Mar 272012
 

The USFA Scholarship was established in 2004. Each year scholarship awards are made to eligible students of USFA Faculty members. The University of Saskatchewan makes an annual contribution to the fund of $250,000. In 2010/2011 a record number of 208 applications were received. Of these applicants, 196 students were eligible for partial tuition reimbursement. For […]

Mar 272012
 

For the 9th year in a row, VGLI members will receive a contribution holiday. The duration of this year’s holiday is four months. The VGLI premiums for the months of March, April, May and June, 2012 will be paid for by the USFA VGLI Trust Fund. The USFA is the sponsor of the VGLI plan […]

Mar 272012
 

Our first experience with the new salary review provisions in the Collective Agreement is nearing completion.  Departments and Colleges have awarded their portions of the merit pool and the President’s Review Committee is in the final stages of its deliberations.  The USFA has received an enormous amount of feedback regarding the new salary review process, […]

Mar 272012
 

Our current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2013.  Both the USFA and Employer are committed to settling the next agreement prior to expiry of the present one, so it is likely that we will be at the table in early 2013.  As a consequence, preparation for the next round of bargaining by the USFA […]

Mar 272012
 

It’s that time of year again. The process for the assignment of duties is underway. It is an open and transparent process that requires your participation and it is through your participation that transparency and fairness are ensured in the same manner as other collegial processes. Duties are assigned by your Department Head, or in […]

Mar 272012
 

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) currently has underway a campaign to protect Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The Campaign, launched in November 2011, is in response to funding cuts and internal managerial decisions that are threatening the quality and integrity of Canada’s only national public library and archives. The changes in the name […]

Mar 272012
 

The Ontario Federation of Labour will hold a Solidarity and Pride conference in Toronto May 10-12, 2012. The conference opening will be held at 519 Church Street Community Centre, which serves as the political and spiritual hub of the LGBTQ in Toronto. For the remaining two days, the conference will take place at U of […]

Mar 272012
 

The USFA Executive Committee is always advising and encouraging members to get involved, not just in the USFA but in the governance of the University. One of the easiest ways to be involved in University governance is to make a point of attending the annual meeting of the General Academic Assembly (GAA). This year, the […]

Mar 202012
 

Hello, This is to let you know that our next member social is in the Windows Room on the main floor of the Faculty Club on Wednesday, March 21st at 4:00 pm. Jim Cheesman, Senior Professional Officer and Chief Negotiator for the USFA, will offer a few comments about the rights and responsibilities of members […]

Mar 192012
 

The USFA Constitution mandates an annual election of one-half of the members of the Executive Committee. By now you should have received the 2012 election package. Any regular member of the Association is eligible to run for a position and the term of office is two years. While, it has long been recognized that serving […]

Feb 162012
 

The University Standards for Tenure and Promotion state that for tenure as an Assistant or Associate Professor or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor a candidate must demonstrate a “defined program of research or scholarship”.  But what does this mean?  Will a faculty member with a very narrow focus of research on a highly […]

Feb 162012
 

A few years ago, senior administration clawed back unit budgets to the tune of $10 million, claiming it was necessary to deal with the global financial crisis and, amongst other things, to shore up the pension plans. These budget reductions were difficult for units and resulted in cuts to academic programming. A change in legislation […]

Feb 162012
 

There is no question that your Head of department is a vital cog in the academic wheel. At U of S and just about every other institution in Canada, the head is ‘in scope,’ that is, a member of the faculty association and therefore protected by the collective agreement.  The role of the Head should […]

Jan 312012
 

On Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 15th annual conference sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan Telling our stories – Making lives better Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. Special Guest: Ivan Coyote “As Good As We Can Make It: On bullying, collective responsibility, and actually making it better” Saturday, March 17, […]

Jan 252012
 

One long-standing feature of the Collective Agreement has been the Reduced Appointment Plan (RAP), which allows faculty members over 55 with at least 10 years of service to gradually downsize their careers by reducing to part-time without a corresponding reduction in benefits. The Collective Agreement states “[e]mployees who wish to participate in the Reduced Appointment […]

Jan 252012
 

It is heartening to see the January 2012 issue of VOX emerge. We have articles about our past (Millard reprint), the realizations of a newcomer (Springer), thoughts on research agenda (Pratt) and a rumoured institute (Muri). VOX is your voice. What are your thoughts on issues such as: TABBS (Transparent, Activity-Based Budget System): www.usask.ca/tabbs/about? Policy […]

Jan 252012
 

By: Allison Muri, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan Rumour has it that an agreement has already been signed to establish a Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, affiliated with the College of Arts & Science. There are over 300 such institutes, which are established to promote Chinese language and culture, in […]

Jan 252012
 

Vox, Issue #12, March 1993 featured an interview with Peter Millard, past Head of the Department of English, member of the Executive of the Faculty Association, and Chair of the Association in 1987-88. Millard retired two decades ago on December 31, 1991, and passed away ten years ago in December 2001. (The full Issue #12 […]