FA News 4/5/2018

Here’s the latest newsletter, with an update on restructuring and the upcoming BOT meeting.

FA News 5 April 2018

FA News: Assault on shared governance

Dear Colleagues,
A newsletter is attached: FA News 22 March
I believe it is the most important one I have written, for I think that we have reached a crucial moment in the restructuring crisis, and indeed a major moment in the history of SIUC.

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FA News (3/7): Announcements, retreat

Dear colleagues,

Attached you’ll find the latest FA newsletter: FA News 7 March 2018.

There are a number of announcements—the most timely being news that the BOT is holding a retreat this Friday at Touch of Nature. I attach the agenda for that meeting: 0318boardretreatwebposting.

In addition to the announcements, you’ll find my effort to understand the next phase in the restructuring effort. We’ve had a bit of a lull, and I hope all of us find some time to catch our breaths over spring break, but restructuring fire and fury will be returning all too soon.

In solidarity,

Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/12-13/2018): Deadlines

Dear Colleagues, (2/12)

An edition of “FA News” with some important information on upcoming deadlines is attached. Here are the basics; the attachment provides fuller explanation: FA NEWS 12 Feb 2018. 

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FA News (2/9/2018) Survey, college review, BOT

Dear colleagues,
 
Attached you’ll find the latest FA Newsletter: FA News 9 February
Here I’ll just flag one item, the CCC survey, which closes Sunday night at midnight. Do consider taking it, and encouraging anyone you know who has a view about the restructuring proposal to fill it out as well. It only takes about ten minutes. Community members are welcome to fill it out, and student responses are particularly important. Results, I am told, will be completely anonymous. 
 
 
In solidarity,
 
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC FA

FA News (2/7/2018): Grievances and job security

Dear colleagues,
 
The newest FA newsletter is attached: FA News Feb 7
It includes two items that are time sensitive: a reminder of this Friday’s deadline to vote to extend the deliberation period under Article 9, and an invitation to join a new grievance regarding Article 9. Also included are some remarks on a new argument in favor of reorganization, the argument that the revised organization will protect faculty jobs. 
 
I will be attending and speaking at the BOT meetings in Edwardsville today and tomorrow, and will post some updates on the meetings on Facebook.
 
In solidarity,
 
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA

FA News (1/30/2018) If not this, what?

Dear Colleagues,
I attach the latest “FA News”: FA News 30 January 2018. 
 I’m going the attachment route as formatting so often gets scrambled (at least in my experience) in my efforts at email. Do of course let me know if the attachment itself gets scrambled. (We are all feeling somewhat scrambled these days.)
This edition of FA News has two parts. First comes a number of updates and deadlines. Above all, note that the time for voting for extensions to the Article 9 process is nearing its end.
—> Votes should be taken in time to report them to Associate Provost Dave DiLalla by February 9.
See the attachment for more details. Three proposed schools have secured extensions already, and at least 16 departments in total have voted for extensions.
The second part is an effort to answer a question I’m getting asked a lot these days: If not this, what? 
In solidarity,
Dave Johnson
President, SIUC-FA

FA News: 1/23/2018

[Catching up on older newsletters, and trying to post all. This one was mainly annoucements that have since been overtaken by events.  3/9/2018.]

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FA News (1/18/2018): Make your vote count

Dear colleagues,

Welcome back for the spring semester. Let me start this message by thanking Debbie Bruns, who has volunteered to serve as FA Secretary for the remainder of Rachel Stocking’s term (Rachel retired in December). The FA depends on work by faculty volunteers, and we’re most thankful to Debbie for her willingness to serve in this important role.

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FA News (12/27/2017): A9 grievances

Dear colleagues,
 
My apologies for intruding over the break, but I promised an update on grievances regarding Article 9 and can now bring you up to speed. 
 
On Friday, December 22, the Faculty Association filed grievances with the administration regarding the chancellor’s restructuring proposals. 
 
In our view the administration has violated Article 9 in three respects. 
1. The administration failed to involve Faculty in each of the affected units in the development of proposals (I here use the convention in which the capitalized ‘Faculty’ refers to faculty represented by the FA–tenure-track and tenured faculty outside of law and medicine);
 
2. The proposals distributed to Faculty on November 13 failed to meet the contractual requirements for proposals, as they did not address the specific circumstances of each proposed school; 
 
3. The administration failed, until December 20, to identify the appropriate administrator to oversee the proposal distribution and review process.