From: Human Resources
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:28:22 -0800 (PST)
January 14, 2009
TO: The University of Oregon Community
FROM: Peter B Gilkey (Committee Chair)
SUBJECT: The COI/COC Senate Ad Hoc Committee
Senate President Paul van Donkelaar has appointed the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment (COI/COC). The committee is charged with reviewing and, where needed, suggesting revisions to the draft COI/COC policy to meet essential legal and policy requirements with a keen sensitivity to academic freedom and the culture of a public research university. The committee is to make a focused effort to consider the policy and associated disclosure form. We plan to present a revised draft at the March 11, 2009 UO Senate meeting.
The committee will hold a town hall meeting in 166 Lawrence from 1500-1700 on Wednesday 21 January 2009. The meeting is sponsored jointly by the UO Senate and by the UO Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Carl Bybee, Rob Horner, and Rich Linton will each give brief ten minute presentations at the beginning of the meeting. Following that, the meeting will be opened up to a general discussion -- the members of the COI/COC committee and the executive committee of the UO Chapter of the AAUP will be present at the front of the room to serve as a resource. I will act as moderator of the meeting.
The committee has a web page: http://pages.uoregon.edu/uosenate/dirsen089/COICOCC.html All documents the committee has received are linked from that web page. You are invited to submit additional documents/statements/etc. for the committee to be posted as well. They may be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter B Gilkey
Chair COI/COC Senate Ad Hoc Committee
University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403
*John Bonine, Law Email: email@example.com (541) 346-3827
From: John E Bonine
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 08:28:38 -0600
Dear fellow committee members,
I look forward to our meeting today, even though my participation will be by speakerphone. I am in Texas, headed for San Diego after the call.
I have been trying to sort through in my mind the issues involving what policies the University of Oregon should adopt regarding "conflicts of interest" and "conflicts of commitment." Here are some preliminary thoughts.
1. "Conflicts of interest" are different from "conflicts of commitment" and should be handled differently. I believe that we should have two separate policies: one for "conflict of commitment" (COC) and one for "conflict of interest" (COI). These are quite separate things and I intend to start to referring to them separately, rather than with the combined term "COI-C." Lumping them together creates confusions regarding appropriate disclosures by professors, regarding appropriate restrictions, and regarding who should be empowered to make decisions within the university. I will address these matters more in a later paragraph.
2. Professors and their schools and departments (that is, the faculties), as well as external funders, do have an interest in ensuring that individual university faculty members and administrative staff not have improper "conflicts of interest" that may improperly influence research activities or the administration of the university.
(Note that I refer to the collective interest of the faculty, rather than to the interests of an abstraction called the "university" or even the management or "administration" of the university. I believe that professors are as invested in preventing improper conflicts of interest or commitment as are persons in the Administration.)
3. At the same time, individual faculty members have a protectable interest in their own autonomy regarding teaching and research. That autonomy is at the core of academic freedom. It can be imperiled by improperly drawn policies on conflicts.
4. Sensitive and effective policies must reconcile or mediate between collective faculties' (and outside funders') interests in preventing improper conflicts and the academic freedom and autonomy interests of individual faculty members. I do not see that the proposed draft policy does that, instead seeking a primarily managerial goal for the sake of centralized administration of the university. An important aspect of faculty governance in our university is that professors are inclined to pay attention to both sets of interests.
5. Some additional interests are "hard-wired," so that a policy seeking to reconcile or mediate between (1) the faculty's collective interests (and those of funders') and (2) the individual faculty members' interests cannot be allowed to result in violation of policies protecting those interests. These additional interests include, for example, state laws and policies protecting confidential information of individual faculty members. Improperly drawn policies on conflicts can violate those laws and policies protecting individual privacy and confidentiality.
6. Policies regarding conflicts of commitment also cannot be allowed to result in violation of other state policies -- such as the state policy that completely exempts work done on personal time from coverage of university policies.
7. It is essential that the legal requirements on all sides be clearly set out and understood, before moving into the realm of reconciliation or mediation between the University's (and funders) interests and those of individual faculty members.
8. As mentioned above, it is also essential that certain key values (such as academic freedom, accountability, and devolution of decisionmaking to the lowest level) be identified before designing conflict of interest or conflict of commitment policies.
9. Conflict of commitment: One important aspect of keeping conflict of interest policy separate from conflict of commitment policy is that they should be handled in different ways. Conflict of commitment policies probably do not need to have anything to do with money at all, whereas conflict of interest policies do.
I cannot imagine any reason whatsoever for having a centralized office for "responsible research" to be responsible for keeping track of whether we are devoting the necessary amount of time and attention to our various university duties. This is a matter best handled within individual schools and departments that understand the culture of the particular discipline.
Whether we are "committing" our time inappropriately such that it impairs our performance of university duties can best be judged by departmental faculties and their deans, not by some person with no faculty experience. For that reason, reporting our consumption of "faculty time" for outside activities to a generic research office somewhere on campus makes no sense at all. I will give one example: it is the culture of law faculties that publishing textbooks is a normal scholarly activity. But those who drew up the policy said that writing textbooks was not appropriate unless "specifically required" by an employment contract. That level of thinking, even if we excise the words from the policy, might well be applied in reviewing reports. That, in turn, will pile obligations on deans or faculty members to dispute those judgments, which might end up going in front of a committee that doesn't understand law school faculty culture and expectations at all. There is just no reason for such judgments to be made outside the law school in the first place.
10. Conflict of interest: Many of the same considerations for devolution and effective administration suggest to me that conflict of interest policies also need not involve a centralized office that monitors every professor in the university.
As for details, although I understand the need to take account of how money can improperly affect a faculty member's research agenda, I wonder whether we should consider how authorized funding can ALSO have such an effect. I would go further and note that the work that people do is shaped as much by their ideology and social contacts as by their financial interests. Should a geology professor take trips to Monaco with the head of a coal company, even if each pays her and his own way? Should she have to disclose even if the company president with whom she spends time cavorting on the beach is different from the one funding her department? What about biology professors who accept the companionship of the golf course or Caribbean cruise and talks with chemical company scientists about risk analysis, in which the company scientist emphasizes that dioxins are everywhere, so why not spend time on REAL issues of social importance such as cigarette smoking instead of futzing around researching adverse health effects of dioxins?
11. As an alternative to annual "certification" by each faculty member that he or she is engaged in no conflicts of commitment or conflicts of interest, I am thinking that deans and department heads should issue an annual reminder to their own faculty members that they should not engage in outside consulting during the work week (M-F) that takes up more than 20% of their time, and that such outside work should be supportive of their functions in teaching, scholarship, or university service. This would adequately respond to the request (and it was nothing more than a suggestion from them) of the Internal Audit Division of the state's higher education system for filing annual disclosure forms. (The Director of the Internal Audit Division already told me that this suggestion did not have to be followed by the University.) So in order to have a response that provides SOMETHING annually, I would put the burden on the deans and department heads, rather than the professors, and make it a reminder instead of a self-reporting and certification requirement.
These are some preliminary thoughts. I hope that we may look at these policies afresh, examining fundamental assumptions, and not merely tinker around the edges of the proposed draft.
John E. Bonine
Professor of Law
Dean's Distinguished Faculty Fellow
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403 USA
To: Members of the University Community
From: Gwen Steigelman Secretary of the Faculty
Re: Nominations for the Elected University Committees and the University Senate -- Spring 2009
This memo follows earlier "card" and email solicitations from the chair of the Committee on Committees and me regarding faculty and staff interest and willingness to serve on university-level elected committees, councils, and the University Senate. Individuals indicating an interest in serving on the various elected committees, councils, and the University Senate have been added to the nominations list which is posted at: http://pages.uoregon.edu/uosenate/dirsen089/nominate089.html
Candidates are listed based on the positions available and eligibility for the positions. ( Links to information about eligibility to serve, term of service, as well as current and recent memberships are on the nominations webpage.)
Please note: There are a number of positions with insufficient candidates, especially for the University Senate, Graduate Council, and Faculty Personnel Committee (professional schools in particular). The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 17 th . Individual members of the voting faculty (tenure-related faculty, career NTTFs, and OAs) and classified staff may self-nominate, or nominate colleagues for the University Senate or for any of the seven university committees and councils for which you or your colleague is eligible. To nominate yourself or a colleague, please email the nomination(s) to Gwen Steigelman ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and be sure to include the person's name, department, and the committee, council, or senate position for which nominated, as well as confirmation of the nominee's willingness to serve if elected, before 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2009. Additionally, the various Dean's Advisory Councils, or a similarly elected body in each of the respective schools and colleges, have been active in seeking nominations for these open positions to ensure a sufficient number of candidates -- please consider being a candidate if you have not already done so.
Voting will be conducted on-line using Duck Web beginning Friday April 24 th through May 4 th , with election results posted on the senate web page shortly thereafter.
Terms expiring in June 2009: Ron Bramhall (Business), Ed Kameenui (Special Education), John Lysaker (Philosophy) (F08/W09), Andrew H. Marcus (Chemistry), Marilyn Reid (English), Lisa Freinkel (English), Matthew Dennis (History) (S09)
Terms expiring in June 2010: Barbara Altmann (Romance Languages), Leslie Steeves (Journalism and Communication), Harry Price (Music and Dance), Magid Shirzadegan (International Affairs).
Ex Officio Senate President (Paul van Donkelaar) and the Senate Vice President (Peter Gilkey)
Terms expiring in June 2009: Barbara Aldave (Law), Aletta Biersack (Anthropology), Patricia Curtin (Journalism and Communication), Dan Dugger (Mathematics), Sara Hodges (Psychology), Renee Irvin (AAA [P P P M]), Mary Jaeger (Classics), Steve Vacchi (Music)
Terms expiring in June 2010: Marina Guenza (Chemistry), Beth Stormshak (Education - Counseling Psychology)
Graduate Council advises the Dean of the Graduate School on matters pertaining to graduate study at the University of Oregon. Chair Benedict McWhirter.
Terms expiring in June 2009: Li-Shan Chou (Science - Human Physiology), Michael Hames-Garcia (Humanities - Ethnic Studies), Madonna Moss (Anthropology).
Terms expiring in June 2010: Christian Cherry (Music and Dance), Yuan Xu (Mathematics)
Terms expiring in June 2011:Karen McPherson (Romance Languages), Anita Weiss (International Studies), TBA - Social Sciences. Kim Sheehan - At-Large (Journalism and Communication), John Russial (Journalism and Communication), Mary-Lyon Dolezal (Art History), Benedict McWhirter (Education), Lynn Kahle (Business).
Grievance Appeal Committee. Peter Gilkey (Chair). Deals with all formal faculty grievances not within the jurisdiction of the Promotion/Tenure/Retention Appeal Committee. For further details see OAR 571-003
Terms expiring in June 2009: Peter Gilkey (Mathematics), Lori Hager (AAA), Cathleen Leue (Social Science Instructional Lab), Edward Teague (AAA Library), Mark Johnson (Philosophy)
Terms expiring in June 2010: Leah Middlebrook (Comparative Literature)
Elected members terms expiring in 2009 Dev Sinha (Mathematics) Deborah Morrison (Journalism and Communication) David M. Peterson (Knight Library, Media Services) Nathan Tublitz (Biology) Whitney Wagoner (Business)
Term expires 2009 Brad Shelton (Mathematics); Eric Peterson (Linguistics).
Elected members terms expiring in 2010: Mandy Chong (EMU - Cultural Forum), Suzanne Rowe (Law), Richard Taylor (Physics), Janet Wasko (Journalism and Communication)
Appointed representatives TBA: Faculty Representative George Rowe (English) - Senate Representative Term expires June 2009
Ex-officio, non-voting members Pat Kilkenny (Athletics Director), and designees Melinda Grier, Renee Baumgartner, Laura Frieder-Hazlett, Gary Gray, Tom Larson, Julie Larsson, Mike Marlow, Dan Williams, Neal Zoumboukos
Student members terms expiring in 2009: Pending appointment
Promotion-Tenure-Retention Appeal Committee: shall consider only formal grievances concerning denial of promotion or denial of tenure (or denial of both) or failure to renew an appointment in violation of the OAR 571-003- grievant's rights. Other grievances are dealt with by the Grievance Appeal Committee. Convenor Alison Kwok
Term expiring in June 2009: Alison Kwok (AAA).
Terms expiring in June 2011: Debra Merskin (Journalism and Communication)
Term expiring June 2009: Dean Livelybrooks (Sciences - Physics), Kathleen Roberts (Education), Ron Severson (Business), Arkady Vaintrob (CAS) [at large], Ian McNeely (History), Laura Vandenburgh (Art), Ann Laskaya (English), Josh Snodgrass (CAS) [at large].
Term expiring June 2011: Amy Goeser Kolb (Music Theory), Tom Wheeler (Journalism).
Ex Officio: Karen Sprague, Vice Provost Undergraduate Student, Andrew Bonamici, Sue Eveland (Registrar), Hilary Gerdes, Mike Eyster,
Chair of committee on courses,
Chair Academic requirements committee
Chair CAS curriculum committee
Chair Scholastic Review Committee
Officers of administration(See also home page) : The Officers of Administration Council serves as a liaison to central administration through the Vice President for Administration and facilitates communication, information sharing, and collegiality among OAs. The OA Council is one of approximately forty standing academic and administrative committees on the University of Oregon campus. Council members meet once each month.
Shelly Elliot (Chair) term ends 30 June 2010.
Linda Leon (Vice Chair) term ends 30 June 2010.
Rachele Raia term ends 30 June 2009
Cynthea McIntosh term ends 30 June 2009
David Espinoza term ends 30 June 2010
Tenaya Meaux term ends 30 June 2010.
Committee on Committees Chair: Senate Vice President ex officio (Peter Gilkey). This is a senate committee that deals with the appointed University Committees.
Term expiring June 2009: William Ayres (CAS, Anthropology), Marcin Bownik (CAS, Mathematics), Deb Carver (Library), David Crumb (Music), Debra Eisert (College of Education), David Hulse (AAA, Landscape Architecture), Rob Illig (Law), Regina Psaki (CAS, Romance Languages)
Term expiring June 2010:Randall McGowan - History, Jim Imamura - Physics, Matt Roberts - Law, Holly Arrow - Psychology,
Ex officio members (nonvoting): Andrew Wahlstrom (Academic Advising designee), Sue Eveland (Registrar -Convenor), John Crosiar (Creative Publishing), Scott Skelton (Creative Publishing), Mike Jefferis (Staff), Marian Friestad (Graduate Dean).
Term expiring June 2009: Mary Grenci, Library; Bill Harbaugh, Economics; Ryan Hire, UO Development; Huaxin Lin, Mathematics; Heiner Linke, Physics; Mark Ruckwardt, Athletics; Cari Vanderkar, International Affairs; Esther Hagenlocher, A&AA
Term expiring June 2010: Alexandre Dossin, Katrina McGee, David Luebke
Ex Offico: Brian Henley, Michelle Holdway (Convenor), Carla Gary, Karen Kreft.
Term expiring June 2009: Frances Cogan, Honors College; Peter Gilkey, Mathematics; Richard Sundt, Art History
Term expiring June 2010: James Mohr, John Bergland, Lynn Kahle, Jane Gordon.
Ex officio: Graduate Council Chair (designee Professor Chou); Undergraduate Council Chair (TBA) Dave Hubin, President's Office, Chair; ASUO President; Dan Rodriguez, Alumni Director; University Senate President (Paul van Donkelaar); FAC Chair (John Lysaker); President, Student Senate; Betsy Boyd Associate Vice President for Public and Government Affairs.
Term expiring June 2009: Kathie Carpenter, International Studies; Esther Hagenlocher, Architecture; Robert Haskett, History; Ray King, Business; Jeff Magoto, Yamada Language Center; Scott Maier, Journalism
Term expiring June 2010: Jeffrey Stolet, Hao Wang, Andrew Goble, Alexander Mathas, Massimo Lollini.
Ex Officio: Estelle Brunner, rep. Registrar�s Office; Kathy Poole, International Affairs.
Ex officio: Dietrich Belitz, Assoc Dean for Natural Sciences, Kay Coots, Dir, Environ Health and Safety, Lynette Schenkel, Dir, Office for Responsible Conduct of Research, Maeve Sowles, Lab/Bio Safety Officer.
Term expiring June 2009: Ali Emami, Business Warren Ginsberg, English; Alan Kelly, Biology; Deborah Morrison, Journalism; Lang; Catherine Soutar, University Planning; Dennis Munroe, PARS; Susan Verscheure, Human Physiology; and Kathleen Roberts, Education
Term expiring June 2010: Michele Henney, Leland Roth, Mary Jaeger, Robert Davis
Term expiring June 2009: Doris Payne, Linguistics; Ellen Rees, Germanic Languages; Stephanie Midkiff, Library; Eric Torrence, Physics; Donald Harris, Info Services; Cynthia Riplinger, International Affairs; Zena Ariola, Computer Science; Nagesh Murthy, Business; Lydia Van Dreel, Music; Anita Weiss, International Studies
Term expiring June 2010: Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Sara Mason, Anne Parmigiani
Ex Officio: Kathy Poole; Ann Reeder; rep. Research & Faculty Develop.
COMMITTEE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL PANEL INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) #1 - 190
U of O Faculty Members (Voting): Deborah Olson (Chair) Special Education; Ed Awh (Vice Chair) Psychology; Richard Albin Special Education; Ben Douglas, M.D. UO Health Center; Debra Eisert Human Development; Art Farley Computer & Information Science; Andrew Karduna Human Physiology; Juliana Kyrk (Program Officer) Office for Protection of Human Subjects; Ken McClain, M.D. UO Health Center ; Geraldine Moreno Anthropology; Gerard Saucier Psychology; Kim Sheehan Journalism; Deanne Unruh Special Education ;
Community Members (Voting) Ron Chase (Prisoner Advocate) Sponsors, Inc.; Charles Stephens Evaluation Specialist (retired, School District 4J); Mary Ellen West United Way;
Ex Officio (Non-Voting) Lynette Schenkel* Assistant Vice President, Responsible Conduct of Research; Catherine Coyle (*Alternate) Compliance Coordinator, Office for Responsible Conduct of Research;
COMMITTEE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS BIOMEDICAL PANEL INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB) #2 - IRB00005841 2008-09
U of O Faculty Members (Voting) Ben Douglas, M.D. (Chair) UO Health Center; Deborah Olson (Vice Chair) Special Education; Li-Shan Chou* Human Physiology; Andrew Karduna (*Alternate) Human Physiology; Juliana Kyrk (Program Officer) Office for Protection of Human Subjects; Ken McClain, M.D. UO Health Center; Jeffrey Todahl Counseling Psychology and Human Services;
Community Members (Voting) Marc Garant, M.D., Radiologist Willamette Valley Imaging; Dawn Gregg Pastor; Laine Murphey, M.D., Ph.D. Oregon Medical Group;
Ex Officio (Non-voting) Kay Coots Director, Environmental Health & Safety; Lynette Schenkel* Assistant Vice President, Responsible Conduct of Researc;h Catherine Coyle (*Alternate) Compliance Coordinator, Office for Responsible Conduct of Research ;
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The following is taken from the letter nominating Professor Shelton for the award:
Professor Shelton, who has been a member of the University of Oregon faculty since 1985, is an exemplary citizen of this academic community. In addition to his teaching, research and administrative contributions as Head of the Mathematics Department for a number of years, Professor Shelton truly embraces the spirit of this award. Although Brad is often quiet in these contributions, he consistently seeks to make the University of Oregon a better places for al faculty, staff and students through his unending commitment to the principles of faculty governance, participatory decision making, and the fostering of a campus climate of inclusiveness and respect. Let me elaborate. In an era of often self-directed faculty efforts, Brad regularly and consistently seeks way to makes unusual and outstanding contributions to the betterment of this campus. He recognizes the inter-connectedness of all parts of the institution (e.g., academics, student life, athletics, budget) and actively pursues opportunities to positively impact as many of these that he can, while always encouraging others to do so as well. Often, he takes on leadership roles in these efforts, even though that may be behind-the-scenes. Administrators and faculty alike, regardless of their discipline or academic unit, regularly consult him on key issues. Brad Shelton represents the very best of our faculty governance ideals, in that he takes on these voluntary responsibilities for the good of the entire community.
He has served the University of Oregon in the following ways (the list is not exhaustive):
University of Oregon Presidential Search Committee, 2008.
Meeting of the University Senate
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
3:30-5:00 p.m., Knight Library Reading Room
3:30 1. Sign in and pick up name tags
3:35 2.1 Introduction of Newly Elected Senators - Paul van Donkelaar, Senate President
3:40 2.2 Orientation to Senate Operations - Gwen Steigelman, Secretary of the Senate
4:00 3.1 Comments from University President Dave Frohnmayer
4:05 3.2 Comments from Incoming University President Richard Lariviere
4:10 3.3 Reflections on the past year - Paul van Donkelaar, Senate President 2008-09
4. Organizational Business
4:20 4.1 Nominations and election of Senate Vice President for 2009-2010
4:25 4.2 Confirmation of the 2009-2010 University Senate President Peter Gilkey
4:30 4.3 Remarks from new Senate President Peter Gilkey
4:35 5.1 Presentation of the Wayne Westling Award for University Service and Leadership
to 2009 recipient Brad Shelton, Department of Mathematics.
Remarks by Peter Gilkey
6. New Business
4:40 6.1 Consideration of A motion Introduced by Frank Stahl.
A welcome and congratulatory reception follows immediately after the Senate meeting in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library. Please note: times listed are approximate. For information regarding the University Senate's agendas, minutes, committees, and other matters, please visit http://senate.uoregon.edu/. Meetings are open to all members of the university community and the public.
Please note: times listed are approximate. For information regarding the University Senate's agendas, minutes, committees, and other matters, please visit http://senate.uoregon.edu/,. Meetings are open to all members of the university community and the public.