The California Faculty Association represents all faculty in the California State University. Committed to assuring that CSU's students are provided a quality education, CFA works to win for faculty the resources and support they need to do their job well.
In the past, lecturers have had few places to gain basic rights as members of the faculty. However, since 1983 when CFA was certified as the exclusive bargaining agent for the faculty, CFA has won important rights for lecturers, who constitute almost 50% of CSU's faculty.
Employment Security Gains Won for Lecturers
A requirement of quality education in The CSU is to maintain academic freedom for faculty and students. CFA believes that due process and employment security help protect lecturers' academic freedom; especially the right of faculty members to structure the classes they teach, do research, publish research findings, and freely participate in academic governance.
CFA has increased the employment security for lecturers through an expanded evaluation procedure, the establishment of careful consideration for appointment, and the requirement for one-year contracts after two semesters or three quarters of consecutive employment. CFA also offers workshops for lecturers to help them prepare adequately for appointments and promotions.
Through the work of a highly quali6ed professional staff and a well trained and involved faculty leadership, CFA provides assistance to lecturers questioning the results of their employment evaluations or other employment matters. Contract grievances, concluding with binding arbitration, offer the guarantee of due process when challenging a denial of rights under the contract.
Other Rights Won for Lecturers by CFA
"Bread and Butter" Gains Won for Lecturers
To help lecturers have enough time and support to do their best in providing quality education to students, CFA has sought and won gains in salary, working conditions, and benefits for lecturers. CFA has successfully negotiated:
CFA Cares About You
Despite the varied and important roles lecturers play in the University, they are isolated from their colleagues and often not appreciated by the CSU system. The views of lecturers are haphazardly heard and endorsed in departments and Academic Senates. CFA provides a place for lecturers to converse and articulate the diverse experiences and needs of "temporary" faculty.
Lecturers have an advocate in CFA! During the past few years, thousands of lecturers have joined CFA. Joining the majority of tenure-track faculty who are CFA members, lecturers have become an integral part of the university community, and added to and gained from the faculty's collective strength.
Joining with other lecturers in the governance of CFA, lecturers work with tenure-track faculty on committees, boards, etc., to strengthen CFA and improve CSU. In addition to the office of Associate Vice-President for Lecturers, lecturers have seats on CFA's Board of Directors and on all key committees. CFA's Council of Lecturers, composed of representatives from all CSU campuses, meets and communicates regularly to share problems and plan strategy to enhance their role within The CSU. In CFA, lecturers working with their tenure-track colleagues have a significant role in shaping the university for the good of its students and all its faculty
CFA cares about The CSU and CFA cares about your role in making The CSU better. Your participation is vital. Join CFA.