Articles by Kristy Hammond

Welcome new women faculty to campus!

The Center for the Study of Women in Society and the Office of the Provost invite you to a reception to welcome new women faculty to campus. New and current faculty at the University of Oregon are invited to attend to welcome new women faculty to campus, to learn about one another’s research and work, and to inspire collaboration, community, and support across campus. Don’t forget to bring your colleagues with you! While this event is titled as a reception for new women faculty, CSWS welcomes everyone on campus whose scholarship deconstructs and reconstructs approaches to gender, and we invite…


General Membership Meetings

United Academics will be bargaining out next Collective Bargaining Agreement in the 2019 academics year. We will be using the 2018-19 academic year to formulate bargaining planks. General Membership Meetings are a great opportunity to meet with other faculty and talk about what is and is not working at the University of Oregon, and to help inform bargaining conversations. 2018-19 General Membership Meeting Dates Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 5-7 in Gerlinger Lounge Thursday, January 10, 2019 Thursday, April 4, 2019


Update from the BVWU

Community support has been critical to our successive wins these last several months, and without you behind us at every step, Burgerville Workers Union would not have been able to accomplish all that we have. Since we filed for elections with the NLRB and won with overwhelming majorities at 2 locations this spring, we’ve been engaged in negotiations with Burgerville for our first contract. Negotiations have been tough as Burgerville has met even our simplest proposals with resistance, but we’re more determined than ever to continue putting pressure on the company to do right by their workers. While Burgerville promised…


The Janus decision and United Academics

Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court ruled on the Janus v. AFSCME case, deciding that public employee unions cannot collect “fair share” fees from people who have not joined the union as full members. These fees have, historically, been considered both constitutional and necessary to avoid the problem of “free-riding” by people who receive the benefits of the collective bargaining agreement, but do not voluntarily contribute to the costs of bargaining and maintaining the contract. As of today, public employees who have not signed union cards will still be represented by their union, but will not contribute to keeping their union stable…


DuckOUT: LGBTQIA+ Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Mixer

Join colleagues for DuckOUT’s UO LGBTQIA+ Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Mixer. DuckOUT is a no host mixer that connects LGBTQIA+ individuals across campus and works towards building a more inclusive community.​ DuckOUT: LGBTQIA+ Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Mixer Friday, March 30th, 2018 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm Falling Sky Pizzeria, EMU 1395 University St Unit 46 Show the flier at the event for 25% of your entire purchase to be donated to HIV Alliance! Good for all food, beverage, merchandise, and gift certificates. DuckOUT is made possible by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Center on Diversity…


On the work of the university: Ken Calhoon reflections on metrics

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Mozart wrote forty-one symphonies, Beethoven only nine. I have written none, but I offer these thoughts on metrics. I apologize in advance for the naiveté, as well as the pathos. On September 14th, at the beginning of the current academic year, University Provost and Senior Vice President Jayanth Banavar hosted a retreat for “academic leaders” in the EMU Ballroom. The highpoint of the assembly, in my view, was Jayanth’s own (seemingly impromptu) description of the research of David Wineland, the Nobel Laureate who recently joined the UO’s Department of Physics as a Knight Professor. In a manner…


Statement on metrics

I oppose the initiative to incorporate external “metrics” into evaluating teaching and scholarship. First, we already have a system for evaluating teaching and scholarship – the collective judgment of faculty and peer review. At the heart of this system are two principles: 1) only faculty themselves have the disciplinary expertise to evaluate colleagues’ work; and 2) while faculty draw on concrete evidence including publications, there is ultimately a degree of scholarly judgment involved that can’t be collapse into a mathematical formula. There is no reason to change this system unless the intention is to have administrative edicts take precedence over…


A Response to the UO’s Goal of Measuring Excellence

Dear Provost Banavar, We applaud your call to develop meaningful metrics that will help us evaluate “how well we are collectively contributing to the university’s mission.” We are proud to work for the University of Oregon and we support the vision of our University defined by our mission statement:  “The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.” As stated, our vision “is to be a preeminent and innovative public research university encompassing the humanities and arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions. We seek to enrich the human condition through…


UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and Its Aftermath

The Ethnic Studies archival team has released the Puerto Rico Project‘s digital archive. https://blogs.uoregon.edu/theuopuertoricoproject/ They recommend regularly checking in for new interviews, bibliographies, stories, photographic journeys, and more educational materials pertinent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies hosts the Justice Across Borders Symposium on March 8, 2018. You can find additional information at http://cllas.uoregon.edu/2018-symposium.


Intertwined: Stories of Home

Are you interested in the art of storytelling? Would you like to get more connected to your stories and the stories of those around you? We have just the thing: on Saturday, March 3, the team from last year’s “Intertwined: Stories of Home” event will be hosting a free, fun, low-stress storytelling workshop from 10:00am-1:00pm in Straub 245. We would love for you to join us! This workshop is an opportunity to Explore the structure, presentation, and art of stories Practice crafting and presenting your own narrative in a supportive environment Connect with a group of faculty, staff, and students committed to supporting…