Lecturers' Council

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About Lecturers

Leslie Bryan, CFA Associate Vice President for Lecturers South
Jonathan Karpf, CFA Associate Vice President for Lecturers North

Lecturers—faculty with full- or part-time temporary appointments—are more than half of the faculty in the California State University system.

CFA represents all faculty in the CSU, including Lecturers.

Our relationship with the CSU administration is governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement especially Articles 12 (Appointment), 15 (Evaluation), and 32 (Benefits).

We have summarized and annotated these articles and much else in the Lecturers’ Handbook, which gives an overview of lecturer rights and benefits.

The Lecturers’ Council, which is comprised of elected Lecturers’ Representatives from each campus, has become increasingly involved in the national and international movements of contingent academic labor.

The American Association of University Professors, to which CFA is affiliated, has done major research on this issue. CFA is a member of a broad network of activists, the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor.

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Lecturers’ Handbook 2014-2017


In November 2014, the membership of the California Faculty Association
(CFA) and the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU)
ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for the years 2014-2017.

Because of the hard work of our CFA Bargaining Team, which includes
Lecturers, tenure-track faculty, librarians, coaches and counelors, we were
able to preserve important protections and rights in our contract and achieve some improvements.

It is important to understand, however, that the contract is an organic
document and, as such, often is impacted in significant ways by actions of the two parties and by arbitrations decided by third parties. Thus, it is advisable that Lecturers stay informed about the contract and participate in the faculty rights process on our respective campuses.

One of the roles of the campus Lecturer Representative is to communicate
changes that occur in the interpretation or implementation of the Collective
Bargaining Agreement.