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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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Caregiving and COVID: responses from faculty

We write with thanks to faculty who responded to our request for information about the diverse challenges caregivers are experiencing with work demands in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Within a few days of our e-letter, another 100 signatories joined the initial group of 50 petitioners: as we expected, this issue is a significant […]

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Universities and COVID-19 Work Arrangements Study Survey

Dear USFA members. We have heard from  many of you that you are concerned about the impact of workplace arrangements caused by the pandemic.  Would you please consider completing this short survey, attached, being conducted by a fellow faculty member.  This research investigates how faculty are affected differently by the move to remote work.  Findings […]

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Parking Fees during the closure of the campus due to COVID-19

Dear Faculty members, We have had a number of emails expressing dismay that parking fees continue to be charged while the campus is closed and faculty are working at home. We raised this issue with the employer when we were negotiating the COVID Letter of Understanding early in the spring. However, the employer’s response was […]

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Emergency financial support for students – Please donate if you can

Dear colleagues, We are writing to encourage faculty to consider reallocating unneeded funds from your Accountable Professional Expense Funds (APEF) to support students during COVID-19. Faculty and staff who have either an Accountable Professional Expense Fund (APEF) or a Department and Senior Administrator Expense (DSAE) account can allocate funds for Emergency Student Support grants or […]

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Office Access Clarification

Information provided in the June 9 edition of the YouSask Faculty and Staff Newsletter regarding office access has created some confusion. The use of “one-time access” in conjunction with a different protocol, in the Newsletter led many to believe that the previous protocol for access to offices was discontinued.  That is not the case. While […]

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