The Little Orange & Blue Book: Quotations from Chairman Kennedy

Greetings, friends, from the Campus Faculty Association! Members of the university community have been urged to value civility as much as scholarship(1).  In this spirit, we can learn much from the wisdom of the Board of Trustees on issues of the day. For this reason we are proud to present: The Little Orange & Blue Book:Continue reading “The Little Orange & Blue Book: Quotations from Chairman Kennedy”

Letter from AAUP to Chancellor Wise explains why UI actions are unacceptable

Anita Levy, from the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP), today sent a forceful letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise stating that the AAUP is extremely concerned that the firing of Steven Salaita constitutes an “arbitrary dismissal,” an unacceptable action according to long-standing AAUP statements and policies (to which the University is formally committed). Levy argues that theContinue reading “Letter from AAUP to Chancellor Wise explains why UI actions are unacceptable”

What Can We Do about the University of Illinois Administration? Get Organized!

We are at a crisis point for faculty governance and academic freedom. Last Friday, the administration imposed a capricious and arbitrary standard of “civility,” governing what faculty are allowed to say both on and off campus. On Monday, Inside Higher Education revealed that  the Chancellor was heavily lobbied by donors and University fund-raisers as she made her decision toContinue reading “What Can We Do about the University of Illinois Administration? Get Organized!”

A Letter from Robert Warrior

To my fellow members of the Campus Faculty Association and other colleagues at Illinois and beyond, As American Indian Studies has been responding to unprecedented actions from the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre in our hiring of Steven Salaita as a tenured AssociateContinue reading “A Letter from Robert Warrior”

A Letter to Chancellor Wise from Professor Michael Rothberg, August 17, 2014

We link to an excellent letter to UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise from Michael Rothberg, Head of the Department of English.  Prof. Rothberg is also Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative and a Conrad Humanities Scholar. From 2003-2009 he was Director of Illinois’s Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. His website is here.  

UIUC is Punishing NTT Faculty for Organizing: Faculty Must Respond

On Tuesday, August 5, Provost Adesida wrote to hundreds of non-tenure-track faculty who have just been certified as a union (CFA Local 6546 AFT/AAUP) that “departments may not implement academic year 2014-15 salary increases for specialized faculty in this bargaining unit until an agreement is bargained with the union regarding pay adjustments.” This action isContinue reading “UIUC is Punishing NTT Faculty for Organizing: Faculty Must Respond”

Academic Freedom and Shared Governance

From the Executive Committee of the Campus Faculty Association: Regarding the Recent Hiring Controversies and Their Implications for Shared Governance Dear Colleagues: This is an extremely dangerous moment for the future of shared governance and academic freedom at UIUC. First in the case of lecturer James Kilgore and now again in the case of ProfessorContinue reading “Academic Freedom and Shared Governance”

On Academic Freedom and Integrity |Statement to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees

By Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles Presented to the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May 14, 2014,  Springfield. Chairman Kennedy, Members of the Board of Trustees, President Easter, Chancellor Wise: I am grateful for this opportunity to address the Board about a subject of concern on the UIUC campus: academic freedom. The University of Illinois BoardContinue reading “On Academic Freedom and Integrity |Statement to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees”