February 14, 2012
Many of us have been dismayed by recent events involving President Hogan and his Chief of Staff, Lisa Troyer. Troyer resigned from her post to accept a full-time tenured position in the Department of Psychology. Apparently the offer to Troyer, at a salary of $109,000, was made without consultation with the Chancellor or the Provost. Troyer resigned in the wake of the controversy about the President’s Central Enrollment Management Plan. Our own Academic Senate has concluded that the anonymous emails sent to the University Senates Conference, and the draft report leaked to the President from this body, reveal “a broad pattern of surveillance and intrusion into legitimate faculty governance deliberations.”
Two external agencies investigating the anonymous emails issued a report to the effect that it was reasonable to conclude that the emails came from Troyer’s computer. To put it mildly, President Hogan did not demonstrate ethical leadership in this matter. The culture of shared governance has been sabotaged.
In response to this crisis, the CFA caucus at our Academic Senate sponsored a resolution calling for the immediate cessation of the implementation of the President’s Centralized Enrollment Management Plan. The resolution passed by a vast majority. Nonetheless, the Enrollment Management Plan continues to move forward. As we learn from the News Gazette on February 14: “the proposed campus-level directors of enrollment management will report only to the new central executive director, and not to their own provosts” at each campus.
What is the next step? Some are calling for a vote of no-confidence in President Hogan. We at Campus Faculty Association (CFA) see the question differently. A new face in the President’s Office does not necessarily mean a commitment to shared governance or respect for faculty’s knowledge and involvement in UIUC. A new President provides no guarantee against overweening intrusion into faculty deliberations. What UIUC needs instead is an independent faculty organization that could use the power of Illinois collective bargaining law to ensure a strong faculty voice in policy matters. A faculty union would be independent from the “chain of command” organizing structure favored by the Board of Trustees, and therefore become a permanent, unencumbered faculty voice on campus.
A unionized faculty is a faculty with clout. We are actively pursuing this goal. Join us.
Professor Harriet Murav
President, Campus Faculty Association (CFA)- University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)