Tranegram: Galvan and Freinkel

Galvan confirmed as permanent Ambassador to Gabon, Freinkel as VP for UGS. Nothing yet on HC Dean.

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost - University of Oregon

7-17-13 Interim Provost’s Message


Scott ColtraneScott Coltrane
As I step into my new role as Interim Senior Vice President and Provost, I am delighted to announce the appointments of Dennis Galvan as Vice Provost for International Affairs and Lisa Freinkel as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.  Both Dennis and Lisa were appointed through internal searches.
Dennis Galvan, a professor of Political Science and International Studies, served the UO as Vice Provost for International Affairs for the past 18 months in an interim capacity and has now been named to a regular appointment. Dennis has been at the UO since 2001. He was the director and department head of International Studies from 2005-09, chair of the African Studies Committee from 2004-08 and director of the Ethnic Studies Program from 2003-04. He has done extensive fieldwork in West Africa, especially Senegal, and in Central Java, Indonesia. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Senegal from 2009-10.
Dennis is also the co-founder and co-director of the Global Oregon Initiative, which will form the core of the new Global Studies Institute within the Office of International Affairs. I am certain that Dennis’s extensive background and research in international affairs will help the UO to expand its global outreach.
Lisa Myobun Freinkel is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature and has served as head of Comparative Literature since 2004. She has been at the UO since 1995. Her innovation in teaching has been recognized with both an Ersted award and a Williams Fellowship. Lisa created Comparative Literature’s “translation pedagogy” program in 2005. Her current research explores the notions of “mind” and “mindfulness” in liberal education.
Lisa’s publications include Reading Shakespeare’s Will: The Theology of Figure from Augustine to the Sonnets, and articles on a variety of topics including Kantian critique, psychoanalysis and early modern encounters with Buddhist Asia. Lisa’s impressive credentials and proven track record will help raise the bar for all UO instruction.
Please join me in congratulating Dennis and Lisa on their appointments.
Scott Coltrane
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost
University of Oregon
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9 Responses to Tranegram: Galvan and Freinkel

  1. Anonymous says:

    Karen Sprague was better than both of them put together will probably be.

    • Anonymous says:

      this is an arguable point. There are, in fact, two Karen Spragues –
      the Sprague of talking and the Sprague or actual implementation.
      The Sprague of talking was fine and competent.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dog says

      The UO community and especially faculty are really adept at pre-judging people
      and declaring them inept. Some times this is warranted (in my own case, its always warranted). But I am wondering what
      outcomes would Freinkel/McNelly have to actually produce for this community to
      consider them as functional people that produced some success?

      Here is my blanket statement – of all institutions and agencies that I have
      been involved with, the UO leads in nature of it reactive responses. We basically have little patience and generally just stay the “this person sucks”.

      Indeed UOmatters themselves my actually “suck” but the sucking quotient needs
      to be time averaged. Okay, time-averaged Bean may have mostly sucked due to
      in attentiveness. The time-average on Espy, for instance, was essentially zero so she immediately sucked and will likely suck for all time because of
      initial, and in my view, unwarranted reactions.

      Give McNeely and Freinkel a chance – there are initiatives underway that may
      produce good returns or may fail. Documented failure should be the standard,
      among academics, for declaration of suckdom. Reactive proclamations should
      be refrained from in attitude, but should be freely published on this blog
      to give dogs a reason to live.

    • Anonymous says:


      dog has had a few …

  2. The Fake Jim Bean says:

    They’re both ambitious enough to not rock the boat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    One would have to be very naive ti believe that either appointment represents a step forward.

    I fear we have clones of Blandy – Altman.

    • Anonymous says:

      and its hard to understand how Freinkel’s job duties are different
      than those of Ian McNeely – anyone care to offer anyting?

      One is CAS associate Dean for Undergraduate education and other is
      the Vice Provost for Undergraduate studies (yes I realize this includes
      all the schools, not just CAS) – so Karen Sprague was effectively replaced
      by two people?

    • The Truth says:

      UO is “underadministered” so this is making up for some of that gap.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dog says

    HC Dean should be finalized shortly – candidate
    is here this week, presumably for just that

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