Davis Faculty Association

CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community that sought to define the limits of appropriate debate at Berkeley.  Issued as the campus approaches the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, Chancellor Dirks’ statement, with its evocation of civility, echoes language recently used by the Chancellor [read more]

DFA Board Nominations

It is time to renew the DFA board. In accordance with DFA bylaws, a nominating committee — this year made up of Omnia El Shakry, Valeria La Saponara and Greg Miller — has selected a slate of candidates to fill DFA board positions as listed below with the following code: C – continuing; R – [read more]

Upcoming statewide meeting on faculty issues

The University of California in general, and UCD in particular, has continued to face significant challenges in the past academic year. The DFA has played an active role in advocating faculty interests concerning health care and retirement plans, proposed revisions to university-industry relations policy, state funding for higher education, and faculty rights to the intellectual [read more]

DFA Member’s Meeting – First Round is on Us

The Board of the Davis Faculty Association invites you to join us over a beer – or soft drink – and pizza at Woodstock’s Pizza (219 G St, Davis – we’ll be in the upstairs dining area) at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 4th. We want to hear about your concerns, your suggestions, and any [read more]

UC Faculty Petition UC Administration To Negotiate in Good Faith with Student-Worker TA Union

The Santa Cruz Faculty Association (the SCFA, a sister chapter of the Davis Faculty Association) invite ALL faculty — both Academic Senate members and AFT members — at ALL UC campuses to sign the petition at http://ucscfa.org/petition2/ Signatures will be collected through Monday, May 26th. Here is the SCFA’s letter introducing the petition: Dear Colleagues, [read more]

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]