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5 days and still waiting for Provost Chris Long’s contract:

From: WTH <[email protected]> Subject: Provost contract Date: May 16, 2024 at 4:35:49 PM PDT To: Lisa Thornton <[email protected]> Cc: [email protected] Dear Public Records Officer Thornton: This is a public records request for a copy of the contract or similar agreement showing the terms of employment for incoming Provost Christopher P. Long.…

Roger Thompson leaves to be Pres at St. Mary’s, Jim Brooks to be interim

Congrats to Thompson, and good luck to Brooks in a crazy year for admissions. My experiences w/ Brooks were all positive, including one year where the TFAB convinced Schill to devote a good chunk of a tuition increase to increased need-based scholarships. Dear colleagues, I am writing to announce that…

Admin team member aghast at union’s use of the H word during salary bargaining

Shortly after accusing the union of “cherry-picking” its list of overpaid administrators to come up with the result that top admins are paid 99.4% of comparators while faculty are only paid 84%, one of the union team members used the H word to describe how the faculty felt after the…

Retention offers are biased against women, minorities

Thanks to a reader for the link: In US higher education, faculty members may receive an outside offer of employment from an external organization, and then receive a corresponding counteroffer from their current institution. Counteroffers are written contracts made to individuals — either prematurely in anticipation of an outside offer,…

Fake Science for Sale

In economics one good paper a year is a respectable career and the review process can take many years. Apparently the physical sciences are more responsive to market pressures: https://www.wsj.com/science/academic-studies-research-paper-mills-journals-publishing-f5a3d4bc?st=sgc2yq1xhe54ij4&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink Fake studies have flooded the publishers of top scientific journals, leading to thousands of retractions and millions of dollars in…

Pres Scholz asks students to narc on faculty who try and use their academic freedom

Actually, he got VP Kris Winter to do his dirty work with this email to students:

… In short, no student should be encouraged or compelled by UO employees to be exposed to the protest or encampment. This includes visiting the encampment for any academic or instructional purpose including class or office hours. I encourage students to reach out to report concerns through the links in this message, to practice self-care and mutual support, and to make use of the following resources as we navigate this challenging time. …

As it happens, UO has a policy on academic freedom that addresses this, and does so far more liberally (in the classical sense) than what UO is telling its students:

b. TEACHING. The University’s responsibility to help students to think critically and independently requires that members of the university community have the right to investigate and discuss matters, including those that are controversial, inside and outside of class, without fear of institutional restraint. Matters brought up in class should be related to the subject of courses or otherwise be educationally relevant, as determined primarily by the faculty member in charge of the class.

The academic freedoms enumerated in this policy shall be exercised without fear of institutional reprisal.

Scholz’s message to students below:

Daily Emerald: Faculty pay is dismal, but Scholz & his top Admins doing just fine

Stephanie Hensley in the ODE: For professors at the University of Oregon, salaries are notably lower than those of their peers at other universities. The average annual salary of a full professor at the UO is $139,800, whereas the American Association of Universities averages $174,300. … Since joining the University…