2/21/2012: Not what was expected:
I am pleased to announce that two highly respected University of Oregon faculty members have been selected to oversee the institution’s extensive academic affairs portfolio. Doug Blandy has been appointed senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Barbara Altman will serve as vice provost for academic affairs on a half-time basis. Both roles are two-year, renewable positions.
The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for a broad range of the UO’s academic appointments, programs and initiatives including all faculty personnel matters, curriculum coordination and assessment and program review. Promotion and tenure as well as the non-tenure track faculty are also important parts of the portfolio. In addition, the office oversees a variety of reporting units including the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Academic Extension, the Labor Education and Resource Center and the Morse Center for Law and Politics.
Given the breadth of this portfolio and the complementary strengths Barbara and Doug each bring to these positions, the University of Oregon will be extremely well served by these two appointments.
Doug has extensive administrative experience at the University of Oregon. He is currently director of the Arts and Administration Program and a faculty member in the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA). He is also associate dean for academic affairs for AAA. In 2005, he served as acting dean for the school.
Doug has made significant contributions to the university through service on a variety of committees including the UO Senate, Senate Budget Committee, Faculty Personnel Committee and the Center on Diversity and Community.
Doug has said that his priorities as senior vice provost will be to “encourage dialogue and collaboration; reinforce vision, risk taking and creativity; and promote excellence among faculty and staff colleagues.”
Barbara is director of the Oregon Humanities Center and a professor of French in the Romance Languages Department. Her half-time appointment in academic affairs will allow Barbara to continue as the Oregon Humanities Center director, a post she has held since 2008.
Barbara is the recipient of several teaching awards including the University of Oregon’s Ersted Teaching Award in 1997 and the Thomas E. Herman Teaching award in 2011. She also served as department head of the Romance Languages Department from 2005 to 2008 and was recently elected to the executive council of the Modern Language Association. Barbara has contributed to the University of Oregon through service on committees such as the Faculty Advisory Council, the International Affairs Advisory Council, University Senate, the Senate Budget Committee and the Women’s Studies Committee.
Barbara has said, “The position is a great opportunity to provide leadership in this time of change and transition. I look forward to assisting in the coordination of the broad sweep of programs, schools, interests and agendas of the Office of Academic Affairs. I strongly support the well being of the UO faculty and the integrity of our academic programs.”
Doug will transition into his new role on a half-time basis from March 15 to June 15. He will work along side Russ Tomlin who will retire as senior vice provost in June. After that point, Doug will assume the senior vice provost position full-time. Barbara will start her half-time appointment as vice provost for academic affairs on July 1.
Please join me in congratulating Doug and Barbara as they begin new chapters in their service to the University of Oregon.
Acting Senior Vice President and Provost
I wonder what sort of retirement gig they will find for Tomlin.