Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of May 02, 2016

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Although Linda Katehi’s attorney said “political optics” drove UC president Janet Napolitano’s decision to put the UC Davis chancellor on a 90-day administrative leave while an independent investigator determines “if she violated university policies,” says the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mercury News says “Doubts about honesty led to [her] removal.”

Added the Mercury News, in addition to concerns about Katehi’s “role in the decision to retain image consultants to counter bad publicity from the pepper-spraying of demonstrators by campus police in 2011,” a university spokesperson said “Napolitano also is concerned that Katehi ... has been less than forthcoming about her knowledge of a series of pay raises and promotions her daughter-in-law received [$50,000 over 2 ½ years] while working for a vice chancellor who reports to Katehi.”

A must-read take on the scandal by UCSB faculty member Chris Newfield is here, and his Remaking the University blog includes links to some of the news coverage, as well as an organization chart of UC Davis’s administration. Additional material is in the UCLA Faculty Association blog.

To no one’s surprise, UC has sent a letter to the state Senate opposing a bill that would reduce the terms of regents from 12 years to four.

Adjunct faculty at Boston University have reached an agreement with university management more than a year after voting to unionize. The three-year contract would provide wage increases, professional development funds, and compensation for classes cancelled with little notice. The agreement is one in a series of recent contract victories for adjunct faculty around the country.


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