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Pres Scholz to reopen “toxic” faculty club that “reeks of white male privilege”

Presumably GC Kevin Reed will be on the board this time. More here:

About UO Faculty Club
The Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art host the UO Faculty Club. In its third incarnation, the Faculty Club means to provide a place where faculty can gather in a welcoming and collegial space. Gatherings take place weekly on Thursdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the JSMA. Snacks and soft drinks provided; beer and wine available for purchase at the bar.

Posted on 4/3/2019: GC Kevin Reed believes “toxic” Faculty Club “reeks of white male privilege”

Over the past year or so I’ve received many angry emails from UO’s $352,612 a year VP & General Counsel Kevin Reed, above, accusing me of various things and threatening me with various forms of retaliation. I’m posting this latest because he cced others, and because it might be of more general interest:

From: Kevin Reed <[email protected]>

Subject: Re: University Service Opportunities

Date: April 3, 2019 at 9:10:31 AM PDT

To: Senate Executive Coordinator <[email protected]>, “William Harbaugh” <[email protected]>, Elizabeth Skowron <[email protected]>

Cc: [names and addresses of OA, SEIU, and ASUO student leaders redacted]

Bill [Senate Pres Harbaugh, me] and Elizabeth [Senate VP Skowron]

I write in my capacity as a proud Officer of Administration at the University of Oregon.  In that capacity, and as a person who is committed to improving the functioning of shared governance at UO,  I write to question your decision to hold “informational sessions” relating to opportunities to serve the Senate at the “Faculty Club.”

The Faculty Club is not open to OA’s, classified staff, GE’s or students.  It is not an environment where any of those crucial constituencies are likely, in my view, to feel welcome or to show up. Neither to I believe it to be a place where members of UO’s marginalized communities feel in the slightest bit welcome. Indeed, the Faculty Club has earned a reputation on campus as being an exclusionary group, dominated by white men.  Exactly the sort of “good ole boys club” I think the Senate would want to distance itself from.  Curiously, however, Senate leadership has chosen to treat it as its clubhouse.

Indeed, a respondent to a recent campus survey on faculty hiring had this to say about the Faculty Club:

“The faculty club – an extension of UO senate and Bill’s blog is a place where gossip takes place in an exclusive zone.  Sidebar conversations empower those who show up to a space that is less than welcoming to anyone outside a core group of faculty. It reeks of white male privilege – even the name Faculty Club is destructive and screams of exclusion and privilege. Why does the UO community not actively resist these toxic activities?”

As an OA who truly thinks UO deserves better, I could not have said it better.  I add, however, that the message this sends is especially toxic in the context of the current budget situation, in which the president has called for significant cuts to programs.  On his blog, the Senate President has been posting conversations that suggest that there is bloat that should be targeted for cuts in the ranks of student workers, classified staff and officers of administration who are dedicated to making this university a safe and highly effective organization.

I believe the University and the Senate deserve better.

Kevin S. Reed

219 Johnson Hall | Eugene, OR 97403-1226

(541) 346-3082 | [email protected]

My response:

Hi Kevin,

Faculty Club open Wed & Th

Dear Colleagues, The Faculty Club will be open this week during the usual hours, with gatherings on Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Wednesday, we will feature the School of Architecture and Environment, the “placemakers” of the UO, with an inspiringly designed, solidly structured Six-o-Clock toast. If you’ve always…

Faculty Club Agenda

Dear Colleagues, The rains have begun, and midterm grading is lurking around the corner… but let the Faculty Club be your refuge from all storms! Here are some ways that the Faculty Club can help you: · Build camaraderie for your department, program or group by organizing an evening at…

Faculty Club to host CoE Dean Randy Kamphaus, this Wed 5PM

Dear Colleagues, The Faculty Club will be meeting this week, during the usual hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:00-8:00 pm). On Wednesday we continue with our Senate-sponsored “Talk to Your Dean Night” series, with Dean Randy Kamphaus of the College of Education making himself available to chat about whatever’s on your…

Today at 3PM: Senate on Honors College restart, romantic relationships, multicultural

DRAFT Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake Rooms) 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M.   Call to Order Introductory Remarks; Senate President Chris Sinclair Update from Johnson Hall 3:20 P.M. Approval of Minutes, February 14, 2018 & Consent Calendar 3:25 P.M.   Business Clark Honors College; Karen Ford, Divisional Dean for CAS Humanities Discussion:…

CAS Deans Marcus, Sadofsky & Blonigen invite you to the Faculty Club

Also LCB Dean Sarah Nutter will be there on Wed night. What a great idea: To:                         CAS Faculty From:                    Andrew Marcus Re:                         CAS nights at the Faculty Club: Thursday, February 22 & Thursday, March 1 The CAS Deans will be joining the Faculty Club on two upcoming nights…

UO Faculty Club still has 100 free tickets for Donald Trump event

The chair of the UO Faculty Club’s Refreshments and Entertainments Committee has asked me to post this message: Dear UO Faculty Club Members: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be speaking at the Lane County Fairgrounds on Friday. His campaign organization has sent the Faculty Club 100 free tickets for this important…

AAU, Bean, Espy rumors

The latest rumors, from the faculty club hookah room: UO is now on an unofficial AAU watch list for underperformance – not enough federal grants or grad students. Johnson Hall is going to try and hang our expulsion on the faculty, or the union, or the weather, but we all…