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President’s Report

Dear Colleagues, Fair Employment Week (October 18 to 22) is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role played by sessional instructors in the life of the University and, in our case, the Faculty Association. This term, there are 550…

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Sick Time for Sessional Staff with COVID-19

Schedule B of the Collective Agreement has provisions for paid sick time for sessional staff. However, these provisions are limited and may not be sufficient to accommodate illness due to COVID-19. The Faculty Association and the Governors of the University…

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Sessional Instructors by the Numbers

According to the list of academic staff members that the University Administration provides to the Faculty Association, there are currently 2,418 academic staff members at the University of Calgary (Datamart: September 21, 2021). Of these, 552 (23 per cent) are…

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CAUT Fair Employment Week Activities

Fair Employment Week (FEW) is taking place from October 18 to 22, 2021. Fair Employment Week is CAUT's annual campaign to raise awareness about precarious employment on campuses and support local organizing to improve the working conditions of contract academic…

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Member Emergency Funding

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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President’s Report

Dear Colleagues, I know that the fall term is not beginning the way we hoped and that many remain anxious and uncertain about how it will unfold. I appreciate that many of you reached out to TUCFA over the summer…

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Upcoming Federal Election

There will be a federal election on Monday, September 20th. Decades of underfunding post-secondary education has led to higher tuition, higher workloads, and less job security, inevitably resulting in increased inequity on campuses. While these issues are not new, they…

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Sick-Time for Sessional Staff with COVID-19

The Faculty Association and the Governors of the University of Calgary have agreed to provide sick time to for sessional academic staff (with Fall 2021 appointments) who become ill with COVID-19. Sessional academic staff who become ill with COVID-19 will…

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The University of Calgary has decided to close operations on September 30th, in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Faculty Association office will also be closed for the day. There will be several activities on campus…

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Member Emergency Funding

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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Faculty Association Office

The Faculty Association staff continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to do our best to help members navigate through issues as they arise despite the pandemic. When an academic staff member contacts the Faculty Association, their…

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Plan for additional safety measures

Message from David Stewart, Faculty Association President sent to members of the Faculty Association on August 17, 2021. Dear Colleagues, Early this morning we learned that the Universities of Calgary, Alberta and Lethbridge were planning to jointly release a plan…

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New measures for fall return to campus

Message from Ed McCauley, President of the University of Calgary to the University Community on August 17, 2021. https://www.ucalgary.ca/risk/sites/default/files/Covid-19%20Folder/Joint%20Statement%20UofC%20UofA%20UofL_FINAL.pdf University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge to include rapid testing or vaccination, and masks as part of…

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Call for mandatory Covid measures

Message from David Stewart, Faculty Association President sent to members of the Faculty Association on August 16, 2021. Last week in an effort to protect those who are teaching in the fall (and indeed the entire University community) as fully…

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Member Privacy and University Resources

The pandemic has brought many new and unprecedented challenges as we work remotely, including staying connected, teaching, and collaborating on research. We have been introduced to many new communications tools which went from obscurity to ubiquity in a matter of…

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President’s Report

As the summer term begins, most of us have turned our thoughts towards the fall and the challenges that term will bring. The government assures us that everything will be open, and the university is acting on that assumption and…

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Sessional Travel Fund

Each academic year, a Sessional Travel Fund Committee distributes a Sessional Travel Fund of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) amongst eligible Sessional appointees to reimburse certain travel expenses to a maximum of $1,500 per sessional appointee as agreed in Schedule B…

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Access to Campus Resources for Sessional Instructors

During the last round of negotiations, the Faculty Association raised concerns with the Administration around access to campus resources leading up to and following sessional appointments. It has been clarified that sessional instructors should have access to email, the bookstore,…

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Results from Dean Surveys

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary, in accordance with its policy concerning the Assessment of Deans and equivalents, has completed a survey of the academic staff members in Faculties where the Dean or Dean-equivalent is at the end…

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Faculty Association Office

As with most of our members, the Faculty Association staff continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to do our best to help members navigate through issues as they arise despite the pandemic. When an academic staff…

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Return to Campus

The past 16 months have been stressful for many academic staff members. Many members will view the prospect of returning to campus and in-person instruction with excitement and relief, while others will be more cautious and may experience additional stress.…

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Role of Department Representatives

We would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Faculty Association who served as Department Representatives for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. This year has been a particularly challenging and uncertain time, and we appreciate the valuable insights that…

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Board of Directors and Officers for 2021-2022

The Faculty Association Board of Directors Members for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows: David Stewart (President) John Baker (Grievance Advisor) Marie-Andrée Bergeron Tavis Campbell (non-voting, Board of Governors Nominee) Nigel Caulkett (Officer at Large) Kent Donlevy (Grievance Advisor)…

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Faculty Association Office Remains Available

As with most of our members, the Faculty Association staff continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to do our best to help members to navigate through issues as they arise despite the pandemic. When an academic…

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CAUT Dues Changes 2021-2022

Minor changes in the CAUT dues take effect on July 1, 2021. These dues fees are calculated based on average academic staff salaries by rank, as reported annually by Statistics Canada, applied against an approved mil rate. The mil rate…

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Association Officers for 2021-2022

The Board of Directors has announced the Association's Officers for 2021/22 (effective July 1, 2021). Joining President, David Stewart on the Executive will be: Vice-President and Treasurer - Justine Wheeler Principal Negotiator - Hamid Habibi Grievance Advisors - John Baker…

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Censure against University of Toronto

You are likely aware that CAUT has censured the University of Toronto. Our Faculty Association has been supportive of this move by CAUT Council as the actions that have been taken by the leadership at the University of Toronto are…

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Tenure / Promotion / Renewal / Transfer

Normally, the Faculty Association offers workshops related to the tenure, renewal of tenure track, promotion, or transfer between the streams for academic staff members who are considering applying through these processes. Given the current situation, we are unable to provide…

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Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs

The Honourable Minister of Advanced Education, Demetrios Nicolaides, released the much-anticipated Alberta 2030 strategy on April 29th. The Faculty Association welcomed opportunities to participate in this engagement process and will continue to engage in this process. We have several concerns…

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President’s Report

The winter term has now come to an end and we have met the challenge of fall and winter terms delivered predominantly in an online format. This was demanding and you should be proud of the work you have done.…

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Statement on Laurentian University

Our Faculty Association’s Executive joins CAUT Council and our colleagues at Laurentian and across Ontario in opposing the actions that have taken place at Laurentian University and the threat to public universities posed by those actions. We stand with our…

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CAFA’s comments on Alberta 2030

The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations has released a press release responding to the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs report that was released last week by the Alberta Government. The response from CAFA highlights several concerns that may be…

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Election of Board of Directors Members

The Election Committee reports the following results for the election of Association Board of Directors members. Ballots for the election were issued to 2477 electors using Simply Voting on February 25, 2021 and voting closed on March 18, 2021. There…

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Membership by the Numbers

According to our records there are currently (as of March 17, 2021) 1861 ongoing academic staff working at the University of Calgary. Below is an overview of the Faculty Association membership numbers.

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Dean Surveys

The Faculty Association has begun undertaking surveys to allow the academic staff members in various faculties and similar units to provide direct input to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the review committee (if applicable) regarding the performance of the…

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Member Emergency Funding

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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Faculty Association Representation

The Faculty Association would like to remind its members about the right to representation in situations of conflict, discipline, or potential discipline. Many conflicts can be resolved informally at an early stage by the academic staff member alone (sometimes with…

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Increasing Your Pensionable Service

We want to remind all members in the pension plan that you have two years from the date of receiving a tenured contract to purchase prior service. If you do not purchase the prior service during that window, you cannot…

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President’s Report

An ongoing pandemic, provincial budget cuts, Alberta 2030 consultations, Growth Through Focus congresses, pressure to return to face to face teaching, and uncertainty about the university budget. To say that this has been a stressful term cannot adequately capture the…

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Upcoming Drive-by Protest

Faculty Association members, including President, David Stewart, will be participating in a drive-by protest on March 27 to show support for post-secondary education in Alberta. This will be similar to the January 30 protest and will involve a drive-around of…

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AASUA Petition: Protect Alberta Education

The Faculty Association at the University of Alberta is requesting support for an online petition ​and also looking for help for a more general campaign. Please visit protectourfuture.ca for more information and to participate.

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Statement on 2021-22 Alberta Provincial Budget

We are disappointed that the government has persisted with cuts to college and university funding and we wish to make clear that the removal of $90 million from post-secondary operations will not contribute to higher quality education. Unfortunately, the budget makes clear that…

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Stop PSE Cuts Drive-by Protest

On January 30, 2021, the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary joined other supporters of post-secondary education in Alberta in voicing our support for stable funding of post-secondary education and expressing our concern about the province’s future. We hope…

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Deans Surveys

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary, in accordance with its policy concerning the Assessment of Deans and equivalents, has completed a survey of the academic staff members in Faculties where the Dean or Dean-equivalent is at the mid-point…

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Department Representatives

The following is a list of Department Representatives, by department, for the 2020-2021 academic year. If your department or faculty is not listed below, it is because the Faculty Association has not received information about the election of a representative…

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Faculty Association Office Closures

The Faculty Association office will be closing for the holidays on December 18, 2020, and will reopen on January 4, 2021. The Association’s voicemail will be checked regularly on days that the University is open. The Faculty Association staff will…

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Membership Emergency Fund

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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Nominations for Board of Directors

The Faculty Association is seeking nominees to the Association Board of Directors. There are five (5), three-year term, vacancies open for election on the Board of Directors. All nominees must be current members of the Association. In addition, the designated…

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Changes to Sessional Travel Fund During the Pandemic

Each academic year, a Sessional Travel Fund Committee will distribute a Sessional Travel Fund of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) amongst eligible Sessional appointees to reimburse certain travel expenses per the Collective Agreement. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, there are changes to the…

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Access to Campus Resources for Sessional Instructors

The Faculty Association raised concerns with the Administration around access to campus resources leading up to, and following sessional appointments. It has been clarified with the Administration that sessional instructiors should have access to email, the bookstore, the library, and…

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Recognition of Supervision of Student Sessional Instructors

The Faculty Association would like to remind our members of the “Letter of Understanding: Recognition of Graduate Student Supervision” in the Collective Agreement. When graduate students are hired under Article 23.2 L) (to provide teaching experience for a registered graduate student…

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Grade Reappraisals; Powers of Associate Deans

The Faculty Association has been receiving inquiries from members as to whether Heads or Associate Deans can unilaterally change the grades of students. The University Calendar outlines a general appeal process and some Faculties have implemented their own appeal processes…

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Academic Crisis Management Task Force Disbanded

The University’s Academic Crisis Management Task Force has been central to the University’s response to the pandemic. Representatives from the Faculty Association had been participating in the Task Force’s meetings but the Task Force was unfortunately disbanded in September.

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President’s Report

We are thankfully coming to the end of this challenging term with a large amount of marking confronting many of us. This term may well have been the most demanding teaching term you have experienced in your career and you…

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Dues are Tax Deductible

As you prepare your taxes, remember that your Faculty Association dues (which include your CAUT dues) are tax deductible. You can find these dues on your pay stub and in box 44 of your 2020 U of C T4.

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Alberta 2030 Consultations

Letter from Faculty Association President, David Stewart, to McKinsey & Company Alberta-2030-ResponseDownload Related to submission from Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations which is available here

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Federal Advocacy – MP Outreach

The Faculty Association at the University of Calgary is joining the call for stronger federal support for post-secondary education. Universities and colleges are critical to the COVID-19 response and recovery, providing much needed research, knowledge, education and training. Yet, as in Alberta,…

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Support for Health Care Workers

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary (TUCFA) supports the efforts of front line health care workers to protect their jobs.  We urge the Government of Alberta to reconsider the elimination of these positions and honour the contributions these…

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Sessional instructors by the numbers

According to the list of academic staff members that the University Administration provides to the Faculty Association, there are currently 2,343 academic staff members at the University of Calgary. Of these, 497 (21%) are sessional instructors. Based on the list…

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Membership Emergency Fund

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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CAUT Fair Employment Week Activities

Fair Employment Week, taking place from October 19 to 23, is CAUT’s annual campaign to raise awareness about precarious employment on campuses and support local organizing to improve the working conditions of contract academic staff. In light of COVID-19, this…

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Impact of pandemic on sessional academics

As reported in the Academic Views in June, the Association filed two policy grievances on sessional issues. The first grievance is related to Winter 2020 Sessional instructors; the second is related to Spring/Summer 2020 sessional instructors. In both grievances, the…

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President’s Report

Dear Colleagues, As I’m sure you are aware, Fair Employment week (October 19 to 23) is an opportunity to note the significant role played by sessional instructors in the life of the university and, in our case, the Faculty Association.…

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President’s Report

David Stewart, President Dear Colleagues, We are beginning a new fall term unlike anything any of us have experienced before and one which will bring challenges that none of us anticipated. The personal has become professional in ways that have…

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Updates and Changes to the USRI

You may recall that the Faculty Association filed a grievance regarding the use of USRI in tenure, promotion, merit assessment and hiring with the Provost last June. The grievance has moved through the grievance process of the Collective Agreement and the Faculty…

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Deans Surveys

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary, in accordance with its policy concerning the Assessment of Deans and equivalents, has completed a survey of the academic staff members in Faculties where the Dean is at the end of their…

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Faculty Association Office Remains Available

As with most of our members, the Faculty Association Staff continue to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a strange and difficult time for new members to begin a career at the University of Calgary. We hope that…

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Faculty Association Representation

The Faculty Association would like to remind its members about the right to representation under the Collective Agreement. One of the key purposes of the Faculty Association is to protect academic staff interests through its work to resolve conflicts between members…

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Membership Emergency Fund

The Faculty Association provides Member Emergency Funding to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University. Member Emergency Funding is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration…

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Academic staff have right to representation

Academic staff members meet from time to time with their Department Head or Dean (or equivalent) on a variety of matters. Most such conversations are regarding such things as planning or assessment and are collegial. There are, however, times when…

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Recovery of payroll errors requires explicit consent

From time to time University of Calgary Payroll may make errors whereby an academic staff member is over-paid by the institution. The Faculty Association has had concerns with how repayment may have been handled by Payroll in the past. Payroll…

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