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VOX

VOX is a publication sponsored by the USFA and is published by an independent Editorial Board. It is a forum for the expression of opinions of USFA members. Materials published in VOX do not necessarily express USFA policy, the views of the USFA Executive or the Editorial Board. Submissions of general interest less than 300 […]

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2024 USFA scholarship applications are now available online

Online applications for the USFA Scholarship will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2024. The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, their children and including children for whom USFA members have served as legal guardians. The application form for the […]

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Alberta’s Public Priorities Act: Political interference in research

The USFA is watching with concern the Alberta government’s efforts to politicize federal research funding. Bill 18, the Public Priorities Act, would give the Government of Alberta the power to review federal research funds received by university-based researchers to ensure they align with provincial government’s priorities. Not only does this legislation jeopardize millions of dollars […]

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2024 USFA Executive Elections: Call for Nominations

This is a call for nominations in the election to fill six vacancies on the USFA Executive Committee commencing July 1, 2024: Category A: one vacancy (2 year term) Category B: one vacancy  (2 year term) Category C: one vacancy (2 year term) Category D: one vacancy (2 year term) Category E: two vacancies (2 […]

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Removing inappropriate comments from SLEQ

Responses to SLEQ are confidential, not anonymous, and it is possible to have inappropriate comments removed. This clearly came through in comments from respondents to our Campus Safety and Student Abuse of Faculty Questionnaire with the suggestion that accountability is needed for anonymous evaluations. Comments from students are treated as confidential and while student identity […]

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Negotiations update (March 2024)

Our last negotiations update was provided through a verbal report at the Fall General Meeting. Another verbal report will be provided at the upcoming Spring General Meetings on May 1st. We have had 16 bargaining sessions with employer representatives, and we have seven more sessions scheduled before June. We are keen to conclude in this […]

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Campus Safety and Student Abuse of Faculty – Suggestions from you

Our recent questionnaire on the topic of campus safety and student abuse of faculty garnered 193 responses. Of these, 121 provided detailed answers to three open-ended questions included in the questionnaire: What was the nature of abuse? (Select all that apply, with an option for “Other” and space for specifying details.) Do you have suggestions […]

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Faculty Associations support STF job action

On Monday, the USFA, University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA), Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association (SPFA), and Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation (STF) held a joint press conference on the state of funding for education in Saskatchewan. (View the press conference here.) Whether it is early childhood and primary or post-secondary education, we share the same concerns and […]

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An important message concerning the Assignment of Duties

Last week faculty members received an email from the Office of the Vice-Provost Faculty Relations regarding the Assignment of Duties process, which is nearing deadlines for completion (Department Heads must complete assignments by March 31, and Deans must approve them by April 30 for the 2024–5 Academic year). You should be aware that, in the […]

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Student Abuse of Faculty Questionnaire: What we heard from you

Thank you to everyone who responded to our questionnaire regarding student abuse of faculty. We received 193 responses (nearly 25% of the faculty complement). You can view the results in a graphic format here. Just over two-thirds of respondents told us they have experienced abuse from current or former students with most abuse (75%) taking […]

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