2012 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate
(at OSU since 1996), Associate Professor, Nutrition
School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS)
Director, Oregon State University Nutrition and Dietetics Internship
Research Coordinator for Healthy Foods /Healthy Diets for the CPHHS Moore Family Center for Whole Grains and Preventive Nutrition
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Health and Human Sciences Senator, 2003-05; Home Economics and Education Senator, 1999-01; Baccalaureate Core Committee, 2008-11 (chair, 2010-11); and Curriculum Council, 2003-08 (chair, 2006-07).
COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES SERVICE: Commencement Usher and Marshall, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1997; Advisory Team, Community and Industry Relations, 2011-current; Accreditation Sub-Committee, 2010-current; Fund Raising Campaigns, 2009-12; Scholarly Endeavors and Research Satellite Committee, OSU Redesign 2007, 2002; Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2002-05; and Scholarship Committee, 1996-97.
OTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICE: University Honors College, 2000–present; and Undergraduate Program Reviewer, 2005-06.
SEARCH COMMITTEES: OSU Assistant Director for Assessment, 2011-12 (chair); Endowed Director, Moore Family Center for Whole Grains and Preventive Nutrition, 2010-12; and Department Chair, Nutrition and Food Management, 2004-05.
My professional career before and after coming to OSU has included many diverse positions, roles and responsibilities. I established networking skills as a young professional interacting with employees, peers and administrators as I learned to work with others to solve problems. My involvement at OSU has included activities related to curriculum development and review, outcome assessment, development of OUS articulations and obtaining approval for the first OSU/LBCC shared BS degree program. I believe I have a broad perspective and could represent OSU faculty and staff. I would strive to position OSU as a leader and partner with other OUS 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?
There are many issues that will be important for faculty statewide in the next few years. Faculty and staff have concerns about changes in retirement and healthcare benefits, which challenge the OUS system to recruit and keep excellent faculty and staff. As the health care system changes in Oregon, some are concerned about how it will impact the state employees, of which OUS employees are among the largest number. In addition, as the universities strive to create greater funding sources from tuition, we are presented with the demands of larger class sizes and students with more diverse learning needs. Establishing clear and equitable standards among both professorial and instructional faculty for FTE assignments relative to teaching, service, research and administrative roles are important concerns that impact all OUS institutions. Strong higher educational institutions are key to building Oregon’s economy, and that needs to be a clear message within the state. The IFS needs to facilitate that communication.