CFA asks Academic HR to clarify the hiring process

Letter to Academic Human Resources  Deborah S Stone Director, Academic Human Resources 807 South Wright, Suite 420, M/C 310 Champaign, IL  61820 debstone@illinois.edu  Dear Director Stone: As President of the Campus Faculty Association, I write to ask for clarification on certain issues in the hiring process at the University of Illinois. Many of our membersContinue reading “CFA asks Academic HR to clarify the hiring process”

CFA asks the Provost: How does UIUC define “civility”?

Letter to the Provost  Ilesanmi Adesida Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost 217 Swanlund Administration Building 601 E. John Street, M/C 304 Champaign, IL  61820 iadesida@illinois.edu  Dear Provost Adesida: As President of the Campus Faculty Association, I write to request clarification on the hiring, promotion and tenure process at the University of Illinois. ManyContinue reading “CFA asks the Provost: How does UIUC define “civility”?”

AAUP Censure, and What It Could Mean for Illinois

The abuse of academic freedom and faculty governance procedures in the Kilgore and Salaita cases have placed our university at grave risk of censure from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). How might the AAUP censure process play out over the coming year, and what consequences might the university face? Background. Job candidates at the University of Illinois areContinue reading “AAUP Censure, and What It Could Mean for Illinois”

Campus Faculty Association pushes for union to protect academic freedom

Published in the Daily Illini on 9/25/14 Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:45 am | Updated: 1:42 am, Thu Sep 25, 2014. By Eric Fries | Contributing writer | The Campus Faculty Association believes the creation of unions will help protect University faculty members’ academic freedom. Some members believe that unionization could have helped resolveContinue reading “Campus Faculty Association pushes for union to protect academic freedom”

Faculty matters: Before, during, and beyond the Salaita case

(Originally published in the Daily Illini on 9/15/14) The Board of Trustees’ unfavorable vote against Steven Salaita’s job offer of a tenured associate professor position at our institution has diminished the academic integrity of the promotion and tenure review process at the University. Consequently, my main concern over last week’s official resolution of Salaita’s caseContinue reading “Faculty matters: Before, during, and beyond the Salaita case”

Dear Alma: A New Ethics Test?

Dear Alma, Been feeling down in the dumps, so I went back to the dumpsters. Found a new ethics question that the state’s consulting firm has sent for approval. Pressure from a Supervisor:  Lilith is the Chancellor of a University campus. Her supervisor, Mistopher, is appointed by the Governor. One day Lilith overhears Mistopher makingContinue reading “Dear Alma: A New Ethics Test?”

Chancellor finds novel way to breach the Statutes

The University of Illinois Statutes specify how hiring should work: Recommendations to positions on the academic staff shall ordinarily originate with the department…and shall be presented to the dean for transmission with the dean’s recommendation to the chancellor/vice president. In case a recommendation from a college is not approved by the chancellor/vice president, the deanContinue reading “Chancellor finds novel way to breach the Statutes”

CFA Statement Regarding Calls to Boycott the University of Illinois

September 1, 2014 The Campus Faculty Association is not involved in the boycott movement against the University of Illinois. We feel it is a matter of individual conscience for faculty members around the world to consider, and we respect the different decisions which individuals may reach. We do believe strongly, and have stated publicly, thatContinue reading “CFA Statement Regarding Calls to Boycott the University of Illinois”

FAQ on Salaita, academic freedom, and faculty rights

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a crisis of academic freedom and shared governance.  We assume readers are up-to-date on these recent events.  A great deal of confusion exists about the legal, constitutional and procedural issues involved, and so we have compiled some frequently asked questions and answers about the key issuesContinue reading “FAQ on Salaita, academic freedom, and faculty rights”

Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11

Dear Colleagues, As you know, UIUC faces an unprecedented crisis of academic freedom and shared governance. At the same time, our non-tenure-track colleagues are facing frozen wages and an unwillingness to bargain, while clerical staff on campus are battling the destruction of their collective bargaining agreement. Clearly, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Wise areContinue reading “Meet Us at the Alma Mater, Noon, Thursday, September 11”