“Confronting precarious academic work” — OCUFA conference — February 11-12, 2016 in Toronto

Dear Colleagues:

The theme of OCUFA’s next annual conference is “Confronting precarious academic work”. It will be held on February 11-12, 2016 in Toronto.

The conference will look at the realities and impact of precarious academic work on higher education and then consider solutions for now and the future.

The conference sessions will include speakers from Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, and feature keynote addresses and panel presentations, as well as opportunities for informal discussion and audience participation. Full information about the conference and registration is appended below.

Could you please send the attached notice (see below) about OCUFA’s “Confronting precarious academic work” conference to those who might be interested in attending.
Thank you.
Best regards,

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: [email protected]
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
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Take advantage of early-discount pricing for OCUFA’s 2016 “Confronting precarious academic work” conference — February 11-12, 2016


The growing number of university faculty hired on a contract basis – and the insecure working conditions they face – has far reaching implications for everyone who works and learns in our universities. With an estimated one-third of faculty now employed on a precarious basis, what does the future hold for academic employment? Can the trend toward precarious academic work be reversed, and if so, how? What can be learned from the experience of those currently confronting the realities of precarious work in Canada and other countries? How can we re-imagine a better and more secure future for all faculty?

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association’s 2016 Conference – “Confronting precarious academic work ” – will seek to address these questions and more.

Join us for two days of insightful presentations and engaging discussion with speakers and participants from universities, research institutes, unions, and government in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Like previous OCUFA conferences, a diversity of views will be sought in each of the keynote and panel sessions.

The conference will take place February 11-12, 2016 at the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel in Toronto.

The fee for those registering on or before November 30, 2015 is $350.00, which includes continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments, an evening reception, and all materials. The regular registration fee after November 30, 2015 is $400.00; and $375.00 for OCUFA members. The contract faculty and student rate is $150.00. For more information, and to register, please click here.

The Intercontinental Toronto York Hotel also has a special conference hotel rate of $229.00 per night. Bookings must be made before January 8, 2016.

Conference Agenda

Day 1, Thursday February 11, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. -9:15 a.m.
Welcome and introduction

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
Public perceptions of precarious academic work: Release of the 2016 OCUFA public opinion survey

10:30 a.m. to Noon
Presentation and Panel Discussion One
Setting the stage: What do we know about the impact of precarious academic labour on contract faculty and our university communities?

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote Address
Global trends in precarious labour and international responses

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Panel Session Two
Responses to precarity: Building solidarity among faculty, students and the broader community

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Panel Session Three
Why university governance is important to addressing precarious work at our universities

5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Evening Reception

Day 2, Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
Final Keynote Address
Imagining a world without precarious academic work: Successes,
challenges and opportunities in confronting precarious work in universities

10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Panel Session Four and Town Hall plenary
Confronting precarious academic work: Which way forward?
11:50 a.m. to noon
Concluding remarks

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