‘April 2014’

CAUT Get Science Right town hall invitation

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAUT Get Science Right town hall invitation | Filed in April 2014, President's Message

 – By Paul Rogers, Faculty Association President –

Members of the academic staff are encouraged to attend the CAUT Get Science Right town hall that is coming to Calgary on April 29th. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) launched its Get Science Right campaign last spring. The message of this campaign is that federal government policy and funding decisions are threatening Canada’s future in science and research.

There are a number of well documented issues including: favouring commercially-focused research over basic research; the relative starving (and public denigration) of the social sciences; choosing to fund very expensive “superstar” researchers at the cost of hundreds of Discovery Grants for university researchers; and decommissioning and muzzling government scientists whose work challenges the government’s ideology. The town hall seeks to engage the public and address why these issues and others are important and what can be done about them.

The event is being held April 29th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fort Calgary (Burnswest Theatre). The event’s moderator is journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Our colleagues Deborah Dewey (Pediatrics and Community Health Services), Hamid Habibi (Biological Sciences) and Penny Pexman (Psychology) will make up the panel along with David Hyttenrauch (English) from Mount Royal University.

 If you cannot make it to the event but would still like to get involved you can visit the campaign website at http://getscienceright.ca/. On the website you will find more information on the campaign as well as ways you can take action.

If you would like to download an event poster click here.

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Providing notice for resignation

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Providing notice for resignation | Filed in April 2014

The Faculty Association would like to ensure its members understand the requirements for notice when resigning from the University of Calgary. This information also applies to those academic staff members retiring from the University. Under the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Manual (APT), Appendix B it states that: “A member of the academic staff intending to resign shall write a formal letter of resignation to the President, with a copy to the Head of the Department and to the Dean, as early as possible, and preferably not later than four months before the date of resignation.” Therefore the guideline in the APT manual is to provide four months’ notice of resignation but this is only the University’s preference. The APT manual also states that for an academic staff member (Teaching and Research), the effective resignation date will normally be the termination of the current academic year (i.e. June 30), but again this is only the University’s preference.

Although it is good practice and giving notice as per the APT manual is a courtesy, there are no absolute deadlines to provide notification. Note that providing a shorter notification period could impact other matters such as processing pension payments and using vacation time. Normally we recommend that academic staff use their vacation time prior to their resignation/retirement date as the administration does not normally provide pay in lieu of vacation days. Therefore a termination date other than June 30 may be appropriate.

Intellectual property rights and teaching materials

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Intellectual property rights and teaching materials | Filed in April 2014

Academic staff members retain ownership of and intellectual property rights in their teaching/course materials. These rights also extend when the materials are used online through learning management systems such as Desire2Learn and TopHat. Therefore, it is the decision of the academic staff member as to how and when teaching/course materials can be shared or used. A copy of the University’s intellectual property policy can be found here. Under the Association’s Collective Agreement (available here) any changes to the intellectual property policy which bear on the rights of individual faculty members are subject to mutual agreement between the Association and the Board of Governors.

Board of Directors election results

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Board of Directors election results | Filed in April 2014, Gazette

The Association would like to announce that Professor Sandra Hoenle (Faculty of Arts, Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures) was elected by acclamation to the position of President and Chair of the Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014, as per the Association by-laws. Also, the Association received five nominations for 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, 2014:

Tavis Campbell (Psychology)

Kent Donlevy (Werklund School of Education)

Marcia Epstein (Communication and Culture)

Francine Smith (Physiology and Pharmacology)

Justine Wheeler (Libraries and Cultural Resources)

 

Dues are tax deductible

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Dues are tax deductible | Filed in April 2014

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 2013 U of C T4.

Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) for sessionals

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER) for sessionals | Filed in April 2014

The Association would like to remind its sessional members that under the Collective Agreement they are entitled to a Professional Expense Reimbursement (PER). Collective Agreement, Schedule ‘B’ Salaries and Economic Benefits states “The Governors shall provide reimbursement of eligible expenses to a maximum of $150 per half-course equivalent of duties, not to exceed $1,500 per academic year, to all Sessional appointees.”

 

GFC – International Undergraduate Student Recruitment Strategy

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on GFC – International Undergraduate Student Recruitment Strategy | Filed in April 2014

547.14 GFC – International Undergraduate Student Recruitment Strategy