Faculty Input into Hiring Executive Administrators

Date of Notice: 
Wed, 09/26/2012
Legislation, Resolution, or Policy Adoption: 
Current Status: 
Approved on 11/7/2012

The UO Senate moves:

a) That the UO faculty and Senate should have input into the hiring of executive administrators, including the Provost, Deans, and Vice Presidents and Provosts or equivalents such as the General Counsel and Athletic Director. This input should be a part of regular searches, interim appointments, and "special assistant to the provost" TRP type appointments.

b) That to accomplish this goal the Senate President will appoint an ad hoc committee of UO faculty and Senate constituents to develop a formal but flexible university policy that includes representation on search committees and where appropriate public presentations to the relevant constituents and the university community. The Senate requests that President Gottfredson appoint 2 administrators or staff to this committee, and that he instruct them to cooperate with the committee on the development of an appropriate university policy.

c) The committee will present a policy proposal for a Senate vote by the February meeting, to be forwarded to the administration for incorporation as an official policy.


William Harbaugh, Professor Economics

Legislative History: 

President Gottfredson approves interim policy from July 1, 2014 to fall term, 2014.

Motivation: The UO currently has a number of senior administrators who have been appointed without systematic faculty input, and/or who have served for long periods of time without performance reviews that incorporate input from the faculty or other Senate constituencies. Policies for faculty input into searches and performance reviews are common at other universities. Regular "360 degree" performance reviews are a basic good management practice. UO policies on these matters, to the extent they can be found, are conflicting and incomplete. These two motions aim to regularize these policies for UO.