Volume 92, Issue 86

Thursday, March 11, 1999


USC budget sees student fee increase

Moran gets an 'F' from faculty

McGuinty promises education will be at platform forefront

Good chance for post grads

Fares on the up and up

Series explores international effects on Iraq

Quirks & Smirks

Caught on campus

Moran gets an 'F' from faculty

By Dave Yasvinski
Gazette Staff

Greg Moran received a failing grade from the University of Western Ontario's Faculty Association this week.

Western's VP-academic and provost was rated by faculty in the form of a mail survey which questioned Moran's performance based on seven different criteria. Included among these were the ability to provide academic leadership and vision, planning for the future in an innovative manner and enhancing high-quality teaching and research. Each criteria was rated on a scale from one to five with one being "least satisfactory" and five being "most satisfactory."

Moran is being examined by a selection committee who will recommend whether or not to renew his current contract.

The UWOFA received 86 surveys back from its membership, which is approximately 854 members strong. For every single criteria Moran received more "least satisfactory" responses than anything else. Only 24 of the 86 respondents supported Moran's re-appointment.

"It was certainly a negative and critical review," said Aniko Varpalotai, president of the UWOFA. However, she said a lot of people put the survey in context, recognizing the problems might fall more generally on Western's administration and not just Moran.

Communication was listed as a major problem, Varpalotai added. "One of the big concerns was the lack of consultation with faculty when it came to making major decisions."

Doug Hazlewood, a psychology professor, said although he did not fill out a survey, the results must be taken with a grain of salt because only 10 per cent of members responded. "I do not think you could generalize that to the faculty as a whole."

Another concern is whether or not these 86 people represent a random sample. "I think there's a lot of selection bias. What direction it might go in, I'm not sure," he said.

Dan Jorgenson, an anthropology professor, agreed, although he had no idea why the turnout rate was so low. Although the results were negative overall it will be difficult to make sense of them. "What sort of status to give it is up to the selection committee," he said.

Provost selection committee member and University Students' Council President Ian Armour said while they will consider these results, they will be reviewing information from many sources. "This is not the only thing we're looking at. We've received submissions from student groups, professors and [Moran's] associates."

Moran stated previously that he is unable to comment on his review while the process is taking place but he would consider another term as provost if the position were offered to him.

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