Saturday, March 15, 2014

FACULTY SPEAK OUT AGAINST UNIONIZATION

(Updated, June 10)

Over 300 faculty have joined with us in registering their concerns about the consequences of a faculty union for the excellence of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

The list comprises 334 faculty of all ranks and includes 11 Swanlund chairs and over 125 other named professors. (75 signatories, including a number of Assistant Professors, have asked not to release their names publicly.)

All signatories share the concern that faculty unionization will harm our campus. 

If you share this concern, please add your name to ours at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PreserveExcellence

[This site allows you to register your vote of support without making your name public, if you wish.]

Jeff Brown
Nick Burbules
Joyce Tolliver



Joint Statement of Concern About Faculty Unionization

We, the undersigned members of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, find no evidence that academic excellence on our campus would be advanced by ceding control of many of our most important decision-making processes to local representatives of a national labor union.

On the contrary, our nationally-recognized campus shared governance system has a strong record of shaping campus and university policy for the protection of faculty interests and the success of our campus missions. There is no evidence that faculty unions on other campuses have enhanced faculty research or teaching profiles. In fact, none of the universities that UIUC has identified as peer institutions (and competitors for top faculty) has a faculty union.

Finally, according to State law, a vote to unionize our faculty would be a vote to require every faculty member in the campus bargaining unit to be represented by the union; faculty would also be required to pay union or “fair share” dues whether they support unionization or not. We do not believe that faculty members should be forced to support an organization financially that they have not personally agreed to join.

We are proud to be faculty members of a world-class research and teaching institution, which has achieved and maintained this status without a faculty union.

Signed:

A. Rashad Abdel-khalik, V. K. Zimmerman Professor of International Accounting, Accountancy
Peter Abbamonte, Professor, Physics
Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Professor, University Scholar, Curriculum and Instruction
Daniel Abrams, Willett Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ilana Redstone Akresh, Associate Professor, Sociology
Imad L. Al-Qadi, Founder Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Alleyne, Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Heitor Almeida,  Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Distinguished Chair in Finance
Scott Althaus, Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication
Gopesh Anand, Associate Professor, Business Administration
James Anderson, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Amy W. Ando, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics 
Mary Arends-Kuenning, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics 
Ilana Arkesh, Associate Professor, Sociology
Richard Arkesh, Associate Professor, Economics
Brian Bailey, Associate Professor, Computer Science
Ryan Bailey, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Tamer Basar, Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rashid Bashir, Abel Bliss Professor, Bioengineering
Jay D Bass, Ralph E Grim Professor of Geology
Nina Baym, Emeritus Professor of English, Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study
Douglas H. Beck, Professor of Physics
Paul Beck, Irwin J. Jecha Professor of Accountancy
May Berenbaum, Swanlund Professor, Department of Entomology
Jennifer T. Bernhard, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dan Bernhardt, IBE Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance
Richard Blahut, Henryk Magnuski Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Daniel Bodony, Blue Waters Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Marni Boppart, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Stephen Boppart, Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Carl Bradley, Associate Professor, Crop Sciences
Paul Braun, Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Jeffrey R. Brown, William G. Karnes Professor of Finance
Ralph Brubaker, Professor, Law
Nicholas C. Burbules, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Bill Buttlar, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Roy Campbell, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor of Computer Science 
Teresa Cardador, Assistant Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations
John P. Caughlin, Professor of Communication, Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar
Louis Kuochi Chan, Hoeft Professor of Finance
Jie Chen, Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Xiaogang Chen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wendy K. Tam Cho, Professor of Political Science, NCSA Senior Research Scientist
Kent D. Choquette, Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Soon-Jo Chung, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Susan I. Cohen, Associate Professor Emerita, Business Administration
James J Coleman, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
John D. Colombo, Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law
Peter F. Colwell, Emeritus Professor, Finance
Kathleen F. Conlin, Barnard Hewitt Professor of Theatre/Director in Residence, Theatre
S. Lance Cooper, Professor of Physics
John Cronan, Alumni Professor of Microbiology
Jon S. Davis, R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business, Accountancy
Evan DeLucia, Arends Professor of Integrative Biology, Plant Biology
Scott E. Denmark, R. C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry 
Lizanne DeStefano, Fox Family Professor, Educational Psychology
Paul F. Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science 
Brian Diers, Professor, Crop Sciences
Minh Do, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wilfred van der Donk, Richard E. Heckert Professor of Chemistry
Sharon M. Donovan, Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair, Food Science & Human Nutrition
James Drackley, Professor, Animal Sciences 
Geir E. Dullerud, College of Engineering Willett Faculty Scholar and Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Stacy Dymond, Associate Professor, Special Education
James Eckstein, Professor, Physics
J. Gary Eden, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wynter Brooke Elliott, Associate Professor of Accountancy and Roedgers Fellow in Accountancy and Professor Ken Perry Faculty Fellow, Accountancy
Margareth Etienne, Professor of Law and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar
Monica Fabiani, Professor, Psychology and Beckman Institute
Larry Fahnestock, Associate Professor & CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kara Federmeier, Professor of Psychology, University Scholar
Liming Feng, Associate Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
Barbara Fiese, Pampered Chef Endowed Chair Family Resiliency, Director Family Resiliency Center, Human and Community Development
David A. Forsyth, Professor, Computer Science
Susan A. Fowler, Professor, Special Education
Don Fullerton, Gutgsell Professor of Finance and IGPA
Brian Gaines, Professor, Political Science, IGPA 
Marcelo H. Garcia, Chester and Helen Siess Endowed Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
John G Georgiadis, R. W. Kritzer Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Philippe Geubelle, Abel Bliss Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Matthew Gilbert, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Martha Gillette, Alumni Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology
Rhanor Gillette, Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology 
Nick Glumac, Professor and Cannon Faculty Scholar, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Carroll E Goering, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Nigel Goldenfeld, Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor in Physics
Rick Gorvett, State Farm Companies Foundation Scholar in Actuarial Science, Mathematics
Kim C. Graber, Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health
Steve Granick, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
George Gross, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor, IGPA
Margaret Rosso Grossman,  Professor Emerita and Bock Chair in Agricultural Law Emerita, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Michael Grossman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences
Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Julie Jordan Gunn, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Lyric Theatre Studies, Music
Nathan Gunn, Professor of Music, Chair of the Opera Division
C. K. Gunsalus, Director, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics and Professor Emerita, College of Business
Taekjip Ha, Professor of Physics and Co-Director Center for the Physics of Living Cells
Bruce Hajek, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Swanlund Professor of Chemistry
Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lawrence Hanks, Professor, Entomology   
Alan Hansen, Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering   
Paul J. Hergenrother, Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry
Karl Hess, Swanlund Chair emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Harry H. Hilton, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering
So Hirata, Alumni Research Scholar Professor and Blue Waters Professor of Chemistry
Stafford Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
José I. Hualde, Professor, Spanish and Linguistics
Heidi M. Hurd, David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
Christine Hurt, Professor of Law, Co-Director of Program in Business Law and Public Policy 
Seth Hutchinson, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wen-mei Hwu, Professor and Sanders-AMD Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Hyman, H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Medicine
Scott Irwin, Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Sally Jackson, Professor of Communication
Anthony M. Jacobi, Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Scott Jacobs, Professor, Communication
Harley Johnson, Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Timothy C. Johnson, Professor of Finance
Douglas Jones, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Janice Juraska, Professor, Psychology 
Charles Kahn, Bailey Memorial Chair Professor, Finance
Prasanta K. Kalita, Professor, Soil & Water Resources Engineering, University Distinguished Teacher Scholar,  
Shiv G. Kapoor, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Chair and Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Sheldon Katz, Professor of Mathematics
John A. Katzenellenbogen, Emeritus Swanlund Professor of Chemistry
Paula Kaufman, Professor & Mortenson Center for International Library Programs Librarian, University Library
William P. King, College of Engineering Bliss Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Roger Koenker, W.B McKinley Professor of Economics
Frederic Kolb, Cavanah Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop Sciences
David M. Kranz, Phillip A. Sharp Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology
James H. Kuklinski, Matthew T. McClure Professor of Political Science
Praveen Kumar, Lovell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Paul Kwiat, Bardeen Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics
John C. Lammers, Professor in the Department of Communication
David Lange, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kurt Lash, Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law
Robert M. Lawless, Professor of Law
Huseyin Leblebici, Merle H. and Virginia Downs Boren Professor of Business Administration
Deborah Leckband, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Andrew D. Leipold, Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law
Michael Leroy, Professor, Labor and Employment Relations
Stephen Levinson, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zhi-Pei Liang, Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jon Liebman, Emeritus Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stephen Long,  Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, Plant Biology
Juan Loor, Associate Professor, Animal Sciences
Michael C. Loui, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar
Zaida Luthey-Schulten, Lycan Professor of Chemistry
Jonathan J. Makela, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Benito Marinas, Ivan Racheff Endowed Professor of Environmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Susan Martinis, Professor of Biochemistry, University Scholar, Molecular and Cell Biology
Nadya Mason, Associate Professor, Physics
Moshe Matalon,  College of Engineering Caterpillar Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Edward McAuley, Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences, Applied Health Sciences
Timothy G. McCarthy, Professor, Philosophy and Linguistics
Mariselle Meléndez, Professor of Spanish American Literatures & Cultures, Conrad Humanities Scholar
Steven C. Michael, Professor of Business Administration
Olgica Milenkovic, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Nolan Miller, Professor of Finance and Julian Simon Faculty Fellow, Finance
Ray Ming, Professor of Plant Biology, Director Center for Genomics and Biotechnology
Silvina Montrul, Professor and University Scholar, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and Department of Linguistics
Jeffrey S Moore, Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry
Michael Moore, Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair, Law
Robert Motl, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Catherine J. Murphy, Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry
Emerson Nafziger, Professor, Crop Sciences
Klara Nahrstedt, Ralph and Catherine Fisher Full Professor, Computer Science
Peter F. Nardulli, Professor of Political Science and Law, Director, Cline Center for Democracy
Phillip Newmark, Professor; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cell and Developmental Biology
David M. Nicol, Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ralph Nuzzo, G. L. Clark Professor of Chemistry
Michael Oelze, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Eric Oldfield, Harriet A. Harlin Professor of Chemistry
Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Goldstick Family Scholar, Special Education
Cornelia C. Otnes, Investors in Business Education Professor and Professor of Advertising, Business Administration
Thomas Overbye, Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
David Padua, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Computer Science
Carole L. Palmer, Professor of Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Stephen Parente, Associate Professor, Economics
Gary Parker, W.H. Johnson Professor, Depts. of Geology and Civil & Environmental Engineering
Neil D. Pearson, Harry A. Brandt Professor of Financial Markets and Options, Finance
Mark E Peecher, Deloitte Professor of Accountancy
George G. Pennacchi, Investors in Business Education Professor of Finance
Matthias Grosse Perdekamp, Professor, Physics
Martin K. Perry, Professor of Economics
Heather Pesch, Assistant Professor, Accountancy
Steven J. Petruzzello, Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Community Health
Nicholas C. Petruzzi, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Seass Faculty Fellow
Kevin Pitts, Professor, Physics
Mattias Polborn, Professor, Economics
John E. Prussing, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering
Christopher Rao, Associate Professor and Robert W. Schaefer Professorial Scholar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thomas Rauchfuss, Larry Faulkner Professor of Chemistry
Chad Rienstra, Professor of Chemistry
Aric Rindfleisch, JM Jones Chair of Marketing, Business Administration
Gene E. Robinson, Swanlund Chair, Entomology
Angus Rockett, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Jeffery Roesler, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
John A. Rogers, Swanlund Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Mark J. Rood, Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rosa Milagros Santos, Professor, Special Education
Pete Sauer, Grainger Professor of Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alexander Scheeline, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus
Lawrence B. Schook, Gutgsell Professor, Animal Sciences
Kenneth S. Schweizer,  Professor of Materials Science, Chemistry & Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,  
Mats Selen, Professor, Physics
Naresh Shanbhag, Jack Kilby Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sharon Shavitt, Walter H. Stellner Professor of Marketing, Business Administration
Bruce J. Sherrick, Marjorie and Jerry Fruin Professor of Farmland Economics, ACE
Scott K. Silverman, Professor of Chemistry
Andrew C. Singer, Fox Family Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
James M. Slauch, Professor, and Director, Medical Scholars Program, Microbiology 
Stephen Sligar, Swanlund Endowed Chair, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Petros Sofronis, James W. Bayne Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Jacob Sosnoff, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Nancy Sottos, Donald B. Willett Professor of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Theodore Sougiannis, KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting
B.F. Spencer, Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Joseph Squier, Petullo Professor of Design Studies & Culture, School of Art + Design
R. Srikant, Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
D. Scott Stewart, Shao Lee Soo Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Dusan Stipanovic, Associate Professor, ISE
David Strauser, Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health 
James Stubbins, Willett Professor, Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering 
Andrew Suarez, Associate Professor, Animal Biology 
Kenneth S. Suslick, Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry
Jonathan V. Sweedler, James R. Eiszner Family Chair of Chemistry 
Charles Tabb, Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law
Kelly A. Tappenden, Kraft Foods Human Nutrition Endowed Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition
David Tewksbury, Professor, Department of Communication
Deborah Thurston, Gutsgell Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
Joyce Tolliver, Associate Professor of Spanish, Translation Studies, and Gender & Women's Studies
Daniel A. Tortorelli, George B. Grim Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Dallas R. Trinkle, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Thomas S. Ulen, Swanlund Chair Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, Law
Alexander F. Vakakis, Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Albert Valocchi, Abel Bliss Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dale J. Van Harlingen, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Physics
Mara R. Wade, Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
John H. Weaver, Donald B. Willett Professor, Material Science and Engineering and Physics
Scott Weisbenner, Professor of Finance and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow, Finance
Matthew West, Associate Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Matthew Wheeler, Professor, Animal Sciences, Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology
Bryan White, Professor, Animal Sciences
Scott White, Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Scott Willenbrock, Professor, Physics
Steven Williams, Professor, Economics
Ken Wilund, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Jeffrey A. Woods, Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health
Colin Wraight, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Plant Biology, Biochemistry
Don Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science
Yuanhui Zhang, Innoventor Professor in Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Huimin Zhao, Centennial Chair Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Craig Zilles, Associate Professor, Computer Science
Steven C. Zimmerman, Roger Adams Professor of Chemistry
Jian-Min Zuo, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering