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Admin team member aghast at union’s use of the H word during salary bargaining

Shortly after accusing the union of “cherry-picking” its list of overpaid administrators to come up with the result that top admins are paid 99.4% of comparators while faculty are only paid 84%, one of the union team members used the H word to describe how the faculty felt after the…

Retention offers are biased against women, minorities

Thanks to a reader for the link: In US higher education, faculty members may receive an outside offer of employment from an external organization, and then receive a corresponding counteroffer from their current institution. Counteroffers are written contracts made to individuals — either prematurely in anticipation of an outside offer,…

Fake Science for Sale

In economics one good paper a year is a respectable career and the review process can take many years. Apparently the physical sciences are more responsive to market pressures: https://www.wsj.com/science/academic-studies-research-paper-mills-journals-publishing-f5a3d4bc?st=sgc2yq1xhe54ij4&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink Fake studies have flooded the publishers of top scientific journals, leading to thousands of retractions and millions of dollars in…

Pres Scholz asks students to narc on faculty who try and use their academic freedom

Actually, he got VP Kris Winter to do his dirty work with this email to students:

… In short, no student should be encouraged or compelled by UO employees to be exposed to the protest or encampment. This includes visiting the encampment for any academic or instructional purpose including class or office hours. I encourage students to reach out to report concerns through the links in this message, to practice self-care and mutual support, and to make use of the following resources as we navigate this challenging time. …

As it happens, UO has a policy on academic freedom that addresses this, and does so far more liberally (in the classical sense) than what UO is telling its students:

b. TEACHING. The University’s responsibility to help students to think critically and independently requires that members of the university community have the right to investigate and discuss matters, including those that are controversial, inside and outside of class, without fear of institutional restraint. Matters brought up in class should be related to the subject of courses or otherwise be educationally relevant, as determined primarily by the faculty member in charge of the class.

The academic freedoms enumerated in this policy shall be exercised without fear of institutional reprisal.

Scholz’s message to students below:

Daily Emerald: Faculty pay is dismal, but Scholz & his top Admins doing just fine

Stephanie Hensley in the ODE: For professors at the University of Oregon, salaries are notably lower than those of their peers at other universities. The average annual salary of a full professor at the UO is $139,800, whereas the American Association of Universities averages $174,300. … Since joining the University…

Pres Scholz on Gaza protests, boycotts, divestment, free speech, disruptions

Dear University of Oregon community, We are living through an extraordinary moment in which people at universities across the nation—including on our own campus—are expressing their passionate views about the ongoing conflict and devastating loss of human life in the Middle East and particularly in Gaza. The destruction and suffering…

UO’s top administrators pay themselves 99.4% of comparators, pay the faculty 86%.

What I learned in bargaining today, on zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81254557403?pwd=Nkh2L1ptaDhpRmlvdWNaaXYxaHcxQT09 In response to this news from Keaton Miller (Econ) your union has lowered its salary demand from “Average, in 3 years” to “99.4% of average, in 3 years”. The new proposal will be posted at https://www.uauoregon.org/bargaining/ Presumably it will be…