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2008 President-Elect Faculty Senate Candidate

KATHARINE HUNTER-ZAWORSKI (at OSU since 1983), Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department; Director, National Center for Accessible Transportation; College of Engineering

FACULTY SENATE: Executive Committee, 2008-present; Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate Senator, 2005-present; 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 2008-present and 2004-05, (member, 2004, 2008-present; ex-officio, 2005)

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: NCAA Governance and Rules Compliance Subcommittee 2008-present; Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities, 2007-Present; 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); University and Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities, 1990-07 (chair 1992-98)

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be considered as a candidate for FS President. I have served as an OSU Inter-Institutional Faculty senator for the past three years and developed strong relationships with OSU, OUS, and State Board leaders. Through service and chairing many committees at OSU, I am prepared to assume the responsibilities of President. As an EC member for the past year, I am familiar with many of the known issues and challenges facing OSU during the next biennium. If elected, I will endeavor to develop trusting and respectful faculty governance that will help OSU to emerge as a strong academic and economic leader in Oregon.

What will be the critical issues for faculty and how can you help move those issues forward? How has your experience prepared you for this position?

There are four areas that will be critical for faculty: State budget, faculty benefits, the revisions in the baccalaureate core, and updating of OSU’s strategic plan.

OSU, the OUS and State of Oregon are facing fiscal uncertainty and a downturn in the state’s economy. This will have a direct impact on the research and educational mission of OSU and improvements to the institution’s infrastructure. All of us in higher education will be forced to make very difficult choices. Strong faculty governance will be critical for seeking equitable solutions to the anticipated budget challenges.

During the next biennium, OSU faculty leaders will need to pay particular attention to both PEBB and the retirement programs.

OSU has already demonstrated leadership within OUS on the LEAP program and will be re-evaluating the Baccalaureate Core. OSU has the opportunity to reshape general education in Oregon through these efforts and OSU’s strong relationship with the 17 community colleges.

OSU will be updating its strategic plan to reflect the institution’s strengths and impacts on the local region and worldwide community. Faculty will be asked to help move the educational and research mission for OSU forward and to work together in partnership with the broader OSU community to make higher education accessible to all academically qualified Oregonians.

During the past three years, I have been the Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate senator representing OSU. IIFS has provided the opportunity to interact with representatives from the OUS institutions, the Chancellor’s Office, legislators and the State Board, and to see how the large state education systems operate. My experience as both a member and chair of the Curriculum Council, as well as other Faculty Senate committees, has given me an appreciation for the diversity of faculty and academic programs across all OSU colleges. The State of Oregon and OSU will face many anticipated and unanticipated challenges during the next three years. OSU has strong faculty governance that will permit faculty and university leadership to work together to face these enormous challenges.