Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Candidate
VICKI TOLAR BURTON
(at OSU since 1993), Associate Professor
of English and Director of the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program, College
of Liberal Arts.
FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Liberal Arts Senator, 2000-02 and 1996-99; Executive
Committee, 1999-01; Administrative Appointments Committee, 1999-00; Curriculum
Council, 1996-99; Baccalaureate Core Committee, 1993 to present (ex-officio);
and University Writing Advisory Board, 1993 to present (Chair).
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SERVICE: Budget Committee, 2003 to present; Curriculum
Committee, 1995-97 (Chair 1995-96); and Faculty Council, 1995-96.
OTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICE: Planning Group for Oregon Proficiency-Based
Admissions Standards System, 2002 and 1994-97 (OSU representative);
Undergraduate Admissions Criteria Issue Group, 2000-01 (Co-Chair); Mortar
Board Senior Honor Society, 1994-98 (Advisor); and Linn-Benton Community
College Department of English and Foreign Language, 1993-00 (Advisory Board).
SEARCH COMMITTEES: Provost, 1999, and English Department Search Committees.
I believe strongly that faculty governance
and faculty voice are crucial to the quality of Oregon higher education.
The IFS speaks for university faculties to the OUS Board, Legislature,
and citizens of Oregon. I am eager to represent OSU faculty at the state
level and work with other university representatives on your behalf. My
experience working with faculty and programs across the curriculum has
given me a clear understanding of institutional issues and problems and
knowledge of how OSU faculty research, teaching, and service benefit Oregon.
Our message: Faculty are an Oregon resource contributing to state
productivity, progress, and self-understanding.
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?
The key issues facing IFS are maintaining a viable budget for quality
education, managing university enrollment, and advocating for faculty
salaries, benefits, and jobs. The state has to come to terms with the
fact that continually reduced budgets for higher education force difficult
decisions about growth of universities and access to higher education.
Faculty must be involved at the highest levels in the quest to maintain
quality in the face of rising enrollments and other budget pressures.
There are real classroom consequences of reducing resources and raising
class size. Easy answers from above like, "We have to learn to do more
with less" are sound bites, not solutions. I consider university faculty
to be a resource that the state cannot afford to lose or take for
granted. I will study the complex issues surrounding state budgets, PERS,
salaries, and benefits and speak out for faculty interests and for the
stake the citizens of Oregon have in a quality university system. I
believe it is also to our advantage to seek common ground with university
students on as many issues as possible. We form a stronger coalition
together than either faculty or students can generate on their own, and
many of our interests are the same. These key issues of financing quality
education, enrollment management, and salaries and benefits are critical
to OSU's sustainability, and I will thoughtfully and articulately take
these issues to the IFS, the OUS Board, the Legislature, and the State.