Jan 252012
 

By: Brian Pratt, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan I am biting my nails in anticipation of my NSERC-Discovery Grant application, just like the hundreds of other academic scientists applying for renewal or their first grant. Will I be able to hire summer undergraduate student assistants? Will I have enough for us to […]

Jan 242012
 

VOX is a forum for the expression of opinions of members of the USFA on topics of general interest to the membership. Submissions to be considered for publication should be sent to the USFA office to the attention of the VOX Editorial Board or they may be sent by email to usfa@usaskfaculty.ca, or to any […]

Jan 102012
 

Most of us who have joined the academy have a notion that we enjoy “academic freedom”, but most would be surprised to find out that, like other freedoms, it is not a well-defined concept and, like the concept of “tenure”, it is not governed by legislation. It is more typically described in mission statements or […]

Dec 222011
 

The Executive and Staff of the USFA wish you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year. Our offices will be closed on December 23, 2011 reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. In the event of an urgent matter, feel free to contact any of the following table officers by email: Doug Chivers (doug.chivers@usask.ca) Eric Neufeld […]

Dec 222011
 

The Executive and Staff of the USFA wish you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year. Our offices will be closed on December 23, 2011 reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. In the event of an urgent matter, feel free to contact any of the following table officers by email: Doug Chivers (doug.chivers@usask.ca) Eric Neufeld […]

Dec 202011
 

The Executive Committee of the Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) announced last week that, following a 45 day strike, the BUFA Membership ratified a new collective agreement. The margin of acceptance was 93 percent. The issues under dispute by Brandon faculty are important and relevant to Universities across Canada.  University administrations are moving to weaken […]

Nov 232011
 

Last week we sent out an e-Letter about tenure not being a term appearing in Saskatchewan legislation. While tenure and the ideals it holds have been a part of academia and the task of imparting knowledge to others for a very long time, it is not something that exists in the laws of our province. […]

Nov 172011
 

If you have ever wondered why faculty might choose to unionize, read the University of Saskatchewan Act and the University of Regina Act. Neither piece of legislation contains the word "tenure". It does appear in the Collective Agreement, where it is defined as "the appointment of an employee to a permanent position on the academic […]

Nov 172011
 

The Faculty Association has been in a three year battle, investing considerable time and expense fighting an attack on the integrity of the collegial process at our University. A few years ago, the tenure case of a faculty member received mixed reviews as it went through the collegial process at the departmental, college, and university […]

Nov 152011
 

Season’s Greetings! Please join us for our next social in the Windows Room on the main floor of the Faculty Club on Wednesday, December 21st at 4:00 pm.  Stop by for some holiday cheer and a chance to chat with other USFA members from across campus.  All USFA members are welcome to attend. Please contact […]

Nov 152011
 

by December 15, each Dean shall have informed the members of the College who have acceptable sabbatical leave projects whether the Dean will transmit to the Board a recommendation for granting of the employee’s leave during the subsequent academic year, or a recommendation for delay of leave.

Nov 142011
 

Is a faculty member who publishes six peer-reviewed articles more or less meritorious than a faculty member who publishes one peer-reviewed article, but also has large teaching and administrative responsibilities? It depends. Six top quality publications in outstanding venues could represent a career achievement, even given teaching and administrative offloads. However, six papers published in […]

Nov 092011
 

Hello everyone, I would like to invite USFA members to join me for the first of what will be a monthly social get-together for USFA members in the Club Room downstairs at the Faculty Club, on Thursday, November 17 at 4:00 PM. Snacks and drinks will be available. Come out and rub shoulders with other […]

Nov 082011
 

Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) has been on strike since October 12th, 2011. BUFA represents both tenured faculty and non-tenured sessional instructors and is dealing with four main issues. Quality of learning – BUFA's position is that there should be guaranteed replacements when members go on sabbatical to ensure continuity of program delivery. They are […]

Nov 072011
 

The merit pool for this and next year is quite large – 785 CDIs for each year. After that, it will likely go back to 600 CDIs per annum, subject to the outcome of collective bargaining. At the last round of bargaining, the parties agreed that the merit system at the U of S was […]

Nov 022011
 

The total merit pool for 2011-2012 is 785 CDIs. The current agreement states that at least two-thirds of these must be full merits, making it possible to award a maximum of about 1050 awards (525 full and 525 halves). The new merit system is intended to be transparent. Decisions must be made by a committee […]

Nov 012011
 

It’s 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011. There are 6 days and 11 hours left until the polls close on Election Day. There’s plenty of time to make yourself aware of issues affecting the people of Saskatchewan. One of the best sources of information out there right now is the Labour Issues Campaign of the […]

Oct 312011
 

The Saskatchewan provincial election is an opportunity for you to support and elect candidates who you believe will best represent you. Here's what you can do: Talk to family, friends and co-workers. Urge them to get out and vote. Go to candidate forums and ask questions. Where do candidates stand on issues that are important […]