UFO was founded at CSUDH in 2015 building greater support and voice for untenured faculty.

Untenured Faculty Organization

"Building Greater Support and Voice for Untenured Faculty"

Purpose and Goals

  1. Support probationary untenured faculty by advocating for and providing consultation to relevant Academic Affairs units (e.g., Provost’s Office, Center for Faculty Development, Deans, Faculty Affairs, Research Foundation) for the development and implementation of programs and activities to support faculty in their scholarship, teaching, professional, service, and collegial activities in order to meet retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP) expectations;

  2. Develop, provide, and implement a variety of UFO activities, events and opportunities to support untenured faculty as part of the work of the faculty organization;

  3. Promote positive communication with other internal and external units outside of Academic Affairs (e.g., Student Affairs and the community at large);

  4. Encourage, empower, and advocate for increased opportunities for untenured faculty to develop and enhance their skills in the area of leadership and professional development by becoming more actively involved in important University, community, and professional service.

  5. Create a collegial social support network and foster personal friendships and a sense of community among the members of the organization;

  6. Provide a safe and confidential forum for open dialogue, discussion, and conversation among members. UFO members agree that the internal communications and business of the organization shall be honored, respected, and held confidential as appropriate.

Why Should I Join?

Membership Benefits

The Untenured Faculty Organization (UFO) was founded at CSUDH in 2015, and is continuously seeking faculty interested in building greater support and voice for untenured faculty.

Benefits include:

  1. Notification and access to a variety of events, activities, and opportunities related to supporting untenured faculty in the areas of scholarly, teaching, service, and collegiate activities.
  1. Chance to meet other faculty from across campus at regular monthly Executive Officer meetings.
  1. Opportunity to serve as an elected officer on a university committee and to develop and implement UFO activities for untenured colleagues.
  1. As an officer, enhanced opportunity to meet, confer, and consult with key administrators and other relevant units on campus.
  1. Enhanced opportunities to develop, enhance, and nurture professional leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
For more information, you may contact the Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs & Development at  untenuredfaculty@csudh.edu.