Provost announces retroactive pandemic pay plus retention, compression, and merit raises!

That would be Provost Kimberly Espy, UO’s former VPR, now at UTSA:

As a result of our success in growing our enrollment—which led to our increased formula funding in the last legislative session and allocation of new resources under our incentivized resource management (IRM) budget model—we announced in August a strategic compensation plan to recognize and invest in our outstanding faculty, staff and student employees. As you know, the results of our campus climate survey identified compensation as a key area of needed focus.

We are pleased to share that we have made significant progress on our plan in recent months by increasing minimum hourly rates for staff and student employees, establishing Fixed Term Track faculty minimum salary pay scales, making market retention/compression adjustments, and implementing the university merit-based salary increases described below.

A key strategy in our plan is a merit-based salary increase of up to 4% for eligible employees. Recent merit increases occurred in FY18 (up to 2%), FY19 (up to 1%), and FY20 (up to 2%). There were no merit raises in FY17 and FY21. In FY22, from those who are eligible, over 96% will receive meaningful salary increases of 3% or more. We are pleased to be able to make this investment in our greatest resource—our faculty and staff—and show our appreciation for your dedication to UTSA and our students.

Merit will take effect January 1 and will be reflected on February 1 paychecks. As in prior years, increases will differ from person to person and the total you receive will be based on your 2020-2021 performance evaluation completed this fall. In January, you will receive an individual letter outlining your total merit increase. We encourage you to visit the People Excellence website to view program information, eligibility requirements, and the specific merit increase percentages and thresholds for faculty and for staff.

Coupled with the one-time payments to recognize and support faculty and staff for adaptation as a result of the pandemic, these intentional investment strategies demonstrate our commitment to attracting and retaining a qualified, diverse workforce. We will continue to support future compensation increases whenever we can appropriately do so. We appreciate your tremendous efforts and we thank you again for your support of our students.

Board of Trustees Exec to vote Tu at 4 on hiring Dan Lanning

GC Kevin Reed is still hiding the contract from the sports reporters, but you can get the gist from Willie Taggart’s deal here.

Meeting notice:

MEETING AGENDA
Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon
Executive and Audit Committee | Public Meeting
4:00 PM PST | December 14, 2021
Convene

  • Call to order, roll call, verification of a quorum
  1. Approval of Certain Athletic Contract (Football, Head Coach): Rob Mullens, Director of
    Intercollegiate Athletics
    Meeting Adjourns

Calendar Year 2021

Executive and Audit Committee Meeting — December 14, 2021

[Meeting Notice and Agenda] [Livestream Video] [Meeting Materials]

UO Administration posts late and incomplete salary reports 8 hours after faculty vote to accept modest raise package

A bit less than half the members voted, with 95% approving the administration’s offer of 5/2/3 % raises. Voting closed at midnight. Sure enough, at 8:00 this morning I got the email below (with my response at the top) telling me that the administration had finally posted a partial salary report, here.

From: harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Subject: Fwd: Fall salary info
Date: December 13, 2021 at 8:39:16 AM PST
To: Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
Cc: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu, Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu, Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org

Hi Jamie – In the email chain below I asked

Hi Jamie, back when the salary reports were posted quarterly, they would include all pay during the quarter – so for example summer pay, bonuses etc.

When IR switched to semi-annual reporting, they no longer included all of this – for example the summer pay I got for being Senate Pres was no longer reported.

I’m writing to request that, when this report is next made, it includes all payments made to all employees (including those no longer employed) over the preceeding 12 months.

You responded

Hi Bill –

I’ve talked to JP about this issue and he is planning to post a salary report this fall that will include the entire prior year.

Jamie

However the salary report that has just been posted does not appear to include any summer pay or bonuses.

I’d appreciate it if you could encourage JP to provide this information.

Thanks, Bill H

Begin forwarded message:

From: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu
Subject: RE: Fall salary info
Date: December 13, 2021 at 8:00:32 AM PST
To: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu

Dear Professor Harbaugh. The Fall 2021 salaries have been posted to IR’s website: https://ir.uoregon.edu/salary

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2021 9:54 AM
To: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu; Chief Human Resources Officer chro@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu; Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu; Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org
Subject: Re: Fall salary info

Hi JP, I notice the IR website says

“Note: The Office of Institutional Research publishes salary data for all employees in all unclassified and classified position classes as of November 1. The report will be available in mid-November.”

As you know the union has an upcoming vote on a salary MOU. Will you be able to get this report out today?

Bill

On Nov 30, 2021, at 2:09 PM, J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi Professor Harbaugh. I noticed in the email chain that Jamie references using October payroll for the reports. That was our previous practice, however, starting this year, we are switching to using November payroll because it provides a more complete set of records. I apologize for the confusion.

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:33 PM
To: J P Monroe jpmonroe@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu; Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu; Avinnash Tiwari tiwari@uauoregon.org
Subject: Re: Fall salary info

Hi JP, wondering when we can expect this. Thanks Bill

On Nov 28, 2021, at 11:37 PM, William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi JP, wondering when we can expect this. Thanks Bill

On Oct 14, 2021, at 12:58 PM, Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu wrote:

Hi Bill –

I’ve talked to JP about this issue and he is planning to post a salary report this fall that will include the entire prior year.

Jamie

Jamie Moffitt
Vice President for Finance & Administration and CFO
University of Oregon
jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
541-346-3003

From: William Harbaugh harbaugh@uoregon.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:55 PM
To: Jamie Moffitt jmoffitt@uoregon.edu
Cc: Mike Schill mschill@uoregon.edu
Subject: Re: AAUDE faculty salary comparisons

Hi Jamie, back when the salary reports were posted quarterly, they would include all pay during the quarter – so for example summer pay, bonuses etc.

When IR switched to semi-annual reporting, they no longer included all of this – for example the summer pay I got for being Senate Pres was no longer reported.

I’m writing to request that, when this report is next made, it includes all payments made to all employees (including those no longer employed) over the preceeding 12 months.

Thanks for considering this,

Bill

Trustees to give UO faculty real wage cuts because we aren’t lying dirt-bag scum like Duck coaches

Rumor has it that the raise agreement will be for 3 years, with 5/2/3 % raises. The union will send out a call for members to approve in a few days. First two years across the board, last 3% merit. You can’t call it a COLA raise because actual cost of living increases will mean faculty will have lost 3-5% by the end.

Pres Schill has already presided over cutting faculty pay from 94% to 90% of AAU peers, and another cut is not going to cost him any sleep.

Our Board of Trustees will have to vote to approve these pay cuts, perhaps at the same meeting that they vote to hire a new Duck football coach. Rumor has it that our Trustees will happily pay Cristobal’s replacement ~50% more.

What would the faculty union have to do to get raises like that? Set up a cartel like the NCAA or even just like the American Bar Association. Or make credible threats of a strike in the middle of enrollment season, as Cristobal did, and then be prepared to pull up your family, sell the house, betray your students, and get out of town.

UO Board of Trustees to offer “aggressive” raises to faculty

Of course not, this is for the football coach:

Dana Altman and Mario Cristobal’s “student athletes” just aren’t graduating

I’m sure Duck Faculty Athletic Reps Tim Gleason and Josh Gordon will have a complete explanation for Pres Schill’s Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee.

73% of Cristobal’s players graduate within 6 years, 20% of Altman’s do. Many problems with this metric, but why is UO at the bottom?

From Jon Wilner’s PAC-12 news:

— The scores listed here are the most-recent four-year averages, covering athletes who entered school from 2011-14.

Football

Stanford: 93
Utah: 90
Arizona State: 86
Washington: 85
Washington State: 85
Cal: 84
Oregon State: 82
USC: 81
Colorado: 77
Arizona: 73
Oregon: 73
UCLA: 71

Basketball

Arizona State: 100
Cal: 100
Stanford: 100
USC: 100
Utah: 100
Washington State: 100
Colorado: 92
Washington: 75
Oregon State: 67
Arizona: 60
UCLA: 55
Oregon: 20

Criminal Investigation Looks at the Financial Relationship Between USATF and Nike

Unsurprising news from Runners World. Thanks to a regular correspondent for forwarding the link.

A grand jury has subpoenaed records and contracts dating back to 2012.

As part of a criminal investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has asked for documents detailing the financial relationship between USA Track & Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport of running in the United States, and Nike, its largest sponsor.

Runner’s World has learned that a grand jury subpoena requested documents pertaining to USATF and its board of directors and three businesses: Nike; Matchbook Creative, a marketing firm in Indianapolis that counts USATF as one of its clients; and Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures LLC, a media and commercial rights advisory firm in New York. …

Bored Trustees to hold pointless meeting

Everything important has been done or will be done in secret. Two days of meetings and the only vote is a pro-forma one on some Ed School MS/certificate program. No way this in-person meeting is worth even an epsilon chance of the Omicron, but it will be online if you just like to watch:

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Meeting of the Board — December 1-2, 2021

[Meeting Materials] [Livestream-December 1] [Livestream-December 2]

On Remember the Hat Day, should we be thankful to our Board of Trustees?

On November 21st 2011, 10 years ago, OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Board Chair Matt Donegan came down to UO with their ultimatum demanding Lariviere resign for trying to implement his plan to bring faculty pay to 100% of AAU averages and trying to set up an independent UO Board. Lariviere refused to leave so they fired him, on instructions from Governor Kitzhaber. Nigel Jaquiss broke the news on the 22nd. OK, so I’m a few days behind, sorry.

In the aftermath Phil Knight, Chuck Lillis, Pat Kilkenny, Tim Boyle and others set up a PAC that convinced the legislature to let them convert UO into their own semi-private university with themselves or their allies as trustees. The implied tit-for-tat was a $2B(?) donation from Knight to advance the universities public mission. The implied threat was to use the PAC’s $350K to elect different legislators.

So how is our Board of Trustees doing?

Their most visible achievements have been an ever-expanding set of athletic egofices – including one that probably should not be discussed on a family friendly holiday – and a new academic emphasis on bioengineering. Important, but literally peripheral to the rest of the university. There are also a lot of new dorms – paid for by students through increased housing costs.

Meanwhile, tuition costs for Oregonians have increased by about 18% (relative to 2012, CPI adjusted.) Out of state tuition is up by 11% (also real).

Since 2012 resident undergrad enrollment is down from 12,116 to 10,314. Non-resident undergrads are down from 8,713 to 8,290.

In 2011, before the raises that lead to Lariviere’s firing, faculty pay was at 85% of the average for AAU public universities. It peaked in fall 2014 at 94%, and has since fallen to 90% (as of last year). Data here.

So if you’re an Oregon resident with an interest in public higher education, I don’t see much to thank our Trustees for. If you’re faculty, we gained a little in the years after (with help from the union) but are far from Lariviere’s 100% of AAU goal, and have been falling recently.

On the other hand if you share our trustees love of big-time college sports these are happy times!

Phil Knight said it best:

“It deeply saddens me that some people in power in our state continue to drive Oregon into a death spiral with their embrace of mediocrity. It’s yet another application of Oregon’s Assisted Suicide law.”

A week later the UO faculty, alumni, boosters, and even a few JH administrators united in protest, hired buses, and went to the board meeting in Portland to protest, with no effect:

Duck AD Rob Mullens rummages through coaches couch cushions, finds $3M for student athletes

Thanks to several members of Pres Schill’s Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee for forwarding this secret memo, along with the email from “Faculty” Athletics Rep Tim Gleason, below. NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION:

From: Tim Gleason 
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2021 10:49 AM
To: Kristyn Elton <kristyne@uoregon.edu>; Christopher Minson <minson@uoregon.edu>; tom lininger <lininger@law.uoregon.edu>; Troy Elias <telias@uoregon.edu>; Anne ‘Michelle’ Wood <miche@uoregon.edu>; Katy Lenn <klenn@uoregon.edu>; Anita Weiss <aweiss@uoregon.edu>; Joshua Gordon <jgordon9@uoregon.edu>; Kylie Robinson <krobins2@uoregon.edu>; Jack Scanlon <jscanlon@uoregon.edu>; Stephanie Prentiss <Prentiss@uoregon.edu>; Roger Thompson <rjt@uoregon.edu>; Kimberly Johnson <johnskim@uoregon.edu>; Stephen Stolp <stolp@uoregon.edu>; Rob Mullens <mullens@uoregon.edu>; Lisa Peterson <lpete@uoregon.edu>
Cc: Ceara Wilson <cearaw@uoregon.edu>; Ellen Laing <ellenl@uoregon.edu>; Lauren Crockett <lcrocket@uoregon.edu>
Subject: Re: Urgent IAAC meeting

IAAC members,

Attached is the draft Alston policy that we will discuss tomorrow at 11:00 am. Please note that this is a draft and it should not be distributed beyond the IAAC. Thanks for finding time for this meeting.

Tim

Tim Gleason

Professor of Journalism

Faculty Athletics Representative

Coordinator, SOJC Hall of Achievement & Eric Allen Award

School of Journalism and Communication

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1275

tgleason@uoregon.edu

timgleasonuo@gmail.com

541-346-3739 (office)

541-914-0739 (cell)

541-346-0682 (fax)

UO Faculty Union opens bargaining at 9:30 Friday 11/19

Whoops, the real session is on zoom here.

It may be a while before the Johnson Hall team screws up the courage to bring its shit raise real dollar salary cut proposals to the table, but meanwhile:

UA’s Bargaining Team plans to present a counter on Internal Governance and new proposals on Fringe Benefits, Hiring Information, and Home Campus.

Winter Schedule: Beginning January, we will meet twice a month, likely in person (with either very large room capacity or a Zoom stream, so members can watch). Additional details will be shared as soon as possible.

OSU Prez search committee includes just 2 Full Profs, 1 is UO Law Professor Mike Schill

Ignoring the deans, of course. The search will be run by Isaacson Miller, the same incompetents who brought Rahmat Shoureshi to PSU. The committee in full, from OSU’s search website:

  • Julie Manning, member of the Board of Trustees, committee chair.
  • Patty Bedient, member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Julia Brim-Edwards, member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Maria Chávez-Haroldson, member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center; professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Marissa Cuno, accountant in the Health Sciences Business Center, classified staff representative.
  • Taha Elwefati, student of social sciences; president of the Associated Students of the Cascades Campus.
  • Lauren Gwin, associate professor in the Department of Crop & Soil Science; associate director of OSU’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems; community food systems specialist for OSU Extension.
  • Kim Kirkland, executive director for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.
  • Kate MacTavish, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
  • Erika McCalpine, Faculty Senate president-elect; OSU-Cascades executive director of strategic diversity initiatives; director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laboratory; instructor, business administration.
  • Maija Pham, student of radiation health physics.
  • Alan Sams, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences; director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Michael Schill, president of the University of Oregon.
  • Eric Schoenstein, board chair of the Oregon State University Foundation.
  • Scott Vignos, interim vice president and chief diversity officer.
  • Virginia Weis, university distinguished professor of integrative biology.
  • Member from the broader community, to be announced.

Jackie Bangs, interim board secretary of the OSU Board of Trustees, and Gigi Bruce, chief assistant to the provost, will provide staff support for the search committee.

A separate presidential search firm selection committee was convened to recommend an executive search firm to assist the board’s recruitment and review of candidates for president. The committee was chaired by Trustee Preston Pulliams. Pulliams is the president of Gold Hill Associates, a community college president search firm. After considering written materials submitted in response to a public request for proposals, the committee interviewed search firms and conducted reference checks on the finalists. In mid-November, the committee unanimously recommended use of the firm Isaacson, Miller, and the board chair approved this recommendation.

State economists deliver still more good news on state revenues, just in time for raises

They’re going to have to stop calling it the dismal science. Today’s release is at https://www.oregon.gov/das/OEA/Pages/forecastecorev.aspx

Given this on top of all the other good news about UO’s out-of-state enrollment, CARES funds, and cost savings from the hiring freeze etc., it will be fun listening to Pres Schill at today’s Senate meeting (3PM on zoom here) attempting to explain why UO can’t afford to give employees raises that make up for inflation and our falling position relative to the AAU peers.

Revenue Summary

Oregon’s primary sources of state tax revenues continue to outstrip expectations. Since the September forecast
was released, daily collection records have been set for both personal income tax withholdings and corporate
tax collections. In addition, Lottery sales continue to set records for this time of year.

Recent forecasts have called for tax collections to return to earth. Federal aid has expired, and economic activity
is beginning to return to normal with workers reentering the labor force, returning to offices and spending more
on services. Instead of normalizing, however, revenue growth has accelerated further. …