‘March 2018’

Community Service Award 2018

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Community Service Award 2018 | Filed in March 2018, President's Message

Dr. Naweed Syed, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. Recipient of the 2018 Faculty Association Community Service Award.

– By Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President –

I would like to congratulate, on behalf of all Faculty Association members, the recipient of the 2018 Community Service Award, Dr. Naweed Syed from the Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. The Award was presented to Dr. Syed at an event on March 6, 2018.

The Community Service Award recognizes a member of the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary who has provided exceptional service to the community and has gone above and beyond the requirements of the person’s position. This person has thus made an outstanding contribution of personal time and effort for the benefit of others. Special emphasis is placed on those service activities that involve outreach to the community beyond the University and activities that go beyond the regular duties of the academic staff member. In this context, service may include volunteer work, as well as educational outreach or the application of research and other scholarly activities in the community.

Dr. Syed is a recent recipient of the Canada-150 Medal, one of the highest honours bestowed by the Senate, and has been recognized broadly and internationally for his community service and outstanding contributions to society-at-large. The community work of Dr. Syed is far-reaching and impactful. Below is a brief overview of Dr. Syed’s community service activities.

His recognition with one of the highest civilian awards from the Government of Pakistan spurred Dr. Syed to use this honour to support hundreds of children impacted by terrorism. A CBC news article on his efforts can be found here. He is working with other international organizations in Pakistan such as the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the Canada Pakistan Research and Development Council on improving access to vaccinations and better equipping ambulances in that country.

In Calgary, Dr. Syed has led a significant fundraising campaign for Syrian refugees. He has held Discovery Workshops for Syrian refugee youth, exposing them to some of the most advanced research techniques in his lab at the Cumming School of Medicine. Similar workshops have been held for youth from across Calgary.

Faculty Association President, Sandra Hoenle (left) and Association Award Committee Chair, Justine Wheeler (right) present the Community Service Award to Dr. Naweed Syed.

Dr. Syed serves as the CEO of the Right to Live Foundation of Calgary – this organization serves all South Asian Communities regarding issues related to family violence and abuse of women and children. He is also involved with other Calgary organizations, including fundraising for the Calgary Food Bank and the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

Further to the activities outlined above, Dr. Syed is a well-respected academic colleague who has served on countless committees at the University of Calgary, he has provided leadership in his Department and research programs in Medicine. His academic advocacy involves outreach to the community and this past year he provided a keynote address for the March for Science in Calgary. This global initiative emphasizes the importance of research and its societal impact – ideals the Faculty Association very much supports and advocates for in its work with provincial and national partners.

Once again, I would like to congratulate Dr. Syed on this well-deserved Award.

I would also like to thank the Association Award Committee for their work: Justine Wheeler, Committee Chair (Libraries and Cultural Resources), Jason Anderson (Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine), Berndt Brenken (Mathematics and Statistics), Kaela Jubas (Werklund School of Education), and Glen Wilkinson (History).





Fall Term Block Week teaching assignments

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Fall Term Block Week teaching assignments | Filed in March 2018

With the approval of the Fall Term Reading Week addition to the Academic Calendar, the Faculty Association and the Board of Governors agreed to a memorandum on the assignment of teaching. The purpose of this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was to establish clear and precise guidelines regarding the assignment of teaching duties for the Fall Term Block Week. The Fall Term Block Week has been scheduled earlier than previous practice to accommodate the Fall Term Reading Week, beginning as early as August.

[Note that in the Collective Agreement, Article 12.8 and 12.9, it outlines how teaching duties can be assigned to academic staff in Spring and Summer sessions. A copy of the Collective Agreement can be found on our website here.]

Therefore in the MOA the Parties agreed to the following:

  • Teaching duties in the Fall Term Block Week may be assigned as part of regular assigned duties for academic staff in the Instructor ranks. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an academic staff in the Instructor ranks has already taught in the Spring or Summer Terms immediately preceding the Fall Term Block Week, the academic staff can only be assigned teaching duties during Fall Term Block Week if the academic staff voluntarily agrees.
  • Teaching duties in the Fall Term Block Week may be assigned as part of regular assigned duties for academic staff in the Professor ranks but only when the academic staff voluntarily agrees.
  • An academic staff member who teaches in the Fall Term Block Week in addition to regular assigned duties shall receive extra compensation for such teaching in accordance with Schedule “A”.
  • Nothing in the MOA is intended to diminish in any way or impinge on the authority and role of the Department Head or equivalent of the Dean or equivalent with respect to the assignment of duties in accordance with Article 12 of the Collective Agreement.

Any academic staff who have questions about their own workload in relation to this MOA are welcome to contact the Faculty Association office.



Letter received from Minister regarding Enbridge report

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Letter received from Minister regarding Enbridge report | Filed in March 2018

In December, Faculty Association President, Sandra Hoenle, directed members to the CAUT investigative report on the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability and the follow up letter the Association sent to the provincial Advanced Education Minister, Marlin Schmidt regarding the results of this report. The Faculty Association has received a response from Minister Schmidt and a copy of all of the material can be found here.

Dean surveys distributed

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Dean surveys distributed | Filed in March 2018

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 three Faculties (Law, Schulich School of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine) for assessing the Deans of these Faculties. The Association’s policy requires us to survey the membership partway through the appointment and again at the possible renewal point in the terms of all Deans. 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 April 16, 2018.

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.

Collective Agreement ratification results

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Collective Agreement ratification results | Filed in Gazette, March 2018

The Faculty Association membership voted to approve the ratification of the tentative agreement regarding the mainframe Collective Agreement, Schedule A and Schedule B, salaries and benefits. The results of the March 2018 vote were as follows:

Yes                              485 (85.8%)

No                                80 (14.2%)

Spoiled                         0 (0%)

Total votes cast           565 (100%)


Total votes issued: 2,388 – voter turnout: 565 (23.7%)

Ongoing: 1,845 – voter turnout: 551 (29.9%)

Sessional: 543 – voter turnout: 14 (2.6%)

Dues are tax deductible

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Dues are tax deductible | Filed in Gazette, March 2018

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 2017 U of C T4.

Financial Statements 2016-2017

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Financial Statements 2016-2017 | Filed in Gazette, March 2018

The Faculty Association’s audited financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on February 6, 2018. The audit was executed as required by the Association’s bylaws. 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 2016-2017 are available here. If you have any questions, please contact the Association office.