As faculty of the University of California, Davis we stand in solidarity with the students calling for the Chancellor’s resignation and occupying Mrak Hall. Further, we resolutely oppose the administration’s willingness to threaten students with censure and dismissal.
The students in question are justly protesting the recent actions of Chancellor Linda Katehi and, in particular, her involvement with DeVry University, King Abdulaziz University, and Wiley and Sons textbook company. The idea that the same office would also determine how such activities should be properly protested is not only unjust but a clear conflict of interest. This is unacceptable governance.
By her own admission, the Chancellor’s acceptance of a “position on the DeVry Education Group board of directors did not comply with UC policy.” Her involvement with such for-profit ventures signals the continued economization of University life and privatization of the public university. She has enriched herself professionally and personally at the expense of the reputation of UC Davis, and multiple legislators have now called for her resignation.
At a time when our students are facing ever increasing fees, class sizes, and exorbitantly priced textbooks, the Chancellor’s actions demonstrate poor judgment and weak ethical standards that have eroded our confidence in her leadership.
As faculty we call on Chancellor Katehi to resign. We demand further that the Regents of the University of California reevaluate its Conflict of Interest policy, which allows University Chancellors to serve on outside Boards for pay.
Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History
Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies
Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology
Joshua Clover, Associate Professor of English
Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Media
Fiamma Montezemolo, Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Media
Susette Min, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
David Simpson, Distinguished Professor of English
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
Tarek Elhaik, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Darrell Hamamoto, Professor of Asian American Studies
Lucy Corin, Professor of English
Scott Shershow, Professor of English
Scott Simmon, Professor of English
Joe Wenderoth, Professor of English
Desirée Martín, Associate Professor of English
Kathleen Frederickson, Associate Professor of English
Michael Ziser, Associate Professor of English
Suzy Zepeda, Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Jeff Fort, Associate Professor of French
Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Noah Guynn, Associate Professor of French & Italian and Comparative Literature;
Chair of French & Italian
Claire Goldstein, Associate Professor of French & Italian
Jesse Drew, Professor of Cinema and Digital Media
Julia Simon, Professor of French
Simon Sadler, Professor of Design
Neil Larsen, Professor of Comparative Literature
Hsuan Hsu, Professor of English
Corrie Decker, Associate Professor of History
Joan Cadden, Professor Emerita of History
Daniel Stolzenberg, Associate Professor of History
Margaret Ferguson, Distinguished Professor of English
Mark Jerng, Associate Professor of English