Update from Your Negotiations Team

Following up on our Dec 12, 2014 protocol agreement, we have now confirmed two dates to commence collective bargaining in late February and mid-March.

Thank you to all faculty members who have thoughtfully offered input and insight into what is needed to maintain and improve the quality of education at Emily Carr University.

We recognize that student learning conditions depend on faculty working conditions. As the proportion of public funding for post-secondary education decreases, there are increasingly heavier pressures and stresses on both students and faculty. We will continue to do our best to ensure that faculty and students have the resources and infrastructure needed to sustain a healthy teaching and learning environment.

Respectfully,

Rita Wong
on behalf of the Negotiations Team (David MacWilliam, Dennis Burke, Jane Slemon, Leah Squance)


Open to Learning - a Conference Dedicated to Public Post-Secondary Education

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We would like to acknowledge the support of Berger-Marks Foundation in helping students and faculty work together on protecting the quality of and access to public post-secondary education. Students were able to participate in this conference thanks to the Berger-Marks Foundation.


Welcome to Fall 2014!

We occasionally post news articles on our Facebook page, and encourage you to post links there if you have an article you’d like to share with colleagues. Posts could be about pedagogy, debates and issues in post-secondary education, or events that may be of interest to faculty…

In May 2014, Alex Phillips, Rita Wong, and Peg Campbell participated in the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators’ annual conference. Rita presented on a panel looking at what has happened at special purpose teaching universities  (Capilano University, University of the Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers University, Vancouver Island University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design) since we were designated as such in 2008.

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Photo credit: Leah Squance


Representing the New Faculty Majority

ACCUTE offers a reality check into post-secondary education in Canada from the perspectives of contract academic faculty: http://accute.ca/2014/01/30/representing-the-new-faculty-majority/


Big Picture Concerns

This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Richard Moser, “Overuse and Abuse of Adjunct Faculty Members Threaten Core Academic Values,” gives a good overview of the American context, that is relevant for faculty in Canada to consider.


What is Collegial Governance?

The following handout (building on CAUT’s work) offers some working definitions that may be helpful to consider:

Collegial Governance is defined in terms of the degree of autonomy members of a department or discipline can expect in participating in and determining every aspect and condition of their work: for example, meetings, workload, workload planning, academic planning, and so on.

The term turns on two elements:

“collegiality” which means the participation of faculty in governance structures.

Collegiality does not mean congeniality.

To be collegial, academic governance must:
(a) allow for the expression of a diversity of views and opinions,
(b) protect participants so that no individual is given inappropriate advantage (for example, due to power differentials) with respect to decisions, and
(c) ensure inclusiveness so that all who should be participating are provided the opportunity to do so.

Collegial governance depends on the participants being given, and being able to deliver, their share of the service workload.

“consultation” refers to the process whereby the person(s) consulting a person(s) is obligated to take into consideration the circumstances and interests of the person(s) being consulted, and, also, to ensure that these circumstances and interests are reflected in the determination made at the end of the process.

Consultation also refers to a formal meeting by which the consultation occurs around a specific agenda item(s) and whose procedure and outcome(s) are documented.


Representing You in Nanaimo

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Earth, Water, & Fire (ie. Peg Campbell, Rita Wong and Danuta Zwierciadlowski) representing the Emily Carr Faculty Association at the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators’ AGM, Vancouver Island University campus, May 2013. The artwork they are standing by was made by a VIU student to remember and respect murdered women.