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2005 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator

KATHARINE HUNTER-ZAWORSKI (at OSU since 1983), Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department, College of Engineering.

FACULTY SENATE: Engineering Senator, 2005-present; Honors College Council, 2005- present and 1994-97; Curriculum Council 2002-05, (Co-Chair 2005); Faculty Status Committee, 2001-04; and Bylaws and Nominations Committee, 1999-01.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SERVICE: Curriculum Committee 2004-05 (member, 2004; ex-officio, 2005).

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Faculty Women's Network Executive, 2004-present; President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1999-04; Commencement Committee, 1993-99 (Co-Head Usher 1996-99); and University Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities, 1990-present (Chair 1992-98).

SEARCH COMMITTEES: LeMatta Professorship, Forest Engineering, 2005; Wood Science and Engineering, 2005; Faculty Position in Forest Engineering, 2001; Assistant in Technology Transfer Office, 2001; Chair of two search committees for Sign Language Interpreter, 1996; and Assistant in Technology Transfer Office, 1996.

Candidate Statement: OSU is Oregon's land, space, sea and sun grant institution which provides OSU both with opportunities and challenges. It is important that high quality higher education is accessible to all Oregon students and that the transition between OUS institutions and community colleges is seamless. This is a daunting challenge in an era of severe budget shortfalls. It would be an honor to represent OSU on the IFS and to work with the State Board and OUS to ensure that high quality education is accessible to all eligible 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?

There are three critical issues for faculty that need to be addressed by the IFS. These include: Ethics, Salaries and Benefits, and access to education. Oregon State University, as the land grant institution, needs to have strong leadership on IFS. OSU makes a unique contribution to the state of Oregon in a number of direct and indirect ways. It is important that OUS, the State Board and the Oregon Legislature realize how important the complete health and welfare of OSU is to Oregon’s economic fabric. One of Oregon’s assets is an educated and productive workforce that serves the needs of the state of Oregon, but also the wider international community. In particular, OSU provides Oregonians with unique academic programs that are not available at any other OUS institution. These quality programs must remain accessible and permit students to complete their course of study in a timely manner. In order to maintain quality, OSU must be able to offer competitive compensation packages that both attract and retain the best faculty and support staff. There are Ethics documents under development by the current IFS that must be completed, and I would like to participate in that discussion.