Davis Faculty Association

RSVP for Nash Prize Dinner

Faculty should have received an invitation to this year’s Nash Prize Dinner via the Academic Senate mailing list. This reminder is being sent out as the RSVP deadline approaches. Non-faculty are invited to attend too. You and a guest are cordially invited to attend a dinner celebrating this year’s winner of the Charles P. Nash [read more]

Our concern over the proposed redevelopment plans for Solano and Orchard Park

Dear DFA members, The DFA Board is concerned about the demolition of Solano and Orchard Park Student-Family Housing and so has sent the letter (below) to Chancellor Katehi and Dean Gibeling. Also, students trying to save Solano and Orchard Parks have created a change.org petition that you can read and sign at: http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-california-davis-revoke-the-decision-to-terminate-orchard-and-solano-parks Dear Chancellor [read more]

We hope UCD’s response to striking students more appropriate than UCSC’s this morning

The DFA board sent to following note to Chancellor Katehi earlier today: Dear Chancellor Katehi, This morning riot police were deployed at UC Santa Cruz in response to the student strike. The DFA would like to express its hope that UC Davis has more moderate and appropriate plans to address the concerns of its graduate [read more]

The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation

UC faculty need to wake up to the systematic degradation of their pay and benefits. In 2009, when the salary furlough temporarily cut faculty salaries between 6 and 10%, faculty were outraged. Yet since then our compensation has been hit by a more serious, and seemingly permanent, double blow. First, despite modest salary rises of [read more]

Money behind CA pension proposition also secret money behind PBS pension news series

John Arnold — the billionaire former Enron trader who has been the financial backing for a proposed California ballot proposition that would eliminate constitutional protections for vested pension and retiree healthcare benefits for current public employees, including UC employees, if it gathers enough signatures to make it to the November ballot — turns out to [read more]

DFA Letter in Support of Graduate Students in Contract Negotiations

February 5, 2014 Jeffery C. Gibeling Vice Provost – Graduate Education and Dean – Graduate Studies Office of Graduate Studies – 250 Mrak Hall 1 Shields Ave Davis, CA 95616 Dear Vice Provost Gibeling: It is with increasing concern that the Davis Faculty Association (DFA) observes that UC and the Academic Student Employees (ASE) represented [read more]

Concern about UCD’s proposed response to inquiry about ASA membership

January 30, 2014 Provost & Exec VC Ralph Hexter 573 Mrak Hall Davis, CA 95616 Dear Provost Hexter: It has come to our attention that several faculty members have been contacted by Lynette Temple, Director of Legal Affairs. They have been informed that their names have come up in connection with a search of university [read more]

How Much Would It Cost to Restore California’s Public Higher Ed? (December, 2013 update)

Raising revenue has become such a taboo subject in California politics, but restoring quality public higher education in California can be done. For the median California tax payer, restoring the entire system while rolling back student fees to what they were a decade ago would cost $50 next April 15. Read “Financial Options for Restoring [read more]

Call for Nash Prize Nominations

The Davis Faculty Association, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, the Academic Federation and the Nash family invite nominations of candidates for The Charles P. Nash Prize for the academic year 2013-2014. The Charles P. Nash Prize is designed to reward exceptional achievement and commitment in promoting shared governance and advocacy for faculty interests and [read more]

Petition in support of graduate student workers

On September 16th, the chairs of 33 departments at UC Berkeley signed a letter to their Dean of the Graduate Division, Andrew Szeri, to express their concern about the uncompetitively low graduate student stipends UC offers. On October 3rd, departmental chairs at UCSD sent a similar letter to their Graduate Studies Dean, Kim Barett. The [read more]