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The Crisis of Confidence in University Boards Across Canada

Voting is underway for the faculty representative on the U of S Board of Governors, with ballots closing on May 25th. If you have not yet voted, consider participating in the process to determine who will take the seat of the faculty member on our Board of Governors. As recent events across Canada have shown, […]

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Collectively Speaking – Get Research Right: It’s your choice

We are in the dying days of the federal election campaign. Our most recent issue of Collectively Speaking is a reflection by USFA Chair Larry Stewart, following our two Get Research Right discussion events, about the importance of considering research when you cast your ballot. Download Collectively Speaking – Get Research Right: It’s your choice […]

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Collectively Speaking: Get Research Right

The choices of federal governments about research and science policy and funding are an election issue that directly impacts USFA members. Our September issue of Collectively Speaking offers some reasons why we need to give thorough consideration to this topic when it comes to our choices on election-day. Download Collectively Speaking: Get Research Right PDF

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Assignment of Duties

Our latest Collectively Speaking, by Eric Neufeld (Department Head, Computer Science), contains some ideas and advice for units to consider as they proceed. Download Collectively Speaking PDF

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Presidential Search Transparency v. The Value of Confidentiality in Searches

The USFA’s September e-Letter advocating transparency in the presidential search resulted in a few expressions of disagreement by faculty members. In the spirit of reasoned debate, we offer a lengthier explanation of the principles on which the e-Letter was based, along with an opposing argument by Dwight Newman, College of Law. Collectively Speaking: Presidential Search […]

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Salary Review: New Provisions, Procedures and Reminders

The 2010-13 Collective Agreement contained significant changes to the salary review procedures in Article 17 and our new 2014-17 Agreement includes a few further refinements. In this issue we will summarize the recent changes and provide some guidance for this important collegial process. Click here for a pdf of this issue of Collectively Speaking.

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Academic Freedom, the Presidential Veto and Collective Bargaining

Throughout the upheaval of the past six months, the USFA Executive directed considerable efforts toward reaching a settlement at the negotiating table. We reached a tentative three-year agreement on July 30 and ratified it on September 2. We anticipate the Board of Governors will vote on the agreement at their meeting in early October. We […]

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A Message from USFA Chair Doug Chivers

A pdf is available here. Dear Members: There is much discussion with respect to opinions being expressed about TransformUS and the action, or inaction, of the USFA. Based on the many emails I have been receiving from members, I think it is clear that there are a few misconceptions. First let me say that the […]

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