‘September 2014’

New year with much work ahead

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on New year with much work ahead | Filed in President's Message, September 2014

– By Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President –

As the new academic year begins, I am pleased to greet you as the new President of the Faculty Association. I served as Vice President/Treasurer for 3 years (2011 – 2014), was previously a member of the Association Board, and served on numerous committees for 10 years (2004 – present). Although I do bring experience to the presidency, I will clearly rely on advice from and discussions with the Executive and Board of the Association. In addition, I encourage you, the academic staff, to share your thoughts and concerns with me, so that I can better represent your interests.

This promises to be another busy year, with Collective Agreement bargaining due to begin soon. Our Principal Negotiator will be seeking your input and will keep you updated with bargaining bulletins once bargaining is in progress.

As you may be aware, the Association has recently concluded bargaining the promotion and tenure process, which has now been moved into the Collective Agreement. Many Association resources will be directed toward transition to the new process. If you encounter procedural difficulties, please contact the Faculty Association office.

I am looking forward to taking up the challenges of my new role as President of this vital organization, and to working with the dedicated members of the Executive and Board, with the support of extremely competent and professional office staff. Again, I encourage you to contact me to share your general concerns and thoughts about issues of importance to you. If you should have any concerns specific to you or other individuals, please contact our office. The Faculty Association staff do not work for the university and will keep any concerns you bring to their attention confidential.

I wish everyone a productive and satisfying year.

Pension workshop

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Pension workshop | Filed in September 2014

The Faculty Association has invited the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP) office to come to campus to present a pension workshop for our members. This workshop will be held on October 30th at 2 p.m. in Biological Sciences, Room 587 (BI587). It is open to all academic staff members and will address the general provisions of the pension plan and pension benefit options available to members on termination of employment and retirement.

CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards | Filed in September 2014

Each year the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) presents its Distinguished Academic Awards. This year is particularly exciting as the recipients chosen were both from the University of Calgary. Dr. Norm Campbell, Department of Medicine, was chosen to receive the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award and Dr. Chris Hugenholtz, Department of Geography, was chosen to receive the CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award. Both academics received their awards at an event hosted by CAFA in September.

The CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards are designed to recognize university academic staff members who, through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities, have made outstanding contributions to the wider community beyond the university. Academic staff from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge as well as Athabasca University are eligible for nomination.

The Association extends its warmest congratulations to the recipients and we invite you to read more about their exceptional achievements here.

 

[Pictured (L-R): Chris Hugenholtz, CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award recipient, Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President, Norm Campbell, CAFA Distinguished Academic Award recipient, and Rob Sutherland, CAFA President]

Sessional Travel Grants

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Sessional Travel Grants | Filed in September 2014

For the last couple of years the Faculty Association has awarded Travel Grants for sessional academic staff to provide funding for a portion of travel costs related to making scholarly presentations and/or attending conferences. Currently at the U of C, travel grants are only available to ongoing staff. The response from sessional members to these grants has been tremendous. The Association will offer the grants again this year when it participates in Fair Employment Week from October 27 to 31. Three grants of $2,000 each will be available to give members an opportunity to profile their research or to remain current in their fields. Updated information on the sessional travel grant program, including application forms for 2014-15, will be sent out to sessional members and available on our website shortly.

 

Western Regional Conference

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

The Faculty Association will be hosting a conference this October which brings together academic staff from Associations at universities and colleges in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, along with representatives from the national organization, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). The purpose of this conference is to discuss issues concerning post-secondary education and research related to the work of academic staff. The conference also provides an opportunity for Associations to share issues facing their individual institutions and organizations. Topics for this year’s conference, among others, include internationalization, challenges to academic freedom and pension trends.