‘February 2013’

Inspired Service Awards 2013

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– By Paul Rogers, Faculty Association President –

The Faculty Association is pleased to announce that it has chosen two outstanding recipients to receive the Faculty Association Inspired Service Awards for 2013.

These awards are designed to recognize the relationships between our academic community and the community-at-large and the important links between scholarship and service being created because of these relationships. This partnership between our greater community and the community on campus is vitally important to enhancing the quality of life for Albertans, the quality of teaching and research at the University, and the reach and reputation of our institution. This year’s recipients of the Inspired Service Awards continue the strong tradition of active engagement and outreach demonstrated by previous recipients.

The Community Service Award recipient is Professor Clem Martini from the Faculty of Arts, Department of Drama. The Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Faculty Association who has provided exceptional service to the community. Professor Martini has served as an instrumental volunteer with Wood’s Homes and has also been heavily involved in advocacy around mental health issues including service as a member on the Canadian Mental Health Commission. More on Professor Martini’s story can be found here.

The Recognition Award is given to someone who is not a member of the Faculty Association but has contributed to the success of academic staff. This year the Association recognizes Ruth Clark who has volunteered as a community representative on the Health Sciences Animal Care Committee for ten years. As the lay person on the committee (as per requirements of Tri-Council and the Canadian Council on Animal Care) Ms. Clark has read and critiqued over 350 active protocols. She has recently also joined the University Animal Welfare Committee which oversees animal welfare across campus. More on Ms. Clark’s story can be found here.

As always, the Awards Committee faced the difficult decision of picking a single person from the large pool of highly deserving nominees for each award. I would like to thank Association Board member Mary-Ellen Tyler (Environmental Design) for taking on the position of Awards Committee chairperson. I would also like to thank the rest of the committee for accepting this difficult but rewarding task: Tina Gabriele (Kinesiology), Ted Horbulyk (Economics), Allan Ingelson (Haskayne School of Business) and Maureen Wilson (Social Work).

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all academic staff members to attend the Awards celebration on March 19th, (click here for event details). This occasion has become one of the Association’s most anticipated events.

Please join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments and impacts of these award recipients.

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Community Service Award Recipient 2013

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Clem Martini

Department of Drama, Faculty of Arts

Professor Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. In his writing there is often a strong aspect of advocacy on behalf of marginalized individuals.

For over two decades Professor Martini worked closely with youths at risk through the charitable organization Wood’s Homes. Wood’s Homes is a large non-profit organization that provides a wide range of therapeutic services for children, youth and their families throughout Alberta and the NWT. At Wood’s Home he developed and ran a series of programs that taught playwriting to young people, and directed and produced the plays they generated. Currently, he is a member of the organization’s 100-year Anniversary Committee. Professor Martini is described as an active and caring volunteer, a spokesperson for mental health and families, and someone who is still thought of by kids who left some years ago.

He has written a number of articles which explore issues related to the treatment and care of those experiencing mental illnesses, and advocate for better facilities and more effective governmental support. This advocacy culminated most recently with the publication of the book, “Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness.” Following publication, Bitter Medicine went on to win the City of Calgary Book Award, and was selected for the Common Reading Program at the U of C. He has also served as a committee member on the Canadian Mental Health Commission, and in that capacity helped to develop the Canadian Mental Health Strategic Plan.

A further aspect of his advocacy was demonstrated in his work with the Calgary Opera. In 2010 Professor Martini was approached by the Calgary Opera to perform a special initiative. He was asked to interview individuals from across the city who had recently immigrated to Canada, and then, based upon these interviews craft a libretto that reflected their experiences. In the fall of 2012 the resulting opera, “What Brought Us Here” by Clem Martini and composer Arthur Bachman was very successfully produced and presented at the Arrata Opera Centre.

 

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Recognition Award Recipient 2013

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Ruth Clark

Community Member
Health Sciences Animal Health Care Committee/U of C Animal Welfare Committee

Ruth Clark has been a Community Member of the Health Sciences Animal Care Committee (HSACC) for the past ten years directly supporting the scholarly work of academic staff at the University of Calgary. Described as one of the Faculty of Medicine’s most important research committees, it reviews and approves all animal care and animal use for research and teaching. As an active member of the committee Ms. Clark has read and critiqued over 350 active protocols. Her work and insight is so well received that she has also recently been included on the University Animal Welfare Committee which oversees animal welfare across campus.

It is an expectation of the Tri-Council and the Canadian Council on Animal Care that every University Animal Care Committee have a lay representative. Each research protocol requires approval from the committee and Ms. Clark is described as a voice of reason, someone who takes this task seriously holding researchers to firm ethical standards ensuring investigators are treating animals humanely. In addition, Ms. Clark, in her volunteer role, has also assisted in the review of decisions to change animal protocols.

Ms. Ruth Clark is a Registered Nurse (retired) who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. In addition to her work for various organizations as a nurse in Ontario, she has also served as a non-denominational chaplain at hospitals in Calgary including the Rockyview and Foothills hospitals. She has been involved with a variety of volunteer organizations including the Environmental Health Committee of the York-Toronto Lung Association, Metropolitan Toronto Alcoholism Council, Street Haven at the Crossroads and the South Central District Nursing Committee of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses.

 

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Invitation: Inspired Service Awards 2013

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Salary anomalies

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Salary anomalies | Filed in February 2013

The pay system at the University of Calgary depends on the assumption that the starting salary was equitably established based on factors such as discipline, previous experience, and highest relevant degree. The Collective Agreement (Article 15) provides a mechanism for individual academic staff members to initiate a review of their salary if they believe their starting salary was not equitable given the above factors.

This should be raised with the Dean in the first instance (through the Department Head, where appropriate) as soon as possible. If the Dean agrees that there may be a salary anomaly, she or he may make a recommendation to the Provost. In some cases, the Head or Dean may be the individuals initiating the process, rather than waiting for an academic staff member to raise the concern. If an individual raises a concern, but the Dean does not concur that a salary anomaly exists, the academic staff member may submit the case directly to the Provost by April 22. In all cases, the matter is referred to a Salary Anomalies Advisory Committee, established as per Article 15.5 of the Collective Agreement, which provides advice to the Provost. Individuals who would like to submit their case directly to the Provost (i.e. where the Dean has refused) can get a copy of the template of the application from Human Resources on the web at www.ucalgary.ca/hr/forms/academic_staff.

For more information on salary anomalies, consult  Article 15 of the Collective Agreement online here, or contact Sheila Miller in the Faculty Association office.

 

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Surveys of Deans (and equivalents)

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The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary, in accordance with its policy concerning the Assessment of Deans (and equivalents), has distributed a survey by campus mail to the academic staff members in six Faculties (Education, Law, Libraries and Cultural Resources, Nursing, Schulich School of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine) for assessing the Deans (or equivalents) of these Faculties. The Association’s policy requires us to survey the membership at the mid-point and again at the possible renewal point in the terms of all Deans (and equivalents). All academic staff members in these Faculties, as well as any academic staff members who have joint appointments involving any of those Faculties are invited to submit their responses. Other academic staff members may also, upon request, receive a copy of the survey so they may submit feedback. The deadline for receipt of these surveys is February 25, 2013.

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns or if you require a copy of the survey for a particular Faculty.

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Basic tools for academics

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Basic tools for academics | Filed in February 2013

The Faculty Association would like to remind all staff about commitments made to ongoing academic staff members regarding basic tools for the job. In a 2007 letter to Deans’ Council Members from then-Provost Alan Harrison, he detailed how important it is for recruitment and retention to provide academic staff with basic tools including but not limited to: an office, office furnishings, phone and voice mail on at least one number, start up funds for a standard U of C computer with standard software (or equivalent) and a clean and safe working environment. It was also noted that the majority of faculty members are to be provided with access to free photocopying for teaching and service provided they comply with guidelines.

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Board of Directors election announcement

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Board of Directors election announcement | Filed in February 2013, Gazette

The Association would like to announce that current Association President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Paul Rogers was elected by acclamation to the position for an additional one-year term beginning July 1, 2013, as per the Association by-laws. Also, the Association received six nominations, filling all vacant spots on the Board of Directors. According to the Association by-laws, the following members have been elected to the Board by acclamation with terms beginning July 1, 2013:

  • John Baker (Philosophy)
  • Sandra Hoenle (Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies)
  • David Scollnik (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Michael Sideris (Geomatics Engineering)
  • Cynthia Simmons (Haskayne School of Business)
  • Mary-Ellen Tyler (Environmental Design)

 

Georgette Paré (Drama) has also been re-elected by acclamation as the Sessional member of the Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2013, as per the Association’s by-laws.

The Association would also like to announce the resignation of Professor Ki-Young Lee (Cell Biology and Anatomy) from the Board of Directors. We would like to thank Professor Lee for his willingness to serve the Association.

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Dues are tax deductible

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Dues are tax deductible | Filed in February 2013, Gazette

As you prepare your taxes, remember that your Faculty Association dues (which include CAFA dues and your CAUT dues) are tax deductible. You can find these dues on your pay stub and in box 44 of your 2012 U of C T4.

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Member Snapshot – Gender by Faculty

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Member Snapshot – Gender by Faculty | Filed in February 2013, Gazette

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

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