Provost Adesida resigns abruptly, with no explanation

From: Acting Chancellor Barbara Wilson <chancellor@illinois.edu> Reply-To: no-reply-webservices <no-reply-webservices@illinois.edu> Date: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 1:16 PM Subject: MASSMAIL – Provost Ilesanmi Adesida’s Decision to Return to the Faculty Dear Colleagues: I write to let you know that this morning Provost Ilesanmi Adesida has informed me that he will be stepping down from this roleContinue reading “Provost Adesida resigns abruptly, with no explanation”

Call for Release of Complete Information about the Scandal

We applaud the spirit of President Killeen’s massmail to campus (August 13). Faculty members also wish to move forward. But we must move forward with justice. President Killeen should follow the recommendation of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, as endorsed by the Academic Senate, and remand Dr. Steven Salaita’s case to a committeeContinue reading “Call for Release of Complete Information about the Scandal”

CFA responds to Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s resignation

The resignation of Chancellor Phyllis Wise is a step in the right direction. For meaningful change, we will direct our efforts during this coming academic year toward these goals: To continue the struggle against racism in academics and athletics, community engagement, and college life.  Sound bites delivered by upper administration are insufficient. To respond toContinue reading “CFA responds to Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s resignation”

NTFC Local #6546 on the Illinois Budget Crisis

NTFC Local #6546 sent the following email to its members on July 1, 2015. As always, the Campus Faculty Association stands in solidarity with NTFC Local #6546 and AFSCME as they bargain their contracts. — Dear Members of Local #6546: Today is the last day of the fiscal year, and by midnight, the Illinois legislature and the Governor are supposed to passContinue reading “NTFC Local #6546 on the Illinois Budget Crisis”

Prof. Stephen Kaufman raises concerns about shared governance in the closure of UIUC College of Medicine

On Wednesday, May 13, Prof. Stephen Kaufman sent the following message to UIUC administration. He raises concerns about shared governance in the closure of the UIUC College of Medicine. The Statutes of the University of Illinois indicate that the decision to terminate the College of Medicine would require input and a vote from its faculty. DearContinue reading “Prof. Stephen Kaufman raises concerns about shared governance in the closure of UIUC College of Medicine”

CFA commends Illinois Supreme Court’s pension decision

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday ruled unconstitutional an Illinois state law designed to cut public employee retirement benefits. The Campus Faculty Association (CFA) welcomes this comprehensive ruling from the Supreme Court, which is good news for all faculty and staff at the University and for all state workers. We are grateful to the plaintiffs, includingContinue reading “CFA commends Illinois Supreme Court’s pension decision”

Uncivil Speech: Ferguson, Anti-Black Violence, and the Sound of a Scream

Join CFA members for a lecture by Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University, this Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at Red Herring (1209 W. Oregon, Urbana). Below please find an abstract of Prof. Chambers-Letson’s talk, which is entitled “Uncivil Speech: Ferguson, Anti-Black Violence, and the Sound of a Scream”:Continue reading “Uncivil Speech: Ferguson, Anti-Black Violence, and the Sound of a Scream”

How Much Can the Governor Ask About Your Personal Life?

CFA is deeply concerned about the Supplemental Statement of Interests form (the new “yellow form” following Executive Order 15-09). Many tenured and tenure-track faculty have been required to sign this form, including all those who hold grants. Under the pretext of asking about potential conflicts of financial interest, the form asks faculty to report their non-workplace activities andContinue reading “How Much Can the Governor Ask About Your Personal Life?”

Seeking A Coordinator for the Campus Faculty Association

The Campus Faculty Association (CFA) is a membership organization for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The CFA advocates on behalf of faculty and supports collective bargaining rights for all faculty. Non-tenure-track faculty members are newly represented by Local 6546 of the AFT, and CFA supports this Local. We have anContinue reading “Seeking A Coordinator for the Campus Faculty Association”

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?”