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2008 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator

B. STARR MCMULLEN (at OSU since 1980), Professor of Economics & Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), College of Agriculture 2006-present; Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts 1980-2006 (Department Chair 2002-05; Interim Department Chair 2001-02; Acting Department Chair 1995-96).

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Graduate Council, 2005-06; Research Council, 1992-93; Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1990-92 (Chair 1991-92); and Student Recognition and Awards Committee, 1983-86.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SERVICE: CLA Budget Committee, 2005-06, 1995-96, 1986-88 (Chair, 1996); and CLA Research Committee, 1983-85 (Chair, 1984).

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Triad (OSU Faculty Club) (President 2006-08); Graduate Program Review, Department of Horticulture, 2006-07 (Chair); Graduate Program Academic Review for CCLP program, 2002; Faculty Women's Network (President 1992-93, Steering Committee 1990-92); President's Task Force on Graduate Education, 1987-88; CORE Committee for the Graduate Program in Economics, 1985-87; and OSU Symphony Board of Directors, 1985-86.

OUS SERVICE: Ad Hoc University System Faculty Committee to Examine Changes in ORP/TDI, December 2006-March 2007.

SEARCH COMMITTEES: Interim Department Head, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, 2008; Department Head Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2007; Dean of Business, 2000-02; and Chair of Economics 1989-90 (Chair).

Candidate Statement: As Oregon's land, space, sea and sun grant institution, OSU faces both opportunities and challenges. We must take advantage of our uniqueness and be an innovative leader to help guide Oregon’s future. The OUS system faces tough decisions in troubled economic times. I believe it is important for OSU to have a strong voice on the IFS and for OUS’s interests to be effectively conveyed to the legislature. 

As your representative to IFS, I will work with faculty from other campuses to devise solutions while advocating for OSU in a way that will best serve our faculty and students.

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?

The next two years will be guided by the economic circumstances of the state. 

The Governor has named education as one of his top three priorities and it is essential for Oregon’s economic future that this has legislative support. Post-secondary educational achievement is the factor most strongly correlated with income. Higher education still has to compete with K-12 and we need to convince the legislature that short-term cuts to higher education will result in long-term damage to the OUS system. It is important that OUS present a united front on this issue to the legislature.

My experience both on faculty committees and as an administrator working with budgets during periods of shrinking resources makes me well qualified to address these issues as an IFS senator.

Faculty salaries and retention are key elements in preserving and advancing our educational goals. In order to maintain quality, we must be able to offer competitive compensation packages that both attract and retain the best faculty and support staff. It is also essential that our programs remain accessible to Oregon students, particularly in times of economic distress. I expect that IFS will be asked to develop innovative suggestions for meeting these goals.

In the next two years the state may have to deal with problems related to rising health benefit costs and questions about the retirement system. 

I bring to this position a career of successful experience working with faculty and students in diverse colleges, schools and departments across the OSU campus. I have also had productive interactions with faculty from other OUS institutions while working on revisions in the ORP/TDI. We all share similar goals in wanting to be able to produce the highest quality education for our students and create an academic environment that nurtures success for both students and faculty.

From my perspective as an economist, I think that I can make a contribution by helping IFS formulate a platform that will advance these discussions and convey our concerns to the legislators in the upcoming legislative sessions.