Sep 122012
 

By November 21 the College Review Committee shall have considered all cases for renewal and transmitted, in writing, its positive recommendations to the President for transmission to the Board and its negative recommendations to the University Review Committee.

Sep 112012
 

Our next member social, on November 13, is fast approaching. Plan to attend and join us from 4:00 to 6:00 in the Windows Room at the University Club. It’s a wonderful opportunity to clink a glass, bend an ear, share a story, and get to know colleagues from across campus. It’s also an opportunity for […]

Sep 112012
 

This meeting will include Guest Speaker Dr. Claire Polster who has an interesting take on the response of academics to new administrative practices in areas that include resource allocation, performance assessment, and policy making. Come and learn about a broad range of strategies with the potential to help avoid entrenching and advancing the harmful effects […]

Aug 142012
 

The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association recognizes the important and challenging role Department Heads play at the University of Saskatchewan and to acknowledge that the USFA Executive Committee has extended an invitation for Department Heads to join Executive Committee members as well as USFA staff, for lunch. The Club Room at the University Club has […]

Aug 142012
 

On Wednesday, September 26, the USFA along with other campus bargaining units, including CUPE 1975 and ASPA, as well as SGEU, an off-campus bargaining unit will be hosting a speak-out barbecue on the west end of the Bowl between the Arts and Thorvaldson Buildings from 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. By eating a free hot […]

Aug 142012
 

11:30 to 1:30 Red Room, University Club USFA members in the first few years of appointment at the U of S are invited to join USFA Executive members and Staff for lunch. RSVP: tammy.stieb@usask.ca or 966-5609  

Aug 142012
 

The U of S Act provides that the General Academic Assembly (GAA) may direct University Council to reconsider a decision authorizing the Board of Governors to establish or disestablish Colleges, Departments or Institutes. To do that, 50 or more members of the GAA must request that a special meeting of the GAA be called for […]

Aug 142012
 

The U of S Act provides that the General Academic Assembly (GAA) may direct University Council to reconsider a decision authorizing the Board of Governors to establish or disestablish Colleges, Departments or Institutes. To do that, 50 or more members of the GAA must request that a special meeting of the GAA be called for […]

Jun 282012
 

The USFA Executive Committee wants to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of our colleague, Peter Dooley. The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association would not be what it is today if not for his work. Peter was Chair of the Faculty Association when it became a certified trade union in the 1970’s […]

May 292012
 

On April 16th the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Access Copyright about a model licence agreement to cover reproduction and digital content on university campuses. On April 17th CAUT released a statement in response urging institutions to refuse to enter into the agreement and, […]

May 282012
 

The Fairbairn motion related to the College of Medicine concept paper that was passed by University Council on May 17, 2012 is another example of the undermining of collegial self-governance and decision making.  Against 100 years of collegial tradition, the concept paper was sent to University Council for a decision prior to input from faculty […]

May 222012
 

Recent cuts to Library and Archives Canada included the elimination of the National Archival Development Program (NADP), a peer-reviewed funding agency that supports local archival activities across Canada, including some in University Archives at the U of S. Funds from this program are essential to University Archives and enhancing access to primary source research resources. […]

May 152012
 

The USFA Executive recently communicated its concerns about the proposed “restructuring” in the College of Medicine. The timing and process associated with these announcements raises troubling questions. The Concept Paper, which contemplates the elimination of the Clinician-Teacher category of faculty appointment (of which there are more than 100), was announced just as the President and […]

May 092012
 

In an article printed on May 3rd and May 4th, the Star-Phoenix reported that, based on the StatsCan final data for 2010–11, mean salaries at the U of S were $148,754 for Full professors, $121,339 for Associate professors, and $105,102 for Assistant professors.  We wish these numbers were accurate, but they are not.  The numbers […]

May 072012
 

Hello everyone. Now that warmer weather is here it’s a great time to get out of your office. Take a stroll over to the Faculty Club on May 16 and join us from 4:00 to 6:30 in the Windows Room for our next member social. It’s a wonderful opportunity to clink a glass, bend an […]

May 012012
 

In our last bargaining update, we presented the case for a bargaining mandate with respect to salaries that is based on the Employer’s lead-payer strategy for compensation at the 75th percentile of a group of seven comparator institutions.  Based on the salary data that is currently available (i.e., 2010-11), the average salaries by rank for […]

Apr 252012
 

The recent announcement of restructuring in the College of Medicine has surprised and shocked affected faculty members in the College. The draft discussion paper, titled “Academic Reorganization and Administrative Alignment in the College of Medicine”, which proposes dramatic changes, is being rushed to University Council on May 17, 2012, in the final months of the […]

Apr 192012
 

Changes to Canadian copyright law are underway, with the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-32) presented to the House of Commons for a third reading last month, and expected to become law. This new legislation will create a new reality for faculty, especially as it is coupled with the decision last year by a majority of […]

Apr 122012
 

The USFA Constitution provides for two general membership meetings per year. The official meeting notice for the Spring General Meeting will be going out in the next few days. This meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Arts 143 and will include information about negotiations, a discussion of the recent provincial budget, […]

Apr 112012
 

The Prairie School for Union Women offers trade union women an intensive four days of learning and sharing in a supportive environment. The goals of the school are to develop women’s personal and leadership skills and to build solidarity among women workers. The school provides on-site child care and is committed to child-friendly attitudes. (Read […]