New CFA Feature-Our Weekly Reader

This week we present a new feature, Our Weekly Reader (OWR), designed to help you keep up with events that impact faculty at UIUC and higher education more broadly. Bruce Reznick , the chairperson of our Communications Committee introduces the feature below, followed by this week’s edition of OWR. Enjoy P.S. You can link toContinue reading “New CFA Feature-Our Weekly Reader”

CFA President Jim Barrett’s News-Gazette Op Ed on University Finances

This op-ed from CFA President Jim Barrett appeared in the paper version of the News-Gazette on Sunday, September 9, 2012. We think it answers some very important questions about whether changes within the university are really motivated by financial problems or other issues. The University’s Financial Situation: A Matter of Priorities By this point everyoneContinue reading “CFA President Jim Barrett’s News-Gazette Op Ed on University Finances”

CFA Reception for New Faculty

The Campus Faculty Association will hold a reception for new faculty on Thursday, September 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University YMCA, 1001 s. Wright St. We ask our current members to personally invite new faculty in your department to this event. Light food will be served. For more information, contact CFA onContinue reading “CFA Reception for New Faculty”

Ever So True?

Yesterday was my department’s graduation ceremony, and it was great–the weather was perfect, the students were excited, and the parents glowing with pride. We had the bagpipers, the brass quintet, the inspiring speeches,  sang the “Alma Mater,” the whole nine yards. In Communication, our tradition is that at the end of the ceremony, faculty standContinue reading “Ever So True?”

What Can Unions Do for Contingent Faculty?

HOW CAN UNIONS HELP CONTINGENT FACULTY? The percentage of tenured faculty in U.S. colleges and universities is rapidly declining – from 57% in 1975 to 31% in 2007.  In 2009, for the first time ever, part-time academic faculty positions exceeded full-time nationwide We see this trend at UIUC where the ranks of those titled ““lecturer,”Continue reading “What Can Unions Do for Contingent Faculty?”