Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate
L. J. (KELVIN) KOONG
(at OSU since 1987), Professor,
Department of Animal Sciences, 2002-present; Associate Dean, College
of Agricultural Sciences, 2001-02 and 1994-99; Dean, College of Veterinary
Medicine, 1999-01; Head, Department of Animal Sciences, 1991-94; and
Associate Director, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, 1987-91.
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Agricultural Sciences Senator, 2003-present;
OSU Salary Equity Committee, 1997-98 (Co-chair); and Research Council,
UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Issue Group on Professional Faculty, 2002-03;
International Program Advisory Committee, 1993-96; Physical Plant Users
Advisory Committee, 1988-91; and University Computing Steering Committee,
SEARCH COMMITTEES: Associate Dean of College of Home Economics, 1989-90;
Associate Dean of College of Forestry, 1989-90; Dean of College of
Veterinary Medicine, 1995-96; Head of Department of Horticulture, 1992-93;
Associate Director of OSU Extension Service.
With my experience on and off campus, I
believe I can effectively serve OSU faculty to promote higher education
in Oregon and to enhance our ability to do our jobs. A major problem we
face as an institution is the lack of involvement of its faculty. I
would rate our collective efforts in working the political process a
D-; it would be an F if not for the efforts of AOF. If elected, I will
work with other IFS members to develop a plan for more effective
involvement by faculty across all seven campuses to promote higher
education in Oregon.
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?
I believe the most critical issue facing us in the next two years is
the public funding of higher education by the 2005 legislative session.
All public entities in Oregon have suffered budget reductions the past
several years due to the slowdown of Oregon's economy. Now the economy
is recovering and all agencies are poised to argue for major budget
enhancements. There will be winners and losers during the 2005 legislative
session. Those who are most organized and active in the entire process
will be the winners+. The IFS must get involved by working with the
administration at each institution, with the Chancellor's Office, with
the Board of Higher Education, and with AOF to work toward a common goal.
As I indicated earlier, for us to be a political force, we must have much
increased involvement by individual faculty at all seven campuses, and IFS
is the ideal platform to plan and organize such activities.