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 ( 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 ( 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 […]

Oct 182011

For close to a decade now the USFA has hosted events for faculty in the first few years of their appointment at the U of S. Getting to meet new members and hear from them about their views on our workplace is an enriching experience. Each year, while the information we provide can seem quite […]

Oct 012011

Many USFA members have thought provoking perspectives on issues that affect day to day academic life at the U of S and elsewhere. Some of these issues are widely known, but seldom discussed while others are only just emerging. What's affecting you? Is there a workplace issue you'd like to get off your chest or […]

Sep 292011

Changes to the salary review procedures that were negotiated in the last round of bargaining are in place for the process just getting under way. Soon information about the total sum of money available to Departments and Colleges will come from the President’s Review Committee, if it hasn’t already. The changes, aimed at improving both […]

Sep 292011

The USFA has been in ongoing discussions with the employer regarding SEEQ comments. We have been informed that as of September 2009 all comments can be linked to the person making the comments. While the comments remain confidential, the ability to link comments to the person making them ensures that natural justice can take place […]