LANI ROBERTS (at OSU since 1989), Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, College of Liberal Arts.
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Executive Committee, 2006-present; Liberal Arts Senator, 2004-present; Graduate Admissions Committee, 2004-present; Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 2001-04; University Honors College Council, 1999-01; and Faculty Grievance Committee, 1996-99.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SERVICE: Master Teacher Program, 2004-05, 1997-99; Budget Committee, 2002-04; Student Review & Appeals Committee, 2000-01, 1999-00, (Chair, 2003-05, 2001-02); and Pauling Peace Lectureship Committee, 1999-01.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Gender & Diversity Task Force, Athletic Department, 2001-02; Student Conduct Committee, 2000-03; Association for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC), 1999-present; Student Activities Committee, 1997-01; and DPD Advisory Committee, 1996-present.
Candidate Statement: I am willing to serve Oregon State University on the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate as a continuation of my commitment to faculty governance of higher education in our state. I am a fifth generation Oregonian, raised on the east side of the Cascades and have lived in many parts of the state. I can bring this broad point of view to bear on the challenges facing higher education.
What critical issues for faculty at a state-wide level will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward?
Financial concerns are at the top of the concerns of faculty statewide for several reasons. The critical issues include support for salaries that are on par with our peer institutions in order to recruit and retain the best faculty, infrastructure investment which is the fiscal wise path, and security of benefits. Like others, the affordability of medical insurance is near the top of the list of my own priorities. In addition to continuing education of state legislators regarding the relationship of state funding to quality of education for our students, one potential source of increased funding is through return to OUS of the tuition interest now collected in the state coffers. The IFS can contribute to this ongoing effort which, if successful, would benefit all the universities in the OUS system. Finally, I am most interested in advocating for the well-rounded university model in lieu of the specialization of particular universities in the OUS system. Higher education benefits Oregon through the educated, aware and conscientious citizens that come from our schools, in addition to whatever job skills they may carry with them.