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”

Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction”

The Campus Faculty Association fights for transparency about decision-making processes at the University of Illinois. Unilateral decision-making by the administration undermines the core missions of the university, teaching and research, and so we are working for a faculty union that can provide a strong and independent faculty voice. The furloughs of Spring 2010 provide anContinue reading “Furloughs in 2010 were “Just Plain Destruction””

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”

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”

Dear Alma: Reliable Sources?

Dear Alma, I’m trying to make up my mind about whether to support a tenure-track faculty union at UIUC . Recently, I read an anti-union essay written by a faculty member who cited information from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Surely this is some reputable outfit that would only publish sane, well-researched arguments?Continue reading “Dear Alma: Reliable Sources?”

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”

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”

Salaita to Speak at Press Conference Tomorrow at UIUC

Originally posted on Corey Robin:
Steven Salaita will be speaking tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9, at 12:30 pm, at a press conference at the University YMCA in Urbana, Illinois. Two days before the Board of Trustees meets. Salaita will be joined by Robert Warrior, chair of the American Indian Studies department at UIUC; Michael Rothberg, chair…

Chancellor’s actions in breach of University Statutes. Did she not know, or not care?

The Chancellor informed Prof. Steven Salaita on August 1, 2014, that she would not forward his case to the Board of Trustees. The University Statutes (Article III, Section 3) spell out how to handle such cases:  “In case a recommendation from a college is not approved by the chancellor/vice president, the dean may present the recommendation to theContinue reading “Chancellor’s actions in breach of University Statutes. Did she not know, or not care?”

Local 6546 Files ULP for Wage Freezes and Failure to Bargain

[Update 9/5/2014: the administration now wishes to identify “mutually agreeable dates and times for bargaining.” See the Timeline page. No movement on the frozen wage increases.] 9/3/2014 CHAMPAIGN- On Wednesday, September 3, the Campus Faculty Association, Local6546 (IFT/AFT/AAUP), the union of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana­ Champaign filed an unfair labor practice chargeContinue reading “Local 6546 Files ULP for Wage Freezes and Failure to Bargain”