KATE HALISCHAK (at OSU since 2006), Director of Academics for Student Athletes, Academic Success and Engagement, Academic Affairs and International Programs.
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2009-present; Academic Standing Committee, 2009-present (Executive Committee Liaison); Library Committee, 2009-present (Executive Committee Liaison); Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 2009-present (Executive Committee Liaison); and Affiliated Senator, 2008-present.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Athletic Advisory Committee, 2006-present, NCAA Certification Self Study Steering Committee, 2009-2010.
SEARCH COMMITTEE: Faculty Athletic Representative Search Committee, Fall 2009.
Candidate Statement: Through my work on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, I have seen how the thoughtful and deliberate engagement of the faculty ensures the vitality of the University. The faculty are the living, breathing heart of OSU, and University service is the means by which we keep that pulse strong at all levels. I wish to serve the faculty as our IFS representative because I believe OSU's model of shared governance is strong and can help carry forward the statewide faculty's will in the future governance of our institutions.
What critical issues for faculty at a state-wide level will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward?
Although I am a relative newcomer to OSU, I have made a serious effort to engage with many units on campus and to understand the unique challenges of being a Beaver. In my current position, I sit at the confluence of academics and athletics, a sometimes thorny seat-but one that stresses understanding of multiple perspectives and one that requires being comfortable with conflict. By being neither "fish nor fowl," I am able to ask very basic questions about the assumptions that groups make. I see that changes for the OUS system in the next few years will provide many opportunities for, if not conflict, certainly differences, as we explore finding more flexibility and autonomy within the state system. Issues of faculty benefits, general education, community college partnerships, and changing student demographics all bring the promise of exciting and difficult discussions. I would enjoy taking a seat at the IFS table for this transitional time and all things thorny that go along with that.