Sign the Petition: Budgeting for UO’s Academic Reputation

Budgets reflect and set priorities. Unfortunately, UO’s investments in our core academic mission remain uninspiring. Our institution needs a reminder from those of us who do the teaching and research that the university’s budget needs recalibration, not talk of austerity for academics while athletic department was top in the nation on revenues last year. This makes no sense.

In an effort to communicate our concern about budget priorities, United Academics has written up a petition, addressed to Susan Gary, the faculty representative on the UO Board of Trustees.

We want every UO faculty member who sees this note to read and sign our petition, then share it widely. Together, we can reinforce a positive change to uphold and renew the UO’s long-term academic standing.

Link to petition:

Final petition with signatures can be found here.

Executive Council and Representative Assembly Election Results May 22, 2015

Executive Council

○      Michael Dreiling

Executive Vice President
○      Cristina Calhoon

○      Gretchen Soderlund

○      Bill Harbaugh

Vice President for Tenure Track Faculty Affairs
○      Karen McPherson

Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty Affairs
○      Michael Urbancic

Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Research Faculty Affairs
○      Mike Strain

Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee
○      Daniel Hosang

Chair of the Grievance and Contract Administration Committee
○      Heather Quarles

Chair of the Organizing, Membership, and Communications Committee
○      David Luebke

Chair of the State and Higher Education Issues Committee
○      Joe Lowndes

Representative Assembly

SchoolTenure Track Reps Non-Tenure Track Instructional RepsNon-Tenure Track Research Reps
At LargeGordon LaferVacantVacant
CAS HumanitiesLowell Bowditch Gordon Sayre
Tres Pyle
Sherie Henderson
Bruce Evans
Nathan Whalen
Gloria Zabala
At Large
CAS Natural Science DivisionJeff Cina
CAS Social Science DivisionGerald Berk
Priscilla Yamin
VacantAt Large
College of EducationJerry RosiekMark Van Ryzin
Joanna Smith
LibrariesNAAnnie Zeidman-Karpinski
Lundquist College of BusinessVacantFrank VeltriNA
Physical EducationNAVacant
Research UnitsNAAt LargeJoshua Razink
Catrin Rode
Holly Paddock
School of Architecture and Allied ArtsPeter Keyes
David Turner
School of Journalism and CommunicationCarl BybeeLance RobertsonNA
School of Music and DanceEric Mentzel
Lydia Van Dreel

Candidate Bios

Candidates for United Academics Representative Assembly as the Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty Representatives in the College of Arts and Sciences – Humanities Division

Gloria Zabala

A native Oregonian of Basque Immigrants I came to study at the U of O in 1980 where I earned a BA Double Major: Spanish and Linguistics and then a MA in 1989.I have been an Instructor at the U of O since 1989 in the Romance Languages Department and since then I have had two promotions: Senior Instructor I and II.

Kelley Leon-Howarth

Senior Instructor of Spanish, Head Undergraduate Advisor. Education: M.A., 2002, University of Oregon B.A., 1995, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Research and teaching interests: Venezuelan culture, literature, & history; Latin American art; Language contact and variation.

I have been a non-tenure track faculty member at UO since 2002 and have been active at the department- and campus-wide level. I want to support United Academics and my UO colleagues!

Nathan Whalen

Nathan is a Senior Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages.  He has worked for the University for 14 years.

Sherie Henderson

Sherie Henderson is an NTTF instructor for AEI and has been teaching at UO for the past 5 years. She came with 26 years experience of international work in Indonesia, Russia, and Turkmenistan. She was a faculty member at Russian-American Christian University in Moscow and also an English Language Fellow in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.  Beginning Fall 2015, she will serve as the co-director for the International Business Communications Program in the Lundquist College of Business

Candidates for United Academics Executive Council as the Vice President for Non-Tenure Track Instructional Faculty Affairs.

Mike Urbancic

  • Instructor in the economics department (one of only two NTTF and the only Instructor in the econ department)
  • Now finishing my third year at UO
  • Worked as an adjunct during my first year here and have been Career NTTF since September 2013
  • My primary job is to teach, but this year I have also taken on roughly half of the economics department’s advising duties
  • Have served in United Academics Representative Assembly since Fall 2013.
  • Have served on the Board of Directors of The Duck Store since October 2013
  • Undergrad work in math, economics, history, and Spanish at the University of Arizona (2002)
  • Graduate degrees in economics at UC Berkeley (2007, 2012)

Bargaining Update — April 13, 2015

We would like to begin this week’s update by thanking Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration, for her presentation at Friday’s bargaining session. Jamie presented a wealth of information that will inform our bargaining in the coming months. A small group from the bargaining team had the opportunity to meet with Jamie last month to discuss what kind of information we thought would be helpful to have presented, and we appreciate that she focused on the areas we had discussed in that meeting.

Even so, the administration’s economic proposal was insulting. They are offering faculty no raise at all next year and less than 1% merit raise in 2016-2017. The administration also proposed that deans would control 20% of the merit raise and could distribute it at their “sole discretion,” which means that faculty may not even see the full 1%. In contrast, our proposal would provide raises to address the rising cost of living, reward meritorious teaching, research, and service, and address our ongoing equity problem. The administration’s proposal accomplishes none of these things.

Here’s why the administration’s proposal is unacceptable.

First, their proposal does nothing to keep pace with the cost of living. The Bureau of Labor Statistics measured the increase in the consumer price index for our region at 2.4% last year. The annual cost of living increase has averaged 2.28% since 2010. At that average, faculty need 4.56% raises just to keep up with inflation.

Second, a 1% merit raise in the second year does not adequately reward merit or recognize excellence. Worse, it further erodes the autonomy of departments in assessing merit.

Third, their proposal addresses neither our internal nor our external equity issues. While some departments and units have caught up to their comparators across the country, others lag far behind. Compression and inversion still bedevil many departments and units, and Hthe administration’s proposal would only exacerbate these problems. The administration’s proposal also ignores our ongoing gender equity problem.

For most faculty, the administration’s proposal would amount to a pay cut. Overall, it would cause the University of Oregon to fall further behind our comparators. According to their own data, our AAU peers are averaging 3-4% raises every year. A two-year period with a 1% raise will leave us 5-7% behind our comparators when we are next at the table.

We have been saying for months now that budgets reflect priorities. During her presentation, Jamie Moffitt said several times that investing in the people who make the university great is a top priority for the administration. This is what makes the administration’s proposal befuddling. If there is one thing their proposal does not do, it is invest in faculty.

Bargaining can be a long, difficult process. It does not have to be that way, but apparently “long and difficult” is the road the administration has chosen to travel.

Library Archives Information Correction

A recent story in the Register Guard, based on a press release from the University of Oregon, stated that two university library archivists were “out of their jobs” because of the role that they played in a recent release of records from the presidential archive.

This is not true.

Kira Homo worked in Special Collections at the University of Oregon as the electronic records archivist. She is also the Secretary of United Academics. She officially ended her employment at the University on March 1, 2015, for personal reasons. Because the university’s information strongly implied that Kira was fired for reasons related to the records release, Kira has asked us to post the following information:

In the fall 2014 term, Kira began graduate study toward a doctoral degree while continuing to work full-time at the university library. As anyone who has worked through graduate school understands, there comes a point when the demands of study and work come to loggerheads. Kira has struggled with these demands for the last several months and decided, in the end, to pursue her studies full-time. The fracas surrounding the records release made this decision easier to make.

Any implication that she left the University because of her role in the records release, that she was fired, or that she was forced to resign is false.

United Academics does not represent James Fox, as he held an administrative office and therefore was not in the bargaining unit. We have no knowledge of his situation outside of what we read in the papers. Most of the information on his situation seems to originate with the university administration, and in light of its description of Kira Homo’s departure, we encourage everyone to approach its press releases with skepticism.

United Academics of the University of Oregon Delegate Nomination Form

As specified in the UAUO Constitution, an election for delegates to the AAUP Annual Conference, Executive Council, and Representatives will be held this term. All union members in good standing are eligible to run for delegate or office and to vote.

Nomination forms must be returned to the union office by April 17, 2015, 5:00 pm.

AAUP Annual Conference 

AAUP Delegate Nomination Form

The AAUP Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC, June 11-15, 2014. Delegates will be expected to represent United Academics by voting on AAUP business. If you choose to run for delegate and are one of the top 5 vote-getters, then United Academics will provide travel and lodging, supply you with a $30 per diem, and pay for your registration.


Representative Assembly

Representative Assembly Nomination Form

The Representative Assembly meets quarterly for the purpose of establishing the policies of the union; to receive and review the reports of the President, Executive Council and Committees; review and approve the budget submitted by the Executive Council, taking appropriate action as specified in the Constitution; and initiate and take other such actions as the body deems necessary. Additional information about the positions on the Executive council can be found in the Constitution and Bylaws,


Executive Council

Executive Council Nomination Form

The Executive Council meets weekly to oversee the day-to-day operations of the union, manages staff, and advises the bargaining team. Additional information about these positions can be found in the United Academics Constitution and Bylaws, Article V, VI, and VII of the Constitution at