Doug Blandy needs to get with UO’s new transparency and shared governance movement. Here’s the job posting for his new Assistant VP: http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5300:
… Academic Affairs has a strong role in advising and communicating with all departments/units and colleges in the interpretation of academic practice and policy. The assistant vice provost supports the office on many academic faculty matters. The assistant vice provost represents Academic Affairs to the administrative leadership of the university, the schools and colleges, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Human Resources, and United Academics. The person in this position will participate in meetings and serve on committees involving faculty or programmatic issues.
There were three candidates out this week. I asked for the names of the people on the search committee. They won’t tell me. There was no notification given to the Senate nor any opportunity for Senate participation in the day-long interviews. Blandy’s staff person asked me not to post the finalist’s names or c.v.’s even though there is nothing in the search announcement suggesting confidentiality. Against my better judgement, I won’t.
Presumably Blandy has an inside candidate, and the faculty will be told who that is whenever it suits Blandy.
Reminds me of when Gottfredson hired Chuck Triplett – though at least they posted a job ad this time. In related news, the Senate will take up the matter of faculty participation in hiring and review of administrators in January.