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2005 President-Elect Faculty Senate Candidate

CAROL MALLORY-SMITH (at OSU since 1994) Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science and Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural Sciences.

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Agricultural Sciences Senator, 2005-present and 1998-00.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES SERVICE: Curriculum Committee, 2001-03 and Scholarship Committee, 1999-01.

OTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICE: President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1999-02; (Co-Chair 2001-02).

SEARCH COMMITTEES: Head, Department of Crop and Soil Science, 2001; Interim Head, Department of Entomology, 2001; and numerous faculty searches.

Candidate Statement: My desire for increased faculty governance at OSU and my feeling that faculty have a responsibility to the larger community of the institution are the reasons I agreed to be a candidate for President-Elect of the Faculty Senate. President Ray, in his State of the University Address, declared that shared governance is the best mechanism for engaging in substantive change. I see this statement as an offer by the Administration to raise the impact of faculty governance at OSU. This is an opportunity for faculty, through Faculty Senate, to have a strong voice in the future of OSU.

Over the next two years, what critical issues for faculty will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward on their behalf?

Of the many issues facing OSU, one of the most critical issues will be the implementation of changes based on budget reductions. I am a graduate of the Land Grant University System. I am familiar with and dedicated to the Land Grant Mission, especially service to the citizens of Oregon. However, because of the budget constraints, we can not continue to be all things to all people. Changes in programs and offerings are necessary and needed. It is critical that we use all of the years of education and experience that are held in OSU faculty to address and bring about these changes in the institution.

Several experiences in my time as a faculty member at OSU have prepared me to address change. I am a member of a department and college that have undergone major reorganizations and budget reductions in the past 10 years. During this time, I learned a great deal about how these processes are improved through faculty and staff input.

As co-chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, I had the opportunity to learn about concerns of women faculty and staff across campus. This experience brought me a greater understanding that all voices need to be included in the decision-making process as minority voices often are lost when decisions are based on the majority opinion. We must not lose sight of the value of diversity in our institution.

I am currently President of the Weed Science Society of America and have served on its Board of Directors for six years. This Society, like many other professional societies, is faced with decreasing membership and budget constraints, yet is searching for ways to become more inclusive while maintaining its identity. My involvement in the self-evaluation and restructuring of this organization will be valuable in addressing change and searching for solutions for OSU.