Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 Faculty Handbook 
2023-2024 Faculty Handbook

II. Organization and Governance

University Organization

The campus is currently organized into seven divisions administered and managed by the President and six vice presidents. The divisions include: Office of the President (OP); Academic Affairs (AA); Administration and Finance (A&F); Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion (HRDI); Information Technology (IT); Student Affairs (SA); and University Advancement (UA).

Office of the President

The Office of the President seeks to create an environment that promotes the success of all Titans, working to build equitable and inclusive environments on campus and in our community while concurrently sharing Titan excellence with the region, state, and nation.

Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs provides leadership, oversight, and support through a diverse range of programs and activities to advance the University’s Mission and Goals, fostering an inclusive culture of learning, teaching, and scholarship to ensure equity, success, and well-being for our students, faculty, and staff.

Administration and Finance

The Division of Administration and Finance is committed to aligning our business operations and services with the needs and challenges of an ever-changing campus and serves as the backbone of the CSUF campus, managing a wide array of operations from maintaining and enhancing university buildings and grounds to providing important business support services. Campus beautification, classroom improvements, and technological advancements, continue to be a priority as we enhance the learning environment and facilities. The Division’s administrative areas include Audit Services & Coordination, Auxiliary Services Corporation, Capital Programs and Facilities Management, Financial Services, Parking and Transportation Services, University Police, and University Services.

Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion is committed to delivering valuable services to create a work environment where a diverse community thrives. Our division includes; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Programs, Engagement and Learning, Talent Acquisition, Student Employment, Payroll, Academic HR Services, Compensation Services, Total Wellness, Risk Management, Labor and Employee Relations.

Information Technology

The Division of Information Technology strives to be a strategic, innovative, and best-in-class IT organization that provides a leading-edge technology environment for students, faculty, and staff to advance the University’s mission, vision, and goals. We empower our students to become digital citizens and to utilize immersive technology in curricular and co-curricular instruction.

Student Affairs

The purpose of the Division of Student Affairs is to transform the lives of students academically, personally, and professionally, equipping all with the knowledge and skills required for success at Cal State Fullerton and beyond degree completion. Staff and student employees within the division work to provide student-centered services, programs and resources for Titans, promoting social responsibility, personal growth, change and new ideas while offering opportunities for career development, community involvement and leadership training through an equity, inclusion and anti-racism lens.  

University Advancement

University Advancement serves Cal State Fullerton by building and strengthening relationships to encourage advocacy, investment, and support of the University and its programs to advance student and alumni success.

Efforts to secure private philanthropic support for the University are based in the Division’s Development department, which includes the Annual Campaigns, Foundation and Corporate Relations, Planned Giving, Advancement Services, and University Events units, as well as major-gift fundraising on behalf of colleges, divisions, and special programs.

The Alumni Engagement department strives to foster a lifelong community of alumni connected to each other and to the institution with the goal of generating private financial support and engagement with the university.

Government and Community Relations advances University relationships with local, state and federal officials and agencies as well as business and community organizations. The department advocates for the University and acts as a contact point for those interested in developing a relationship with the institution.

Strategic Communications supports the advancement of the University through seven areas of work: market research, strategy development, brand management, reputation and issue management, stakeholder engagement, emergency communications, and collaborative projects with campus partners.

The Division’s Administration and Finance department is responsible for UA operations, including office space, budget, human resources, and information technology. This department also serves as the stewards of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation and it’s endowment.

The Division of Academic Affairs: Colleges and Departments

Cal State Fullerton’s instructional programs are conducted in eight colleges: College of the Arts (ARTS), College of Business and Economics (CBE), College of Communications (CCOM), College of Education (EDUC), College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS), College of Health and Human Development (HHD), College of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM).

The dean serves as the chief academic officer of each college, with support from one or more associate deans, program coordinators, and department or division chairs. The dean reports to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Chairs report to their college dean and are responsible for academic leadership. Chairs work closely with faculty and staff to promote their welfare, provide superior service to students, and ensure the overall success of their department, program, or division. The chair’s responsibilities may include the supervision and coordination of the department’s curriculum, representation of the department on University committees, the development and administration of a department budget, recruitment of faculty members, and the supervision and evaluation of departmental faculty and staff.

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Programs (UAP) facilitates the planning and coordination of academic curriculum and programs for undergraduate education and general education in accordance with system-wide and university policies. This office ensures that the quality of curriculum and academic programs provide a transformative learning experience for all Titans. The UAP office facilitates and responds to requests for new curriculum and curricular changes. Undergraduate Academic Programs Website

Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) leads systematic and integrated efforts to explore the impact of university programs, curricula, services, and operations; provides meaningful data to support strategic planning and decision-making at all levels of the university; plays a critical role in demonstrating accountability to accreditation, external entities, and the general public; and fosters a campus-wide culture of data-informed decision-making, continuous improvement, and teaching and learning innovations. Accreditation, analytical studies, assessment, data governance, enrollment analytics, institutional research, quality assurance, and strategic planning comprise the core functional areas within OIEP.

  • Accreditation: OIEP leads and supports university and discipline accreditation efforts.
  • Analytical Studies: OIEP coordinates and conducts research studies related to campus initiatives and educational effectiveness, including grant evaluation and support.
  • Assessment: Working in close collaboration with diverse units across campus, OIEP oversees the University-wide assessment process and facilitates the development, implementation, and alignment of assessment plans in the program/unit, department, college/division, and University levels.
  • Data Governance: OIEP collaborates with other campus stakeholders to ensure data integrity, coordination, and management.
  • Enrollment Analytics: OIEP plays a critical role in the university strategic enrollment management process by providing analytical support for admission and enrollment planning.
  • Institutional Research: OIEP ensures compliance with internal and external mandated reporting requirements, completes external survey reporting, maintains databases and dashboards for institutional data, and responds to ad hoc data requests.
  • Quality Assurance: OIEP oversees the University-wide quality assurance processes including the program performance review (PPR).
  • Strategic Planning: OIEP facilitates the campus-wide strategic plan development, implementation, tracking, and reporting process.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program at California State University, Fullerton, housed in the office of Academic Programs builds upon our university’s mission and goals, while being dedicated to inclusive excellence and the exploration of interdisciplinary and global perspectives within a community of scholars from across CSUF who share a love of learning and engagement. These students, staff, and faculty members share a passion for acquiring and using knowledge to enrich their own lives and the communities in which they live.

The University Honors Program offers two pathways for students. Students who are newly admitted, or are in their first year, and have earned less than 35 units participate in the Four-Year pathway (24 units), where they complete 15 units of Honors GE courses. Current students who have earned more than 35 units, or who are newly admitted transfer students participate in the Upper Division pathway (18 units), where they complete 9 units of upper division Honors GE courses.  Both groups of students also complete a Senior Honors Project under the direction of a faculty-mentor. These projects provide students the opportunity to explore issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, and include research projects, creative activities, and applied experiences.

The University Policy Statement governing the “Honors Programs” is UPS 412.010.

Office of First Year Experience (OFYE)

The Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) is an association for undeclared first-year students serving as a bridge to support students’ successful transition from high school to college. OFYE provides students with experiences that build upon and cultivate new skills and dispositions to navigate and connect students to campus culture. OFYE encourages and supports the holistic social, emotional, and academic development of every student. We offer a community of invested faculty, caring professional staff, engaged peer educators, passionate student leaders, and knowledgeable student success fellows. To access the programs and resources provided to you through OFYE, you must enroll in our UNIV 100 Compass Crossing course.  Through the UNIV 100 course, Foundations for College Success, Life-Long Learning, and Self-Development, first-year students engage in an activity-based, problem-posing curriculum emerging from students’ funds of knowledge.  In this course, students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to engage and reflect on their academic progress and personal self-development.

Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

The Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) is housed in Academic Advising at Cal State Fullerton. In its 50-plus years of history, the HPAO has supported thousands of students in gaining admission to health professional schools. Past students have entered Harvard University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the majority of UC campuses. The Health Professions Advising Office is well-situated to assist first-generation and underrepresented students in their successful matriculation into professional schools. CSUF was ranked No. 8 nationally in the number of Hispanic students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Health professions and related programs in 2020-2021.

From its original mission of preparing pre-medical students to become competitive applicants for medical school, HPAO has expanded to prepare, inform and advise Cal State Fullerton students about the following careers: medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric), dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. Preparation for success begins early and continues throughout students’ academic careers at Cal State Fullerton. Guided by the Health Professions Committee, HPAO fosters students’ success through its support of several pre-health student organizations, mock interviews, personal statement reviews, and support through the professional school application process.

Pre-Health Professions Minor

The Pre-health Professions Minor The Pre-health Professions Minor provides students who are non-science majors with a structured pathway to complete several prerequisite science courses, and offers science majors the opportunity to complete coursework in the social sciences, population health, and cross-cultural studies. Through its community engagement initiatives, HPAO has established early conditional acceptance (Linkage) agreements with professional schools, including Lake Erie College of Medicine, Marshall B. Ketchum University, St. George’s University, American University of Antigua, and Western University.

Faculty Development Center (FDC)

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) promotes career-long faculty development in teaching, learning, scholarly and creative activities, professional and service activities, and the use of technology in these areas. The FDC supports faculty in their different stages of growth and professional development, recognizes their wide-ranging accomplishments, and helps them explore new interests and develop new skills, while fostering faculty collaboration and community.

The FDC offers:

  • Recognize and support faculty, acknowledging the broad range and depth of their varied accomplishments, both individual and collaborative.
  • Enhance faculty’s
    • pedagogical skills to support student learning and engagement
    • knowledge of and strategies for working with diverse students
  • Promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and build a sense of community among faculty with shared interests and professional development goals.
  • Develop of programs to support different stages of faculty growth and development.
  • Connect faculty growth and development to the university’s mission, goals and strategies.
  • Encourage and support faculty in exploring new roles and developing new research and scholarly activities and services.

The FDC pursues its mission collaboratively as a partner with many other campus entities. Explore the FDC website to learn more about our wide variety of support services. You may also reach the FDC by phone at 657-278-4722 or by email at

Online Education and Training

Online Education and Training (OET) serves the CSUF community by providing a comprehensive array of services relating to design, development, implementation of courses, certificates, programs, and degrees offered online. The OET team includes individuals with expertise in teaching and learning, instructional design, multimedia, and course management system support.

In an online course, students access materials through Canvas (CSUF’s learning management system). Some online education is asynchronous, where students can review course materials, watch lecture streaming videos, or post to discussion forums at any convenient time. Other instruction is synchronous with real-time lectures or discussions utilizing web conferencing technology.

Teaching and Learning
OET’s instructional designers are experienced in teaching and learning theory, technology tools, and instructional methods effective for online learning. These designers are available to consult about instructional strategies that most effectively accomplish an online course/program’s learning goals.

Instructional Design
OET provides instructional design services that encompass consultations with the instructor on effective online and blended designs and appropriate tools for accomplishing the learning goals.

OET’s multimedia services include complete audio and video production services and digitization of DVD’s for instructional use. The studio offers a variety of technologies to support live demonstrations and audio/video recordings (e.g., green screen, Learning Glass), as well as two workstations for faculty-produced media.

Learning Management System Support (Canvas)
OET’s instructional designers support faculty with the effective use of Canvas features and integrated applications. They can assist with best practices in online and hybrid course design.

Faculty Affairs and Records (FAR)

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Records (FAR) oversees faculty evaluation programs for the campus. FAR coordinates the following academic employee processes: Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP); Temporary Faculty (Lecturer) Evaluations; Post-Tenure Review; Range Elevation; Student Opinion Questionnaires (SOQs); and Sabbatical and Difference in Pay Leaves. FAR is the repository of the official personnel action files (PAFs) for full-time faculty and is responsible for retaining documentation pertaining to employment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, and the evaluation of faculty performance. The office also works in collaboration with the Faculty Development Center and HRDI to provide faculty with support for successful academic careers. Explore our website to learn more about the faculty evaluation programs.

FAR is located in PLS-290 and is open throughout the year, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Academic Technology Center (ATC)

The Academic Technology Center is located in PLS-237. Knowledgeable staff is available to answer all of your IT questions, help you with setting up your campus issued devices, and more. Faculty who needs additional classroom technology equipment please visit the ATC. Visit the ATC website for more information and hours of operation.

Extension and International Programs

The role of Extension and International Programs (EIP) is to support the core academic mission of the university by offering self-supporting programs that complement the state-funded enterprise, CSUF EIP partners with academic units to create and administer self-supporting programs that extend the university’s resources into the community and around the world world EIP serves current CSUF degree-seeking students and alumni, as well as lifelong learners in the local, regional and global communities by providing a wide range of innovative, flexible, and quality programs. EIP programs include Summer Session, Winter Session, Master’s Degrees, Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs, Post baccalaureate Programs, Open University, University Semester Abroad, Professional and Workforce Development Programs, Contract Training Programs, International Short-Term Programs, the Fullerton Arboretum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Facilities Management

Facilities Management is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the campus facilities. This includes custodial, grounds, infrastructure, buildings and logistical services as well as space management. These services are available through the FM Service Center via or ext. 3494. If you experience any problems in your office, classroom, or laboratory such as lighting, heating or cooling, please call the Service Center immediately. Any alteration and improvement project will need to be coordinated through your department, please don’t attempt to perform such a project yourself. The classroom technology A/V issues are handled by the IT Division. Please keep classrooms and laboratories closed when unoccupied. Contact the Service Center when your key or the lock is not working. For mail delivery, shipping and receiving, and moving services please contact the Service Center.

Campus Auxiliaries

CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC)

As a public university, California State University, Fullerton frequently relies on its auxiliaries to help fund programs and services that benefit students and faculty. In 1959, the University created the CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) to promote and assist the educational mission of the University (prior to 2005, ASC was known as the CSUF Foundation). The ASC oversees various enterprises on campus from the bookstore to food services to programs developed to administer faculty/university research grants. The ASC leverages the University’s ability to develop and create programs, purchase land/buildings, and provide needed services vital to the functioning of the campus. The ASC returns a significant portion of its revenues generated through these programs to aid the University in achieving its educational mission.

The ASC is a separate 501 (c)(3) corporation, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of students, faculty, administrators, and prominent leaders from the surrounding community.

Associated Students Inc., California State University, Fullerton (ASI)

The Associated Students Inc., California State University, Fullerton (ASI) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit auxiliary corporation and the student government of CSU Fullerton. ASI consists of two major components, the Associated Students and the Titan Student Centers.

ASI provides student engagement and development opportunities through leadership, volunteer and employment experiences. ASI provides campus community members with important social, cultural, and recreational opportunities, as well as a wide range of programs and services. Every part-time or full-time student is a member of ASI through fees paid each semester. These fees are administered by ASI through the student-elected Board of Directors and Executive Staff, and provide for student governance, shared governance of the university, programming of student activities, funding of campus organizations and athletics, and the operation of the Titan Student Union, Student Recreation Center, and Children’s Center. As an auxiliary organization, ASI does not receive any funding from state sources and does not fund campus operations customarily funded from state sources.

The Associated Students encourages and supports the activities of all CSU Fullerton recognized student organizations whose activities stimulate individual and group participation within the university community.

For more information about Associated Students Inc., CSUF, please visit:

The Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation (CSFPF)

The Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation (CSFPF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit auxiliary organization responsible for the investment and management of philanthropic gifts designated for the University. The Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Governors is dedicated to the advancement of the institution and its educational mission not only through its fiduciary responsibilities, but through advocacy, relationship-building, and active engagement in the life of the University.

The Academic Senate

The President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs have overall responsibility for providing leadership in the establishment and achievement of broad University goals, priorities, policies, and strategies regarding academic programs and the educational process. The Fullerton campus has a long and respected tradition of shared governance and collegiality among the members of the faculty and administration. The Academic Senate is the representative body for the faculty in this shared responsibility.

The Academic Senate is an elected body formed to advise and consult with the President on curricular development, educational and professional policies governing both faculty and student life on the campus, and on those aspects of University operation that affect instruction, such as the allocation of resources. Membership currently consists of 49 representatives from the various campus constituencies including faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

There are 21 standing committees of the Senate and three general committees of the faculty. A Constitution (UPS 100.000) and Bylaws (UPS 100.001) govern the Academic Senate. Copies are available from the Academic Senate Office located in PLN-120 or via the Academic Senate website.

Research Support

Faculty members are encouraged to seek outside funding to support their research and other creative activities, with both pre- and post-award assistance provided by the Office of Grants and Contracts within the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and Office of Sponsored Program (within CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation), respectively.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) comprises several units dedicated to supporting faculty research, creative activities and institutional projects through all phases of proposal development, research compliance, and pre-award (e.g., submission, contracts and negotiation) and works closely with CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation on post-award administration. ORSP works with other units throughout the campus to seek external funding for faculty research and creative activities that support the educational and service mission of the university. Collaboration is promoted across disciplines, departments, and community partners in preparing proposals to federal, state, and private agencies. ORSP also oversees the faculty intramural grant programs and coordinates campus-wide student research initiatives and competitions. ORSP is led by an Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects, with lead staff in each of the following support units: Research Development, Grants and Contracts, Research Compliance,  and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center. Services for Post Award Management are provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs within the CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation.

For additional information call the ORSP front desk at ext. 4728.

Office of Research Development (ORD)

The Office of Research Development (ORD) provides assistance, guidance, and consultation in developing high-quality, competitive proposals, from concept to proposal submission. ORD identifies and provides support to current and potential “hot topic” areas where there have been increases in federal grant funding and/or additional funding is anticipated. It also tracks other funding opportunities through agencies and programs the university has traditionally not pursued, and assists in strategically positioning university programs and collaborative efforts for successful funding and institutionalization.

For additional information call the ORD at ext. 2327.

Office of Research Compliance (ORC)

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) oversees the ORSP’s goal of helping facilitate research to ensure all is conducted safely, ethically, and legally. ORSP uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide trainings for Human Subjects (i.e., Institutional Review Board, IRB) and Animal Welfare research (i.e., Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, IACUC), Financial Conflicts of Interest, Research Integrity, Export Controls and to fulfill federal Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements. The CSUF Responsible Conduct of Research Plan can be found by visiting the Research Compliance website.

For additional information call the Research Compliance Officer at ext. 7763.

Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC)

OGC staff assist faculty in pre-award activities including, but not limited to, the review and interpretation of funding agency guidelines; proposal preparation and completion; university approvals; and submission of grant application to external funding agencies. This office also serves as lead in the review of grant awards and in the issuance, review, and negotiation of contracts, subcontracts, and related agreements (MOUs, MTAs, NDAs, etc.).

For additional information, contact OGC at ext. 7532.

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

OSP oversees the post-award administration of grants and contracts awarded to the University through the CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation. Services include invoicing and grant accounting review and submission of required reports, handling audits and negotiation of the University’s Indirect Cost (IDC) agreements. OSP also ensures responsible stewardship of sponsored funds to guarantee efficiency and cost effectiveness in Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) operations. All procedures and actions are designed to conform to federal and state laws and regulations, CSU, university and ASC policies.

For additional information, contact OSP at ext. 2535 or Sponsored Programs.

Registration and Records

The University Registrar provides leadership and manages the activities of all sections of the Office of Registration and Records including the Registrar’s Office, the Registration and Records Service Center, Graduation Unit, the Titan Degree Audit (TDA) Unit and Articulation, and the Records Unit. The University Registrar is responsible for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of managing degree conferral and diploma preparation, maintaining the integrity of student records and campus compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Registrar oversees the entry and maintenance of CMS academic calendaring for student record functionality. Additionally, the Registrar oversees the security coding for access to the Registration system.

University Policy Statements

The President is responsible for the establishment of University Policy and does so within a consultative process after consideration of recommendations from the Academic Senate. Matters for discussion and action by the Senate are designated as Academic Senate Documents (ASD) and bear the identifying letters “ASD” and a number preceded by two digits reflecting the academic year (e.g., ASD 23-15). Items for discussion by the Senate may originate from standing or ad hoc committees of the Senate or from one or more faculty members via a member of the Senate.

Typically, the Academic Senate assigns an issue to a standing committee. The committee reviews the issue and drafts a position paper in the form of an ASD. The Senate debates the document and amends it as it deems necessary. If approved by the Senate, the ASD is then transmitted to the President for consideration. The President may approve the document as submitted, request modifications or reject it in its entirety. In the latter cases, the document returns to the Academic Senate and possibly the originating committee for reconsideration after which it may be resubmitted to the President.

Only when the document has been recommended by the Senate and approved by the President does it become policy. Approved documents are published on the Senate website as University Policy Statements (UPS) or as policies in the University catalog. Copies of current policies and a current index of these documents may be obtained at the Academic Senate website. University Policy Statements (UPS) show the effective date, the effective date of the policy superseded (if any), and the ASD via which the revision was presented on the bottom right side of the document. Questions may be directed to Academic Senate staff by phone at ext. 3683.

Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU)

The Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) consists of 53 faculty members elected by their colleagues at the 23 individual universities comprising the CSU system as well as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Student and Academic Affairs and an emeriti faculty representative. The Academic Senate, founded in 1963, advances the principles of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry; promotes academic excellence in the CSU; recommends policies to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on system-wide academic, professional, and academic personnel matters; and serves as the official voice of the faculties of the CSU in matters of system-wide concern. The Academic Senate is the primary consultative body on the academic implications of system-wide fiscal decisions.

The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Academic Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Academic Senate in its dealings with many groups, including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and Chancellor’s Office staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public. With offices at the CSU Headquarters in Long Beach, the Academic Senate operates throughout the year as an agency of CSU faculty governance. Plenary sessions are held preceding each meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees from September through May.

California Faculty Association (CFA) and the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) authorized the formation of groups of Cal State University (CSU) employees for the purpose of collective bargaining. In 1982, the faculty of the CSU voted to have the California Faculty Association (CFA) be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for all full-time and part-time faculty members, librarians, academic related counselors, and athletic coaches employed in the CSU. This is designated as Unit 3 by the CSU. CFA is affiliated with a number of other organizations including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the National Education Association (NEA), the California Teachers Association (CTA), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Members of CFA can request membership in AAUP at no additional cost and can be elected to serve as delegates to AAUP, NEA, and CTA meetings.

CFA is governed by a set of bylaws with policy developed by a state-wide Assembly. The Assembly elects state-wide officers as well as a board of directors. There are a number of councils and committees that also make up the organization’s governance structure. Day-to-day operations of the organization are handled by the CFA General Manager. CFA is headquartered in Sacramento from where resources are devoted to lobbying the Governor and the legislators. Each campus has a chapter with the chapter leadership being elected by the CFA members on the campus. Additionally, there is a CFA staff person assigned to assist each chapter. While membership in CFA is not mandatory, everyone in Bargaining Unit 3 is required to pay the costs for representation under current California law. This is known as agency fee and is sometimes referred to as fair share or agency shop. In addition to organizational voting rights, CFA members receive certain benefits such as liability insurance that are not available to those only paying the agency fee.

The Trustees of the CSU and CFA negotiate an agreement, known as the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which sets forth wages, hours, and conditions of employment for Unit 3 members (in previous years, this was known as a memorandum of understanding (MOU), so some may use this acronym to describe the contract). The contract contains a number of articles (currently more than 40) as well as appendices. A copy of the current CBA as well as other information pertaining to CFA is available online at the CFA website. The CFA Fullerton Chapter is located in LH-402 and at ext. 2827/2829.

Questions regarding the most current version of the CBA and interpretation of its contents may also be directed to the office of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion.