AN EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH CHANCELLOR WISE

Campus Faculty Association President Bruce Rosenstock shares his email exchange with Chancellor Wise about the administration’s reaction to the CAFT report. —–Original Message—– From: Rosenstock, Bruce Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00 PM To: Wise, Phyllis M Subject: can we meet? Dear Chancellor Wise, You were kind enough to ask to meet me when IContinue reading “AN EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH CHANCELLOR WISE”

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Academic Freedom and Shared Governance Forum

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER (one panellist was coming from out of town). Event to be rescheduled – check back for updates. Join Professor Michael Rothberg and Dr. John K. Wilson for a panel discussion on Academic Freedom and Shared Governance at UIUC. Wednesday, February 4, 7:30pm at the University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., Champaign).

The Gang of Five Supporting Salaita’s Dismissal

By John K. Wilson The Gang of Five Supporting Salaita's Dismissal Earlier this month, five professors at the University of Illinois (Nicholas Burbules, R.H. Campbell, Kim Graber, Joyce Tolliver, and Matthew Wheeler, referred to as the “Gang of Five”) wrote a response to the UIUC CAFT Report, criticizing it and defending the dismissal of StevenContinue reading “The Gang of Five Supporting Salaita’s Dismissal”

CFA RESPONDS TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES: A CALL TO SUPPORT CAFT REPORT

On January 15, 2015, the UI Board of Trustees issued a statement saying that the banning of Steven Salaita from his teaching post was “final.”   With this statement, the Board believes that it has quashed any further action in regard to the recommendations made in the report of the  Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT).  TheContinue reading “CFA RESPONDS TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES: A CALL TO SUPPORT CAFT REPORT”

PETITION TO SUPPORT THE CAFT REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

Recently, the Academic Senate’s faculty Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) concluded that in the case of Steven Salaita the University failed to live up to its commitment to full and careful compliance with University procedures. We are now facing the very real threat of censure from the national AAUP unless we act uponContinue reading “PETITION TO SUPPORT THE CAFT REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS”

CAFT Report on the Steven Salaita Case: Serious Violations of Shared Governance and Due Process

The report of the Committee of Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) on the Steven Salaita case has been made public. As the Campus Faculty Association has been saying since early August, the treatment of Professor Salaita was a serious violation of due process. With the CAFT report, the University of Illinois faculty as whole standsContinue reading “CAFT Report on the Steven Salaita Case: Serious Violations of Shared Governance and Due Process”

Dear Alma: can any scrap of paper be a union card?

Dear Alma, The Admin’s FAQ on unions tries to suggest the Campus Faculty Association will somehow trick faculty into unionizing. It just about claims that CFA could pick up one of my credit card receipts off the floor, slap the CFA logo on it, and use it to get a union! Why do you thinkContinue reading “Dear Alma: can any scrap of paper be a union card?”

James Kilgore May Teach: Now What?

It’s good news that the Board of Trustees has backed-away from its banning of James Kilgore. Organized faculty, especially The Friends of James Kilgore (many of whom are active CFA members) kept the issue before the Administration and the Board, with demonstrations, speeches, letters, petitions and press conferences.  It was an amazing show of activismContinue reading “James Kilgore May Teach: Now What?”

Provost responds on civility – but ducks the question

The Campus Faculty Association asked the Provost at the beginning of October to “explain how civility is to be defined and evaluated in hiring, promotion, and tenure cases at the University of Illinois.” The question is pertinent and topical, and as the top academic officer of the campus, the Provost should be well placed to answer it.Continue reading “Provost responds on civility – but ducks the question”

Academic Freedom and the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois: A Historical Perspective

by Belden Fields At the IPRH panel on “Academic Freedom and Free Speech across Disciplines” held at the Beckman Institute on Monday, September 29, one of the panelists Prof. Colleen Murphy said that the faculty’s effort now must be to see that the way Professor Steven Salaita was treated by the university never happens again.Continue reading “Academic Freedom and the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois: A Historical Perspective”

William Maher, University Archivist: Remarks during Chancellor Wise’s Visit to Library

Text of comments made at September 12, 2014 Library Update Meeting for Chancellor’s Listening Visit to Library © William J. Maher (University Archivist) Academic freedom and freedom of speech may be essential values in a university, but for libraries and archives they are more. They actually define who we are and what we do. Libraries andContinue reading “William Maher, University Archivist: Remarks during Chancellor Wise’s Visit to Library”