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USFA e-Letter: Silence of the Board

The fact that the Board of Governors remains silent on their decision to delegate veto power over tenure and promotion decisions to the President is a sign of failed leadership. Two of our members have received a positive recommendation for tenure by the appropriate collegial bodies on campus and are awaiting a tenure decision by […]

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USFA e-letter: Make no mistake, Academic Freedom and Tenure are Under Attack at the University of Saskatchewan

Notwithstanding the very public and powerful words last week from President Ilene Busch-Vishniac about the importance of tenure and academic freedom after reversing the decision to strip Professor Robert Buckingham of his tenure, there are clear indications that the tenure process at the University of Saskatchewan is under full attack. Despite assurances by the President […]

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The New Normal

Professor Claire Card, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sceinces University of Saskatchewan The University received an increase of 2% to their operating grant from the Provincial Government, which is below a cost of living increase. Ilene Busch -Vishniac stated “I am very appreciative of the province’s investment in the University of Saskatchewan, and much of […]

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Manufacturing Collegial Consent?

Len Findlay, Professor of English and University Professor, U of S At the January meeting of University Council the President of the USSU Council, Max Fineday, read the text of a motion unanimously passed by the USSU Executive expressing non-confidence in TransformUS. This news was greeted by prolonged applause from students and faculty in attendance, […]

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USFA e-Letter: Association Wins Important Arbitration Award

We are very pleased to report that our legal challenges concerning the University President’s alleged powers under The University Act to overturn a decision of the Renewal and Tenure Appeal Committee has resulted in an important victory for the Association. Previously we had reported to Association members that President MacKinnon had refused to forward to […]

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USFA e-letter: Spring General Meeting April 25, 2014

The USFA Constitution provides for two general membership meetings per year. The meeting package for the Spring General Meeting will be going out next week. This meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 25th at 2:30 p.m. in Arts 241, Neatby-Timlin Theatre. Following the meeting please join us for a social in the Windows Room at […]

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