The University Record, January 16, 1996

Higher education law specialist is next speaker in 'Change' series

Steven G. Olswang, vice provost at the University of Washington in Seattle, will be the first winter term speaker in the series "Changing in a World of Change: The University and Its Publics."

Olswang, who also is professor of educational leadership and policy studies, will speak on "The Changing University: Faculty and Tenure" at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. A reception will follow in the Assembly Hall.

At Washington, he teaches courses on higher education and the law, school law, and collective bargaining and faculty governance in higher education.

He recently spent a year in England on a Fulbright Academic Administrator Fellowship as a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and visiting professor, University of Reading. While there, he conducted a study of the legal issues facing British education as compared with those facing U.S. education.

Olswang is co-author of several articles that touch on current concerns of women faculty in particular: "The Effects of Child Rearing on the Careers of Female Assistant Professors" (Review of Higher Education, in press); "Maternity Leave Policies in Research Universities" (1995 AAUW Conference Proceedings, in press) and "Childbirth, Tenure and Promotion for Women Faculty" (Review of Higher Education).

Olswang's talk is the fifth in the series that was inaugurated last fall with a presentation by President James J. Duderstadt. The series is designed to utilize outside speakers with interest in the University to examine ways in which the U-M needs to evolve to meet the changing needs of society.

The series is sponsored by the Office of the President and Senate Assembly.

In addition to Duderstadt, last fall's speakers included Charles Gibson of "Good Morning America," Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro; and Frank Popoff, CEO of Dow Chemical Co.