and service work for the university to the extent of his or her appointment, and must be engaged in work or reasonably available for work for the entirety of the term for which the bargaining unit member is employed unless on approved leave. There is no blanket leave for the period between fall and winter terms.

You previously received information about the Governor’s Day.

Faculty members who are not subject to the United Academics CBA may make individual arrangements with their supervisors regarding work schedules.

Randy Geller
General Counsel
University of Oregon

Apparently Randy got left off the list of bowl game junketeers.

Update: I’ve got a public records request in to Hubin for this year’s Bowl Game junket list. Last year’s Fiesta Bowl junketeers are here – including our hardworking, if somewhat spiteful Randy Geller, and spouse:

1/28/2013: Dave Hubin’s PR office provided this complete list of the UO Fiesta bowlers, today. Not all those listed in the letter below went, but plenty of others did. Here are just a few:

12/13/2013: Former Journalism Dean Tim Gleason not “fully engaged”?

Interim Provost Scott Coltrane is paying Tim Gleason $218,524 a year:

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His mission?

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Full contract here. Tim’s not doing very well so far. His CBA blog is more about petty rumors and snide comments about economics faculty than about solid information on implementing the agreement. And now Randy Geller is elbowing Gleason out of the way when it comes to “campus wide messaging”.

4/18/14: Coltrane special assistant Tim Gleason drops ball again

It’s been two months since UO’s former journalism dean Tim Gleason has bothered to update the administration’s blog on faculty union contract implementation – one of his few job duties. I’m guessing he’s on time when it comes to cashing his paychecks though. Does anyone know what, if anything, Gleason *is* doing to earn $16,543.67 a month, topped off with a $1,666.67 stipend?

6/30/2014 update: Is President Gottfredson “fully engaged” over summer break?

He’s got a 12 month contract, but it seems like Mike Gottfredson is also breathing a sigh of relief over Randy Geller’s retirement, and taking a little vacation. Or maybe he just doesn’t want his schedule of meetings about the rape allegation modified limited hang-out to be public? Speaking of which, I wonder when his “external review panel” meets:

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Oregonian, RG join Times in appealing Duck redactions to DA Gardner

6/20/2014 update: Gottfredson’s efforts to cover up his handling of the rape allegations bring more trouble to UO. The full Oregonian and RG petition, which is considerably more comprehensive than the NYT’s, is here:

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UO has pled for more time to respond, and the Times et al. have given them until the end of the month – which will means UO’s response will likely be the last official act of UO General Counsel Randy Geller, set to “retire” for undisclosed reasons on June 30. His predecessor, Melinda Grier, was fired, over issues related to her failure to respond to reporters’ public records requests about the Bellotti contract, but seems to now be back on the UO dole.

6/16/2014: New York Times appeals Gottfredson’s redactions of rape allegation emails

“Accordingly, The Times requests that the documents be provided in accordance with the law.”

Gottfredson’s efforts to cover up how his office responded to the rape allegations are going national. Full letter here. Timeline here, link to RG stories and Dave Hubin letters here, and info on former UO Journalism Dean Tim Gleason’s prior efforts to help UO hide public records from reporters here.

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Search for UO Dean of Journalism fails twice, now postponed

From an email sent out by Provost Scott Coltrane:

Dear School of Journalism and Communication Faculty and Staff:

After consulting with SOJC Associate Deans and the Dean’s Advisory Committee at a meeting on May 13, I have decided to defer the search for a new SOJC Dean until spring 2015. Contributing factors to this decision include the number of active searches in the SOJC, and several other executive level searches for the university soon to be announced.

I have received consistent feedback that the SOJC is in good hands with Interim Dean Julie Newton. Again, I would like to express my appreciation for her willingness to serve in this role. I will be in touch next winter about forming a committee and launching a search in spring 2015.

Regards,

Scott Coltrane
Senior Vice President and Provost

“… several other executive level searches for the university soon to be announced”? Here’s hoping that includes a search for a new UO president.

Word is that former Dean Tim Gleason, well known for his work thwarting public access to public records, is helping Interim Dean Newton run things in the meantime.

Gottfredson pads resume with credit for Academic Freedom, after getting Tim Gleason and Randy Geller to fight it for 18 months

He has no sense of shame. He is trying to claim credit for what was accomplished by 18 months of hard work by the Senate and the United Academics faculty union, over his determined opposition:

The policy as approved by the Senate April 9th is here. Notable points?

Members of the university community have freedom to address, question, or criticize any matter of institutional policy or practice, whether acting as individuals or as members of an agency of institutional governance. … The academic freedoms enumerated in this policy shall be exercised without fear of institutional reprisal.

The truth is that Gottfredson and Geller fought with the Senate against including this language for a year. Here are some of Geller’s deletions to the initial Senate draft, noted in white, with comments from former Senate President Margie Paris (Law) in red:

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When the policy stalled in the Senate, UAUO tried to put it in the faculty union contract. Gottfredson got his bargainers, Tim Gleason (former Journalism Dean, now UO strategic communications consultant) and Sharon Rudnick to fight it. The union proposed, the administration struck it out, repeatedly. One example of the union language struck by Gottfredson:

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The union eventually compromised. Then the faculty went back to their Senate. Another long fight with Gottfredson, eventually we got what we thought was agreement to the language at the top. Then Gottfredson tried to back out at the last minute – literally, 30 minutes before the April 9th Senate meeting Gottfredson’s assistant Dave Hubin came running in, trying to get us to take it off the agenda. We didn’t. The Senate passed it unanimously. And Gottfredson then waited six weeks, until the last Senate meeting of the year, to claim that he’d been in favor of this all along, and would sign it.

Sure Mike, whatever. I suppose next Tim Gleason will be claiming he supports transparency.

Faculty union files grievance over delays in pay

2/5/2014 update, from an email sent to the UO faculty UO faculty union bargaining unit members from the union:

The contract language is clear: “All bargaining unit faculty members hired on or before June 30, 2012 will receive a salary increase equal to 1.5% of salary effective January 1, 2013.”

The university administration, however, has effectively denied this raise to many faculty members. Our efforts to resolve this issue informally have not worked, so we filed a grievance on behalf of all faculty who did not receive that increase to their base salary. This will be the first test of our new grievance process. We are confident that this process will compel the administration to honor the contract and grant faculty the raises that were negotiated.

What would Sharon Rudnick do if “The University” was this late in paying her invoices? Meanwhile, President Gottfredson has been much quicker – and more generous – in paying Tim Gleason. I wonder what his next blog post will say about that?:

1/21/2014: UO pays Tim Gleason $12,000 per blog post, while faculty lose $8,000 a month.

Latest Gleason post makes no mention of the administration’s delays in paying faculty raises.

1/19/2014: Former UO Journalism Dean is getting paid $218K a year by Gottfredson and Coltrane to communicate with the UO faculty about union contract implementation, and consult on “communication strategies and brand management”. But Gleason can’t even figure out how to use WordPress. His official UO contract implementation blog is here. It’s a mess – broken links, silly formatting, and inconsistent tags. Gleason’s blog handle is “UO CBA implementation team” – see the bottom of the screenshot. He’s been on the job for 2.5 months now, at more than $18K a month. Let’s round down, add OPE, and call it $60,000. I count 5 blog posts, so $12,000 per.

Meanwhile the latest rumor is that the administration has still not figured out how to pay the faculty the second round of raises. Your January paycheck will probably include the second 1.5% ATB raise, and it may include a raise from the 2013 2% merit pool, depending on your college. But it will probably *not* include the retroactive lump-sum payment of the raises for the months since July 2013. The administration has known they would have to pay this for almost a year – it was part of Rudnick’s March 2013 economic proposal – but apparently their accountants are overwhelmed with figuring out the sinecures for Gleason, Bean, and Frohnmayer.

The faculty will get that retroactive money eventually, but how much is UO saving by the delays? Including retirement contributions, the union payroll is about $10M a month, and 3.5% of that is $350K. Assume that Jamie Moffitt earns 5% a year on her reserves, ignore the 2012 ATB which was also late and offset that by counting Sept and Oct even though the CBA hadn’t been implemented:

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The cost to you will vary according to your cost of credit, but the PERS contributions the university hasn’t been making on these raises would have earned 7.75%. If you’re in stocks via the ORP, you missed out on a fat fall quarter. Meanwhile UO has saved $18K so far by delaying the retroactive payments, and will save another $8K if they can push them off until the end of February. That will be almost enough to pay for half of Gleason’s salary:

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Gleason’s mission:

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Full contract here.

Focus Group report on Tim Gleason’s

http://uomatters.com/2013/02/around-o-spam-costs-107000.html

 

12/31/2013: UO Matters more popular than Around the O for 2013

Here’s a little hint for former UO Journalism Dean Tim Gleason, now getting $218,524 a year to advise UO on “academic messaging”. While UO’s official “Around the O” blog reports almost 745,000 page views for 2013, UO Matters got 968,000, and I didn’t have to give away iPads, or spam the faculty and staff. Thanks, readers:

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Maybe “Around the O” should post some public records and allow comments? Gleason’s year-long pre-sabbatical sinecure contract below, for example, got a hundred or so downloads, after I finally pried it loose from the public records office. And my post on Gleason’s presentation to the SPJ on UO’s wonderful public records compliance attracted many interesting comments, not all of them defamatory.

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His mission?

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Full contract here.

Oregon State panics over public records request by journalism advisor

Bennett Hall has an excellent story in the Corvallis Gazette Times:

Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson thought she was just doing her job when she filed a public records request with the university. Now she’s worried it could get her fired.

OSU’s chief spokesman says Willson’s job is safe and the university was not trying to muzzle her. But he also says Willson was out of line when she tried to obtain public records from the institution she works for and that all such requests should be filed by student journalists, not their adviser. …

Willson assumes that OSU will honor the remainder of her contract, but she doesn’t expect to be offered another when the current agreement expires. Her experience has left her feeling frustrated and confused.

“They’re making such a big thing, and it’s not,” Willson said. “It’s a public record — who cares if I get it?”

The Oregon Public Records Law was passed by the Legislature in 1973 in a spirit of transparency and open government, Willson added.

But various agencies and institutions have chipped away at those foundations with one exception after another, steadily eroding the public’s ability to access government information. Wilson feels an obligation to do something about that.

“Every time they deny and we don’t push back, we make it worse,” Willson said.

Here’s the part that would never happen at UO: She actually got a meeting with her university’s general counsel. Here at UO, GC Randy Geller would have just sent her a threatening email. Of course OSU GC Meg Reeves is a little confused about the law:

Steven Wilker, a media law attorney with the Portland law firm of Tonkon Torp, said he’s baffled by Oregon State’s position. …

He’s also puzzled by Reeves’ assertion that, by virtue of her position as the university’s general counsel, she automatically has an attorney-client relationship with Willson, a university employee.

“Her client is the university; her client is not that teacher,” Wilker said.

But even if Willson were, in fact, Reeves’ client, that would not give Reeves the power to order Willson not to repeat what they said or wrote to each other. That’s “Lawyer 101,” Wilker said.

“The nature of attorney-client privilege is it’s a privilege of the client,” he said, “and the client is free to waive that privilege.”

But even if Willson were, in fact, Reeves’ client, that would not give Reeves the power to order Willson not to repeat what they said or wrote to each other. That’s “Lawyer 101,” Wilker said.

“The nature of attorney-client privilege is it’s a privilege of the client,” he said, “and the client is free to waive that privilege.”

My experiences with the OSU public records office have been generally positive – much quicker and cheaper than at UO. On the other hand the data Willson is seeking on faculty salaries is easily available for UO, thanks to our Institutional Research office. See ir.uoregon.edu. Only in pdf form however – if you ask UO’ Public Records Office for a machine readable file, they’ll hit you up for $280 dollars in inexplicable fees, and you’ll wait for a month or two.

Under VPFA Mark McCambridge OSU was a leader in financial transparency. His efforts to put all financial transactions on the web are explained in this InsideHigherEd story, and were an inspiration to UO’s Nathan Tublitz, who after a long fight with Frances Dyke got the very watered down “Financial Transparency Tool” added to Duckweb (under employee information). It seems like OSU’s new VPFA Glenn Ford is backsliding on transparency.

UO to hire faculty labor director

Update: Make that 2: http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=4538

President Gottfredson blew $1M on Sharon Rudnick and her helpers. After first putting Jim Bean in charge of bargaining, he’s now paying the feckless Tim Gleason $218K a year to work on contract implementation and strategic communications about the CBA. He’s paying $122,004 to Sam Hill, a new helper lawyer for Randy Geller who is apparently getting schooled by Rudnick. And Jeff Matthews, another Harrang lawyer, is getting some ridiculous hourly rate to negotiate the GTFF contract – the first time the UO administration has ever called in outside lawyers on the grad student union.

And now he decides to hire a professional to handle the administration’s labor issues? Better late than never, I guess:

Director of Faculty Labor Relations
Academic Affairs

Posting: 13537
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled
Title: Director of Faculty Labor Relations
Department: Academic Affairs
Reports to: Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and the Chief Human Resources Officer
Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewable annually)

Salary Range: $120,000+

Review Date: Search will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit an application by February 7, 2014
Start Date: As soon as possible

General Responsibilities:

The Director of Faculty Labor Relations (DFLR) reports to the Senior Vice Provost and Chief Human Resources Officer. The person in this position is responsible for the implementation and day-to-day administration of the University’s collective bargaining agreement with United Academics, the AAUP/AFT union representing more than 1800 tenured-track and non-tenure-track faculty. The director’s activities will include: Providing collaborative and consultative advice and counsel on labor contract interpretation, application, and compliance for the university; Collaborating with peer directors and other members of the Academic Affairs and HR management team to ensure that all units working concert to provide seamless service and support to the university; Leading fact finding investigations, responding to information requests, and representing the university at arbitration, mediation, and appeal hearings; Conducting analysis and assessments, preparing reports and advisories, and recommending policies and programs that enrich and promote the integrity of the university’s faculty and labor relations functions; Keeping current in the occupational field to include new developments in concepts, practices, and regulations; Researching and analyzing the impact of changes in regulations and trends on operations.

This position demands a firm commitment to serving the University with sensitivity and professionalism. The position requires abundant self-confidence and the ability to multi-task many cases, processes, and unplanned happenings at one time. The ability to handle confidential material appropriately and maintain an institutional perspective is also critical.

Journalism Dean Tim Gleason replaced with Julie Newton

Update: To clarify my original headline “Journalism Dean Tim Gleason replaced unexpectedly with Julie Newton”, while it was common knowledge Gleason would step down, I didn’t expect him to do so until a permanent Dean was hired. See the June ODE story here:

Jim Bean restarts search for a new SOJC dean, Tim Gleason will remain

There’s now a new ODE report here. I did not mean to suggest that there was anything unexpected about the choice of Julie Newton, just about the timing. I apologize for a headline which implies the former. Thanks to my vigilant commenters for calling me out on this.

10/15/2013: Anyone know what Gleason’s going to do?

Colleagues:
 It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Julianne H. Newton as Interim Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.  Julie has been a professor of visual communication in the SOJC since fall 2000, and has served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs since 2008. She will assume her new duties on November 1, 2013. 
 Newton is an award-winning scholar who has worked as a reporter, editor, photographer and designer for newspapers, magazines, and electronic media. She is author of The Burden of Visual Truth: The Role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality and co-author (with Rick Williams) of Visual Communication: Integrating Media, Art and Science, which won the 2009 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in Media Ecology. Her research applies ethics and cognitive theory to the study of visual behavior. Newton’s honors also include the National Communication Association Visual Communication Research Excellence Award (2004 and 2008), Marshall Award for Teaching Innovation, National Press Photographers Association Garland Educator of the Year Award, and the AEJMC Distinguished Contributions to
Visual Communication Award.  Professor Newton was editor of Visual Communication Quarterly (2001-2006) and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, Visual Studies, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, EME (Explorations in Media Ecology), Visual Resources, International Journal of McLuhan Studies and VCQ.
Please join me in welcoming Julie Newton as Interim Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication.
Scott Coltrane
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

UO journalism prof calls out UO on media deal. Dean Gleason, not so much.

8/19/2013 update: But as a helpful commentator points out, it’s not so easy to hide things these days: http://web.archive.org/web/20130117022444/http://admissions.uoregon.edu/news/storming-the-fiesta-bowl

8/15/2013 update: Admissions has now hidden the Fiesta Bowl junket photos:

But you can still watch Roger Thompson brag about how UO brought the entire UO administration on the all-expense paid trip, here on youtube:

8/13/2013: Not sure how I missed this one, published in the RG on Aug 8:

The recently reported deal the University of Oregon cut with two national media organizations to provide privileged access to the new football performance center is, unfortunately, no surprise. … But it is most troubling for the university itself and its relationship with the community. 

As a former journalist, I’m concerned about the growing indifference, if not the arrogance, of the UO Athletic Department toward the community and the news media that serve it. …. 

Unfortunately, this type of game will continue until someone calls a penalty, or at least a time out. The university’s credibility, as well as its relationship with the community and local media, is at stake.

John Russial is an associate professor of journalism in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. The opinions expressed here are his own.

Why nothing on this important matter from UO Journalism Dean Tim Gleason, who spent winter break on a UO paid junket to the Fiesta Bowl Pep Rally, presumably doing undercover research on just these sorts of conflicts of interest:


If you want to see who else took this junket, there’s video here and photos here.