Elected Leaders

Executive Council

 

The United Academics Executive Council is made up of the elected officers and chairs of the union. They meet bi-weekly in the union office. They are charged with initiating, overseeing, and revising the program of the union and the conduct of the business of the union.

PRESIDENT

dreiling border talk with michael small white borderMichael C. Dreiling is a Professor of Sociology specializing in political and environmental sociology. He is author of two books (most recently Agents of Neoliberal Globalization), numerous articles, and is presently working on a third book comparing the political power of energy industries in the US, Japan, and Germany. Michael is also producer and co-director of the award-winning feature documentary on Costa Rica’s happy, healthy and demilitarized social democratic society – A Bold Peace, available at Bullfrog Films. As a first-generation college graduate, Dreiling appreciates public schools and the nurturing role of academic freedom to democracy and human progress. Dreiling and his family enjoy gardening and canning salsas, known for such flavorful and spicy concoctions as Habanero 100, Green Lava, Medium Creeper, and Almost Mild for the kids.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Nathan Whalen is a Senior Instructor II of Spanish, in the Department of Romance Languages, and has worked at the University of Oregon since 2001.  He is interested in and teaches courses dealing with cultural geography, social and political change, and artistic manifestations in Latin America.  Nathan has served as a Humanities Representative and sat on the Communication, Organizing, and Grievance Committees with United Academics.  He is also the Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee.  When not around campus teaching, grading, and engaged in moderate syndicalist rabble-rousing, Nathan enjoys traveling and attempting to grow and process more fruits and vegetables than is frankly necessary.  

SECRETARY

Sinclair border Chris Sinclair is an associate professor of mathematics with research interests in random matrix theory, mathematical statistical physics and the distribution of algebraic numbers.  He joined the University of Oregon in 2009 after postdocs in Boulder and Vancouver.  Chris loves the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Eugene, and sees the University of Oregon as the principal economic and cultural driver of the Eugene area.  He sees United Academics as a mechanism by which faculty can help steer the University not only in the direction of sustained academic excellence, but also towards enriching the educational and cultural offerings of our unique corner of the world.

TREASURER

talk with bill small white border harbaugh border Bill Harbaugh is a Professor of Economics. Bill Harbaugh is a Professor of Economics, and Senate President for 2016-17 and co-founder of SAIL the university's largest faculty-run diversity program. He is also the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Professor Harbaugh has taught Economics at UO since 1995. His research uses methods from experimental economics and neuroeconomics to study charitable giving and the economic behavior of children. He also edits UOMatters.com, a muckraking blog about UO, for which he was awarded the Oregon Society of Professional Journalist’s “First Freedom” award in 2012.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR TENURE-TRACK FACULTY AFFAIRS

Maram Epstein is an associate professor in East Asian Languages and Literatures, specializing in narrative aesthetics, gender, and cultural studies in late-imperial China. She has been at the UO since 1994. Maram is committed to working with faculty to address issues of equity, access, and transparency on the campus. She has a particular interest in advocating for a faculty voice in determining institutional priorities and believes that United Academics has an important role in helping to develop policies that promote a true commitment to academic excellence.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR NON-TENURE-TRACK INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY AFFAIRS

Urbancic border Mike Urbancic is an Instructor in the Department of Economics, where he has worked since 2012. He teaches large lectures of principles of macroeconomics and a survey course for non-majors as well as introductory courses in urban economics and game theory. Mike serves as one of the two primary advisors for his department, and he sits on the Board of Directors of The Duck Store. His interests include stargazing (when the weather allows), playing tabletop games, and writing song parodies.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR NON-TENURE-TRACK RESEARCH FACULTY AFFAIRS

strain border Mike Strain is a Senior Research Associate and Director of the CAMCOR Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, a core service center which supports research and research training for faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and regional commercial researchers in the areas of Chemistry, Life Sciences, and Materials Science.  Mike arrived at the UO in 1985 as a postdoc in the Institute of Molecular Biology after studies in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at MIT & Yale.  He currently serves on the UO Senate representing NTTF research faculty and the IP Committee.

CHAIRS OF THE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITTEE

Hames-Garcia 10Michael Hames-García, Chair, July 1-February 15 Michael Hames-García was hired in Ethnic Studies at the UO in 2005, serving as Program Director from 2006-2008 and Department Head from 2008-2011. He publishes and teaches courses on many topics related to race, gender, sexuality, and identity, with a special foci on incarceration and on critical theory.

CHAIR OF THE GRIEVANCE AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Current Chair of the Grievance and Contract Administration Committee for United Academics, Heather Quarles been an NTTF since 2003 when she joined the University of Oregon as an adjunct instructor. Now a Senior Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages, her areas of specialization and pedagogical interest include second-language acquisition, language acquisition for heritage learners, community engagement and social justice. As a native born Oregonian and a first-generation college grad, she believe in access to affordable post secondary education for all Oregonians as well as the dream of a University where everyone - faculty, staff and students – have an equal voice in who we are and how we are.

CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZING and MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

wokenborderDavid Woken is the History and Latin American Studies Librarian at the UO Libraries, building the library's collections for History, Spanish and Portuguese, Latin American Studies, African Studies, and Medieval Studies as well as providing research and instructional support for faculty across these disciplines and programs. He is also the curator of the archival collections on Latinx history housed in UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives, particularly the records of the Oregon farmworker union Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Tree Planters and Farmworkers United, PCUN). Prior to becoming a librarian he studied Latin American labor history, focusing on the anarchist militants of early twentieth-century Argentina. His professional interests include the use of critical pedagogy with archival collections, open access publishing in the global south, and the history of Oregon's Latinx community.

CHAIR OF THE STATE AND HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES COMMITTEE

Forest (Tres) Pyle is Professor of English Literature and has been at the University talk with tres small white borderof Oregon since 1989. His research and teaching interests include British Romanticism, literary and critical theory, and contemporary literature and culture. He has served United Academics in various capacities, and he is presently a vice president at-large for AFT-Oregon.

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
Vacant
At Large
CAS Natural Science DivisionJeff Cina
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
CAS Social Science DivisionGerald Berk
Priscilla Yamin
Vacant
Vacant
VacantAt Large
College of EducationJerry RosiekMark Van Ryzin
Joanna Smith
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
LibrariesNAAnnie Zeidman-Karpinski
Vacant
NA
Lundquist College of BusinessVacantFrank VeltriNA
Physical EducationNAVacant
Vacant
NA
Research UnitsNAAt LargeJoshua Razink
Catrin Rode
Holly Paddock
Vacant
School of Architecture and Allied ArtsPeter Keyes
Vacant
David Turner
Vacant
Vacant
School of Journalism and CommunicationCarl BybeeLance RobertsonNA
School of Music and DanceEric Mentzel
Lydia Van Dreel
Vacant
Vacant
NA

 

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