Back in 2020, the Senate concluded years of negotiations with UO President Mike Schill and got him to sign this policy giving the Senate and the Faculty a little bit of say in searches for Dean’s, etc. It requires that the Senate Leadership be consulted about the search and search committee, that a majority of the members be faculty, that at least one of the faculty be a Senator. Basic shared governance stuff.
Schill hated this, but I argued that our accreditors insisted on faculty input as part of their shared governance standards, and in the end he signed it as UO Policy:
Search Procedures for Academic Administrator Positions
Reason for Policy:
To set forth the values that should inform leadership hiring practices at the UO and to articulate best practices for filling vacancies in high-level academic administrator positions. This policy pertains only to the positions articulated within the policy (or their substantially similar position if a title changes). Other positions not articulated within the policy were intentionally excluded.
Entities Affected by this Policy:
Those involved in searches for academic administrator positions.
For questions about this policy, please contact the Office of the Provost at (541) 346-3081 or [email protected].
Enactment & Revision History:
27 May 2020 – Approved by the university president for enactment.
Our Provost – currently Janet Woodruff-Borden, is the “Responsible Office”, which I suppose means she’s responsible for ignoring it.
From Around the 0:
The search committee has invited two internal candidates to meet with campus stakeholders May 2-3 in the search for a permanent Clark Honors College dean.
Faculty members, staff and students will be invited to meet with each of the finalists during their respective campus appearances, which will include a public talk, conducted in hybrid mode.
The Clark Honors College offers the benefits and opportunities of a major research university while fostering an education which allows top students to gather, learn and grow within Chapman Hall.
“This is an important time for the Clark Honors College,” said Janet Woodruff-Borden, interim provost and executive vice president. “In the past few years, the college has experienced unprecedented growth, appointed core faculty in a new diversity of fields, updated the curriculum, instituted innovative courses in public engagement, and enhanced student advising and support. The dean will be responsible for overseeing the education and development of some of our most ambitious and motivated students. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader who is committed to excellence in teaching and research, and who will continue to enhance the honors college experience for its students.”
Details about each candidate will be released in advance of each visit on the Office of the Provost website, along with an online survey where community members can share their observations.
The search has been led by a committee composed of honors college faculty members, staff and students and chaired by Chris Poulsen, Tykeson Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Chris Poulsen, (chair) Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
- Dulce Castro, Second-year Advisor, Clark Honors College
- Ulrick Casimir, Senior Instructor, Department of English
- Kate Mondloch, Professor, History of Art and Architecture
- Fred Poust, Advisory Board Member
- Erin Morrison, Clark Honors College student
- Katy Krieger, Search Advocate
- Suzette Howard, Search Coordinator
I count 2 faculty, neither from the Senate, none from CHC.