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Actions not words

We are pleased that the announcement from the Board of Governors about the change in leadership stated “in the strongest possible terms, that the University of Saskatchewan is committed to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. It would also like to stress that it believes that tenure is a sacrosanct principle within […]

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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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It’s never too soon to think about tenure or promotion

Today is the best day to start thinking about your promotion/tenure case. You have a lot of resources to help you with your case. By May 31, your Department Head or Dean should have met with you to discuss your progress with respect to the approved standards, with which you should be familiar. You don’t […]

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When to go for tenure or promotion

The Collective Agreement is clear – you can elect to go for tenure or promotion in any year if you believe you have met your standards. The applicable standards may be less clear, and it may be difficult to gauge how strong your case should be. First, be sure you know which standards apply to […]

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When to go for tenure or promotion – Eleventh in a series

It has come to our attention that junior faculty have been counseled by not to publish results from their PhD thesis, as the various standards require that tenure and promotion candidates provide “compelling evidence that a body of high quality scholarly work has been completed beyond that demonstrated at appointment” (our emphasis).  One reading of […]

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When to go forward for tenure or promotion – Tenth in a series

Who judges your case file? – By your colleagues. How is your case judged? – By the standards that your department, college and university colleagues have written, and using the written case that has been prepared. Two important points to note. The first is that it will benefit you to provide a well-written and straightforward […]

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When to go for tenure or promotion – ninth in a series

The summative parts of SEEQ in aggregate form can be used in case files. But can SEEQ comments be included in the tenure/promotion package? The Association has been in discussions with the Employer for some time concerning the status of free-form comments in student evaluation forms. As long as the encrypted ID can identify the […]

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When to go for tenure or promotion – Eighth in a series

It is surprising how often we evaluate a colleague’s research career by metrics like publication counts, page counts, or order of authorship, which border on numerology, rather than considering the actual contribution. Although time is the true test of research, the reason we do this is that the practicalities of our processes force us to […]

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