2012 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate
(at OSU since 1991), Professor
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Engineering Faculty Senator 2006-08; University Honors College Council, 2009-11; Joint Task Force on Shared Governance, 2009-11; Executive Committee, 2007-08; Graduate Council, 2006-07; Academic Standing Committee, 2003-05; Research Council, 1999-02; and Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee, 1995-97 (chair, 1996-97).
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SERVICE: Co-Director of Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, 2010-11; Research Council, 2009-12; Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2007-10; and Graduate Committee, 2002-05, 1995-99.
OSU SERVICE: Provost’s University International Strategies Council, 2012; Graduate Education Strategic Task Force, 2008-09; and INTO Steering Committee, 2008-09.
SEARCH COMMITTEES (at the level of department head and above): College of Engineering Dean, 2012; and School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Department Head, 2011.
AWARDS: Alumni Association Distinguished Professor
I am honored to be considered a candidate for the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate. In academia, every moment presents challenges requiring creative and novel solutions. Academic democracy provides the framework within which we should search for solutions and make decisions, and whose focal point is the faculty governance system. Through IFS I would strive to provide members of our academic community with informed and creative choices relevant for our everyday life. The true measure of our success will be reflected in the ability to forge the future on our own terms. I will commit my work to this kind of future.
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?
In the OSU mission statement we proudly commit to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for people across Oregon, the nation and the world. Current economic and state-wide budget crises may seriously imperil our ability to fulfill this mission. While failing the OUS and OSU mission is not an option, it is equally repulsive to think that we could possibly fail any person who works and studies on OUS campuses. It would be ethically intolerable to safeguard the continuity of OUS institutions at the expense of individuals whose work and jobs are committed to its success. Academic self-governance and affirmative academic freedoms must be the main conduits of academic democracy practiced on all OUS campuses.
There are many critical issues which are emerging from the adverse funding position of the OUS system. Two particular challenges are important for OSU faculty and faculty statewide: 1) accelerated expansion of OUS campuses and, in particular, the unprecedented growth of the OSU campus; and 2) lasting deterioration of benefit packages. Engagement of our community in finding solutions to these issues is the critical element of survival for institutions like OSU.
The growth of student body on the OSU campus presents us with substantial challenges: lack of adequate facilities, classroom and laboratories spaces, increased teaching load and a disruptive impact on the Corvallis community. At the same time, this growth creates an opportunity to find new pathways in fulfilling our mission (economic growth, diversity, strengthening existing academic programs and opening new programs).
The level of faculty compensation, retirement and health benefits, are not satisfactory and are often changing in an unfavorable direction. A cohesive position of all IFS members is a necessary condition to prevent further deterioration of compensation packages. More importantly, creative solutions common to all OUS members may emerge from IFS, which would give us the necessary strength to implement changes.
I am ready to creatively contribute to the enhancement of our resources, which are truly needed to determine the future on our own terms.
How has your experience prepared you for this position?
It is not always certain that one could find, in 20 years of my academic career at OSU, events that prepared me for this position in the environment in which we operate today. I have considerable knowledge in academic teaching, research and administration, which I gained by working with faculty across all colleges at OSU and faculty members at other OUS institutions. This experience provides me with confidence and the practical foundation to represent the interests of all OSU faculty and staff. I am certain that I can contribute new ideas and work constructively with the leadership in creating new opportunities while observing our common values.