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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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Workers’ Day of Mourning

April 28 is the Canadian National Day of Mourning. This day is dedicated to remembering workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. It is also a day to recommit to making every workplace safe and healthy.  Last year, 34 workers in Saskatchewan […]

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When to go for 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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Important Update: Sabbatical Travel Funds

We have negotiated a Letter of Understanding that allows expanded use of sabbatical travel funds to address limitations on travel during the COVID-19 emergency. Employees who were/are on sabbatical during the academic years 2019-2020, 2020–2021 or 2021-2022 shall be permitted to use sabbatical travel funds for any purposes related to their approved sabbatical plan, provided that such expenditures […]

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Lessons from Laurentian

LUFA and OCUFA are calling for the resignation of Senior Laurentian University Leadershipand Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano who they claim were complicit in creating the university’s financial crisis. The result of the crisis is that Laurentian has terminated 83 professors, eliminated 27 positions through attrition and retirement, and cut 70 programs. Laurentian […]

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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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Important Event: Laurentian University Phone Bank

The insolvency process at Laurentian University is moving swiftly and will conclude mid-April. Without intervention, this closed-door process—intended for private sector corporations—will determine the future of this public institution, key employer, and cultural hub in the region.  The federal government needs to work with the government of Ontario and provide emergency funding to save Laurentian […]

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Laurentian University – an Update

From CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith: “Today, lay-off notices were issued to tenured and contract academic staff members of Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Although the details of the mediation agreement at Laurentian University remain confidential, Radio-Canada has reported that more than 60 programs are being cut. We also know that LUFA worked tirelessly under enormous […]

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