Negotiating Committee for the 2014-2017 Collective Agreement
(USFA Senior Professional Officer)
Jim began his position with the USFA in January, 2012. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology for 26½ years, serving as Department Head for 8½ of those years. Throughout his career, Jim has been extensively involved with the USFA and negotiations. He has served as Chief Negotiator for the last two rounds of bargaining, and he has been a Negotiations Team member for an additional four rounds of bargaining. In addition, Jim has served as Vice-Chair of the USFA, Senior Grievance Officer and Co-Chair of JCMA, as well as being a member of most standing committees of the USFA. Jim is an expert on compensation within the University sector, and brings a wealth of experience in negotiating to the table.
(USFA Member Services Officer)
Since Johanne joined the staff of the USFA in 2001, one of her primary areas of responsibility has been negotiations. She is an active participant at the bargaining table and supports the Negotiating Committee as well as the Negotiations Caucus. Johanne has been a member of the Negotiating Committee for the last five Collective Agreements, bringing to the bargaining table knowledge and experience gained from bargaining collective agreements as a local union leader and activist with the United Steelworkers union for more than a decade.
(Pharmacy & Nutrition)
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Anas joined the University in January 2008 as an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Since 2009, he has been serving on the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement. Anas completed his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland and he was a founding member of the Teaching Assistant Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland. His main area of research is focused on the use of mass spectrometry for the analysis of small pharmaceuticals. He is currently the president of the Saskatchewan Mass Spectrometry User Group and recently completed an MBA degree from the Edwards School of Business, sponsored through the CIHR’s Science-2-Business program.
(Biology, Arts & Science)
Doug has been Chair of the USFA since July, 2009. He is an accomplished biologist who has recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. During his tenure as chair, Doug has worked to build a strong working relationship with the Employer and placed particular emphasis on supporting the process of Negotiations. This has resulted in successful outcomes as regards terms and conditions of employment.
(English, Arts & Science)
Allison joined the U of S faculty in 2004. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, and Coordinator for the minor in Digital Culture & New Media offered through the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity. Her book, The Enlightenment Cyborg: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660–1830 (UTP 2007), was shortlisted for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best ASPP-funded English-language book in the Humanities in Canada. Her current research is a Digital Humanities project to map the literary and print culture of eighteenth-century London. She joined the JCMA Caucus in 2009 and was a member of JCMA 2011-12.
(Computer Science, Arts & Science)
Eric has been Vice-Chair of the USFA since July, 2010. He has an interdisciplinary research program in computer science studying various aspects of computer graphics, statistical and mobile computing. In 2012, he was co-recipient of the Industry Liaison Office Award of Innovation. Over his career, he has worked with seven different collective bargaining teams. He has been a member of many major university committees, including Planning and Priorities, the University Review Committee, and the Arts and Science College Review Committee. In the Department of Computer Science, he has taken an active role in drafting standards, he has served as graduate chair and he is currently department head. Eric is co-chair of the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement, which regularly discusses matters affecting employment, and he is chair of the USFA Communications Committee.
(Curriculum Studies, Education)
Jeff Park is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education. His research areas are varied and include curriculum issues, writing theory, critical theory research methodologies, and literacy policy and implementation. His book, “Writing at the Edge: Narrative and Writing Process Theory” was published in 2005. Jeff was a member of the USFA Executive from 2006 to 2008, served as treasurer from 2006 to 2008, and chaired the USFA Voluntary Group Life Insurance Trust Fund, and the USFA Contingency Trust Fund. Jeff is also a creative writer, working in a number of genres including fiction, playwriting and poetry. His book, “The Cellophane Sky: Jazz Poems” recently won the Saskatoon Book Award at the 2012 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Negotiations Caucus for the 2014-2017 Collective Agreement
The Negotiations Caucus consisted of the Negotiations Committee and the following USFA members.
(Philosophy, Arts & Science)
Sarah was elected to the USFA Executive committee for a two-year term beginning in July 2012. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, where she has been faculty since 1999 and served a five-year term as Department Head from 2006-2011. She has chaired and worked on Department Salary, Appointments, Tenure and Promotions committees, and handled both tenure and promotion cases as Department Head. She was a Negotiating Team member in the last round of bargaining in 2010-11, has served on the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement, and this year is serving on the USFA Negotiations Caucus, and the Communications and the Constitution committees.
William (Bill) Kulyk
(Anatomy & Cell Biology, Medicine)
Bill has been a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, College of Medicine since July 1988, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. He teaches undergraduate courses on cell and developmental biology and he is actively involved in graduate student supervision. He has an NSERC-funded research program investigating mechanisms that control skeleton formation in embryos. Through collaboration with faculty in the College of Engineering, Bill is also involved in cartilage tissue engineering research. Bill’s past activities on behalf of USFA members include service as USFA Executive Member (July 1998-June 1999); USFA Vice-Chair (July 1999-June 2000); member of the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement (1998-1999); Co-Chair of the Joint Benefits Committee (2000-2001); and Faculty Association Representative for Anatomy and Cell Biology since 1995. He has also served on numerous department, college and university committees during the past 24 years, including the College Review Committee (Medicine) and the President’s Review Committee.
Tamara joined the College of Law faculty in 2006. Prior to that, she articled and practiced law at a large law firm in Calgary and completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall Law School. Tamara’s area of research focuses on taxation policy, and she teaches in the areas of taxation and commercial law. She has served on a variety of College committees and currently sits on the Executive of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. Tamara brings her legal and drafting expertise to the Negotiations Caucus.
(Psychology, Arts & Science)
Michael is currently an Executive member and the Treasurer of the USFA. He has served on the Executive since 2004 and has been part of the Negotiating Team and Caucus for the last two rounds of bargaining. Michael is a Clinical Psychologist by training and represents the Association on health and wellness issues such as the Employee Assistance Program and Occupational Health and Safety. Additionally he is actively involved in collegial processes such as the President’s Review Committee, JCMA, Sabbatical Appeal, and Renewal, Tenure, and Promotion Appeal. Michael’s research program looks at the relation between personality and mental health including the diagnosis and assessment of personality disorders and the long-term treatment of mental illness. Michael is a priest in Tanzania and works there as the Rector of Rondo Junior Seminary and St. Cyprian’s Theological College and as an education and health consultant. Michael also has a clinical practice in Saskatoon.
Elisabeth (Liz) Snead
(Small Animal Clinical Science, WCVM)
Liz is a Full Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the WCVM. She started her appointment at the University in 2003. She teaches fourth year veterinary students in the clinics, and provides undergraduate and graduate lectures in the areas of small animal endocrinology and nephrology and training in clinical communications. Liz has served as the Faculty Association Representative for her Department for a number of years. In addition, she has served her profession as vice-president, president and past president of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association and her department and college as intern coordinator, Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital Section Head, and as a member of the Admissions Committee amongst other roles. Liz has an active research program, including being part of a multidisciplinary collaborative research project involving the Canadian Light Source. One issue she is passionate about is having the employer compensate members of professional colleges for the cost of their professional dues required for both employment and for ensuring accreditation of their respective colleges.
R. Anne Springer
Anne joined the College of Nursing at the rank of Assistant Professor in January 2010. Her nursing career has spanned more than three decades. Anne has served in a variety of leadership, management, consultancy and advisory roles, and is the recipient of a number of awards, scholarships and distinctions. Anne’s teaching, research, and scholarly interests focus on philosophy and the ethics of pharmaceutical industry involvement in healthcare research and practice. Anne serves as a member of the USFA Committee on University Administrative Practices and has written for VOX. Her January, 2012 submission offered a critique of the values of ‘efficiency’ and the ‘maximization of profit’ taken up by Canadian Universities, and discussed the impact of those values on students and new academics.
(Geography & Planning, Arts & Science)
Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning where he has worked since 2006/07, and served as Regional and Urban Planning Chair from 2008 to 2011. He has served on the USFA Executive committee since July 2011, including its Member Development Committee, JCMA Caucus and as chair of the University Administrative Practice committee. Ryan is an expert in urban planning, geography, housing and Indigenous studies. He is Director of the new Prairie Research Centre for the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant. In 2012 he received the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Outreach and Engagement. Along with Jill Gunn and colleagues from the City of Saskatoon and Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Company Architects, Ryan has been recognised by the Canadian Institute of Planners with its 2012 Award for Planning Excellence for the first phase of Saskatoon’s new city centre plan.