‘December 2011’

Busy semester in review

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Busy semester in review | Filed in December 2011, President's Message

– By Paul Rogers, Faculty Association President –

We are almost half way through the academic year and I’m confident that the prediction at the end of my September Academic Views article that this would be a busy year for all of us is valid.  Of course, this prediction took no great clairvoyance on my part, as anyone who’s been at the University of Calgary for a few years is cognizant of the increasingly unsustainable workload academic staff members are facing.  I say almost half way as I know that at the time of writing this article, most of you still have final exams to invigilate and then grade, so you still have much to do before the end of semester.  I too am not quite done with the first quarter of my two-year term as President of the Association as one major task stands between me and the holiday break, this being serving as a member (non-voting) of the General Promotions Committee during its December sessions.

The staff and officers of the Association are also facing extremely heavy workloads this year in a number of areas: (i) cases in the general area of grievances; (ii) bargaining activities on a number of topics, stemming from the recently ratified collective agreement; (iii) dealing with process problems at a number of this year’s Faculty Promotion Committees.  Please bear this office staff workload in mind if the Association does not respond to your enquiries as quickly as you would like.

There have been many developments of significance to the Faculty Association over the past months, only a few of which I have space to highlight in this article.  Some of the more salient are summarized below:

1)  The University launched “Eyes High” in late September, following the approval by both GFC and the Board of Governors of the Strategy Summary Document in June 2011.  This document is intended to provide a broad statement of direction for the institution and guidance for the development of planning documents.  While the specific measures on which the University is aiming to be top five are as yet undefined, the document has significant implications for resource reallocation, and acquisition of new resources.  E.g. if the intent is to be top five in sponsored research income, this would need to increase by 66 per cent (assuming that the current top five stay still), based on the latest information from ResearchInfoSource (released November 2011).

2)  Two of the University’s Vice-Presidents, Dru Marshall and Ed McCauley, are leading the development of an academic plan, building upon “Eyes High” (this will form one chapter of the University’s 2012 Comprehensive Institutional Plan, a requirement of the Alberta Government).  An early step in the consultation process on the academic plan was asking the Deans to submit faculty responses to a number of questions.  Deans were asked to be consultative in developing responses, but it is not clear to the Faculty Association which Deans have sought input from the academic staff in their units.  I’d be interested to hear from you concerning whether or not you were given a chance to have some input into developing the responses from your faculty as there are a number of interesting questions in the list given to the Deans (e.g. two where I am sure you would be interested were “What programs will you delete?  Why?”).

3) After a six-month delay, selected results from the University’s engagement survey of salaried faculty and staff were released in mid-November.  While we do not know what the response rate to the survey was for academic staff (the overall response rate was 47%), some of the areas of concern highlighted in the survey results come as no surprise given previously documented issues such as lack of collegial governance.  I am sure that many will be pleased to see that the number one priority of the executive leadership team of the University is to regain the trust of the academy.

4) The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), to which the U of C belongs, has approved a revised version of its Statement on Academic Freedom.   The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has been very critical of the revisions as they “undo many of the advances that have been achieved in the understanding of academic freedom over the past 100 years”.

If you have any thoughts that you wish to share with me on the above topics, or on any others that you think ought to be concerns of the Faculty Association, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Finally, on behalf of the Association, I wish you peace and joy for the imminent holiday season and the new year.

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Department Representatives 2011-2012

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Department Representatives 2011-2012 | Filed in December 2011

Each department (and in the case of non-departmentalized Faculties, each Faculty) has the opportunity to appoint an individual to be a Faculty Association Department Representative. The role of the Department Representative is as liaison between the Faculty Association Board of Directors and the department or Faculty.

In order to maintain effective communication, both from and to members, the Association has established regular Department Representative meetings. Through these meetings, discussion can take place on the current issues facing the Association, its members, and the University community.

The Association encourages Department Representatives to be diligent in gathering and relaying information in both directions. Department Representatives communicate their academic colleagues’ views to the Association, and reciprocally inform faculty in their area of the Board of Directors’ priorities, positions and activities. The Department Representatives are encouraged to attend the scheduled meetings whenever possible.

After each meeting, Department Representatives are urged to provide a summary to their colleagues by email. To facilitate this, the Association produces a Bulletin which includes the main points discussed at the meeting. The Bulletins are also posted on the Faculty Association’s website. Department Representatives can of course provide and solicit feedback in whatever form best fits their area. 

Academic staff are encouraged to send their comments or feedback to their Department Representative or to forward it directly to the Faculty Association office.  Department Representatives are asked throughout the year to gather input from their colleagues and provide it to the Association.

Department Representatives are often approached by members of their departments or units with questions or problems in relation to academic staff matters and asked for advice. Since answers to many such questions and problems have complexities, ramifications, and implications legal and otherwise of which the Department Representative may not be aware, the Department Representative is asked to always refer such questions, problems and requests for advice to the Faculty Association office.

For similar reasons, if a Department Representative is approached by a colleague for advice and assistance on FPC matters, they should refer the colleague to the Faculty Association office.

The following is a list of Department Representatives, by department, for the 2011-2012 academic year:

  •  Anaesthesia – Gary Dobson
  • Anthropology – Saulesh Yessenova
  • Archaeology – Mary McDonald
  • Art – Clyde McConnell
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Randal Johnston
  • Biological Sciences – Robert Edwards
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy – Robert Newton
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering – Matthew Clarke
  • Communication and Culture – Geoff Cragg
  • Community Health Sciences – Bonnie Lashewicz
  • Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine – Jason Anderson
  • Computer Science – Majid Ghaderi Dehkordi
  • Critical Care Medicine – Brent Winston
  • Dance – Anna Mouat
  • Drama – Valerie Campbell
  • Economics – Christopher Bruce
  • Ecosystems and Public Health – Faizal Careem
  • Education – Peggy Patterson
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering – Abu Sesay
  • English – Pamela Banting (2011)/ Jason Wiens (2012)
  • Environmental Design – Denis Gadbois
  • Family Medicine – Kevin Hafez
  • French, Italian and Spanish – Fresia Sanchez
  • Geography – Gwendolyn Blue
  • Geomatics Engineering – Michael Barry
  • Geoscience – Charles Henderson
  • Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies*
  • Greek and Roman Studies – Noreen Humble
  • Haskayne School of Business – Chad Saunders
  • History – David Wright
  • Kinesiology – Nicole Culos-Reed
  • Law – Jassmine Girgis
  • Libraries and Cultural Resources – Melanie Boyd
  • Linguistics – Karsten Koch
  • Mathematics and Statistics – Wenyuan Liao
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering – Jeff Pieper
  • Medicine – Steven Edworthy
  • Music – Kenneth DeLong
  • Nursing – Kathleen Davidson
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Ian Lange
  • Oncology – Barbara Walley
  • Paediatrics – Mark Anselmo
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine – Martin Trotter
  • Philosophy – Reid Buchanan
  • Physiology and Pharmacology – Ebba Kurz
  • Production Animal Health – Michel Levy
  • Psychology – Tavis Campbell
  • Radiology – Jeffrey Dunn
  • Religious Studies – Anne White
  • Sexual Harrassment Office – Shirley Voyna Wilson
  • Social Work – Margaret Williams
  • Social Work – Lethbridge – Barry Hall
  • Sociology – Bruce Arnold
  • Student and Enrolment Services – Jan Crook
  • Surgery – Gail Thornton
  • Teaching and Learning Centre – Loretta Teng
  • Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Science – Erin Fierheller


The following departments have not provided a representative to the Association:

  • Cardiac Sciences    
  • Chemistry    
  • Civil Engineering    
  • Clinical Neurosciences    
  • Community Rehab Disability Study
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy    
  • Medical Genetics  
  • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases    
  • Physics and Astronomy    
  • Political Science    
  • Psychiatry  
  • Social Work – Edmonton    

 *The role of Department Representative in German, Slavic and East Asian Studies will be shared by individuals in the department for 2011-2012.

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Board of Directors Election

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Board of Directors Election | Filed in December 2011, Gazette

The Faculty Association is actively seeking nominees to the Board of Directors.

There are five (5) three-year terms, one (1) two-year term and one (1) one-year term open for election on the Board of Directors. The designated sessional seat, a one-year term, is also open for election. Nominees must be current members of the Association, or have held a sessional position at some point since May 1, 2011.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Nominations must be received at the Faculty Association office by that time.

Nominations must be received in writing. Also required on the nomination form are the signatures of at least three members of the Association, as well as the written consent of the nominee. Nominations should be accompanied by a statement from the nominee of a maximum 100 words, which will be circulated along with the ballots. No member may nominate more than two candidates.

Potential candidates should be aware that the Board of Directors meetings are regularly scheduled on Tuesday afternoons, approximately once per month from September to June. Additional meetings are scheduled as required. Directors are also regularly appointed to a variety of other Association, University, and external committees as representatives of the Association.

Click here to download a nomination form. More information on these positions is available by contacting the Faculty Association by email, faculty.association@tucfa.com, or by phone, (403) 220-5722.

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Financial Statements 2010-2011

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Financial Statements 2010-2011 | Filed in December 2011

The Faculty Association’s audited financial statements were received by the Board of Directors on December 13, 2011. The audit was executed as required by the Association’s by-laws. The auditors found that there was excellent cooperation between management and other personnel, and that the audit numbers support the assurance that the Association is in good financial shape.

The financial statements for the fiscal year 2010-2011 will be available on our website early in the new year. If you have any questions, please contact the office by email, faculty.association@tucfa.com, or by phone, (403) 220-5722.

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CAUT Nominations Open

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAUT Nominations Open | Filed in December 2011, Gazette

Nominations are now being sought for election to the CAUT Executive Committee, namely: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Chair of the Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee, Chair of the Librarians’ Committee, Member at Large representing Aboriginal Academic Staff, Member at Large representing Francophones and General Members-at-Large (2 positions). The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2012.

Nominations are also being sought for election to positions on three CAUT Standing Committees: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (two vacancies, dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair); Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee (two or three vacancies dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair); Librarians’ Committee (one or two vacancies dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair). The deadline for these nominations is February 1, 2012.

Those seeking endorsement for their candidacy by the local Association Board of Directors should file their nomination forms with our office no later than January 18, 2012. For further information on any of the above positions, or for a nomination package, please contact the Faculty Association.

More information on CAUT Executive Positions and Standing Committee nominations can be found online at www.caut.ca.

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Appointment to the Board of Directors

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Appointment to the Board of Directors | Filed in December 2011, Gazette

President Paul Rogers would like to welcome Professor Janice Kinch to the Faculty Association’s Board of Directors. Professor Kinch, an academic staff member from the Faculty of Nursing, has been appointed to the Board for a one-year pro-tem term ending June 30, 2012.

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Holiday Closure

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Holiday Closure | Filed in December 2011, Gazette

The Faculty Association office will be closed at noon on December 16 for the holiday season and will reopen on January 3. The Association’s voicemail will be checked regularly on days the University is open.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Season’s Greetings!

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Season’s Greetings! | Filed in December 2011

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Annual Holiday Donation

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Annual Holiday Donation | Filed in December 2011

In lieu of holiday gifts, the Faculty Association has a tradition of donating to local food banks. This year a total of $5,000 has been donated to Calgary food banks including the Campus Food Bank. This donation is in support of the valuable contributions these organizations make to our community during the holiday season and throughout the year.

(Pictured) Faculty Association President Paul Rogers presents a cheque to volunteer Katie Anker at the U of C’s Campus Food Bank.









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