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August 2019

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Summer Update from the Faculty Association

Note from the Association President

This has been a very busy academic year for the Association, as we continue to deal with the implications of the movement of the Association under the Labour Relations Code as a union. Progress made includes revising the Association by-laws, updating a number of Association internal policies, and continuing to discuss “essential services” with the university administration.

As President of the Association, I serve as the Association’s representative on a number of ongoing UofC committees including: General Faculties Council (GFC); GFC’s Executive Committee; and GFC’s Academic Planning and Priorities Committee. While the work of these ongoing committees keeps me busy, there are two other areas of activity this past year that I wish to highlight:

• I served as the Association’s representative on the President Search Committee, whose efforts concluded with the announcement of the appointment of President Ed McCauley in November 2018. I am encouraged by President McCauley’s eagerness to learn about the concerns of academic staff (he attended a meeting of the Association’s Board in January, and is visiting all Faculty Councils as part of a “listening” tour), and look forward to learning soon how what he has heard impacts his plans for the university.

• I served as a member of GFC’s ad hoc committee on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure, which concluded its work in April with GFC’s approval of a new “Academic Staff Criteria and Processes Handbook”. This is the culmination of many years of effort to amalgamate the relevant contents of the previous Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure manual and the General Promotion Committee manual into a single document, following the movement of the promotion, tenure, and assessment processes into the collective agreement. I must recognize, and commend, the sterling efforts of Association Associate Executive Director Don Kozak on this file. With this work completed, a working group has been established (by GFC’s Executive Committee) to review the new Handbook, and each Faculty will be revising its unit-level guidelines relating to appointment, promotion, tenure, and assessment.

I know from talking with many of you that you too have had a hectic year, and that your workload continues to grow annually, so please be sure to take time before the fall semester begins to enjoy what remains of summer with family and friends.

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Government acts to delay bargained wage reopener arbitration

In late May all academic staff were sent an email to inform them that the Government of Alberta had sought input from the Association on the Government possibly delaying public sector wage reopener arbitrations (the Association’s written response can be found at: https://www.tucfa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/GoA_ATBF_Submission_2019-05-27-FOR-WEB.pdf).

Since then, the Government has passed Bill 9, the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, which prohibits any wage reopener arbitrations taking place until after the end of October. This means that the arbitration the Association and the UofC Board of Governors had scheduled for 30th September and 1st October will not now take place. The Association considers Bill 9 to be an unconscionable, and illegal interference in collective bargaining.

After consulting with legal counsel, the Association will be filing a Statement of Claim against the Alberta Government. Note that a number of other unions in Alberta who have been impacted by Bill 9 are also taking legal action. None of these claims will be heard in court until 2020, which will be after we learn what additional actions the Government of Alberta will be taking following the report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances, due in August, that will impact the Government’s budget and how it intends to deal with public sector unions.

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Dean surveys

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary, in accordance with its policy concerning the Assessment of Deans (and equivalents), distributed a survey by campus mail to the academic staff members in three Faculties (Arts, Cumming School of Medicine, and Science) 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 were invited to submit their responses. Thank you to all of those academic staff who took the time to fill out the surveys. The results of these surveys are shared with the respective Deans and the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) subject to response thresholds in the policy. In all cases, once the surveys reach a threshold for distribution, all quantitative results are provided to Faculty Association members. The results of these were sent out to the membership by email in April.

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about this process.

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Updated Code of Conduct

The updated University Code of Conduct came into effect on July 1, 2019. There are a number of changes that have implications for Academic Staff members. University HR has assembled a series of frequently asked questions that might help members to better interpret the new rules in the Code. [See: https://www.ucalgary.ca/hr/code_conduct_faqs]

The Faculty Association will monitor how the new rules are enforced and will be available to help members to navigate them. There may be questions that you have for which you want to remain anonymous. As communication with the Faculty Association is confidential, the Association may be able to get clarifying advice from HR or the administration while maintaining your anonymity.

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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 and the administration. From time to time academic staff members may contact the Association for confidential advice. Many conflicts can be resolved informally at an early stage by the academic staff member with the advice of the Association and do not require Faculty Association representation. However, when there are situations that escalate which have the potential to lead to discipline, the administration is required to advise you of your right to have a Faculty Association representative attend with you. In other situations, such as resolving conflicts, a Faculty Association advisor may also be useful. We have been concerned that not all Heads, Deans, etc. have been appropriately advising members of your rights for advice/representation.

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Membership emergency fund

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, faculty.association@tucfa.com.

All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.

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GAZETTE

Faculty Association Board of Directors

Eight members of the Board of Directors had terms that ended on June 30, 2019. Six of these members responded to the Association’s call for nominations and were acclaimed to return to the Board, five to serve for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019 [John Baker (Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy), Kent Donlevy (Werklund School of Education), Tish Doyle-Baker (Faculty of Kinesiology), Karen Then (Faculty of Nursing), and Mary-Ellen Tyler (School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape)] and one, Polly Knowlton Cockett to serve a one-year term as the sessional member of the Board.

The Association thanks departing Board members Michael Sideris (Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Geomatics Engineering) and David Stewart (Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science) for their valued service to the Association.

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Financial statements for 2017-2018

The Faculty Association’s audited financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on January 29, 2019. 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 2017-2018 are available here. If you have any questions, please contact the Association office.

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CAUT dues changes

A minor change in CAUT dues took effect on July 1, 2019. These dues are calculated by applying a mil rate to the national average salary at each rank. While the mil rate remains unchanged at 1.50, variations in the national average salary result in slight changes to the dues amounts. The monthly amounts are as follows:

CAUT Membership Fees 2019-20 (2018-19)

Professor $18.80 ($18.41)

Associate $15.16 ($14.83)

Assistant $12.26 ($12.00)

Part-time/Sessional $3.84 ($3.81)

The amount paid to the CAUT Defence Fund remains the same for 2018-19 at $5.50 per month.

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August 2019

Note from the Association President

Government acts to delay bargained wage reopener arbitration

Dean surveys

Updated Code of Conduct

Faculty Association representation

Membership emergency fund

 

GAZETTE

Faculty Association Board of Directors

Financial statements for 2017-2018

CAUT dues changes

Alarming U of C administration plan (“Be afraid … be very afraid”)

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Letter from Paul Rogers, TUCFA President, to all U of C academic staff (.pdf) on the U of C administration’s plans for international recruitment via a third-party provider.

Academic GFC Members by Faculty

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Faculty of Arts

Elected members:

Allan Bell
Gwen Blue
Jeremy Brown
Florentine Strzelczyk
Nancy Janovicek
Adrienne Kertzer
Murray McGillivray
Mary O’Brien
Brenda O’Neil
Anthony Wall

Appointed Members:

Aiden Hollis
David Oakleaf

Faculty of Education

Elected Members:

Nancy Arthur
Lisa Panayotidis

Appointed Member:

Ian Winchester

Faculty of Environmental Design

Elected member:

Getachew Assefa

Appointed member:

Sasha Tsenkova

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Elected member:

Veronika Bohac-Clarke

Haskayne School of Business

Elected members:

Cynthia Simmons
Hussein Warsame

Appointed member:

Gordon Sick

Faculty of Kinesiology

Elected Member:

Tish Doyle-Baker

Appointed Member:

Tina Gabriele

Faculty of Law

Elected Member:

Jonnette Watson Hamilton

Faculty of Medicine

Elected Members:

Werner Becker
Robin Cox
Chip Doig
Jennifer Hatfield
Randy Johnston
Ki-Young Lee
Kenneth Lukowiak
Rob Newton
Nalini Singhal
Cam Teskey
Wilfreda (Billie) Thurston
Frans van der Hoorn
Lisa Welikovitch

Appointed Members:

Marilynne Hebert
Doug Myhre

Faculty of Nursing

Elected Member:

Cydnee Seneviratne

Appointed Member:

Cynthia Mannion

Qatar Faculty

Elected Member:

C.J. Davison

Schulich School of Engineering

Elected Members:

Joule Bergerson
Lynne Cowe Falls
Mark Petovello
U.T. Sundararaj

Appointed Member:

Robert Martinuzzi

Faculty of Science

Elected Members:

Reda Alhajj
Robert Barclay
Elena Braverman
Lawrence Harder
Charles Henderson
Farideh Jalilehvand
Rob Thompson

Appointed Members:

Clifton Cunningham
Ann-Lise Norman

Faculty of Social Work

Elected Member:

Jeannette Schiff

Appointed Member:

Hieu Van Ngo

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Elected Members:

Serge Chalhoub
Amy Warren

Appointed Member:

Lorraine Doepel

 

 

Recognition Award – 2011

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Dr. Warren Veale

Past-Interim President, U of C

Dr. Warren Veale, through his senior administrative roles at the University of Calgary, has supported the scholarly activities of the Academic staff by consistently upholding the core values of faculty members. Through his commitment to teaching and research, academic freedom and collegial governance, Dr. Veale furthered the mandate of the University of Calgary in a way that was respectful and mindful of the important roles academic staff play in the institution.

Dr. Warren Veale completed his Bachelor Degree at the University of Manitoba and his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at Purdue University.  He then worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, England.  He came to Calgary in 1970 as one of the founding faculty members of the new Faculty of Medicine.  For six years Dr. Veale served as Associate Dean of that Faculty and then for ten years as Head of the Department of Medical Physiology and Biophysics in the Faculty of Medicine.  Dr. Veale also served as Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology for ten years before becoming Associate Dean of the same Faculty for four years and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies for two years.  He then held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President (Graduate and Post Degree Programs) for four years.  For a period of one year, Dr. Veale held the position of Interim Director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) and continues to serve in the capacity of Director of Reviews for Academic Programs, Institutes and Centres.   In 2009 he served as a consultant for Phase I of the Innovative Support Services (IS2) Project at the University of Calgary.  In 2010 Dr. Veale was appointed Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary.

As a scientist, Dr. Veale is internationally recognized for his original research contributions to the understanding of various aspects of brain function.  He has received the Commemorative Medal of Canada, the Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence in Medical Research, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is a member of the Order of the University of Calgary. 

Dr. Veale has held numerous positions in several organizations.  These include Vice-President of the Medical Research Council of Canada (now the Canadian Institutes of Health Research), founding member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, President of the Canadian Physiological Society, Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies, Board of Directors of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Centre, member of the Health Professionals Expert Panel of the Alberta Provincial Health Council, member of the Council of the Alberta College of Dietitians, and Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute of Alberta.

At the University of Calgary Dr. Veale has carried out several significant duties.  These include Chair of the University Budget Committee, Chair of the University Policy Committee, Chair of the Executive Dean’s Council, Chair of the University Research Grants Committee, President of the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators, member of the Board of Governors, member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Olympic Development Association and member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Centre for Well Being.

Community Service Award – 2011

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Dr. Ian Mitchell

Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Professor Ian Mitchell is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Calgary, a Paediatrician specializing in paediatric lung disease and is also a bioethicist. He has worked for the past 30 years with families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and has been an instrumental volunteer with the SIDS Calgary Society. He has been actively involved with the Society since 1982. The Society is dedicated to: providing comprehensive support to SIDS families, representing the interests of SIDS parents, educating health care professionals and the public and raising funds for this work and SIDS research. Professor Mitchell is currently a Society Director and the Professional Advisory Committee Chair.

He has helped parent-led groups provide peer support to a great many bereaved parents (and their friends and relatives) in Calgary. He is active locally, provincially and nationally in advocating for measures to reduce infant death, and works with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in analyzing factors involved in sudden unexpected death in infants. He has presented at a number of International Conferences on Infant Death. It is said that Dr. Mitchell has never restricted his knowledge to the medical arena and has always willingly shared many of his initiatives with community groups and parents. This includes assisting in the development of a DVD which helps first responders prepare for the possibility of arriving at a SIDS death.

His undergraduate medical training was in Edinburgh, Scotland with post-graduate training in paediatrics, paediatric lung disease and paediatric critical care also in Edinburgh. He completed a research Fellowship in the University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children). He is a Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has an MA in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.
He has been involved with clinical care, teaching and research on various aspects of paediatrics, particularly respiratory disease and ethics issues for about 40 years. Current research as Principal Investigator includes assessment of immunization for the common Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in a Canada wide study, quality of life issues of RSV infection. Ethics research includes issues of justice in home care of children with complex medical conditions, implications of newborn screening for the genetic disorder Cystic Fibrosis, implications of reproductive technology on the offspring and refusal of treatment issues in teens.

He has made over 90 peer reviewed contributions to the literature; and many more abstracts, invited articles, books and book chapters on various aspects of paediatrics, paediatric lung disease and ethics. He is a former President of the Canadian Bioethics Society and currently a member of the Canadian Medical Association Committee on Ethics. He has received many teaching awards and was awarded the Lorraine Award by the Alberta Lung Association for lifetime contributions to lung health.  He is an Honorary Fellow, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

He is married, has two children and four grandchildren.