In Other News…

Bargaining Survey Results:  Thank you to the more than 7,000 CFA Members who responded to the Bargaining Survey!  Our contract expires June 30, and the feedback provided in the survey is instrumental in helping the Bargaining Team prepare for negotiations.  The team is tallying and analyzing responses – stay tuned for upcoming campus meetings to review results and next steps.

CFA Conference Highlights Lecturers’ Roles in CSU Faculty Governance:  On November 16, close to 60 faculty from 20 campuses participated in a conference focused on Lecturer Shared Governance in the CSU. This event was the fourth such conference and took place at Cal Poly Pomona.

With Lecturer faculty now comprising well over half of the faculty in the CSU system – and approaching 70 percent on some campuses – their contributions to faculty governance are critical. Lecturers teach the majority of courses and interact with the majority of our students. When we have voices and votes in our institutions and our governance processes, we all win.

Session topics included Shared Governance is a Faculty Right, Lecturers as Senators, Pathways to Permanency, and Anti-Racism and Social Justice through Shared Governance.

Bonnie Thorne, one of the conference organizers and Lecturers’ Council Representative to the CFA Board of Directors, notes that the conference this year was held at Pomona because it is one of the CSU campuses where part-time lecturers are not permitted to serve on the Academic Senate. Though there was a recent Senate referral to create two designated seats for lecturers, it failed. The conference offers an opportunity to educate the wider academic community about the value and benefits for all when there is a more inclusive understanding of shared governance.