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October 4, 2016
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Statement of Principles: Choosing a New Chancellor for the University of California, Berkeley

A version of this op-ed was first published in the Daily Californian on October 4th, 2016
Robert Reich would be superb leader for this campus

The tide is turning: there is growing consensus, across political lines, about the imperative of reinvesting in public infrastructure and public education. In no other way is it possible to improve the quality of our public education system and recover its promise of equal opportunity for students and research in the public interest.

The people of California clearly want a public university that works for them. They have called for an end to tuition hikes, unequal access, skyrocketing student debt, misplaced spending priorities, bloated executive compensation, and extensive reliance on donor projects and corporate partnerships that deform the university’s public mission.

Within the university, faculty, staff, and students have suffered severe erosions of local control and local workforces; in their place have emerged expensive and inept experts, inefficient services, temporary managers and outsourcing.   Never have university management and provision of services been more expensive; never in recent decades has the university been run more poorly, featured more unequal access and compensation, or suffered a worse public reputation.

It is time for change.

We propose that the new Berkeley chancellor demonstrate a commitment to the public university in the following ways:

  1. By making high-quality teaching and research in the public interest the highest priority of UC campuses, a priority that should guide budgets, fund-raising, reward and compensation practices, mission statements and other representations of campus purpose.
  2. By reducing the number of out-of-state students and ensuring the total cost of attendance does not limit opportunities for Californians.
  3. By increasing the diversity of the student body and faculty so that they better reflect the population of California we hope to serve.
  4. By reducing the number of senior managers. (Berkeley’s senior management has grown by a factor of five over the last 20 years while the number of faculty has remained stagnant and the number of students increased by 20%.)
  5. By implementing a salary cap on all senior administrators so as to restore the ethos of public service, earn back the trust of California’s tax payers, and demonstrate respect for the financial circumstances of students, faculty, staff as well as the institution itself.
  6. By committing to budgetary transparency and prioritizing the task of restoring public funding rather than private fundraising and commercial contracts.
  7. By honoring the value of academic freedom, chiefly by respecting the tradition of shared governance with faculty.  Faculty consultation is vital to insulate the university from external influences, both political and financial.
  8. By placing a moratorium on non-academic capital projects that often saddle the university with high levels of debt, such as the Memorial Stadium renovation or the redevelopment of Lower Sproul.
  9. By supporting the ongoing legislative audit of the University of California’s Office of the President, and redirecting state subsidies for grants in aid to offset higher tuition to lower tuition fees for all.
  10. By developing new community outreach programs, bringing our teaching and research to the people of California.

Accordingly, the process of choosing the Chancellor should be open to the university community:

  • The short list of candidates selected by the Search Committee and forwarded to the President should be publicly discussed and not the subject of secret deliberation.
  • The candidates should be invited to campus for public presentations and questions from the university community – faculty, staff, and students.
  • The final choice should be made by the President and Regents after consultation with the Academic Senate to ensure a candidate supported by the campus community.

We propose Robert Reich as an excellent candidate for chancellor. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School at Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, distinguished public intellectual and commentator, author of best-selling books on the economy, politics and education, inspiration for the film, Inequality for All, and a firm believer in public education and the public interest.

Berkeley Faculty Association


September 8, 2016
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Faculty Associations’ Letter to the President of Long Island University

As you may already know, three days ago, President of Long Island University Kimberly R. Cline and the Board of Trustees locked out the faculty of the LIU Brooklyn Campus. After contract negotiations on a new contract dragged to the start of a new academic term, the administration simply ended negotiations. Such a lockout has never happened before in higher education in the United States. The administration not only locked out the faculty, but they also cut off their pay, their benefits, their health care, and even their university email. (For more up to date information see https://academeblog.org/2016/09/08/lockout-of-faculty-at-liu-looking-down-into-the-abyss/).

Convinced that this gross violation of labor relations and shared governance practices must be met with swift and resolute denunciation, CUCFA has sent a letter to President Cline http://cucfa.org/2016/09/letter-to-the-president-of-liu/ inviting her to desist from her chosen course of action and return to the negotiating table. We invite all UC Berkeley faculty to pay attention to the unfolding of events and participate in the discussions that are likely to follow regarding how to deal with this dangerous precedent were LIU’s administrators to persist with the look out.

You can also sign an online petition hosted by the AFT.




Dear Dr. Cline:

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations is extremely alarmed by the “lock out” action taken by your administration against the faculty of LIU-Brooklyn.

The action has no precedent in higher education in this country and constitutes a grave assault on unions, labor negotiations, and faculty themselves.

We urge you to reconsider this tactic and return to the negotiating table to bargain in good faith.

To do otherwise is to antagonize hardworking and dedicated faculty for years to come, devastate the educational aspirations and expectations of your students, many of whom have overcome tremendous obstacles to arrive at your college gates, and produce pariah status for LIU-Brooklyn in American higher education.

This path has no future for your institution and we urge you to reconsider.


The Board of the Council of UC Faculty Associations


July 4, 2016
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Response to Chancellor Dirk’s Letter concerning Intercollegiate Athletics

Below is the BFA response to Chancellor Dirk’s Letter.  You can sign the petition to withdraw the contract of Coach Harrington, pending further investigation and post comments here. Further documents can be found below the following letter.

Dear Chancellor Dirks,

Thank you for your response to our letter. While we are gratified that you are taking seriously the “win at any cost” culture of football coaching at Berkeley, we are disappointed that the new investigation you propose is confined “to assess[ing] the current state of the program and the efficacy of the many changes we have made in recent years,” thereby bypassing the question of coach Harrington’s culpability in Ted Agu’s death. If you claim that Harrington did nothing wrong, then why did the university pay out $4.75 million after admitting negligence in the civil suit brought by Agu’s parents? 

In the second (earlier) case, a UCPD investigation may have found insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the locker-room assault of Fabiano Hale, but we find no record of coach Harrington having been investigated for violations of his employment contract, which requires that “Coach’s conduct shall at all times be in a manner consistent with Coach’s position as an instructor of students.”

The question remains whether this bellicose coach, who appears to deploy homophobic and racist innuendo and to train people to death, should continue to be an employee of our university. We are not optimistic about your authorization of another investigation if you continue to regard the Tanji report as a reasonable model.  Not only did the two investigators appointed to the review have significant personal and professional ties to the staff of Intercollegiate Athletics; their report did not find any deficiencies in a training program that led to the death of one athlete and the serious injury of another.  All of the changes made to the training program, including greater medical review, were made only to settle the lawsuit filed by Ted Agu’s parents. 

What is required in these cases is serious independent review of faculty,  administrators, and staff who may have violated campus codes of conduct.   These violations should not have to await exposure through lawsuits by injured parties.

Thank you again for expressing an interest in hearing faculty concerns.  We believe we have adequately expressed the concerns of the BFA, but will encourage other faculty who wish to meet with you privately to take up your invitation.

Yours Sincerely, Michael Burawoy and Celeste Langan, Co-chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association.  

Further documents:

Chancellor Dirks to Professors Burawoy and Langan (Reproduced in Full here)


June 30, 2016
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Enough is Enough: Petition to Suspend Contract Renewal of Football Coach, Damon Harrington

Dear faculty colleagues,

The BFA has written the letter below calling on Chancellor Dirks to suspend the renewal of Coach Harrington’s contract, pending further investigation by a truly independent inquiry. One player died, another was knocked out unconscious. This is not how a university should treat its students. The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have made detailed reports on these incidents.



In the article that appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Barsky and Michael O’Hare are reported as critics of the university administration as are Mike Smith (former legal counsel for university) and John Cummins (chief of staff under four Berkeley Chancellors). The Chancellor is quoted as being satisfied that the football coaching staff is now in compliance with regulations and best practices, but says nothing about the behavior of Harrington, who has already cost the university $4.75 million in a civil suit filed by the parents of Ted Agu. Like the sexual harassment cases, this is another instance of exonerating reckless and abusive behavior of those whom the university considers important to its mission, in this case making money from football.


Dear Chancellor Dirks:

The Berkeley Faculty Association requests the suspension of the renewal of the contract of football coach, Damon Harrington, pending further independent investigation. Harrington has allegedly been involved in two incidents: first, the over-exertion of football player, Ted Agu, leading to his death (for which the university had to pay $4.75 million in a civil suit in which the university admitted negligence); and second, provocation of team players to physically punish another player, leading to Fabiano Hale being knocked out unconscious. According to an extensive and detailed report in the San Francisco Chronicle (June 29), the investigation commissioned by the university exonerated Harrington without serious investigation of these incidents of abusive training.  If there is any truth to the allegations in the San Francisco Chronicle, condoning such behavior of its employees is out of keeping with any university that is accountable to its students and concerned to protect their safety and welfare. We, therefore, call for further independent investigation before renewing Harrington’s contract.

Yours Sincerely, Michael Burawoy and Celeste Langan for the Berkeley Faculty Association


Thanks very much to all those who signed the petition and made comments.




March 28, 2016
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Feminist Statement on Sexual Harassment at UC Berkeley

March 28, 2016

As feminist faculty at UC Berkeley, we are gravely disturbed by the failures of our Administration to address sexual harassment as a fundamental violation of civil rights. This year’s gross mishandling of the Marcy, Fleming and Choudhry cases reveals an administration that neither treats sexual harassment as serious nor recognizes its damage to its victims. These failures make a mockery of the Administration’s continuous verbal promotion of the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and civility; the Administration appears far more concerned with risk management and with the careers and reputations of the prominent.

Sexual harassment is a violation of equal rights prohibited by a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. More than merely unpleasant or offensive behavior, and in a very different legal and political category from sexual assault, sexual harassment violates the right, at work or school, to avoid barriers or burdens on the basis of one’s sex or gender. Instead of respecting this principle of equality, the current administration has gone out of its way to shield those who have engaged in repeated acts of sexual harassment, and has sacrificed the entitlement of all staff, faculty and students to a harassment-free environment.

These high profile cases have produced a general crisis of confidence in the Administration. They also identify a long-standing and seemingly worsening problem at UC Berkeley, which is that reports of harassment are difficult to lodge and are often met with lethargic, arbitrary or feeble responses. While emphasis is placed on employee compliance with online education in identifying harassment, the actual system for reporting and resolving it is discouraging and ineffective for those who would bring complaints. Consequently, many well-known repeat offenders have not been reported or, when reported, have not been stopped, a situation that has created a climate of frustration, anger and cynicism for those experiencing and witnessing harassment. Due process is essential for those charged with sexual harassment, but so too are clear, accessible and non-intimidating procedures for those who would make the charge and expect just results. The solution is not another education campaign or public statement of administrative resolve but a functional system for reporting harassment and removing harassers from positions of power over their victims.

Elizabeth Abel, Professor of English

Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law

Sabrina Agarwal, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law

Diliana Angelova, Associate Professor of Art History

Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Barbara A. Barnes, Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies

Brian Barsky, Professor of Computer Science

Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Déborah Blocker, Associate Professor of French

Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in Near

Eastern Studies and Rhetoric

Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair of Political Science

Karl Britto, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Natalia Brizuela, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of History of Art

Dana Buntrock, Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Center for Japanese Studies

Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology

Teresa Caldeira, Professor of City and Regional Planning

Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning

Catherine Cole, Chair and Professor of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Margaret W. Conkey, Class of 1960 Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Abigail De Kosnik, Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the

Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Clélia Donovan, Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese and Director of Portuguese Language


Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Professor of English

Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Laura Enriquez, Professor of Sociology

Samera Esmeir, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Louise Fortmann, Rudy Grah Chair in Forestry and Sustainable Development and Professor of

Natural Resource Sociology

Anne-Lise François, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English

Mia Fuller, Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, Chancellor’s Professor of Education and Political Science

Peter Glazer, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Steven Goldsmith, Professor of English

Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor of English

Darcy Grigsby, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and


Suzanne Guerlac, Professor of French

Jocelyne Guilbault, Professor of Ethnomusicology

Kristin Hanson, Associate Professor of English

Gillian Hart, Professor of Geography

Cori Hayden, Chair and Professor of Anthropology

Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English

David Henkin, Professor of History

Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor of Anthropology

You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, Pamela P Fong Distinguished Chair in China Studies

Glynda Hull, Professor of Education

Lynn Huntsinger, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management

Alastair Iles, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Rosemary Joyce, Professor of Anthropology

Khalid Kadir, Lecturer in International and Area Studies

Victoria Kahn, Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English and Professor of Comparative


Robert Kaufman, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Maggi Kelly, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Georgina Kleege, Lecturer in English

Claire Kremen, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Chana Kronfeld, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature

Celeste Langan, Associate Professor of English

Steven Lee, Associate Professor of English

Zeus Leonardo, Professor of Education

Greg Levine, Associate Professor of the History of Art

Mara Loveman, Chair and Professor of Sociology

Colleen Lye, Associate Professor of English

Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology

Beatriz Manz, Professor of Geography

Waldo Martin, Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship

Francine Masiello, Ancker Chair of Spanish and Portuguese and of Comparative Literature

Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy

Rebecca McLennan, Associate Professor of History

Carolyn Merchant, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Line Mikkelsen, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and of Rhetoric

Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor Environmental Science, Policy and Management and School

of Public Health

Ramona Naddaff, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies and

Professor of Anthropology

Laura C. Nelson, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Richard Norgaard, Professor Emeritus, Energy and Resources Group

Ellen Oliensis, Chair and Professor of Classics

Todd Olson, Professor of History of Art

David Oppenheimer, Clinical Professor of Law

David O’Sullivan, Chancellor’s Professor and Associate Professor of Geography

Kevin Padian, Professor and Curator, Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology

  1. David Pearson, Professor in the Graduate School of Education

Laura E. Perez, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African

American Studies

Isha Ray, Associate Professor in the Energy and Resources Group

Raka Ray, Chair and Professor of Sociology and Professor of South and Southeast Asia Studies

Russell Robinson, Professor of Law

Juana Rodriguez, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Christine Rosen, Associate Professor in Haas School of Business

Stephen Rosenbaum, John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer of Law

Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning

Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English

Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Janelle Scott, Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Education, Public Policy and African

American Studies

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology

Susan Schweik, Professor of English

Katherine Sherwood, Professor of Art Practice

Ellen Simms, Professor of Integrative Biology

Jeffrey Skoller, Associate Professor of Film and Media

Mary Ann Smart, Gladyce Arata Terrill Professor of Music

Katherine Snyder, Associate Professor of English

Sarah Song, Professor of Law and Political Science

Barbara Spackman, Cecchetti Professor of Italian Studies and Professor of Comparative


Shannon Steen, Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Elisa Tamarkin, Associate Professor of English

Estelle Tarica, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Chair of the Graduate Group in

Latin American Studies

Charis Thompson, Chair and Chancellor’s Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law

Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

James Vernon, Chancellor’s Professor of History

Sophie Volpp, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature

Loy Volkman, Professor Emerita of Plant and Microbial Biology

Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology

Michael Watts, Class of 1963 Chair of Geography

Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of English

Brian Wright, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics



March 19, 2016
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BFA Call for Senate Meeting on the University’s handling of sexual harassment

The BFA Board has initiated a special meeting of the Academic Senate to discuss administrative failures and procedural obstacles in addressing sexual harassment on campus, to be held April 7.

Dear Chair Powell,

Under Division Bylaw 5.B, we formally petition the Academic Senate to call a special meeting of the Berkeley Division to have an open discussion of the university’s handling of sexual harassment, both administrative failures and procedural obstacles. We request that this meeting be called during the week March 28 – April 1, 2016, and in a large enough space to seat hundreds of faculty. Division Bylaw 5.B *  A Special Meeting of the Division may be called by the Chair. Upon written request of twenty-five voting members a Special Meeting must be called by the Chair or, in his or her absence or disability, by the Vice Chair. * The call to a Special Meeting must be sent to all members of the Division at least five days of instruction prior to the meeting.

1.Elizabeth Abel (English)
2.Wendy Brown (Political Science)
3. Michael Burawoy (Sociology)
4. Catherine Cole (TDPS)
5. Laura Enriquez (Sociology)
6. Mark Goble (English)
7. Steven Goldsmith (English)
8. Gillian Hart (Georgraphy)
9. Heather Haveman (Sociology)
10. Celeste Langan (English)
11. Colleen Lye (English)
12. Minoo Moallem (Gender and Women’s Studies)
13. Laura Nelson (GWS)
14. Kevin Padian (IB)
15. Leslie Salzinger (Gender and Women’s Studies)
16. Jeffrey Skoller (Film Studies)
17. Sandra Smith (Sociology)
18. Shannon Steen (TDPS)
19. Elisa Tamarkin (English)
20. James Vernon (History)
21. Leti Volpp (Law)
22. Julia Bryan-Wilson (History of Art)
23. Michael O’Hare (Public Policy)
24. Raka Ray (Sociology)
25. Rebecca McLennan (History)
26. Cori Hayden (Anthropology)
27. Michael Watts (Geography)
28. Louise Fortmann [emerita] (ESPM)
29. Karl Britto (French and Comparative Literature)
30. Peter Glazer (TDPS)
31. Gregory Levine (History of Art)
32. Jake Kosek (Geography)
33. Lyn Hejinian (English)
34. Susan Schweik (English)
35. Zeus Leonardo (Education)
36. Thomas Gold (Sociology)
37. Saba Mahmood (Anthropology)
38. Charis Thompson (GWS)
39.Daniel Schneider (Sociology)
40.Isha Ray (Energy and Resources)
41.Cybelle Fox (sociology)
42.Cihan Tugal (Sociology)
43.Irene Bloemraad (Sociology)
44.Kim Voss (Sociology)