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 border Michael Dreiling is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the UO, specializing in the application of network methods to political conflicts. As a first-generation college graduate, Dreiling deeply appreciates public schools and great public universities (alum of the University of California and the University Michigan), seeing the promise of the University of Oregon in that light. As our union president, Dreiling stands with all faculty whose research, teaching, and academic guidance elevate the promise of a great public university to the next generation. Dreiling and his family are reputed for their small scale salsa cannery, producing such flavorful and spicy concoctions as Habanero 100, Green Lava, Medium Creeper, and Almost Mild for the kids.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Cristina Calhoon is a Senior Instructor I in the Department of Classics. Cristina is also the Chair of the Collective Bargaining Committee.

SECRETARY

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TREASURER

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Bill Harbaugh is a Professor of Economics. 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.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR TENURE-TRACK FACULTY AFFAIRS

McPherson borderKaren McPherson is a Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages. She has been teaching at the University of Oregon since 1998 and was active in the United Academics organizing campaign. Her research and scholarly publications focus primarily on Francophone literatures of Quebec and the Caribbean, modern French narrative, feminist theory, and translation studies. She is also a poet and literary translator. Karen 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. She believes that United Academics can play a role in steering the university toward a true commitment to academic excellence.  

VICE PRESIDENT FOR NON-TENURE-TRACK INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY AFFAIRS

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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 talk with michael small white border 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.  

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Naomi Zack has been Professor of Philosophy since joining the UO in 2001. She has published and spoken widely on issues in philosophy of race and African American philosophy and maintains the website on Homelessness for the Community Philosophy Institute.

CHAIR OF THE GRIEVANCE AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Current Chair of the Grievance and Contract Administration Committee for United Academics, Heather Quarles has 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 believes 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

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CHAIR OF THE STATE AND HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES COMMITTEE

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