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Information about a fall return to campus

Even with the Employer’s Framework for a Staged Transition to Increased on-Campus Activity, there continue to be considerable unknowns about returning to campus this fall, particularly with respect to course delivery. The Employer has advised us that individual “units” will decide which courses will be delivered face-to-face and which will be delivered remotely. Each college is approaching […]

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When will we be the University the World Needs?

On April 30, USFA Chair Allison Muri wrote to advise President Stoicheff that USFA members had voted resoundingly in favour of the following motion at the Association’s Spring General Meeting: In the spirit of research excellence and discovery, and the need to show local, national and international leadership in vaccine development, education and use, the […]

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The COVID Asterisk

Some Senior Administrators have reassured faculty that there will be a COVID “asterisk” on their promotion/tenure files because of negative consequences of the pandemic. There is no information about how case files will be assessed with the implications of the pandemic in mind.  What you need to do in the annual review process is ask […]

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The Work of Faculty Continued

We received a number of emails in response to our recent e-Letter: The Work of Faculty. Members told us it resonated with them powerfully.  Faculty expressed that they continue to be frustrated with the Employer’s top-down, opaque process for responding to the pandemic that excludes them from decision making when it directly affects their work. Members are […]

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Important: Professional Expense Allowance

Coming out of our discussions with members of the Pandemic Response Team, the Employer has proposed allowing faculty the option to request a one-time taxable payment from their APEF of up to one year’s allocation to support making their remote work environment more suitable for an extended period. There would be no restrictions or accountability […]

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The Work of Faculty

The work of faculty is changing in response to the Administration’s decision to shutter campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The continual erosion of direct, administrative and technical support for faculty has only increased the burden on faculty as we take on the work of schedulers, IT equipment installers, purchasers, instructional designers, and in […]

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Teaching evaluations during a pandemic

Teaching evaluations are an unnerving aspect of the job for untenured faculty and for those going for promotion, and are more so because of the unanticipated move to online instruction forced by COVID-19. Peer evaluators sometimes criticize unfairly or get some facts wrong, and students can be rather harsh. With many of us feeling we […]

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COVID updates

Over the summer we have been meeting with representatives of the Pandemic Response Team (PRT), carrying on discussions with the employer about the COVID-19 response, and insisting on efforts to resolve matters affecting USFA members. We have raised a number of concerns in these discussions including the need for clarity on copyright of recorded lectures, […]

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