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Faculty Senate Matters: Chair urges participation in forums, discussion

Dear Colleagues,

For most on our campus, winter quarter is surely the busiest time of the academic year as departments and schools deliberate over promotion and tenure, assess their colleagues in merit evaluation procedures, plan next year’s schedule, and, for the lucky few, search for new colleagues.  

This year, as you know, the University faces financial and political challenges that will likely result in cuts even deeper than those we have experienced every year for as long as most of us can remember. I trust you are as frustrated and as angry about this situation as I am. I also have no doubt that you feel the cynicism that I often feel about the ability of faculty to have an impact on the decisions made in Cutler Hall.  

Nonetheless, I urge you to take time from your over-packed schedules this winter and spring quarters to participate in a range of forums in which we discuss University priorities and values. It is most certainly in these venues, far more than in strategic planning sessions, that our University’s identity is articulated. Please go to the budget forums. Talk with your faculty senators. Send letters to the papers. Let University leaders know what you’re thinking and what you value. Tell them again and again. It matters.

Faculty Senate will continue to advocate for faculty and focus on its primary mission to protect and enhance the academic health of Ohio University.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind the University community that monthly Faculty Senate meetings are open to all members of the public, not just faculty. Our next meeting will be held this coming Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:10pm in Walter Hall 145 (regular attendees should note that this is not our regular meeting room).

With best wishes,

Joe McLaughlin
Chair, Faculty Senate