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2009 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate

DEBORAH PENCE (at OSU since 1998), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Task Force, 2009-present (Chair); Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2008-present; Baccalaureate Core Curriculum Committee, 2007 (ad hoc member); Arts and Science Review Committee, 2007 (Executive Committee Liaison); Faculty Grievance Committee, 2006-present (Chair, 2007-present); and Engineering Senator, 2005-present.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Athletic Advisory Committee, 2008-present.

SEARCH COMMITTEES: Faculty Athletic Representative Search Committee, Fall 2009.

Candidate Statement: I believe that most of us at OSU wish to have a healthy, productive and supportive place to work and to provide a quality educational experience for our students. Such an environment requires an honest, and sometime uncomfortable, dialog among the faculty, staff, students and administration. I would like to make sure that future plans made for OSU are done so in a collaborative manner in which all constituents, including the community members not directly tied to the university, are provided adequate opportunity to give suggestions and input at the earliest possible stages of mission directives.

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?

It seems that with each legislative session, universities promise to graduate more students in larger classes. In response, the level of funding for each student that is provided by the state decreases. Faculty members are therefore being asked to teach the same number of classes, each with significantly more students (hence more office hours and more grading, etc., for the faculty), while simultaneously being expected to bring in ever more extramural funding. If the Oregon University System continues along this path, I fear that the quality of our undergraduate and graduate education will be diminished, and our students will no longer be able to compete with those throughout the nation and the world. As an IFS senator, I intend to work with the Chancellor and the other universities within the Oregon University System to encourage spending of educational and general funds in ways that best promote our university mission of education and research.