2012 President-Elect Candidate
(at OSU since 1989), Professor, Fisheries & Wildlife
College of Agricultural Sciences
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Agricultural Sciences Faculty Senator, 2003–07, 1997–98; Interinstitutional Faculty Senate liaison to Executive Committee, 2004; Interinstitutional Faculty Senate, 2002–04; Microsoft Taskforce, 1998–99; and Senate Membership Task Force, 1997.
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES: Collections Committee, Co–Chair, 2010–present; Metrics Issue Group, 2002; Student Advancement, Recruitment and Retention Committee, 2002–06;
Cows and Salmon Advisory Committee, 1995–1996; McDonald Forest Advisory Committee, College of Forestry, 1993–97; and Oak Creek Management Advisory Committee, 1990–91.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Graduate School Strategic Planning Team, 2011–12; Equity and Inclusion Thinking Group, Summer 2011; OSU Institute of On–line Education, Fall 2011; Outreach and Engagement Cabinet, 2010–present; Marine Council, 2010–present; Strategic Support of Collaborative Research, Ad Hoc Committee, 2010–11; Over–load Compensation Committee, 2009–10; Oregon Sea Grant, Sea Grant Scholars Focus Group, 2008; Writing Intensive Curriculum Advisory Board Member, 2005–present; Extension Fixed–term Professorial Rank Task Force, Chair, 2005–06; Space Planning Task Force, 2005–06; Committed to Diversity Task Force, Recruitment Subcommittee, 2004–05; Indirect Cost Return Issue Task Force, 2003–04; Supporting Scholarship, Research and Creativity Satellite Team, OSU 2007 Planning Process, 2002–03; Faculty Development, Satellite Team, OSU 2007 Planning Process, 2002–03; University representative for Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Fish and Wildlife Section, 2002–present; University representative for National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs, 2001–present; Masters of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program Review Committee, 2001–02; and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Oregon State University, 1999–02.
SEARCH COMMITTEES (at the level of department head and above): Horticulture Department Head, 2012–present (chair); Vice–President for Information Technology, 2010; Agriculture and Natural Resources Economics Department Head, 2007 (chair); Dean of Extended Campus, 2006–07; Extension and Experiment Station Communication Department Head, 2006; and Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, 2003.
OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: Provosts Council Representative, 2004; Academic Council Representative, 2003; and Oregon Network of Education, Committee on State–wide Distance Education Access, 1999–00.
I am honored to be a candidate for Faculty Senate President. I’ve had the pleasure of serving OSU in numerous roles as a faculty member and department head. This is a vibrant university and our shared governance model allows us to thoughtfully consider the many issues that students, faculty, employees and administrators must address in a university of OSU’s complexity. My experience as an Extension specialist, teacher, researcher and administrator provides me with a broad perspective from which I view our Land Grant institution, and I believe I can be an effective Senate President in guiding our body towards consensus.
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?
Two major issues face OSU in the near term, declining resources and a rapidly increasing interest in online learning among students, faculty and administrators. We have experienced declining state support of higher education for many years and have tried to grow our way out, in part, by increasing enrollment of non–resident students. SB 242 allows OSU more flexibility in managing the resources we receive, but also places other constraints on operations (i.e., OSU is no longer in the state’s risk management pool). A slow recovery in Oregon’s economy, combined with the possibility of significant reductions in federal research budgets, suggest that OSU will continue to face budgetary challenges over the next few years. I have participated in many of the discussions across campus that resulted from previous funding constraints and, at the same time, have effectively managed my unit’s budget by focusing on our core missions. I can help guide these discussions again if necessary.
Online learning at OSU has increased substantially over the past 10 years as faculty recognized the advantages of online teaching while responding to our students’ desires and willingness to learn this way. However, not all programs are easily adapted to online learning and some faculty have been reticent to embrace online teaching because of funding, time or pedagogical constraints. The uneven adoption of online learning across programs at OSU has resulted in new constraints on student progress through programs. I was an early adopter of online pedagogies, having developed my first two online classes in the mid–90s. I have guided the development of both online bachelors and graduate programs and have had numerous conversations with my administrative colleagues about the challenges and advantages of developing online programs. In my view, OSU needs to fully embrace online learning so that all of our outstanding programs are available in this manner. Ten years from now online learning may be the dominant educational model. Failure to move in this direction will likely make some of our programs less competitive. I believe I have the knowledge and skills to allow me to assist in these conversations.