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2011 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate

GARY E. DeLANDER (at OSU since 1983), Associate Professor of Pharmacology; Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Pharmacy Senator, 1983 – 87 and Elections Official 1984

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: University Space Committee, 2011 – present; Outreach and Engagement Committee, 2007 – present; University Budget Committee, 2007 – 11; Undergraduate Education Council, 2006 – present; External Campus/DCE 2007 Committee, 2002 – 04; CIPT4 Undergraduate Issues 2007 Committee, 2002 – 04; Courtesy Faculty Task Force, 2001 – 03; International Programs Council, 1997 – 06; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 1986 – 93; Drug and Alcohol Resource Team, 1988 – 92; and Student Conduct Committee, 1984 – 87

SEARCH COMMITTEES (at the level of department head and above): Environmental Health Sciences Center Director, 2000 – 01 and Director of Laboratory Animal Research, 1996

Candidate Statement: The opportunity to serve colleagues includes a responsibility to listen carefully to a diversity of perspectives and then to move forward in a timely manner. Conversely, while an institution’s culture has the potential to be limiting; it provides a compass against which one can test decision making. OSU is built upon a culture of excellence and collaboration not always common in research institutions. Hopefully, my nearly thirty years of service within OSU, coupled with an openness to new perspectives, will be helpful in building upon the unique strengths of OSU as we move forward in a period of significant change.

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?

Perhaps the most significant issue for higher education continues to be our capacity to effectively communicate value. Continuing calls from the citizens of the state for workplace applications, while failing to appreciate the relevance of an educated populace, challenges the foundation that differentiates ‘training’ from ‘education’. It is a challenge I am familiar with in our professional pharmacy program, as we strive to develop professionals that will provide leadership and be a resource to their communities, not simply be a component of a system to distribute healthcare. Changing the perspective of our citizenry regarding education is a challenge that transcends individual institutions. Hopefully, IFS can provide a breadth of perspective and influence through which we can more effectively communicate the true value of higher education.