Education at OHSU

Faculty Senate

The mission of the Faculty Senate is to represent faculty in proposing, evaluating and advising on actions or policies to create, maintain and protect an academic environment conducive to the full and free development of scholarly learning, teaching, research, patient care and community service.

Senate Snapshot

The Faculty Senate is a collective group of faculty representatives from across the university who come together to discuss, plan, advise, and, where appropriate, take action on any matter of general interest or concern to the faculty or pertaining to OHSU. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Faculty status
  • Strategic planning
  • Academic policies
  • Educational standards, curricula, new programs, regulations
  • Research
  • Budget
  • Aspects of student life that relate to the university environment

Executive Committee Members

  • Karen Eden, Senate President
  • Derick Du Vivier, Immediate Past President
  • Amy Garcia, Senate Secretary
  • Kristina DeShazo, Senator-at-large
  • Martina Ralle, Senator-at-large
  • Nasser Said-Al-Naief, Senator-at-large
  • Nick Miehl, Senator-at-large

Senate Committees

Advising the administration and Faculty Senate on matters pertaining to health care services, regional outreach and community service; the number of primary care providers offering care to local, regional, and groups targeted for outreach; the state of clinical service facilities; the diversity of the health care workforce; the quality of the clinical care environment for providing training experiences for students and postgraduates; and clinical services for under-served groups. Advising and facilitating faculty involvement in community outreach activities.

Reviews and evaluates current academic policies, proposals for new and revised program curricula, in addition to proposals for termination of programs or other academic entities.  

Serves as the Nominating Committee for the annual elections of the Executive Committee. Monitors the Faculty Senate elections and reports results of unit elections, failure of units to elect representatives, or any violations of the election process to the Faculty Senate. Conducts elections for any represented school or unit that requests this service. Organizes the nomination process for the annual Faculty Awards and convocation. 

Reviews and makes recommendations about university-wide strategic plans, policies, and documents that affect academic faculty, including appointment, promotion, tenure, evaluation and development, rights and privileges, program elimination, and termination of appointments and contract. Addresses issues raised by the Faculty Survey regarding faculty welfare. Analyzes policies and procedures for determining salary increases within schools and unites. Monitors conditions within and outside the university that, in its judgment, affects the academic freedom of the university, its faculty or its students.      
 

The IFS is comprised of representatives of the faculty senators from the public universities in Oregon. Its purpose is to:

  1. Serve as a voice for faculties of Oregon public universities on statewide concerns
  2. Consider statewide policies and make recommendations
  3. Strengthen faculty participation in governance of the institutions.

OHSU Faculty Senate representatives convey the concerns and opinions of the OHSU Faculty Senate to the IFS and convey to the senate issues raised in IFS meetings. Terms are three years. Meetings occur approximately five to six times per year. 

In 1993, the Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) committee was formed as a standing committee of OHSU’s School of Medicine to address issues and concerns that affect women faculty in the School of Medicine.  On July 1, 2019, after a careful review process and stakeholder meetings, the committee expanded to become an OHSU-wide committee representing all Schools, Affiliated Units, and the College of Pharmacy, and structured as a standing committee within the Faculty Senate. Their mission it to promote the culture, policies, and infrastructure necessary to ensure gender equity for faculty at OHSU.