If your memory of college includes trying to stay awake in large lecture halls, Cub Kahn has news for you. When he thinks about the future of higher education, he sees hybrids. Forget the cars that combine gas engines and electric motors. These hybrids are the latest in college courses. They enable students to learn via computer with online videos and activities that can be done at home or in the library or coffee shop. Hybrids meet less often in actual classrooms, but when they do, their sessions resemble hands-on workshops where students solve problems and apply their knowledge. Done well, hybrids can improve learning and help students get more mileage out of education.  More…

Undergraduate of the Quarter - Spring 2013
Undergraduate of the Quarter – Spring 2013

Shelby Paulson grew up in Coos Bay, OR – graduating from Marshfield High School where she was a three-sport athlete (cross-country/track, basketball and swimming).  Her senior year, she was awarded an Air Force ROTC Scholarship, which covered much of her cost to go to college. Military service is a tradition in her family as both her parents were in the Army.  She selected OSU for college because her mom got her Masters degree from here and because “she didn’t want to to that school in Eugene.” Her favorite courses were the Integrated lab sequence because it was “lots of fun and hands on.”  She also really enjoyed Staci Simonich’s CH 692 Environmental Transformation of Organic Compounds course and Jennifer Field’s Toxicology course.  She has worked in Staci’s lab for over a year now and has really valued the experience.  She has also been active in the Student Alumni Association during her time at OSU. After graduation, she will start her six-year service as an Air Battle Management Officer in the Air Force.  We are fortunate to have talented students like Shelby in our Department, and we are grateful for her service to our country!

Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants: June 3 and 4, 5 p.m. RSVP or questions please contact Jianbo at the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development at jianbo.hu@oregonstate.edu 541-737-2366. The NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online “How-To” workshop over two evenings at ALS 1019 to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in August of 2013.

At the April 11, 2013 meeting of the Faculty Senate we completed the work to implement new faculty ranks (Instructor, Faculty Research Assistant, and Professor of Practice series). President Ray approved these changes on May 10, 2013. The Faculty Handbook has been updated, and you can see the details of the changes on the Faculty Senate webcast site (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/webcast/2012-2013/1304/).

We are writing to you today with some important matters related to the implementation. Below we will provide a brief summary of the new ranks and who is eligible. In italics we note several process issues to be aware of. Finally, at the end of the email we announce upcoming opportunities for faculty to develop teaching portfolios to use for promotion. The Faculty Senate will also sponsor a panel early in Fall of 2013 for “how to be an effective external reviewer” for promotions in the new instructor and FRA ranks.

Professor of Practice

Faculty members with significant responsibility for non-traditional education or community outcomes may be defined as professors of practice. It is to be used only for faculty members whose primary work assignments are in professionally related community education and service, though scholarship and university service are also expected. Professor of Practice faculty are not eligible for tenure, but are eligible for extended fixed-term contracts at the Associate and Full Professor ranks.

Note: Because this is a new category of faculty, we ask units to work with the Office of Academic Affairs before establishing and/or recruiting for professors of practice.

Instructor series: Instructor, Senior Instructor I, and Senior Instructor II

A faculty member currently in the rank of “Senior Instructor” will become “Senior Instructor I.” Promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor II may be considered after four years of full-time service at the rank of Senior Instructor I or the accumulation of its equivalent for part-time Senior Instructors at 0.50 FTE or greater. To be promoted, a candidate must have a sustained record of exceptional achievement and evidence of professional growth and innovation in assigned duties. Senior Instructors I and II are eligible for extended fixed-term contracts.

Note: Units need to develop clear criteria for promotion to Senior Instructor II.

Note: Promotions for instructors include a requirement for external review letters. These letters must come from people who are at, or above, the rank to which the faculty member is being promoted. A majority of the reviewers should be from outside the faculty member’s unit and you are encouraged to seek reviews external to OSU.

Faculty Research Assistant series: Faculty Research Assistant, Senior Faculty Research Assistant I, and Senior Faculty Research Assistant II

A faculty member currently in the rank of “Senior Faculty Research Assistants” will become “Senior Faculty Research Assistant I.” Promotion to the rank of Senior II Faculty Research Assistant may be considered after four years of full-time service at the rank of Senior Faculty Research Assistant I or the accumulation of its equivalent for part-time Senior Faculty Research Assistants at 0.50 FTE or greater. To be promoted, a candidate must have a sustained record of exceptional achievement and evidence of professional growth and innovation assigned duties. Senior Faculty Research Assistants  I and II are eligible for extended fixed-term contracts.

Note: Units need to develop clear criteria for promotion to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II.

Note: Promotions for faculty research assistants include a requirement for external review letters. These letters must come from people who are at, or above, the rank to which the faculty member is being promoted. A majority of the reviewers should be from outside the faculty member’s unit and you are encouraged to seek reviews external to OSU.

Note: Currently the promotion to Senior Faculty Research Assistant ends the formal review at the College level. However, for those going up for promotion to Senior II Faculty Research Assistant, reviews will continue on to the university level committee.

Fall 2013 Workshops to Support the Promotion Process

  • The traditional dossier used for promotions are not always the best approach for summarizing the impact of faculty work in instruction. The Center for Teaching and Learning will be sponsoring workshops next year on “Creating Effective Teaching Portfolios.”
  • Getting good external reviews is always a challenge, and is especially a challenge for promotion of instructors. Part of the reason is the way we put together dossiers. But more important is that we are never really taught how to be an external reviewer. In the fall the Faculty Senate will sponsor a panel on “Being an Effective External Reviewer.” We encourage all senior ranked faculty (including senior instructors and FRA’s) as well as administrators to attend the workshop. Reminders will be sent out late summer and early fall.

If you have any questions about the new ranks, or the process of appointing and promoting faculty in them, please let us know.

 

Becky Warner                                                                    Kevin Gable
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs               Faculty Senate President

The University of Oregon’s MCAT Preparation Workshop is conducted by faculty members who teach biology, chemistry, and physics material specifically tailored for the MCAT. These faculty specialists are joined by other test experts to help students perform to their best abilities on all the MCAT sections, including the critical reading and writing sections.

Workshop Dates — Cost: $650 per student
Available at the UO campuses in Eugene and Portland.
The sessions are live in Eugene and broadcast in Portland. Please contact us about joining the workshop remotely from alternate locations.

Summer 2013, weeks 1-4 starting June 24

Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:00am – noon
Priority registration is June 10. Register before the priority deadline to allow adequate time for material order and shipping.

Registration forms and contact information are available on our website http://tlc.uoregon.edu/learningservices/testprep/mcat.html or call TLC  at 541-346-3226 with questions.

Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)
1213 University of Oregon, 68 PLC
Eugene OR  97403

541-346-3226, http://tlc.uoregon.edu

NASA Astronaut Dr. Stanley Love will be returning to OSU on the afternoon of June 5 to deliver a public lecture as part of his visit that day to Oregon. Dr. Love will be accompanying former Congressman David Wu who, for more than 10 years, has awarded scholarships to grade school students who win an essay contest and use the scholarships to attend the U.S. Space Camp and Academy in Huntsville, Alabama.

I’ve secured the C&E Hall in LaSells for the public lecture, which would take place from 4-5 pm.  I’ll be working with University Marketing to publicize the event and to invite local media to meet with Dr. Love after the lecture.  He and Mr. Wu are expected to leave the OSU campus sometime after 5:30 pm.