With the California economy booming and the CSU budget reaching a “historic” high, even in the words of Chancellor Castro, it’s tenure-line faculty hiring season at many CSU campuses.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s Article 12.22, “Each department or equivalent unit must elect a peer review committee of tenured employees for the purpose of reviewing and recommending individuals for probationary appointments. At the discretion of the President and upon request of the department these peer review committees may also include probationary employees.”
The peer review committee for a faculty search (AKA “the search committee”) may not be “appointed” by a chair or any administrator; there must be an election by the faculty unit employees within the department. Failure to hold such an election or any administrative efforts intended to deprive faculty of input in the hiring process for tenure line faculty, is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
If review committees at your campus are made up of only tenured faculty, and the committee composition is inhibiting the recruitment of underrepresented candidates, such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ scholars, it is within your right to raise this with your campus governance bodies and with campus administrators, and to ask that probationary faculty members be included in department search committee elections.
While the ultimate hiring decision lies with the President of each campus, faculty participation and input in the process is a contractual right, and it is necessary to ensure that search processes are fair, just, and contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and among the faculty.
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