CAS Dean Andrew Marcus gets creative about how Stabile got “imagineer” job

6/4/2018 update:

Reporter Casey Crowley has the story in the Emerald, here:

The ADSI will be part of the dean’s leadership team and will be tasked with developing, planning and implementing new strategic initiatives for the CAS. Stabile will not have permanent oversight of staff or budgets decisions.

“She will; however, be in a sense our imagineer… the engineer who can help us imagine what we might become and then actually put time into those initiatives,” said Marcus.

After hearing about the planned appointment, a group of faculty members sent a letter to Marcus.

5/17/2018: Deans behaving badly on CAS Assoc Dean, CoD Head appointments

Rumor has it that CAS Dean Andrew Marcus will appoint Carol Stabile (WGS) to a newly created position of Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. From what I can tell there was no open search or apparently any consideration of other candidates, and no position announcement or job description was ever posted.

This is a terrible way to fill a job like this – it’s against shared governance, against the principle of open searches instead of insider deals, and it does a disservice to Stabile, who is returning from a year at UMD and will now start the job under a cloud. A group of faculty has already written Marcus in protest.

Back in the day Affirmative Action and Equality Opportunity insisted on transparency for jobs like this, which would be posted online with the heading “internal candidates only”, so that everyone interested would at least be able to submit an application. When Provost Linda Brady failed to do this, for a search for a VP for Institutional Diversity, Federal Judge Thomas Coffin ordered her to explain. (Doc 32).

Meanwhile, CoD Dean Christoph Lindner has sent the following email around to his faculty:

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to update you and invite your input on the selection of the new Head of the School of Architecture & Environment.

First, I want to thank all of the faculty who wrote nominations for this important leadership role.

At this time, I have had a chance to meet with all nominees. I have also met with the SAE leadership team to hear their views and recommendations, and I have consulted with the College leadership team, comprised of the other School Heads, to get their feedback. Before making a decision on the appointment, I want to invite the faculty in SAE to share their feedback on key characteristics, skills, and expertise the new School Head should have. It is important for me to understand what you value in this position and what you see as high priorities for the School going forward.

Please write to me directly with your feedback before noon on Friday, May 18. I will move forward with an appointment after carefully considering all faculty feedback.

The School of Architecture & Environment is a uniquely talented community. I am excited by the strengths of the individual departments and programs in SAE and remain immensely optimistic about the potential of what we can achieve when we bring those strengths together. I look forward to receiving your advice on the appointment of the new School Head.


Christoph Lindner
Dean and Professor

I don’t see that this job was ever posted either, and rumor has it that the fix is already in, but at least he’s making a pretense of consultation.

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10 Responses to CAS Dean Andrew Marcus gets creative about how Stabile got “imagineer” job

  1. AMDF says:

    The ‘imagineer’ (who did leave University of Maryland after less than a year) appears to be on campus already hard at work. I’m surprised that UOMatters isn’t even the slightest curious about the actual job description (or pay scale) for this newly created position of authority in the dean’s office. A position that required no search while the rest of the campus jumps through the multitude of IHP hoops.

  2. Inquiring Minds says:

    Wait, I thought C. Stabile went to University of Maryland last fall? Did that fall through or did they get a short timer out of that hire?

  3. Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto says:

    While CAS maybe has the formal right to create and hire someone into a new leadership position, its counter to all of their rhetoric over the last couple of years. From Dean Marcus’ own email touting the CAS Deans Fellows Program: “Developing strong and diverse leadership is important for any organization. We want to be more intentional about developing leadership capability in our College…The Dean’s Fellows program is part of a broader effort by CAS to find new ways to involve and engage faculty in important issues and decisions in the College, as well as develop their leadership abilities. In addition, to the Dean’s Fellows program we also plan to have more systematic training and professional development for our heads, introduce a few working groups of faculty and staff to advise us on key decisions in the coming year, and more formally involve the UO Senate and senators in advising CAS on important issues.” Not so much.

    Stabile, by the way, announced her move back to the UO (she wasn’t really on leave, she left us for supposedly greener pastures at Maryland), weeks ago in an email to her colleagues. CAS hasn’t announced it simply because they know they’ve botched the process (and the choice) and are hoping to run out the spring term clock.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There goes the funding for three more humanities NTTF.

  5. Dog says:

    but the UO has long been the place where imagination goes to die …

  6. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    Undoubtedly a good pick to address the 52-48 gender disparity in enrollment. (I’ll let you guess which gender is underrepresented.)

  7. Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto says:

    Really bad (no) process and worse choice. If CAS is actually serious about ‘building leadership pipelines’ and ‘increasing leadership diversity at Oregon’ then this is the absolute wrong way to go about doing it. And despite the fact that the owner of this website likes Stabile because he imagines she’s fighting the man just like him, she’s left a wake of faculty, departments and units in her wake over the years who are the worse for wear as a result. She is a poor administrator and there is large contingent of faculty, including many women and faculty of color, who, depending on their professional status, either don’t trust her or fear her. Not great CAS.

  8. wasn't a union supposed to help with this says:

    Don’t we have a union in place to help prevent administrative misbehavior and bloat? Whatever little evidence there was that the union would help lead UO to a greater emphasis on shared governance has long since faded. Seems like all the union does recently is collect their fees.

    • An upside down COD says:

      Ask the faculty in Architecture; our union has been at bat for us nonstop. Our union leadership has also been helping avert a fiasco from a poorly administered budget axe in College of Ed. I bet they are busy with grievances too. I also think our union was heavily involved in crafting a positive response to the metrics rollout. Do you ever go to a union meeting or read the news? Try getting informed rather than blurting ignorance.

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