4/14/2012: This is not a pro or anti-union post, just a request for information if you have any.
For reasons I’d rather not explain in detail I recently thought I should ask interim Provost Lorraine Davis, who is in charge of UO faculty personnel issues, what the terms of employment for UO faculty are and what it would take for UO to fire a tenured professor. She wrote back:
My off-the-top references on this are dated. I don’t think there is a faculty handbook any more. The specific components would be related to faculty expectations and faculty discipline more generically.
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She doesn’t have a clue. So I wrote to VP for Academic Affairs Russ Tomlin, and got this back:
In general, the policies that affect faculty employment and appointments are located in both UO and OUS OARs, in the newly developing UO policy library, and in the Academic Affairs and other UO websites.
Russ thinks my terms of employment are “newly developing” or maybe they are located “in other UO websites”? Follow those links. He doesn’t have a clue either.
Back when Richard Lariviere fired Mike Bellotti, and then discovered that Melinda Grier had never bothered to get a written contract for him, he famously said
“This institution did not follow acceptable business practices in the past. That will not be repeated by my administration.”
And then he fired her. Now her former assistant Randy Geller is in charge of UO’s legal affairs. Randy won’t answer my requests for a written answer either. And his boss, Interim President Bob Berdahl, is keeping his mouth shut too.
So I’m asking my readers for help. Do any of you know where to find the rules that currently govern UO faculty employment, or is our tenure really just up to the whims of people like these?