What is the SDFA?
What is the AAUP?
What is CUCFA?
What is the relationship between the San Diego Faculty Association and the Academic Senate?
How much do I have to pay to become a member and where do my dues go?
What kind of organization is the SDFA?
The San Diego Faculty Association (SDFA) is a dues-paying organization of UCSD Senate faculty affiliated to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA). The aim of the association is to preserve and promote public education of quality for all Californians. As such, we believe that the ongoing privatization process compromises the mission of the University of California as outlined in the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education and therefore curtails the possibility of equal and fair access to higher education as well as the promise of having a diverse university that reflects the population of California.
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is a national organization whose purpose “is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good”.
The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) is an umbrella organization for the Faculty Associations (FAs) at each UC campus such as the SDFA. The purpose of this coalition is to coordinate efforts between the different FAs in the UC system, share information and resources among different campuses, engage in conversations with the Office of the President in Oakland and monitor the legislature in Sacramento. Other UC Faculty Associations include:
- UC Berkeley
- UC Davis
- UC Irvine
- UC Los Angeles (Faculty Association and UCLA Faculty)
- UC Riverside
- UC San Diego
- UC San Francisco
- UC Santa Barbara
- UC Santa Cruz
As expressed in the AAUP statement of purpose, the aim of the SDFA is to advance shared governance by collaborating and strengthening the Academic Senate mission. However, when the AB 1091 legislation passed (also known as HEERA or The Berman Act) in 1979, it became clear that the authority of the Academic Senate was restricted to academic matters and that the Senate could not represent the economic or employment interests of its faculty before the University or the Legislature. As with other Faculty Associations, the SDFA emerged to provide faculty an independent voice to address both the legislature and the administration of the university.
Like the other chapters of the AAUP, the SDFA has a relatively low model of dues:
- $16.00/month for Assistant Professors and Acting Profs of Law
- $22.00/month for Associate Professors
- $28.00/month for Full Professors
The dues are automatically deduced from payroll. Of these dues, 63% go to the AAUP national office in Washington, and 6% goes to the California AAUP council. In exchange for this money, the regional office of the AAUP manages our finances, fills out our taxes, and provides advice and support in different ways (i.e. grants, reports, legal advise etc.). An additional 16% goes to CUCFA and it is used for the different advocacy campaigns and to monitor the legislature in Sacramento. The remaining 15% is used internally in the chapter to support different activities, membership meetings, regional meetings, etc.
The SDFA is not a high-dues service organization, that is to say, we do not represent faculty interests in exchange for dues. We are a grassroots organization whose power resides in our capacity to act collectively as faculty. We strongly believe that faculty will have a more meaningful and effective voice if we come together to share our concerns and our vision of a public university. Because we believe in collective action, we are convinced that our power is directly related to our capacity to build a large and active membership chapter.