With the vote closed and ballots counted, it is my pleasure to announce the Campus Faculty Association officers for the 2018-2019 school year:
President – Dan Gilbert is a long-time member of CFA, and has previously served as both labor representative and vice president. A cultural historian of work and working people in the modern United States, Dan is jointly appointed in the School of Labor & Employment Relations and the Department of History. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University, where he was active in the movement to organize a union of graduate teachers. Before coming to UIUC in 2011, Dan taught for three years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Vice President – Zsuzsa Gille has been a member of CFA for many years. She is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies. Her research focuses on environmental and food inequalities transnationally, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. She has served in many administrative roles on campus, including as Faculty Senator. She has supported the GEOs efforts at every stage and is committed to integrating the CFA’s concerns with the Champaign-Urbana community’s wider social concerns.
Treasurer – Jeremiah Heller has been a member of CFA since joining the University of Illinois three years ago, where he is now an assistant professor in the department of mathematics. His wife is also a member of the math department and CFA. Together they have a (super energetic!) 18 month old son running around at home and creating delightful chaos. He looks forward to increasing his service to the community and the CFA by serving as treasurer.
Central Labor Council Representative – Chris Higgins is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, with affiliate appointments in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Center for Translation Studies. A Resident Associate at Illinois’ Center for Advanced Study, he is co-directing a two-year initiative, “Learning Publics,” examining the role of universities, and in particular the arts and humanities, in public life. His scholarly work seeks to defend the integrity of teaching and learning in the face of instrumentalism, privatization, and other forms of corruption. His book, The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) offers one of the first systematic extensions of virtue ethics to questions concerning work and professional identity. He is the chair of the Miller Programs Committee, has served on the University Senate (including a stint on the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure), was closely involved in the Campus Conversation on Undergraduate Education, and served on both the Interdisciplinary Humanities Working Group and the Task Force on Emerging Areas in the Humanities. A member of CFA for 3 years, he has co-chaired the CFA Senate Caucus and served on ExComm. He is currently working with representatives of GEO and students from Urbana High School to explore the formation of a student union at UHS.