Senate Minutes - 05-25-2016

DRAFT

University Senate Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
3:00-5:00 pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

Attendance can be found at the bottom of the page.

1. Call to Order: 3:07 pm

2. Approval of Minutes:

2.1 May 18, 2016. Seeing no one interested in modifying the minutes, President Sullivan declared them accepted as currently posted on the Senate website.

4. New Business:

S.1 [Suspension of the Rules] Report: "Academic Continuity;" Academic Integrity Taskforce

Frances White described the various concerns about grading and academic integrity that arose during the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) strike in late 2014. The task force that was formed to look into these concerns included Ron Bramhall, Joe Lowndes, and White. They met with a wide range of campus groups, developed a series of recommendations for how the university should respond academically to emergencies, and presented their report to the Academic Council. Their key recommendation is that the Academic Council be contacted immediately during an emergency. White said the deans have asked for further details on how the university should be responding academically to particular types of emergencies, so the Academic Council will continue its discussions next school year. White presented the report to the Senate and noted that it is posted on the Senate website.

4.1 US15/16-30: Addendum to Spring 2016 Curriculum Report: Minor Changes to the MA/MS in Folklore: Public Folklore track; Frances White (Anthropology), Chair of the Curriculum Committee

Frances White reviewed the various small adjustments being made to the Spring 2016 Curriculum Report that the Senate approved at its May 18 meeting.

Presented by: Frances White. Second: Not needed, since motion is coming from a committee.

Vote on report addendum: Motion passes overwhelmingly.

4.2 US14/15-40: To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

President Sullivan reviewed the Senate’s experience with this bylaw revisions that was passed during Fall Term 2015, but which had a Spring Term 2016 sunset provision. He said it hadn’t been used extensively, but when it was it had worked well. Sullivan said the proposed motion would make this “substitute senator” provision a permanent part of the Senate Bylaws. He noted that, as a bylaws change, it would require a 2/3 vote to pass. Colin Koopman pointed out that there is nothing in the bylaws change that states specifically how far in advance of a meeting a senator needs to announce who her/his substitute will be. Sullivan said that he would interpret the bylaws stipulation that notice be provided “as far in advance as possible” to mean any time up until the gavel falls to convene the Senate meeting.

Presented by: Senate Executive Committee. Second: Not needed, since motion is coming from a committee.

Vote on bylaws amendment: Motion passes unanimously.

4.3 US15/16-31: Announcement and Confirmation of Spring 2016 Committee Appointments; Committee on Committees

Vice President Bill Harbaugh described the significant amount of work performed by the Committee on Committees in matching people up with committee assignments they were interested in. The list of appointments has been posted on the Senate website and it was displayed for those in attendance to review. Harbaugh noted that there are still a few vacancies that will need to be filled and he asked that anyone who feels they have been slotted into the wrong committee to contact him. President Sullivan praised all those who had volunteered for committee service, either by appointment or election, because of the time commitment involved and the difficulties it can cause in the performance of their regular work responsibilities.

Presented by: Committee on Committees. Second: Not needed, since motion is coming from a committee.

Vote on committee appointments: Motion passes unanimously.

4.4 Election of the Senate President-elect (Vice President) for 2016-2017

Two candidates were nominated for President-Elect/Vice President. They are:

Chris Sinclair, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Rich Margerum, Professor of Planning, Public Policy, and Management; Department Head

Both candidates had posted statements on the Senate website. They each spoke to the Senate and explained their interests and priorities, their backgrounds, and why they were seeking election. They also answered questions from senators.

The candidates left the room and voting was accomplished by a showing of hands.

Results: Sinclair – 20; Margerum – 12. Chris Sinclair was welcomed as the new Senate Vice President.

4.5 Year-end remarks by UO President Schill

President Michael Schill expressed support for shared governance and thanked Randy Sullivan for his leadership of the Senate. Schill reviewed some of the reasons he’s optimistic about the university’s future – plans to hire 20 new tenure-track faculty, three new deans and a new vice president for research, a new associate vice provost for student success, improvements in diversity, and a solid core of executive administrators. He said there will be a net gain of 60 graduate students next year and that $3.1 million in administrative savings will be used to recruit top faculty and make big investments in our IT infrastructure. Schill cited a range of accomplishments, including admitting a freshman class with a higher GPA, improved academic advising, a better Title IX investigation system, completion of the strategic and IDEAL frameworks, contract settlements with SEIU and United Academics, reaching the halfway mark in the UO’s $2 billion capital campaign, and improved relations between Johnson Hall and the University Senate.

Schill also remarked about the challenges still facing our university, such as the need for greater resources that can be devoted to faculty and research, student success, and diversity. He pointed out that the State of Oregon is projecting a $1.2 billion deficit for the 2017-19 biennium and said this will result in cutbacks for higher education unless the situation is turned around. This is also why, he said, we will continue to emphasize philanthropy, tuition increases, and realignment of resources.

Other challenges include the need to build modern science facilities, so we can attract top scientists; the importance of settling the GTFF contract without a strike; keeping students safe at all times, particularly those students in fraternities and sororities; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion for all campus constituencies, including among top administrators; and completing work on the demands raised last year by the Black Student Task Force.

President Schill presented President Sullivan with an engraved gavel to thank him for his service as Senate president.

4.6 UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust: Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics)

President Randy Sullivan described the purpose and history of this award. He introduced Bill Harbaugh and explained why the Senate Executive Committee had selected him to receive it. Harbaugh accepted the award, thanked the Senate, and offered his own remarks. (Photos of all recipients and their remarks will be posted in the Awards section of the Senate website.)

4.7 UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: Dorothy Attneave, Campus Planning, Design & Construction

Senator Theodora Ko Thompson described the purpose and history of this award and explained why the classified staff senators had selected Dorothy Attneave. Thompson noted that Attneave was away visiting family and unable to attend the presentation. Attneave had therefore arranged for the SEIU Labor Choir, which she directs, to perform in her absence. Lois Yoshishige read brief introductory remarks from Attneave and led the choir in a labor history song called, “The Working Folks on Strike!” (Photos of all recipients and their remarks will be posted in the Awards section of the Senate website.)

4.8 UO Senate Wayne T. Westling Award: Robert Kyr, Professor (School of Music & Dance)

Vice President Bill Harbaugh described the purpose and history of this award. He introduced Robert Kyr and explained why the Committee on Committees had selected him to receive it. Kyr accepted the award, thanked the Senate, and offered his own remarks. (Photos of all recipients and their remarks will be posted in the Awards section of the Senate website.)

4.9 UO Senate Officers of Administration Leadership Award: Kimberly Johnson, Office of Academic Advising

Senator Keith Frazee described the purpose and history of this award. He introduced Kimberly Johnson and explained why the OA senators had selected her to receive it. Johnson accepted the award, thanked the Senate, and offered her own remarks. (Photos of all recipients and their remarks will be posted in the Awards section of the Senate website.)

4.10 Passing of the Gavel to the Incoming Senate President Bill Harbaugh (Economics); Randy Sullivan (Chemistry), Outgoing Senate President

Paul Simonds welcomed Sullivan into the “Dead Presidents’ Society”, an august group made up of all former presidents of the modern University Senate. Simonds, as the first former Senate president, described himself as the “deadest of the dead presidents”.

Randy Sullivan thanked all who had contributed to a successful year in the University Senate. In particular, he thanked all the senators for their hard work; Chuck Triplett for his efforts on the ongoing policy turnover project; and UO President Michael Schill for treating him as a colleague. Sullivan then welcomed new President Bill Harbaugh and presented him with a gift and the Senate gavel.

5. Open Discussion: None

6. Reports: Academic Continuity report handled earlier

7. Notice(s) of Motion: None

8.   Other Business: None

9.   Adjournment: 5:00 pm

Senate Awards Reception - same location

Attendance:

University Senate Members    2015-16         Date: May 25, 2016

Senators

Pres

Abs

Exc

Senators

Pres

Abs

Exc

CAS – Natural Sciences

 

 

 

Librarians

 

 

 

Jeff Cina

X

 

 

Victoria Mitchell

X

 

 

John Conery

X

 

 

Edward Teague

X

 

 

Dejing Dou

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Freyd

 

 

X

Lundquist College of Business

 

 

 

Weiyong He (Sub: Sinclair)

 

 

X

Robin Clement

X

 

 

Ken Prehoda

 

X

 

Jennifer Ellis

X

 

 

Michael Price

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reza Rejaie

 

 

X

School of Music and Dance

 

 

 

Hans Dreyer

X

 

 

Alexandre Dossin

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Idit Shner 

 

X

 

CAS – Social Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Cramer

X

 

 

Clark Honors College

 

 

 

Michael Dreiling

X

 

 

Monique Balbuena

X

 

 

William Harbaugh

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Parsons

X

 

 

Other Academic Units

 

 

 

Peter Walker

X

 

 

Edward Davis

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS – Humanities

 

 

 

Officers of Administration

 

 

 

Jane Averill

X

 

 

David Espinoza

X

 

 

Dianne Dugaw

X

 

 

Keith Frazee

X

 

 

Colin Koopman

X

 

 

Stephanie McGee

X

 

 

Geraldine Poizat-Newcomb (Sub: Whalen)

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Gina Psaki

X

 

 

Students

 

 

 

Donna Shaw

X

 

 

Andrew Dunn

 

X

 

Eric Pederson

X

 

 

Nicole Hendrix

 

X

 

Daniela Vallega-Neu       

 

 

X

Zach Lusby

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Nicholson

 

X

 

Architecture and Allied Arts

 

 

 

Zach Rentschler

 

X

 

Jack Ryan

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Leete

X

 

 

Classified Staff

 

 

 

Ron Lovinger

 

X

 

John Ahlen

 

 

X

Richard Margerum

X

 

 

Theodora Ko Thompson

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Murray

X

 

 

College of Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deanna Linville

 

 

X

Career Non-Tenure Track Research

 

 

 

Laura Lee McIntyre

X

 

 

Greg Bryant

X

 

 

Deborah Olson

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Council Chair

 

 

 

Journalism and Communication

 

 

 

Frances White

X

 

 

Debra Merskin

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Officio

 

 

 

School of Law

 

 

 

Randy Sullivan, President

X

 

 

John Bonine

 

 

X

Rob Kyr, Immediate Past Pres.

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Schill, UO President

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Coltrane, Provost

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Schlegel, ASUO President

 

X

 

Ex Officio: Betina Lynn, Paul Simonds

Guests: Chuck Triplett, Kevin Reed, Mariann Hyland, Amanda Hatch, Kevin Johnson, Peggy Johnson, Wilson Johnson Jr., Kimberly Johnson, Lisa Freinkel, Dulce Castro, Kris Katkus, Ken Doxsee, Melina Pastos, Bil Morrill, Liesl Johnson, Stephanie Dresie Chaney, Ted Calcaterra, Erin Driscoll, Karla Haught, Susan Lesyk, Grant Schoonover, Jane Brubaker, Janny Lau, TK Landazuri, David Landazuri, Liz Hahn, Lois Yoshishige, Johnny Earl, Darin Dehle, and Kurt Willcox