JIM COAKLEY (at OSU since 1990), Director of Graduate Business Programs, Associate Professor of Accounting, College of Business
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Academic Advising Council (2003-2006) and Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee (2000-03)
UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Undergraduate Education Council (2008-10); Information Services Program Review Committee (2009); INTO OSU Steering Committee (2008-09); 2007 Information Systems Task Force (2002-03); and University Computing Steering Committee (1992-94)
SEARCH COMMITTEES: INTO OSU Director (2010) and College of Business Dean Search Committee (2000-02)
Candidate Statement: The shared governance model becomes even more important in the current environment of austere budget forecasts and slow economic growth and development within Oregon. I am encouraged by many of the initiatives on this campus - specifically the proposed enhancements of the baccalaureate core curriculum and the increased emphasis on internationalization and globalization. I look forward to providing continued service to OSU and thus accept the nomination for President of the Faculty Senate.
What will be the critical issues for faculty and how can you help move those issues forward?
I am concerned with maintaining a balance between the growth rates in student enrollment, faculty and facilities. This past year OSU saw another 10 percent increase in student enrollment. While this is positive from a budget perspective, it places an increased burden on our faculty and facilities. The Provost's faculty initiatives are intended to help us grow strategically within the division structure - and strategic investments in faculty are welcome and appreciated. OSU has also been making significant upgrades to our classrooms and academic support. We need to be thoughtful as we grow our student enrollments to ensure we also maintain appropriate strategic growth in faculty and facilities.
I am a strong advocate for shared governance and faculty involvement. Our issues require creative solutions that are informed by the diversity of perspective that comes from open and honest dialogue. I have a strong record for building positive working relationships across the university and for implementing creative solutions.