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2012 President-Elect Candidate


MINA J. CARSON (at OSU since 1989), Associate Professor, Department of History
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
College of Liberal Arts

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Liberal Arts Senator, 2012-present, 2005-07, 1998-00, 1995-96 (term interrupted by sabbatical), 1991-93; IFS President and Past President, 2007-09; Inter-institutional Faculty Senator (IFS), 2003-06; Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee, 2001-03 (chair, 2002-03); Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee, 1992-95

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SERVICE: Personnel Committee, 2011-12, 2005, 2000, 1997-98 ; Faculty Council, 2008-09, (President, 2002-03), 2001-03; Pauling Peace Lectureship Committee, (Chair, 1992-93), 1991-93 [this is now a university committee]; Curriculum Committee, 1991-93

Candidate statement: I am proud of OSU’s steady progress in student and faculty diversity, sustainability, research, and a humane campus climate. At the same time, I note that in some key areas we are part of the national erosion of faculty governance and self-determination. OSU administrators have been genuine allies with the faculty on issues that matter a great deal to us: health insurance and retirement benefits. At the same time, faculty have been pressured to accede to new policies of educational assessment and administrative unit organization in ways that subvert established processes and give the lie to real faculty governance.

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?

Institutional growth, while bringing benefits, has also changed the ways faculty members position themselves vis-à-vis the university as a whole. It is vital for faculty members to insist on our genuine partnership in the university’s future direction.

I am honored to run for Faculty Senate President. Having watched many presidents work on truly agonizing and important issues over the last twenty years, I find the prospect of following their remarkable lead a bit daunting. I have served the college, university, and OUS system in a number of roles, including IFS president, and I welcome this large challenge.