Prov Phillips appoints HC’s Gabe Paquette to replace Ellen Herman as VPAA:

From the Provost:
Dear Colleagues,
I am excited to announce that I have selected Clark Honors College Dean Gabe Paquette to be the next vice provost for academic affairs.
Gabe joins the Office of the Provost team where he will help us in strengthening the academic mission of the University of Oregon. Specifically, Gabe will focus his efforts on ensuring the academic success of UO faculty. This includes overseeing personnel actions such as tenure, promotion, faculty performance reviews, post-tenure review, development plans, and sabbaticals, as well as the training and development of faculty members across their careers. He will report directly to Executive Vice Provost Janet Woodruff-Borden.
Selected in a national search in 2018, Gabe joined the UO as dean of the Clark Honors College and immediately set to work. In his Honors College role, he was responsible for all academic, budgetary, operational, and philanthropic activities. Gabe also oversaw a comprehensive reform of the college’s interdisciplinary curriculum that will begin in Fall 2020.
During his tenure at CHC, Gabe increased the size of the entering first-year cohort by 25 percent. He also designed and led a unit-wide strategic planning process for the college. And he was instrumental in bringing the renowned “Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing” to the UO through a foundation grant, making the institution one of three public universities to host the prestigious seminar program.
In Gabe, we have an exceptionally capable person who has a clear and polished track record of digging into the work to find creative solutions. He is accustomed to working closely with faculty in a way that harnesses excellent teaching and connects to positive outcomes when it comes to student experience. He spent seven years at The Johns Hopkins University as a professor of history. He also served in the provost’s office, helping to convene and guide a 30-person Commission on Undergraduate Education. He was director for the Latin American Studies program. He previously held positions at Harvard, the University of Cambridge’s Trinity College, and Wesleyan University.
Gabe will start his new assignment as vice provost for academic affairs on Sept. 1. I look forward to having him in the Office of the Provost and to all he will do to help our faculty thrive.
I will spend the next few weeks working with my leadership team and meeting with faculty in the honors college, and academic and senate leadership to gather input before selecting an interim dean.
Finally, I’d like to thank the 10-member search committee, led by Chair Jane Gordon, vice provost for UO Portland. The committee included members of the faculty, staff, academic leadership, and the University Senate.
Please join me in congratulating Gabe, and I hope you and your families are healthy and safe.
Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President
This was an 0.5 FTE job under Herman, when she was appointed 2 years ago:


VPAA Announcement

Dear Academic and Administrative Leaders:

It is with great enthusiasm that the provost’s office announces that Ellen Herman, professor of history, has agreed to join the provost’s office as the permanent (no longer interim) vice provost for academic affairs. Ellen will join the office at a 0.5 FTE and focus on promotion and tenure as well as other faculty-specific matters. Many of you will be glad to hear that Ellen is already thinking through process and system improvements!

The office still has a need for the other 0.5 FTE and will launch a search shortly for a 0.5 associate vice provost position. This position will focus on program review, oversee a few of the provost’s office direct reporting units, and work with Ellen and executive vice provost Scott Pratt on other areas of tenure-related faculty matters. We are excited about this position as an opportunity for associate or full professors, particularly those who want administrative experience while not relinquishing their teaching and research efforts. If you know of good candidates, please share the position outline, which is available at this link. The posting will be live as soon as possible with updates at the same link.

An Around the O story is available here.

Please let Ellen, Scott or me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Angela

Angela Wilhelms

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5 Responses to Prov Phillips appoints HC’s Gabe Paquette to replace Ellen Herman as VPAA:

  1. Canard says:

    In case you’d like some insight into the new VPAA’s philosophy, it’s all laid out here in his recent article in the Chronicle, “Bashing Administrators While the University Burns”. Perhaps this was the essay he submitted as part of the job application.

  2. DTL says:

    I leave my responses into the void. So very sad. It is dark. I think there may be a haiku in there somewhere.

  3. heraclitus says:

    Word on the street is that “increased the size of the entering first-year cohort by 25 percent” = “accepted everyone that applied”. That’s thinking outside the box for ya!

  4. Angry (But Not Surprised) Otter says:

    24 hours haven’t passed since union members agreed to a potential pay cut and the Provost office has turned a .5 FTE position into 1.0 FTE? This is precisely why this Otter voted ‘no’ on the union MOU.

  5. DBL says:

    .5FTE to 1.0FTE? Admin bloat, bloat, bloats-bloat.

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