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Candidate Biography

Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate
2002  



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

FACULTY SENATE: Liberal Arts Senator, 1991-93, 1995-96 (term interrupted by sabbatical), 1998-00; Budgets and Fiscal Planning Committee, 1992-95; and Faculty Economic Welfare and Retirement Committee, 2001-present (chair, 2002-03).

OTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Acting Director of Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program, 1996-97 and Faculty advisor, Gay and Lesbian Association (now called Rainbow Continuum), 1992-95.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Pauling Peace Lectureship Committee, 1991-93 (chair, 1992-93); Curriculum Committee, 1991-93; Personnel Committee, 1996-00; and Faculty Council, 2001-present (President, 2002-present).

Candidate statement: I would like to serve OSU faculty in the IFS because I think we can do a better institutional job of communicating a positive and historically based vision of higher education. For many reasons, most of them driven by Oregon's political dynamics, we deflect our opportunities to defend higher education as a cornerstone of cultural transmission and evolution. I have strong convictions about universities and I have this notion that one of the ways we faculty can defend that which we love is to make common cause with the other faculties in the state.

Over the next two years, what critical issues for faculty will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward on their behalf?

Most specifically, salaries and benefits are the most important issues we face over the next two years - well, the next two decades, undoubtedly, which do not promise to look much different from the last two. More generally, one of the faculty's jobs is to remember and articulate OUS's place in the history of university education. Our missions, structures, and ideals appropriately resemble those of Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford rather than those of Hewlett Packard, Fred Meyer, and Enron. Our strength lies in institutional memory built up of faculty service and interaction over the normal decades of individual careers dedicated to one university's fortunes. So, I believe in tenure, in faculty governance, and in academic freedom. I believe in salaries that go up and benefits that offer a model to HP, Fred Meyer, and Enron. The way I can help move these issues to the forefront of political consideration is to encourage colleagues to be less apologetic and more outspoken about the work that we do and the good that it does in the world.