‘September 2012’

Bargaining workload

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Bargaining workload | Filed in President's Message, September 2012

– By Paul Rogers, Faculty Association President –

By the time that this President’s Message, my first of the 2012-2013 academic year, reaches you we will be well into the busy Fall Semester, so please accept my somewhat belated best wishes for a productive and satisfying year. While I have no doubt as to magnitude of the workload burden members of the academic staff will be bearing this year, I want to ensure that you are aware of the extreme bargaining workload that the Association will be dealing with over the same period.

The Association will be entering into negotiations on the Collective Agreement (CA) with the Board of Governors this year as the current agreement is set to expire on the 30th June 2013. In addition to this, there are a number of other negotiations ongoing, some of which I mentioned more than a year ago including: (i) incorporating tenure and promotion processes into the CA; (ii) incorporating assessment procedures into the CA; (iii) discussion of issues regarding the assignment of duties article in the CA; and (iv) reviewing the article on sessional instructors in the CA. These negations will consume much of the time of the Association’s officers and staff, especially that of the Association’s Principal Negotiator, Eileen Lohka. You will be hearing more from Eileen as these negotiations progress, so please give her your careful attention, thoughtful feedback, and full support during what is going to be an exceptionally busy time for her.

I want to briefly update you on an important issue that I discussed in my June 2012 article, this being the workload of academic staff in the instructor stream in the Faculty of Arts (see here for the earlier article). There are two active grievances related to this now, the first being the original grievance of the unilateral decision of the Dean of Arts to increase teaching workloads, and the second relating to the conduct of the administration’s review of the Dean’s decision. I recognize that there is a great deal of concern over academic staff workload across the institution, not just in the Faculty of Arts, for example a number of members from the Faculty of Science have brought to my attention that unit’s plan to increase teaching loads.

As the previous paragraph makes clear, your Association and the university administration will not always agree on issues, but I am committed to working with senior administration from a perspective of cooperation and mutual respect. It is with this in mind that I want to commend Provost Dru Marshall and the U of C’s Copyright Committee for reaching the correct decision on the issue of the Access Copyright model licence agreement (as was announced towards the end of August, the U of C will not be signing the model licence agreement).

I received an interesting memo recently from the President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) that makes it clear that a number of issues the Faculty Association is facing here are also concerns of other academic staff associations across Canada. The memo from CAUT President Wayne Peters highlighted a number of common concerns across the country, most notably: (i) increased workloads and expectations; (ii) challenges to academic involvement in governance; (iii) casualization of academic staff; and (iv) insufficient funding from government sources.

There is one additional development that I must bring to your attention before I close. Due to renovations in the Education Tower, where the Association’s office is located, the Association will be moving temporarily to another space on campus. This move will be disruptive, so please bear this in mind if Association staff are not able to respond to your requests as quickly as normal.

Finally, as always, I encourage you to contact me to share your thoughts on issues of importance to you and the Association.

 

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Inspired Service Awards – Deadline October 25

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Inspired Service Awards – Deadline October 25 | Filed in September 2012

The campus community is invited to make nominations for the Faculty Association Inspired Service Awards. [DEADLINE: October 25, 2012]

Community Service Award – nomination form

The Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary who has provided exceptional service to the community and has gone above and beyond the requirements of the person’s position.  This person has therefore made an outstanding contribution of personal time and effort for the benefit of others. Special emphasis will be placed on those service activities that involve outreach to the community beyond the University and activities that go beyond the regular duties of the academic staff member. In this context, service may include volunteer work, as well as educational outreach or the application of research and other scholarly activities in the community.

Recognition Award – nomination form

The Recognition Award acknowledges an individual who is not a member of the Faculty Association whose actions have enhanced and made a discernible impact on the scholarly activities of academic staff at the University of Calgary through an outstanding contribution of personal time and effort.

 

More information on the Awards and a list of past recipients can be found here.

Contact the Faculty Association by email, faculty.association AT tucfa.com ,or by phone (403) 220-5722.

 

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Bookmark features inspired researcher and educator

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Bookmark features inspired researcher and educator | Filed in September 2012

The Faculty Association has recently unveiled the latest in its “Inspiration” series of bookmarks. Featured this year is Community Service Award 2011 winner Professor Ian Mitchell from the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics. An instrumental volunteer and advisor, he has worked for the past 30 years with families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) through such organizations as the SIDS Calgary Society. The “Inspiration” bookmarks highlight the outstanding achievements of academic staff at the University, and the importance of their role in broader communities.  Academic staff devote themselves to discovering and educating, and also make the campus a richly diverse and vibrant place to learn and work. Bookmarks have been distributed to members of the campus community. If you would like additional bookmarks, these can be requested by contacting the Association office.

To view the bookmark as a .pdf click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award | Filed in September 2012

The Faculty Association would like to congratulate Associate Professor Gregory McDermid from the Department of Geography on receipt of the 2012 CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award. This award, presented by the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA), recognizes an academic staff member at an early stage of his or her career, who through his or her research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity has made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university. We invite you to read more about Professor McDermid’s achievements as an exceptional researcher, mentor and teacher here. For more information on the CAFA Awards click here.

Faculty Association President Paul Rogers, pictured below (R), was on hand to present Professor McDermid (L) with his award in Edmonton on September 27, 2012.

 

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Grievance update

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Grievance update | Filed in September 2012

As you may recall, the Faculty Association filed a grievance last spring relating to the voluntary retirement incentive proposal. This is to advise you that the grievance has now been resolved to the satisfaction of the Faculty Association.

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Member Snapshot – Age of Ongoing Academic Staff

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Member Snapshot – Age of Ongoing Academic Staff | Filed in Gazette, September 2012

Each newsletter we hope to provide you with a snapshot of the Faculty Association membership. Included in this issue is a look at the age of ongoing academic staff (excludes sessional members) for the winter term 2012. Click on the chart below to enlarge or for a .pdf click here.

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New Board of Directors Member

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on New Board of Directors Member | Filed in Gazette, September 2012

The Board of Directors would like to welcome Professor Cynthia Simmons from the Haskayne School of Business. Professor Simmons has been appointed for a one-year pro-tem position ending June 30, 2013.  For a full list of Board of Directors members click here.

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