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Congratulations 2018 Senate Award Winners!

University Senate Names 2018 Award Recipients

On Wednesday, May 23 the University Senate voted to make the following awards:

Wayne T. Westling Award:  Frances J. White (Professor and Head, Anthropology Department; Senator; Member of the Senate Executive Committee; Co-Chair of the Academic Council; and Chair, UO Committee on Courses)

This award is given for exemplary service over a period of years to the university through participation in university committees, advisory bodies, or faculty elective positions and for inspired leadership and commitment to the principles of shared governance, participatory decision-making, and fostering a campus climate of inclusiveness and respect.

Classified Staff Leadership Award:  Jimmy Murray (Technology Specialist and Student Coordinator, Price Science Commons, UO Libraries; Former Senator; Former Member of the Library Committee; Member of the Senate Executive Committee; and Member of the UO Board of Trustees)

This award recognizes an individual who has been a leader in one or more of the following categories: promoting the personal and professional development of classified staff in all areas of education, culture, and international awareness; cultivating and building respect and recognition for classified employees in order to create a more supportive and respectful workplace environment; or embracing and respecting the differences in each of us, upholding the principles of equality of opportunity and freedom from unfair discrimination, and encouraging an open system of accountability and transparency in University operations.

Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration:  Teri Lynn Rowe (Manager of Finance and Administration for the Departments of Economics and Sociology; Member of the Senate Executive Committee; Former Member of the Faculty Advisory Council; and Former Member of the Officers of Administration Council)

This award requires exemplary service over a period of years to the university through participation in committees, advisory bodies, or elected positions and inspired leadership and commitment to the principles of shared governance, participatory decision making, and fostering a campus climate of inclusiveness, respect, and professional excellence.

Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust Award:  The Senate is presenting this award to three individuals this year – Monique Rodrigues Balbuena (Associate Professor, Clark Honors College; Senator; and Member of the Policy Advisory Council), Britt Johnson (Senior Instructor, American English Institute and Member of the Traffic Appeals Board), and Kenny Jacoby (Reporter for the Palm Beach Post; former reporter for the Oregon Daily Emerald; and recent UO graduate)

This award represents the Senate’s interest in encouraging the proliferation of trust, transparency, and shared governance with the university administration. It is given to the administrator or other member of the UO community who has best exemplified the values of trust, transparency, and shared governance during the year.

All four awards will be presented at the final Senate meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, June 6 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium. Colleagues and friends of the recipients are invited to attend. The meeting begins at 3:00 pm with the Senate working through a few business items, including election of a new Vice President and President-Elect. The awards presentation will occur from about 3:30 – 4:30 PM followed by a reception from about 4:45 – 5:45 PM. Those who want to continue the celebration have been invited to do so at the Faculty Club in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Awards

The University of Oregon has a wealth of exemplary individuals who contribute to the success of our university. The Senate recognizes a few of them each year for their leadership and service through four major Senate Awards. These awards allow the Senate to highlight our shared values and those characteristics that enhance the experience of students, staff, and faculty.

2017 Award Recipients (L-R): Kurt Willcox (Classified Staff); Lisa Raleigh (Officers of
Administration); Diane Dietz (Shared Governance), and Jennifer J. Freyd (Westling).

Senate President Bill Harbaugh (R) presenting Paul Simonds, Senate Parliamentarian
and former Senate president, with a special award in recognition of his long service to
the Senate and Faculty Assembly.

Retiring Provost Scott Coltrane received a special award in recognition of his service to the university.

Senate Awards:

For 2017-18, award nominations will open on April 2 and close on April 24. All members of the campus community are able to nominate any eligible faculty member, classified staff person, or officer of administration for these awards. These awards along with two special recognition awards will be presented at a formal ceremony at the June 6 Senate meeting.

Nominations must be sent to: senatecoordinator@uoregon.edu.

UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust

Purpose: Award is given to the person who has best exemplified the principles of shared governance, transparency, and trust during the past year. Established in 2015.
Eligible: Any administrator or other member of the UO community.
Selection: Recommended by Senate Executive Committee; selected by members of the University Senate.

Wayne T. Westling Award

Purpose: Named in honor of Wayne T. Westling, Professor of Law at the University of Oregon from 1979-2001. He was recognized across campus for his unswerving and selfless commitment to faculty governance. Award is given for outstanding and long-term leadership and service to the university. Established in 2001.
Eligible: Any faculty or staff member.
Selection: Recommended by the Committee on Committees; selected by members of the University Senate.

UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award

Purpose: Recognize an individual who is a leader in one or more of these areas – personal and professional development, a respectful work environment, or diversity. Must be a “change agent” who has made “a difference through their actions and through collaborative relationships.” Established in 2011.
Eligible: All classified employees.
Selection: By the current and previous classified staff senators employed at the university.

UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration

Purpose: Recognize exemplary service over a period of years and outstanding leadership. Must be committed to shared governance and participatory decision making and must foster inclusiveness, respect, and professional excellence. Established 2011.
Eligible: All Officers of Administration
Selection: By the current Officers of Administration senators.

Related Awards: Senate committees also nominate and/or select candidates for several other university awards. These include:

Distinguished Service Awards

This award recognizes those “who by their knowledge and skills have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of Oregon or society as a whole.” Up to three awards may be presented each year at June Commencement.

Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Thomas F. Herman Award and the Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy are presented to faculty members who have demonstrated long-term excellence in teaching at the university. The Ersted Award and the Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy recognize excellence in teaching by faculty who are early in their careers.