2017 « WLUFA

Spring Wine & Cheese Social

March 13th, 2017

Spring Wine and Cheese Poster 2017

The “Full-Time Faculty and Professional Librarians” turn for collective agreement re-negotiation

March 13th, 2017

The “Full-Time Faculty and Professional Librarians” Collective Agreement is up for re-negotiation this spring, giving us a fresh opportunity to work together to solve our collective problems and secure better working conditions for the members of this bargaining unit. A survey has been distributed by email to these members to start the process of determining goals and priorities. (Let the WLUFA Office know if you haven’t received this email and you believe you should have.)

Thank you to the appointed members of this year’s Negotiating Team:

  • Azim Essaji (Economics – Co-Chair)
  • Andrew Herman (Communication Studies)
  • Joanne Oud (Library)
  • Sheila McKee-Protopapas (Executive Director – Co-Chair)
  • Glenda Wall (Sociology)

They have already begun working on developing proposals to take to the table but look forward to hearing feedback from you!

WLUFA Equity and Diversity Town Hall

March 9th, 2017

WLUFA Equity and Diversity Town Hall poster

Tweet and Facebook about contract faculty with the rest of Ontario on March 3rd

March 1st, 2017

On March 3, OCUFA is asking faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario to engage in a day of action on social media to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. This initiative is a project of their Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, and will build on the momentum generated during last fall’s Fair Employment Week.

Throughout the day, university community members are invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improved contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students. To our knowledge, Laurier’s Board of Governors, its chair, and Dr. Blouw do not have Twitter accounts but Laurier does and Board members are bound to notice.

Here are a few sample tweets:

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be a model employer but #contractfaculty work without job security! #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be supporting its #contractfaculty #teachers, not just the top tier admin. #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should respect #contractfaculty! Equal pay for equal work. #Fairness4CF #15andFairness

And, a sample Facebook post:

It’s time for fairness for #contractfaculty at @WilfridLaurierUniversity! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits. #OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

…or post something else you think would be supportive and raise awareness! Below you’ll find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.

All Ontario universities are invited to participate. If you’d like more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator, Andrea Calver, at acalver@ocufa.on.ca, or Communications Lead, Ben Lewis, at blewis@ocufa.on.ca.

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

respect fair-pay working-conditions

Join us on social media, March 3 – Fairness for contract faculty

February 24th, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario will engage in a day of action on social media to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. This initiative is a project of OCUFA’s Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, and will build on the momentum generated during last fall’s Fair Employment Week.

 

Throughout the day, university community members are invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improved contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.

 

Here are a few sample tweets:

 

At #OurUniversity fairness for contract faculty means equal access to benefits. It’s time for respect! @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity must commit to fairness for contract faculty! I’ve worked here 8 years without job security @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity should respect contract faculty! Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #15andFairness

 

And, a sample Facebook post:

 

It’s time for fairness for contract faculty at @YourUniversityFacebookPage! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.

#OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

Below you will find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.

 

We are asking that you distribute the attached (below links) notice and graphics to your members and campus allies encouraging them to participate by early next week. It would be great if you could include the twitter handle for the Chair of your Board of Governors and/or your University President in the sample tweets, and the handle for your university’s Facebook page in the Facebook post.

Template email for faculty association members

fair-pay

working-conditions

respect

 

All faculty members at Ontario universities are invited to participate. For more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator Andrea Calver at ACalver@ocufa.on.ca or Communications Lead Ben Lewis at BLewis@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

Best regards,

Mark

 

——————————————————–
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

 

Considerations for teaching online courses: A resource for faculty associations

February 21st, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

OCUFA’s Online Education Ad Hoc Committee has developed a new resource document for faculty associations on considerations for teaching online courses. Please find a copy attached and in the members area of the OCUFA website here.

 

The document is designed to help faculty associations think through key issues for university professors and academic librarians regarding online learning. It aims to inform your association about the kinds of challenges that could arise and help you advise and support members who are creating and/or teaching online courses.

The document covers nine issues: course structure, course oversight, academic freedom, remuneration, intellectual property, updating courses, student resources, integrity of examinations and evaluations, and workload and enrolment. A brief description of each issue is provided, followed by a series of questions about that issue. It is a complement to the “e-Learning Bargaining Checklist” that was developed by the OCUFA Collective Bargaining Committee.

 

If you have any questions about the resource document, please contact Brynne Sinclair-Waters at bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Best regards,

Mark Rosenfeld

 

——————————————————–
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

Call for nominations of the annual OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards

February 14th, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
44th ANNUAL
OCUFA TEACHING AWARDS
OCUFA ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP AWARD FOR 2016-2017

Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017

 

PROGRAM

 

  • Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards.
  • Since 1973 OCUFA has presented 426 awards.
  • The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee.
  • Approximately 7 awards are presented.

CATEGORIES

 

  • Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the    classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for the OCUFA Teaching Awards.
  • Academic librarianship, in the context of the OCUFA Awards, embraces all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for an OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.

 

NOMINATIONS

 

  • Nominations are invited from individuals, informal groups of faculty or students, or both, and such organizations as local faculty associations, faculty or college councils, university committees concerned with teaching and learning, librarians, local student councils, departments, alumni, etc.
  • Guidelines to assist in organizing a nomination should be consulted by prospective nominators and are available on request from your Faculty Association Office, the Provincial Office of OCUFA, or the OCUFA website (www.ocufa.on.ca).

 

PROCEDURE

 

  • Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017
  • We request that all submissions be uploaded onto OCUFA’s secured online submission system as a single PDF file athttp://awards.ocufa.on.ca
  • Inquiries to: 416-979-2117

 

 

 

 

Please see attached links ( 2017 Call for nomination_Librarian_English, 2017 Call for nomination_Teaching_English)for nomination packages. Please note that there are some changes to the Librarianship guidelines to encourage more librarianship submissions. There are also new format requirements for the dossier for both awards. Please distribute!

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact OCUFA for assistance.

 

Regards,

 

Karat TenBrinke

Staff Support to the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee

Policy Officer of Information Systems and Office Management

OCUFA

17 Isabella Street, Toronto ON

M4Y 1M7

E-mail: ktenbrinke@ocufa.on.ca

Phone: 416-979-2117

 

WLUFA Advocate Supplement February 2017

February 14th, 2017

WLUFA Advocate Supplement February 2017

Let’s talk about WLUFA’s letter denouncing Trump and supporting the Muslim Community

February 1st, 2017

Dear Members,

WLUFA has received a number of passionate and eloquent responses (positive and negative) to the statement that we posted yesterday that expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and denounced Trump’s Executive Order.

As one faculty member noted in an email, “The Academy, first and foremost, is a place to have invigorated, passionate, and spirited debate on all issues”.

With this in mind, the Communications Committee would like to remind members that they are welcome to post reactions and opinions, as well as engage in debate, via the WLUFA Advocate Blog.  While we cannot disseminate email correspondence that we’ve received from individuals via our list-serve, we encourage those who have sent their thoughtful responses to re-post those responses on the Blog.

Sincerely,

WLUFA Communications Committee

WLUFA Denounces Trump Executive Action and Stands in Solidarity with our Muslim Community

January 31st, 2017

[Posted on behalf of the WLUFA Executive.]

Ignorance is not bliss; it is a danger to society.

WLUFA stands in solidarity with Muslims and others who condemn the Executive Order taken by Donald Trump that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. We also extend our sympathies for and solidarity with Canadian Muslims as they respond to the tragic act of terrorism that killed six and injured eight worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec this week.

In a bold and undemocratic move, and without involving Congress, Trump exercised his authority as U.S. President to sign an Executive Order that is nothing but a thin veil for racism and religious intolerance. Such an act of prejudice comes from ignorance and extremism, and extremists like Donald Trump should learn that they have no place in this era or in people’s hearts and minds around the globe.

As academics, as Canadians and as global citizens, we see the two events as inextricably connected, and wish especially to emphasize our support for Muslim members of WLUFA and of our University community as a whole.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental right, and a person’s faith should not be used as a basis to violate and intimidate people. Trump’s actions risk destroying the culture of diversity that we have been working at building for decades in North America.

This Executive Order needs to be strongly condemned through the united and compassionate voice of all Canadians. Hate crimes and acts of terrorism as we saw in Quebec City this week will only increase when governments create the broader conditions for racism to breed. Being “Canadian” has no relationship to religion, race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Being human(e) compels us to try to rise above the primitive thinking that underlies these acts of violence and division.

Today, more than ever, the world needs to stand up for the values that can promote and strengthen principles of openness and inclusivity. It is time for all Canadians to unite against the imposition of divisive forces or attitudes.

Citizens across the country have begun to organize for a National Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia and Racism this Friday, February 4. WLUFA will keep you informed of any campus involvement planned for that day as we hear of it.

Sincerely,

Your WLUFA Executive