Nomination and Elections for the Executive Committee 2020/2021
Anne-Marie Allison, PhD
Department of Mathematics, Waterloo
Current service roles:
* Contract Faculty Rep. Department-in-Council and Science Divisional Council
· Executive Committee (VP: Internal)
· Joint Liaison Committee (meets with University Administration)
* OCUFA ad hoc Committee on University Governance
Anne-Marie has found it a rewarding experience to serve on the WLUFA Executive Committee for the last four years. A dedicated instructor for more than 10 years at Laurier, she is passionate about sharing the beauty and usefulness of mathematics with students from various disciplines. During this time, she has observed how faculty face many obstacles in their efforts to achieve excellence in their teaching, research, and service.
Collaborative and communicative in her working style, Anne-Marie holds herself and others to a high level of accountability and integrity. She is not afraid to ask questions in order to best serve her colleagues and students. She has been a Contract Faculty Representative for the Mathematics Department-in-Council and for the Science Divisional Council for most of her time at WLU. Her WLUFA service started in 2013 as a member of the Strategy Committee for Contract Faculty negotiations, and expanded to include the Communications Committee (2015–2017), the Negotiating Team for Contract Faculty (2016, 2019), the Joint Liaison Committee (2017–present), and the Executive Committee (2016–present). She was the sole Contract Faculty member on WLU’s Freedom of Expression Task Force in 2018. And she has been serving as the sole Contract Faculty member on OCUFA’s ad hoc Committee on University Governance for the past two years. She is also chair of WLUFA’s Governance Committee and served as a liaison to WLUFA’s Diversity and Equity Committee.
Anne-Marie’s varied service has been informative work, enabling her to see the numerous ways that all faculty and librarians can help each other and how WLUFA can proactively and positively serve its Members. Her WLUFA and OCUFA experiences have provided deeper insight into how the Administration’s decisions impact students, faculty, librarians, and staff. That work has also reinforced how vital it is for faculty and librarians to work together in the current climate of funding and governance challenges.
Anne-Marie seeks to preserve the integrity of academic programs and to improve the environment in which faculty and librarians conduct their duties and responsibilities, while holding central the importance of students and their learning conditions. She welcomes the opportunity to continue serving on the Executive Committee, tackling issues faced by all faculty and librarians.
Department of Sociology, Waterloo
Since time has become even more precious as we transition our courses and support out students, I will keep this brief:
· I am seeking to continue my work on the Executive because I am committed to creating a stronger, more inclusive, and responsive union.
· I believe that now more than ever, WLUFA needs to support and represent its members and their concerns.
· I recognize that in the present issues involving workload, employment security and teaching support have taken on special significance but I also believe in the importance of continuing to work towards greater funding, increased faculty renewal, more responsive governance, protecting academic freedom and ensuring fairness for contract faculty.
· In term of the experience I bring to WLUFA:
o 22 years teaching at Laurier (in class and online)
o 7 years on the WLUFA Exec and as CF Liaison Officer
o 2 years representing WLUFA as its VP External (working with internal and external labour groups)
o 2 years advocating for all faculty at the provincial level in my role as Chair of the OCUFA Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee.
I look forward to continuing my work on your behalf.
Department of Chemistry & BioChemisty, Waterloo
Once again WLUFA is facing extraordinary challenges in the upcoming year. Not only are we experiencing continued attacks by the provincial government on post-secondary education, we are now in the uncharted territory of a COVID-19 pandemic. If re-elected, I promise to represent all faculty and, as Treasurer, to work to ensure that your dues are being used in a fiscally responsible manner.
After joining Laurier in the fall of 2006, I became involved with WLUFA during bargaining for Contract Faculty in 2007-2008. Initially I was a member of the Strategy Committee and then, during the ensuing strike, worked in the strike office. I have served on the negotiating teams for the last four Contract Faculty collective agreements and was privileged to serve as the Chief Negotiator for the last two rounds of bargaining.
I was first elected to the WLUFA Executive Committee in 2011 and since then have served as association Treasurer. As Treasurer I have endeavoured to provide fiscal responsibility with full
transparency to our Members. The demands on the financial resources of WLUFA have increased steadily and this represents an ongoing challenge to your Executive. If re-elected, I will work to ensure that WLUFA continues to provide its Members with the services they need.
I believe it is imperative that as a faculty association we form strong alliances with our colleagues in Ontario and across Canada. I am currently a member of the OCUFA Ad Hoc Committee on Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement. I have also served on the CAUT Executive as Chair of the Contract Academic Staff committee. We must continue to form partnerships to ensure our voices are heard. As a member of the Executive, I have emphasized the need to form bonds with other labour groups at the national, provincial and local levels. If re-elected, I will work to strengthen WLUFA’s ties with existing groups and to forge new alliances.
I remain firmly committed to improving working conditions for all faculty at Laurier. I believe this can only be accomplished by a united Laurier faculty, one that fights for the rights of both its continuing and contract Members. If re-elected, I will continue working to represent ALL Members of WLUFA and to ensure ALL voices are heard.
User Experience Design, Brantford
I am a professor and program coordinator for User Experience Design on the Brantford campus.
My prior role as VP Research enabled me to participate in university administration at a senior-level and this experience has given me a unique perspective on governance at Laurier. I’ve also served on numerous committees, working groups and task forces including: Research Ethics, Merit, Senate Executive and Finance, Deans Advisory, Town and Gown, SCRAP, SPAT, WLUFA joint committee on Intellectual Property for Online Learning, and the Ontario Council on University Research.
The primary reason that I want to serve on the WLUFA Executive Committee
In this challenging time of diminishing government support for education, stagnating enrollments, and market uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic, it’s vitally important that we ensure a faculty voice in institutional decision-making, and that faculty and administration communicate and work together to safeguard our future.
Department of Religion & Culture, Waterloo
I am a Contract Faculty member who teaches at both the Waterloo (Faculty of Arts) and Brantford (Faculty of Liberal Arts) campuses. I have been part of WLUFA for 17 years and am actively involved in service. I currently sit on the WLUFA Diversity and Equity committee and was the CAS member on the Search Committee for the EDI Senior Advisor (2019). I am also
currently the CTF member on the Search Committee for the VP: Teaching and Learning. I am committed to working with peers on WLUFA Executive to carry out the Association’s mission of protecting and promoting the interests of faculty and librarians in their relationships with our employer. I also bring my specific commitment to upholding a focus on diversity and equity, both within our faculty association and across our larger university community. For me, this means addressing and combatting the continued microaggressions faced by racialized, disabled, LGBTQ+, and contract faculty, as well as working toward implementation of the recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for increased hiring and retention of Indigenous faculty and inclusion of Indigenous knowledge
History & Social Environmental Justice, Brantford
Rob Kristofferson is a Professor of History and Social & Environmental Justice at WLU’s Brantford Campus. He is also Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Social Justice & Community Engagement. He has been active in the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) since he started at Laurier in 2006. He has served in an array of capacities including, President, Vice-President, Past-President, Executive Member, Grievance Officer, Co-Chair of the Joint Liaison Committee, bargaining side table committees, Strategy Committee, Constitutional Review Committee, Bilateral Workload Committee, and much more. At the provincial level he has served on both the Executive and the Board of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) as well as on various OCUFA subcommittees including, Activity-Based Budgeting, Program Prioritization, Mobilization and Contract Faculty/Faculty Complement. At the national level he has served as WLUFA Representative on the Council of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for two years. He also served as a Trustee of the CAUT Defense Fund for three years.
Law & Society, Brantford
I am an Associate Professor in the Law & Society program at Laurier Brantford. Since joining Laurier in 2011, I have taught socio-legal courses in the areas of global justice, gender and sexuality, and feminist socio-legal theory and conducted research on university campus rape culture, the effects of neoliberal funding mechanisms on civil society, and international development and humanitarian responses to refugees in Uganda and Namibia. I was a member of WLUFA’s Executive Committee (2019-2020, 2017-2018), Laurier’s Taskforce for Free Expression (2018), Laurier’s Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures Working Group (2015-2016), and have served on various program-related committees in Law & Society (PCC, PTAC, curriculum, LSSA faculty advisor) and Social Justice and Community Engagement (graduate
coordinator, admissions). I am excited to join WLUFA’s Executive Committee for another year to contribute to existing conversations and efforts to improve FTF and CF members’ working conditions at Laurier.
Department of Sociology, Waterloo
I am a film maker and Professor of Sociology at WLU. Among the many films I have made, is Contract Faculty: Injustice in the University, whose title reflects my views about the situation of these members of WLUFA and other faculty unions. I have served on the WLUFA Executive before, as well as on Senate and the Board of Governors. For more than a decade, I have been a trustee and flying picket for the CAUT Defence Fund. Another of my films – Sociology at the End of the World – sadly, connects rather well to the current Covid19 crisis. Both films mentioned are available on YouTube.
Department of Philosophy, Waterloo
I earned my PhD in Philosophy from the University Western Ontario in 1996. My main areas of interest are in technology and ethics, technology and art, and aesthetics. Since joining Laurier in 1996 I have taught primarily in the Philosophy and the Communication Studies department, but also in History, English and Film Studies, and Fine Arts. For the past two rounds I have been on the negotiating team for Contract Faculty and for the past two years have served as a Grievance Officer. I find working for my colleagues through WLUFA rewarding and challenging, and wish to continue to serve my academic community. My experience and continuing work as a grievance office provide me with an opportunity to integrate the general management of the faculty association with one of our largest and most important activities. I look forward to serving all members in an increased role with WLUFA.
Robin Slawson, Professor
Department of Biology, Waterloo
During the past 17 years at Laurier, I have been in a full-time faculty position, maintaining an engaging teaching and research platform, summarized below. I have also had the opportunity to serve the university in a variety of ways including two terms as a Faculty Senator, which included participation on various Senate committees as well as serving as undergraduate and graduate officer at the department level over the years. Recently, I have served two terms on the WLUFA Executive committee (2017-2018; 2018-2019) and, in this capacity; have had the
opportunity to view the life of the university from yet another vantage point. I am willing to return and continue to learn and represent members in this capacity for another term, should I get elected, as I feel it is important to have as much perspective as possible on behalf of our membership. Together, the collective knowledge and experience brought forward by the Executive team can best represent our highly valued members.
R. Slawson received her PhD in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Guelph in 1993 and M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo in 1989. Graduate research focused on heavy metal toxicity and metal resistance in environmental/aquatic microorganisms.
Prior to joining Laurier, she was a Research Associate Professor with the NSERC Chair in Water Treatment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Research focused on microbiological aspects of drinking water treatment.
Within the discipline of applied environmental microbiology, the current Laurier research laboratory focuses primarily on aspects of microbial water quality with specific attention to the environmental persistence of antibiotic resistant pathogens. Ongoing projects include constructed wetland treatment of wastewater including the role of microbial community structure in bioremediation potential, biofilm formation by selected waterborne pathogens and the relationship to antibiotic resistance, and bacterial-mycorrhizal interactions in wetland plant root systems. The Laurier Environmental Microbiology Laboratory also represents the Pathogen Resilience Platform for the Ontario Watershed Consortium.
Extensive undergraduate and graduate supervision has taken place over the past 25 years resulting in over 90 HQP. Courses taught include introductory undergraduate, senior undergraduate as well as graduate courses in microbiology and engineering.
Full-time Librarian, Brantford
I have been a librarian on the Brantford campus since 2008. I am very interested in equity issues and this is demonstrated by my involvement with various equity committees. I have served as a WLUFA representative on the Bilateral University-Association Employment Equity Committee. I was also a member of the Employment Equity Advisory Team when it was reactivated in 2015/2016. When the committee was revived we focused on the terms of reference in the first year and then I served again on this team in 2016/2017. In the second year, the larger group was divided into five working groups and I volunteered for two of the working groups, People with Disabilities, and the Indigenous working groups. The working groups conducted a SWOT analysis with the goal of identifying priorities to create an equitable working environment. I am also very much interested in working to help create a more equitable work environment for contract teaching faculty.
Lazaridis School, Waterloo
I am a full professor at the Lazaridis School and an incumbent WLUFA executive member.
I am a productive researcher working on business strategy, firm long-term productivity, e-business, and big data analytics. I have published extensively in top business and engineering journals, including Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Information & Management, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. My work has received several research awards, and is funded by multiple research funding agencies such as SSHRC and NSERC. I hold several patents on data analytic methods. I am a dedicated educator, and have been teaching business courses at the BBA, MBA, and PhD levels. I have successful industry experience on innovation commercialization, entrepreneurship, and business consulting.
With a great experience working on the WLUFA executive committee in the past year, I seek to continue my service. I hope to work with the fellow executives and contribute to building a better WLU community.
Once you have confirmed your attendance for a conference or workshop, a WLUFA staff member will contact you to acquire details for your travel arrangements. If WLUFA sponsors you to attend an event, you are expected to provide a report to the Executive Committee. Please indicate which conference you attended, where it was located, and the dates of the conference. Describe how you feel your attendance benefits WLUFA (limit of one page). Include a conference summary (limit of two pages). The report is due three weeks from the date of travel.
WLUFA will book and pay for your flight arrangements and conference registration as well as reserve your hotel and if needed, ground transportation, in advance. Please note that you may be required to pay your hotel charge, ground transport, parking, internet usage fee, (or other travel charges) at the time of use. WLUFA will reimburse the cost of travel expenses for the designated participant once receipts have been submitted. Reimbursable costs include; travel by air, train, bus, or automobile (advanced seat selection not included), hotel accommodations, parking fees, internet usage fees as well as meals (see below). With the exception of meals, receipts must be provided.
Please make every effort to take the most economical means of travel possible. Any exceptions must be pre-approved by WLUFA.
WLUFA will reimburse participants for personal use of automobiles based on the current rate in the University’s Expense Reimbursement Handbook. The amount of reimbursement for mileage shall not exceed the lowest airfare available at the time of the meeting. Vehicle rentals are also an option depending on your travel plans.
WLUFA will reimburse you for meals at the following maximum rates per day. Receipts are not required.
Kilometre Rate 0.58 (currently)
Staying with friends or relatives: HALF THE APPLICABLE CONFERENCE RATE
Note that WLUFA will pay only for meals not included with the conference. WLUFA will not pay for items or services charged to your hotel room, with the exception of parking and/or internet if applicable
In the event that a participant has agreed to have travel booked and then is subsequently unable to attend the meeting, the following policy shall apply:
- a) In the event of (1) an emergency medical condition involving the participant, or a member of the participant’s immediate family, requiring the care of a physician or hospitalization, or (2) the death of an immediate family member, WLUFA will bear the cost of travel booked, cancellation fees and registration fees, if applicable, upon receipt of a letter from the physician or hospital;
- b) In the event that the participant is required to return home early for the reasons outlined in (a) above, requiring a change in the travel itinerary, WLUFA will cover the cost of the change fee.
- c) In the event of cancellation for any other reason (e.g., workload, personal reasons), the participant will be responsible for the cost of travel booked, cancellation fees and registration fees, if applicable, and will reimburse WLUFA.
- d) In the event of a change in itinerary for any other reason (e.g., workload, personal reasons), the participant will be responsible for all costs associated with that change and will reimburse WLUFA.
You may choose to bring a guest on your trip but only the member’s portion of expenses will be reimbursed. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Watson at Ext. 2603.
Please attach all receipts to the Expenses-Claim-Form-, including those already paid for by WLUFA, and submit it to the WLUFA office upon your return.