Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lewis and Clark Students, faculty push back against controversial speaker as protest cntinues

OregonLive
By Eder Campuzano
April 11, 2017

When student organizers invited Jessica Vaughan to speak at Lewis & Clark College's International Affairs Symposium, they knew there would be pushback.

Photo: Eder Campuzano
The policy director for the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies, recently designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, repeatedly told the audience gathered inside the Agnes Flanagan Chapel that she's not against refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

Read the full article along with student and faculty statements at the OregonLive website here.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

United Academics at UO: standing for gender and racial equity

Reposted from AAUP-Oregon

By Michael Dreiling, President, United Academics at UO

Since the founding of our union, United Academics has argued that all faculty should be paid a fair and equitable wage.  Through our two rounds of bargaining, we have fought to have the lowest-paid faculty members lifted up with adequate salary floors.  We have also proposed and pursued equity raises to address historic imbalances in salaries within departments and in comparison to our national peers.  A fair and equitable wage for all is a fundamental principle of our union, and we affirm that principle in light of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by our colleague Jennifer Freyd.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leadership Transitions at AAUP-Oregon included in the President's Column

AAUP- Oregon
President's Column: Spring Renewal!
By José Padín

It has been an honor to serve our academic class as president of our AAUP-Oregon, the state "conference" for AAUP in Oregon.  I am delighted to see the maturation of our AAUP state federation and the new crop of member-leaders taking office on April 29th are cause for excitement and optimism.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


AAUP-Oregon Welcomes Ashley Bromley as new Executive Director

AAUP- Oregon
April 11, 2017
By Margaret Butler

Next week, our new Executive Director Ashley Bromley will start to transition into her position.  Please join me in welcoming her to AAUP.  Ashley brings four years of staff experience at the Coalition for Graduate Employees at Oregon State.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


Friday, April 7, 2017

UO Cutting 31 jobs, including 21 instructors from its largest college

The Register-Guard
By Dylan Darling
April 7, 2017

The largest college withing the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities courses with declining interest from students.

(Dylan Darling/The Register-Guard)
The UO's College of Arts and Sciences, plans to cut 21 nontenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday.  The faculty and staff will finish the school year, and the UO will not renew their contracts.

Read the full article at The Register-Guard's website here.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bonamici and Blumenauer sign on to U.S. House Bill that would prohibit ICE arrests at courthouses and schools

Multnomah Justice Center (Joe Riedl)
Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
March 31, 2017

A bill introduced yesterday with the support of two of Oregon's representatives in Congress would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making arrests at schools, courthouses or health clinics.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump budget a 'deep concern' for Oregon research universities

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
March 30, 2017

The preliminary 2018 budget the Trump administration released earlier this month is supposed to give negotiators a starting point, but Oregon's largest universities already are rattled by the sweeping cuts in science and research spending it proposes.

The fiscal blueprint could upend or delay scientific study across the state -- from cancer research on Pill Hill in Portland to programs affecting coastal communities - and longtime observers of the political process say it's an ominous sign of where the administration's interests lie.

Read the full article at OregonLive's website here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

AAUP-Oregon Election Results 2017

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler
March 27, 2017

Our new officers are:

  • President-Elect: Michael Dreiling, University of Oregon
  • Secretary-Elect: Pedro Garcia-Caro, University of Oregon
  • VP for Academic Freedom-Elect: Bob Liebman, Portland State
  • VP for Membership & Organizing-Elect: Leanne Serbulo, Portland State
  • VP for Political Action & Legislation-Elect: Ramin Farahmandpur, Portland State
  • Advocate for Academic Professionals: Karen Kennedy, Portland State (re-elected)

The newly elected officers will take office on April 29 at the membership meeting.

See the original post on the AAUP-Oregon website here


Monday, March 27, 2017

Proposed Change to AAUP-Oregon Constitution

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler, Executive Director
March 24, 2017

Official Notice: The AAUP-Oregon Executive Committee is proposing changes to the AAUP-Oregon Constitution to be voted on at the Membership Meeting on April 29, 2017.  The changes are to streamline our Executive Committee by removing the positions of VP for Collective Bargaining, Advocate for Tenure, and At-Large Member Representative.  We are required by the Constitution to give all members 30 days notice of our intent to vote on this change.  You can see the Constitution with the proposed change here.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oregon may drop the goal that 80% of high school grads will earn a 2- or 4- year college degree by 2025

Oregon Lawmakers, sensing ambitious education goals out of reach, prepare to drop them

OregonLive
By Betsy Hammond
March 23, 2017

In 2011, Oregon lawmakers agreed on an ambitious goal: By 2025, the state should get all its young people to graduate from high school and 80 percent to earn a two- or four-year college degree.

Now, largely at the urging of the state's teachers union, a group of mostly Democratic lawmakers want the state to drop those goals, largely as an admission the state's schools and colleges won't come close to accomplishing them.

Read the full OregonLive article here.