May 242019

Online applications for the USFA Scholarship will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members.  Immediate family includes spouse/partner, sons, daughters or children whom USFA members have served as legal guardians.

The application form for the 2018-2019 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: Students can apply online through their PAWS account as follows:


  • Log into the Scholarships and Bursaries channel in PAWS:
  • Click on the green “Apply for awards” button
  • Click on the “Select Application Form” scroll-down menu under “Current Students”
  • Select the “2018-2019 USFA Tuition Scholarship Fund Application”; click “Apply”

Once the student has completed the application, an automated email will be sent to the Faculty member’s University of Saskatchewan email address. On receipt of that email, the Faculty member will need to log into PAWS as instructed by the email to confirm the Faculty member/ student relationship.  Both the student and the faculty member will get a confirmation email that the application has been completed.  If you do not get the confirmation email please contact student awards immediately at 306-966-2897. 

Each year $250,000 is contributed to the USFA Scholarship Fund. The $250,000 is divided by the number of credit units eligible applicants have successfully completed for credit courses taken in the 2018-2019 academic year (May 1, 2018-April 30, 2019).   Recipients will be emailed in late July 2019 with the results of their application.

Scholarship money will be applied directly to the recipient’s student account. Any balance of account, after outstanding tuition and fees are paid, will be refunded by cheque and will be mailed to the student’s address listed on PAWS.

For further information contact Awards and Financial Aid at 306-966-2897or the Faculty Association Office at 966-5611.


May 082019

The nominations deadline for the USFA executive by-election passed Monday, May 6.  We received two nominations:

  • Jason MacLean, Assistant Professor in the College of Law
  • Sina Adl, Professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources

The Elections Committee met, and acclaimed both candidates. Professor MacLean will commence a 2-year term starting July 1, representing category A, the vacant position unfilled during the general election.  Professor Adl will fill the 1-year term immediately, representing the category D, vacated due to resignation on April 13.

There remains a one-year term in category A due to a resignation commencing July 1.

Apr 162019

Recently, the Joint Committee for the Management the Agreement (JCMA) met with Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Patti McDougall and Teaching and Learning Centre Director Nancy Turner to discuss concerns raised by the Ryerson arbitration decision and a recent report from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). JCMA also heard about their […]

Apr 042019

As faculty members, we have dual interests in copyright protection. Many of us create copyrighted materials including textbooks, videos, podcasts and expect our work to be protected. As educators, many of us find it occasionally useful to use pieces of copyrighted materials in the classroom for illustrative purposes – a few pages of a text […]

Apr 032019

The 2019 annual election of Executive Committee members has completed.  As you recall, we called to elect six members: one in Category A (Instructor, Lecturer, Special Lecturer, Assistant Librarian, or Assistant Professor) one in Category B (Associate Librarian or Associate Professor) one in Category C (Librarian or Professor) three in Category D (membership at large) […]

Apr 012019

The grievance filed on June 7, 2017 regarding the medical disclosure requirements for short-term disability benefits or salary continuance has been successfully settled. The forms provided by the private corporation contracted to manage short-term disability benefits, Lifemark Health Group, have been revised and can be accessed through the following link: The medical information now […]

Mar 272019

Nominees for the Executive committee are as follows: Category A (Instructor, Lecturer, Special Lecturer, Assistant Librarian or Assistant Professor) Category B (Associate Professor or Associate Librarian) Geraldine Balzer, Curriculum Studies, College of Education Lenaic Couedel, Physics and Engineering Physics, College of Arts and Science Category C (Professor or Librarian) Doug Chivers, Biology, College of Arts […]

Mar 272019

Claims for reimbursement for any expenses from any of the benefit plans must be submitted to Sun Life within 90 days of the end of the calendar year in which the expense is incurred.   This means that the deadline for submitting claims incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2018 is March 31, 2019.  […]

Mar 182019

Duties assigned to faculty at the ranks of instructor and lecturer differ from the duties assigned to the professorial ranks, which include research, scholarly, and artistic work: instructors and lecturers are expected to focus on the delivery of instruction in support of academic programs. Assignment of duties for Instructors and Lecturers is in accordance with […]

Mar 152019

CUPE 1975 is continuing to work on achieving a new collective agreement at the bargaining table. Earlier this month it reached out, through a mediator, to University administration requesting a meeting. CUPE’s intent for this meeting is to discuss questions and concerns the employer has raised on its website about the Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan […]

Mar 132019

The 2007-2009 Collective Agreement included a new clause on Guidelines for Assignment of Duties (Article 11.5) that defined a process by which academic units discuss in committee and ratify their own workload guidelines. This article makes it possible for employees to define appropriate workloads that take into account the full range of duties in their […]

Mar 112019

Online applications for the USFA Scholarship will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019. The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members.  Immediate family includes spouse/partner, sons, daughters or children whom USFA members have served as legal guardians. The application form for the 2018-2019 USFA […]

Mar 072019

On March 1, 2019, The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) released its report investigating complaints of misuse and inappropriate interpretation of the scores on student evaluations of teaching. The report points out that many factors figure in students’ responses, some of which have nothing to do with quality of teaching: class size, time […]

Mar 062019

This is the time of year when the process for the Assignment of Duties is underway. Provisions for the assignment of duties are covered in Article 11 of the Collective Agreement. Department Heads, or Deans in non-departmentalized Colleges, “following consultation and discussion with faculty at a meeting,” assign duties. This annual meeting is an important […]

Feb 252019

In a recent arbitration hearing, Arbitrator Anne Wallace Q.C. considered the issue of audio recording of College Review Committee (CRC) meetings and deliberations.  The Association filed a grievance when it appeared that one College’s CRC deliberations were being recorded without the knowledge or consent of some of its committee members and without the matter having […]

Feb 142019

The USFA Executive is concerned about the current state of labour relations on campus. We are working hard to improve these relations and we call upon USFA members to help with this effort. The USFA shares a common interest with the other unions on campus in negotiating fair compensation, job security, and safe working conditions […]

Jan 022019

To our USFA colleagues, happy new year and best wishes for the coming year! With the beginning of the winter term, we are setting up more meetings with the Employer. We continue to work toward conclusion of a prolonged, and occasionally contentious, process. Since we began negotiations with the Employer in July 2017, many of […]

Dec 202018

On Thursday, December 20th SK Federation of Labour (SFL) will be walking the picket line with UFCW 1400 members at the Saskatoon Coop Westview (33rd St W and Ave P N) from 5 pm to 7 pm. The SFL has invited affiliated unions, their locals, Saskatoon Coop members, and others to join them in walking […]

Dec 102018

Faculty are advised to check the upcoming changes effective January 2019 in coverage limits for amounts reimbursed for individual visits to the various paramedical practitioners covered by the Sun Life Extend Health Benefits. While the overall yearly maximum coverage amount remains in effect at $500 per year, changes are occurring in the maximum per visit […]