‘December 2014’

Fall term ABCs – advocacy, bargaining and committees

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Fall term ABCs – advocacy, bargaining and committees | Filed in December 2014, President's Message

– By Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President –

As I write this, we are in the midst of our new tenure and promotion process, with various Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committees (FTPCs) meeting every day. As you will remember, we recently bargained a new process bringing tenure and promotion together rather than having members apply for each separately. Because this procedure is new, there may be some glitches and we’re working with the Provost’s Office to resolve issues as they arise; trying to make sure no one is disadvantaged by the change. We’ve done our best to train our representatives on all of the FTPC committees. There’s a lot to learn and, especially in the larger faculties, sitting on FTPC is a large time commitment. We are very grateful to all of our representatives for their willingness to serve in this capacity.

Regarding assessment, we are currently still bargaining with the administration to negotiate an assessment process into the Collective Agreement; work that will hopefully be done fairly soon. Mainframe bargaining, the Collective Agreement and salary schedules, will begin in the New Year. You will be hearing more about this from our Principal Negotiator, Eileen Lohka.

The news at the provincial level is becoming bleaker as oil prices slide and the Premier repeatedly warns there will be “consequences.” Although he previously stated he will not cut health, education (it is unclear if that includes PSE), or social services, we are unsure what that assurance means in the current economic climate. Previously Premier Prentice had also promised to restore education funding cut by the previous government, but no specifics were mentioned. The Speech from the Throne contained little about PSE and the government continues to focus on skilled labour rather than PSE. The government seems to be particularly uninformed about the needs of research institutions, many of those needs being not related to job training. All together this seems to indicate a rather bleak picture in terms of support, financial and otherwise, from the current provincial government.

This newsletter will ‘go to press’ just before we break for the holiday season. During the seasonal closure of the university, however you celebrate (or not), my wish for everyone is time to spend with family and friends, as well as opportunities to spend downtime ‘recharging your batteries.’

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Eid Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak; and a Happy New Year to all.

Faculty Association supports local food banks

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Faculty Association supports local food banks | Filed in December 2014

In lieu of holiday gifts, the Faculty Association has a tradition of donating to local food banks. This year, the Campus Food Bank and the Calgary Food Bank received a donation of $2,500 each in recognition of the valuable support they provide during the holiday season.

(Pictured) Faculty Association President Sandra Hoenle (far right) presents a cheque to Students’ Union Campus Food Bank Co-coordinators, Amy Milton (left) and Ruth Moges (right).

Western Regional Conference

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Western Regional Conference | Filed in December 2014

This fall the Faculty Association hosted a conference which brought together academic staff from Associations at universities and colleges in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, along with representatives from provincial and national organizations, including the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). The purpose of this conference was to discuss issues concerning post-secondary education and research related to the work of academic staff. The conference also provided an opportunity for Associations to share issues facing their individual institutions and organizations. Topics for this year’s conference, among others, included internationalization, challenges to academic freedom and pension trends.

The Association also hosted a dinner for delegates and was pleased University of Calgary Chancellor, Dr. Robert Thirsk was able to join us and provide a fascinating keynote address.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Thirsk, University of Calgary Chancellor and Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President

Department Representatives 2014 – 2015

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Department Representatives 2014 – 2015 | Filed in December 2014

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 academic staff 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 FTPC matters, they should refer the colleague to the Faculty Association office.

The following is a list of Department Representatives, by department, for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology – Naotaka Hayashi
  • Art – Rob Furr
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology  – Michael Walsh
  • Biological Sciences – Robert Edwards
  • Chemical & Petroleum Engineering – Hua Song
  • Chemistry – Masood Parvez
  • Civil Engineering – Angus Chu/Richard Wan (alternate)
  • Clinical Neurosciences – Minh Dang Nguyen
  • Community Health Sciences – Bonnie Lashewicz
  • Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine – Jason Anderson
  • Computer Science – Reda Alhajj
  • Ecosystem & Public Health – Sabine Gilch
  • English – Michael Tavel Clarke
  • Environmental Design – Jason Johnson
  • French Italian & Spanish – Elizabeth Montes Garces
  • Geography – Wil Holden
  • Geomatics Engineering – Michael Barry
  • Haskayne School of Business – Robert Malach/Edmund Gee (alternate)
  • History – Patrick Brennan
  • Kinesiology – Tish Doyle-Baker
  • Law – Shaun Fluker
  • Libraries and Cultural Resources – Kimberley Clarke
  • Linguistics, Languages & Cultures – Akiko Sharp
  • Mathematics & Statistics – Berndt Brenken
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering – Jeffrey Pieper
  • Nursing – Sylvia Loewen
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure – Shirley Voyna Wilson
  • Oncology – Rao Khan
  • Pathology & Laboratory Medicine – Martin Trotter
  • Philosophy – David Dick
  • Physiology & Pharmacology – James Fewell
  • Political Science – Maureen Hiebert
  • Psychiatry – Rajamannar Ramasubbu
  • Psychology – Kristin von Ranson
  • Radiology – Jeffrey Dunn
  • Sociology – Cora Voyageur
  • Student & Enrolment Services – Jeff Vander Werf
  • Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning – Cheryl Jeffs
  • Vet Clinical & Diagnostic Science – Nigel Caulkett
  • Werklund School of Education – Kaela Jubas

 

The following departments have not notified the Association of a representative:

Anaesthesia, Cardiac Science, Cell Biology & Anatomy, Classics and Religion, Communication, Media & Film, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Critical Care Medicine, Economics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Geoscience, Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Physics & Astronomy, Production Animal Health, School of Performing Arts, Social Work and Surgery.

Member Emergency Fund

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Member Emergency Fund | Filed in December 2014

The Faculty Association administers a Member Emergency Fund to help individual members under emergency circumstances due to a sudden loss or decline in remuneration from the University.

The Member Emergency Fund is not intended to be used in cases where normal remuneration is inadequate for an individual’s expenses. Rather, this fund is available when there is an unexpected drop in remuneration, or when a personal emergency arises. This fund is not intended to replace the normal assistance available from government or other agencies.

In addition to current members, individuals who have held sessional, limited term or contingent term appointments which have recently terminated are eligible to apply. Relief may be provided as a grant, an interest-free loan, or as a combination grant/loan.

For more information on the Member Emergency Fund, please contact Faculty Association Executive Director Sheila Miller, by phone, (403) 220-5722 or by email, sheila.miller AT tucfa.com.

All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

Financial Statements 2013 – 2014

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Financial Statements 2013 – 2014 | Filed in December 2014

The Faculty Association’s audited financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on November 18, 2014. 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 2013-2014 are available here. If you have any questions, please contact the Association office.

Board of Directors Nominations

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Board of Directors Nominations | Filed in December 2014

There are five (5) three-year terms and two (2) one-year terms 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, 2014.

(Further to the call for nominations, the Association’s sessional seat is currently vacant. As per the Association’s by-laws, the Board can appoint a sessional member pro-tem until June 30, 2015. As there is no incumbent and the Board would like to fill this position for the current academic year, we ask interested individuals to please contact the Association as soon as possible.)

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 9 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 for Board of Directors member.

Note an election of the President and Chair of the Board of Directors is not required as Sandra Hoenle was elected to a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014 as per Association by-laws.

More information on these positions is available by contacting the Association office.

By-law changes vote result

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on By-law changes vote result | Filed in December 2014

Of the members who cast a ballot on the proposed changes to the Association’s by-laws, 94% voted in favour. A two-thirds vote is required for approval. The by-laws, as amended, are available on our website here.

The complete results of the vote are as follows:

Yes: 334 votes
No: 22 votes
Total votes cast: 356 votes
Total ballots issued: 2,240

CAUT nominations open

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAUT nominations open | Filed in December 2014

Nominations are being actively sought for election to the CAUT Executive Committee, namely: President, Vice-President, Chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, Chair of the Contract Academic Staff Committee, Co-Chair of the Equity Committee (1), Representative-at-Large (Aboriginal), Representative-at-Large (Francophone), Representative-at-Large (Quebec) and two Representatives-at-Large (General). The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2015.

Nominations are also being sought for election to positions on four CAUT Standing Committees: Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (three or four vacancies dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair by CAUT Council); Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee (two vacancies); Contract Academic Staff Committee (up to one vacancy, dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair by CAUT Council); Equity Committee (up to one, dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair by CAUT Council); and Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee (two vacancies). The deadline for these nominations is February 1, 2015.

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 20, 2015. 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.

Holiday closure

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Holiday closure | Filed in December 2014

The Faculty Association office will be closed at noon on Friday, December 19 for the holiday season and will reopen on January 5. The Association’s voice mail will be checked regularly on days the University is open. Have a safe and happy holiday!