May 192017
 

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 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their PAWS account as follows:

1) Log into the Scholarships and Bursaries channel in PAWS (paws.usask.ca/go/awards)

2) Click on the green “Apply for awards” button

3) Click on the “Select Application Form” scroll-down menu

4) Select the “2016-2017 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 made. If you do not get the confirmation email please contact student awards immediately.

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 2016-2017 academic year (May 1, 2016-April 30, 2017). Recipients will be emailed in late July 2017 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 awards@usask.ca or the Faculty Association Office at usfa@usaskfaculty.ca or 966-5611.

 

May 082017
 

We are delighted to welcome newly elected members to the USFA Executive Committee: Erika Dyck (History), Mark Meyers (History), Anne Springer (Nursing), and Jesse Stewart (Linguistics). We welcome back for another term Doug Chivers (Biology), and Eric Neufeld (Computer Science). 

We thank our outgoing members, Patricia Farnese (Law), Len Findlay (English), and John Moraros (Public Health). Without the commitment of those members who dedicate their time and energy to the work of the Executive and its standing committees, the USFA would not be able to function. 

With regret we announce as well the departure of Carol Henry, Assistant Dean of Nutrition and Dietetics. Carol gave notice in April that she is unable to serve on the Executive for the remaining year of her term due to many administrative and research responsibilities. Carol will be missed: her voice and judgment and ethical probity constituted a valuable contribution to our committee. She has served the USFA well, and we thank her most sincerely for her contributions.

In advance of this year’s elections to the Executive, our membership approved changes to restructure the Executive Committee Categories. Carol was elected to Category B under the old Constitution. Currently in that Category are Richard Julien (Linguistics), with one year left in his term, and Mark Meyers, just elected to the same category. Under the new Constitution, there are just two positions in Category B and six in Category D. As a result, we are left with an opening in Category D (Members at Large).

With election results for Category D showing that the next highest number of votes after Jesse Stewart (257 total votes) is Linda McMullen (256 total votes), the Executive Committee passed a motion on May 5 to fill the vacancy created by Carol’s resignation with the appointment of Linda. We are delighted to announce that she will remain with us for a one-year term.

Professor in Psychology and our current Vice Chair, Linda has been an exemplary member of our Executive for the past two years: thoughtful, experienced, empathetic, and ethical, she has chaired JCMA with dignity, firmness and grace. 

We are very much looking forward to working next year with such a fine balance of new and experienced members.

 Your Executive Committee for 2017-18:

Doug Chivers (Biology)

Erika Dyck (History)

Susan Fowler Kerry (Nursing)

Richard Julien (Linguistics)

Linda McMullen (Psychology)

Mark Meyers (History)

Allison Muri (English)

Eric Neufeld (Computer Science)

Anne Springer (Nursing)

Vicki Squires (Educational Administration)

Jesse Stewart (Linguistics)

Larry Stewart (History)

 

May 012017
 

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 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their […]

Apr 262017
 

In our previous e-letter we requested feedback, both to University Council and to the Board of Governors, about new policies and procedures proposed by the College of Medicine which would result in the academic ranks of Assistant, Associate, and full Professor being awarded to ca. 1500 clinicians who currently practice medicine in the province of […]

Apr 192017
 

University Council and the Board of Governors need to hear from you and from your Council representatives. If new policies and procedures proposed by the College of Medicine are approved, the academic ranks of Assistant, Associate, and full Professor will no longer be awarded only to academic employees of the University of Saskatchewan. Submitted to […]

Apr 122017
 

With pleasure, we announce the 2017 recipients of the Peter T. Millard Award and the Peter C. Dooley Legacy Award. The 2017 Peter Millard Award goes to Dr. Lee Murray from the College of Nursing. Through her involvement as the Faculty Association Representative (FAR) in the College of Nursing, Lee Murray has assisted and supported […]

Mar 282017
 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. March 29 Room 50.12 Murray Library As part of Open Education Week, USFA member DeDe Dawson, one of the creators of the library’s LibGuide on predatory publishers, is giving a presentation next week on “Publishing and the New Tri-Agency Policy.” This talk will include information about how to find legitimate journals […]

Mar 222017
 

Representatives of the Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers will be in attendance at the Legislature today to hear firsthand how much financial support from the Provincial Government will be provided to Saskatchewan Universities for 2017-18. Saskatchewan is home to world renowned scholars and high quality degree programs because our universities are more than simply institutions […]

Mar 202017
 

In light of the government directive to constrain salaries of university employees, it is important to remember that the funding it provides is not only a sound investment in the Saskatchewan economy, but also one that will shape the province’s future for better or worse. We have been building for years to attract the “best […]

Mar 162017
 

The Faculty Association has filed a grievance against the employer for surreptitiously audio-recording collegial committee meetings and deliberations. The recording was done without the knowledge and/or the consent of the members of the collegial committee, which did not have written procedures in place regarding the recording of deliberations. The surreptitious nature of the recording is […]

Mar 142017
 

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 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their […]

Mar 062017
 

Like all publicly funded institutions in this province, our university faces a directive from the Government of Saskatchewan to constrain the total cost of employee compensation so that it is no greater than what it was in 2016–17. The government suggests that the Board of Governors achieve this goal by entering into negotiations immediately and […]

Mar 022017
 

Faculty members getting ready for tenure and promotion are under pressure to publish their research and scholarly work. According to the University Standards, candidates for tenure and promotion are required to demonstrate, through publications in reputable, peer reviewed outlets that the results of their research have made a contribution to the field of specialization, sufficient […]

Feb 152017
 

On March 8 at noon there will be a rally at the Provincial Legislature. We need you to attend. The USFA is willing to help transport members and members of our university community to Regina for the rally. This rally is an opportunity for people from across the province to come together before the budget […]

Feb 092017
 

Consider nominating someone you know for the USFA’s Dooley Award or Millard Award. The Dooley Award recognizes people or organizations that have been champions of collegial self-governance in Canada. The Millard Award recognizes USFA members who have assisted and/or supported a USFA member or members, or faculty generally, through their involvement with the Association. How […]

Feb 072017
 

Going into negotiations we have to consider that the largest source of revenue for the university is the operating grant from the Government of Saskatchewan. With this year’s provincial deficit now projected to be $1.2B and growing, and where “everything is on the table,” what  will this mean for our university? Will the U of […]

Feb 032017
 

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 deadline applies to 2016 claims made under the Dental Plan, Health Plan or Flexible Spending Program (Health Spending Account or […]

Feb 012017
 

To our Muslim co-workers, to our Muslim students, to our whole community, the USFA joins with Canadians across the country in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the attack in Quebec City on Sunday. As scholars, teachers, and citizens we deplore the emboldening of racists and […]

Jan 312017
 

Our employer has expressed a commitment to spousal hiring to support the recruitment and retention of faculty, but in recent conversations with new members, the university’s support for spousal and partner hiring (whether academic or otherwise) has been flagged as a problem for families relocating to Saskatoon. We invite you to contact the USFA office […]