Apparently Coltrane sent out emails from his personal account last night, encouraging select faculty to run for the Senate. If you didn’t get the email, I guess your President thinks you’re the wrong sort of person for the Senate. If you want to run anyway, the official link to nominate yourself for the Senate, FAC, and other important committees is here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_77hfWNdQDtOoONL
Someone sent me a copy of Coltrane’s email fifth hand, which shows where I rank – 5 degrees of separation. I’m no math professor, but my Erdos number is better than that.
From: Scott Coltrane <email@example.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM
Subject: Senate remarks and election
My remarks to the Senate today focused on shared governance and rebuilding trust.
I encourage you to share my comments with colleagues so that we might encourage as many faculty as possible to run for senate offices in the current senate election cycle. Having a wide range of faculty participating in the UO Senate and serving on important faculty committees is essential to shared governance at UO.
Update: Coltrane must have realized how problematic his selective email last night was. So this afternoon he sent off another one, from his official email account, to the entire UO list:
Date: April 9, 2015 at 1:32:52 PM PDT
From: “President’s Office” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Supporting shared governance
The University of Oregon’s greatest asset is the people who work, teach, research, and learn on our campus. I hope you know that I, Provost Frances Bronet, and other members of administration appreciate your efforts to make this a great university and your commitment during both times of challenge and times of opportunity. Part of our ability to achieve our shared academic goal is to also commit fully to shared governance because a healthy, functioning faculty-administration relationship is paramount to our success.
Yesterday, I addressed the University Senate about how our relationship is not working for our mutual benefit and how Provost Bronet and I want that to change.
I believe we all bear responsibility for this situation, and we must all work together to be part of the solution. In my address, I laid out how the current situation is counter-productive and threatens to derail our effort to enhance the academic mission of the university. I also offered some solutions to rebuild trust on campus and establish effective and productive shared governance. The full text of my remarks is here.
One way I believe we can strengthen shared governance is to have broader participation and greater representation from our faculty and staff on the University Senate and on administrative committees. The nomination process is underway and I encourage everyone on campus to consider serving the university by seeking election to the senate, serving on a senate committee, or by participating in the many strategic planning public sessions.
Frances Bronet and I pledge to do our part to champion shared governance and to work to rebuild trust on campus—and we hope more of you will join these efforts and help us achieve this goal by engaging in the University Senate during this election cycle.
Thank you for your work and commitment to this university. Please join us in the opportunity before us to work together and move our university forward.