UA Bargaining Team

Bargaining Team 2019

Who are you? Tina Boscha
What's your current rank? Senior Instructor II
Where do you work? Composition
How long have you been at UO? 16+ years
Why did you want to be on the team? Joined the team to advocate for career faculty: work towards job stability and a livable wage; strengthen the role of teaching at the university
Where did you go on your last vacation? Um.... the coast? San Juan Islands.

Who are you? Maram Epstein
What's your current rank? Professor
Where do you work? East Asian Languages and Literatures
How long have you been at UO? 25 years
Why did you want to be on the team? I think the UO functions best when faculty are given a real say in the creation of policies and the determination of funding priorities
Where did you go on your last vacation? Seattle to visit cousins for Thanksgiving

Who are you? Nathan Whalen
What's your current rank? Senior Instructor II
Where do you work? Romance Languages
How long have you been at UO? 19 years
Why did you want to be on the team? As Grievance Chair, I had best understand how the contract works. (We can work on that one. Wanted to say I enjoy speaking snarkily to administration)
Where did you go on your last vacation? Colombia

Who are you? Jerry Rosiek
What's your current rank? Professor
Where do you work? Education Studies, College of Education
How long have you been at UO? 14 years
Why did you want to be on the team? I believe faculty are the best stewards of the teaching and scholarship mission of the University. Faculty are more often motivated by an ethic of service to students and traditions of knowledge than by a need to chase profitability, the political favor of wealthy donors, and the fashions of higher education administration. The University of Oregon provides better service for students, the community, and the traditions of knowledge in which we work when faculty have real leverage in the governance of the University. We get that leverage by working together through our professional union. I joined the UAUO Bargaining team to help make the university a better place for everyone.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Alaska

Who are you? Eleanor Wakefield
What's your current rank? Career Instructor
Where do you work? Composition and English
How long have you been at UO? This is my third year as faculty, tenth year teaching at UO. I came here in 2009 as a graduate student.
Why did you want to be on the team? I like the process of bargaining and seeing how the contract comes to be.
Where did you go on your last vacation? My last vacation was to Florence, Oregon, but by the time we bargain my last vacation will have been to Reedsport (we're taking the baby to his first yurt and to see the Christmas lights at Shore Acres).

Who are you? Mike Urbancic
What's your current rank?  Senior Instructor I
Where do you work? Economics
How long have you been at UO? Been at UO since Sept 2012
Why did you want to be on the team? I joined UA's bargaining team because I believe there is always room for improvement, whether that be in teaching, in research, in service, or in the administration of our institution's operations. We can always do better. UO can do better. Bargaining is an opportunity to build a University of Oregon that genuinely supports its faculty so that we can--together--fulfill its mission to "strive for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge".
Where did you go on your last vacation? Most recent vacation: a lovely couple of days in Manhattan. One of my favorite moments was visiting the the Triangle of Spite.

Who are you? Josh Razink
What's your current rank? Research Assistant
Where do you work? Research/CAMCOR
How long have you been at UO? 8 years, 13 if you include my time as a GE
Why did you want to be on the team? Heather asked me to.  I also want to make sure that the concerns of our research faculty are taken into consideration during negotiations.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Port Orchard, WA

Who are you? Nick Recktenwald
What's your current rank? Career Instructor
Where do you work? Department of English, Composition Program
How long have you been at UO? Since September 2014
Why did you want to be on the team? This is work that directly supports the efforts of my colleagues and those efforts are critical to student success.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Career faculty can’t afford to take a vacation at these salary floors.

Who are you? Chris Sinclair
What's your current rank? Associate Professor
Where do you work? Department of Mathematics and the Honors College
How long have you been at UO? Since 2009
Why did you want to be on the team? 'Cause it's in the [UA] Constitution.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Does Chicago count? It was an AAUP thing. Chicago.

Who are you? Deborah Green
What's your current rank? Greenberg Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature
Where do you work? Department Religious Studies and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
How long have you been at UO? 16 years
Why did you want to be on the team? The union protects faculty and gives voice to our collective values. As a member of United Academics, I am committed to ensuring that my colleagues are treated with the respect they deserve and to helping the university solve problems that impede student and faculty success. I have served on the bargaining team twice before, and I hope that my experience will help the team as it negotiates a new contract. In my previous career, I worked for national employee benefit and compensation consulting firms. I have found that this knowledge has been valuable as we discuss relevant issues at the table.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Los Angeles – Thanksgiving with my family.

Who are you? Scott Pratt
What's your current rank? Professor
Where do you work? Department of Philosophy
How long have you been at UO? 24 years
Why did you want to be on the team? A good contract is essential for faculty to do their work as teachers, scholars, researchers, and leaders of the university. I joined the bargaining team because I wanted to dedicate time and the perspective gained from years of experience at the UO to getting the contract we need.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Yachats, Oregon


Who are you? Heather Wolford
What's your current rank? Organizer
Where do you work? United Academics
How long have you been at UA? I’ve been union staff since Fall 2018, but largely around campus since 2006.
Why did you want to be on the team? I have the privilege of working every day with faculty across campus who are dedicated to making UO a better university for their colleagues, their students, and our community. I'm excited to further support their work at the bargaining table this year.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert.

Who are you? Dave Cecil
What's your current rank? Executive Director
Where do you work? United Academics
How long have you been at UA? I was hired on in February 2014. I have been at UO since I came here for grad school in 1999.
Why did you want to be on the team? Bargaining contracts is what I live for.
Where did you go on your last vacation? Washington wine country