STEPHEN JAEGER Professor Emeritus, Gutgsell Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative and World Literature, Center for Advanced Study I support the efforts of the Campus Faculty Association. After many years of seeing budgetary control ceded by weak administrations to conservative state legislatures, a consistent pattern of minimal faculty raises and maximal administrative raises, “excellence” rewardedContinue reading “Stephen Jaeger”
DANA D. DLOTT William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry The term “shared governance” today means that the administration exerts power over the faculty, but the faculty has limited influence over the administration. The only way to equalize this power disparity is for the faculty to act collectively. In union there is strength.
Kristina Riedel Lecturer, Linguistics; Director and Language Coordinator of Sub-Saharan African Languages Decent working conditions should not be a privilege given only to a select few. As universities are coming under increasing financial pressure and facing global competition, it is even more important to protect all workers’ rights. Non-tenure-track faculty still need to fight forContinue reading “Kristina Riedel”
Mark Steinberg Professor, History As a researcher and teacher, I am often looking for key words that are rich with meanings. For me, a faculty union is about democracy (real participatory power for everyone involved in the life of this university and its educational mission, which is itself essential to a democratic society), justice (forContinue reading “Mark Steinberg”
Harriet L. Murav Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures The union is our best hope for the future of the university as a public and accessible institution of higher education for the people of Illinois. The faculty have been shut out of decisions that affect them, their research, their paychecks, their students, and the broader communityContinue reading “Harriet L. Murav”
Rebecca Ginsburg Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership; Director, Education Justice Project I’m a member of the Campus Faculty Association and support its call for a union because I trust its officials and its politics. The CFA shares my values regarding access, governance, our obligations as a public land grant institution, and more. IContinue reading “Rebecca Ginsburg”
RICHARD LAUGESEN Professor, Mathematics Faculty need a forceful collective voice with real bargaining power: to raise inconvenient truths, to improve our working conditions and benefits, and to promote the ideals of public higher education both inside the university and in Springfield.
Bruce Berndt Center for Advanced Study Professor of Mathematics In recent years, several decisions have been made by university administrators without consulting faculty. Some of these decisions have adversely affected the quality of the education that we provide to our students, especially our graduate students. If the University of Illinois is to maintain excellence andContinue reading “Bruce Berndt”
ROBERT DALE PARKER James M. Benson Professor of English, American Indian Studies, Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and Writing Studies I see collective bargaining as a way to help Illinois faculty work in a spirit of cooperation with each other and with a usually (though not always) well-intentioned administration that sometimes fears or doesn’t think aboutContinue reading “Robert Dale Parker”
Lawrence Hubert Lyle H. Lanier Professor, Psychology I support a faculty union because it will serve to counterbalance the growing power and managerial outlook of our high-level administrators, will make it less likely that administrative scandals will occur, can help make our system of shared governance work more effectively, and will speak for public higherContinue reading “Lawrence Hubert”
Lauren M.E. Goodlad Professor of English Director, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Too often the presumption is that an organized faculty, with its own structure of collectivity, is an impediment to shared governance; but why should that be so? Now more than ever, faculty need an articulate voice, not an atomized multiplicity of voices.Continue reading “Lauren M.E. Goodlad”
ROBERT W. McCHESNEY Gutgsell Professor of Communication No organization is doing more to protect and promote the highest values and purposes of the University of Illinois than the Campus Faculty Association. I shudder to think about the university’s future without the CFA forcefully advocating on behalf of public service, intellectual freedom, and quality affordable higherContinue reading “Robert W. McChesney”