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.
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.
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
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
CHAIRS OF THE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITTEE
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
CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZING and MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
David 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 of 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.