SACUA positions sought by four faculty members
M. Robert Fraser
Appointment: Librarian, Mardigian Library, U-M-Dearborn
Education: Bachelor of Arts, religion, Bethany Nazarene College, 1971; doctorate, religion, Vanderbilt University, 1988.
Faculty leadership/governance experience: U-M-Dearborn Information Technology Advisory Committee (1995-2001, chair 1999-2001); U-M-Dearborn Faculty Senate (2001-04); U-M-Dearborn Faculty Senate Council (2001-04); U-M-Dearborn Faculty-Staff Benefits Committee, chair (2003-05); Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty (2004-present); Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty Subcommittee on Benefits, chair (2005-present).
"I am honored to be considered for service on SACUA. The economic duress felt by the state and the University has provided the faculty with a marvelous opportunity for constructive collaboration with the administration. One area that touches every employee of the University is that of non-salary compensation, loosely grouped under the heading of 'benefits.' The faculty, particularly through its representative bodies, should play a leading role in shaping the future of all aspects of its compensation.
"In addition to benefits issues, faculty must continue to be involved with issues of academic integrity, evaluation of administrators, grading policy, intellectual property, and tenure track. It is vital for SACUA to engage faculty from all colleges and both regional campuses to enable effective collaboration and comprehensive understanding."
Appointment: Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law and professor of law, Law School.
Education: Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate, Harvard University; Doctor of Philosophy in modern history, Oxford University.
Faculty Leadership/Governance Experience: Co-chair, SACUA Rules Committee (2006-present); co-chair, Committee on Constitution Day Observance (2006; member, 2005); chair, Law School Personnel (Appointments) Committee (2001-02, 2005-06 (laterals only); chair, Law School Curriculum Committee (1999-2000); chair, Law School Committee on Financial Aid and Admissions (1998-99, 2006-07); chair, Law School Academic Standards Committee (1992-94); University Senate Assembly (1988-89, 1992-93).
"The University faces many important challenges over the coming years. Somemost notably the need to provide for the rapidly rising cost of health care servicesare closely connected to the financial crisis now threatening the state. We also must cope with legal developments that are compelling us to change our admissions policies and may require a change in our provision of benefits for same-sex couples. These challenges and others make it crucial that faculty, acting through SACUA, play a central and constructive role in the administrative process.
"I like to craft creative, sound solutions to complex problems. Within the Law School, I have chaired most of our major committees one or more times, and I have instigated numerous changes that I believe have substantially benefited the schoolchanges in our curriculum, grading system, administration of exams, financial aid program, academic calendar, on-campus interviewing program, daily schedule and graduation ceremonies. I have served the University as co-chair of the Rules Committee and of the committee to observe Constitution Day, and I would welcome the opportunity to contribute more broadly."
Appointment: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering (CoE).
Education: Bachelor of Science,1978; Masters of Science, 1979; doctorate, 1982; University of Illinois.
Faculty Leadership/Governance Experience: chair, Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering: Systems (1990-94); associate chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1997-2000); Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (2004-07); Administrator Evaluation Committee (2004-07); University Senate Assembly (2004-07).
"As member of the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee I have pushed for the Provost Office to be responsive to student needs. Based on this, the University will change the size of registration brackets students are assigned to sign up for classes. As a member of the Administration Evaluation Committee, I have advocated for administrator accountability. As a member of the Senate Assembly I proposed that faculty directly elect their representatives in college/school executive committees (eliminate the 'rule of two'). SACUA plays an important role in the University by vetting policies that are proposed by the administration and proposing changes in policies that improve the teaching and research quality of the University. On SACUA I will continue to be an advocate for students and faculty in improving the University."
Appointment: Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, CoE.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Cambridge University, 1981, Master of Arts, 1985; doctorate, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1984.
Faculty leadership/governance experience: Executive Board for Rackham School of Graduate Studies (2000-03); Senate Assembly (2004-07); Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (2004-08); Administrator Evaluation Committee (2004-07); undergraduate program advisor in ME (1997-99); ME Department Advisory Committee (1999-2005, 2006-08); Executive Committee of U-M Chapter of American Association of University Professors (2005-07); Board of Directors of Academic Freedom Lecture Fund (2006-09).
"The evolution of faculty governance, with its inefficient democracy, has served universities well for the best part of a millennium. The reservoir of knowledge, training and creativity associated with any group of diverse scholars has allowed universities to adapt to many major technological, scientific, social and political changes over the centuries. In contrast, the efficient oligarchies of businesses seem to be much less able to adapt to changing circumstances. There are few companies that have survived in a recognizable form for even as long as our own relatively young institution. Furthermore, I do not believe that it is entirely a coincidence that many of the universities at the very top levels of international visibility have a much stronger tradition of faculty governance than does our own, distinguished, but slightly less august, University.
"I am very concerned that the current drive to corporatize academia will stultify the creativity and imagination that should come out of properly channeled faculty governance. This creativity and imagination will be required if universities are to continue to evolve in response to the pressures of the 21st century. Increased corporate-style governance will cause universities to become reactive institutions that are merely followers of society and 'markets'; they will not remain the major engines of change that they have been in the past. Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon every faculty member to strengthen faculty governance by being active participants in the process, and I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for SACUA."