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.
Notwithstanding the gorgeous sunny weather this long weekend, it’s also one of the most intense times of the year for studio and academic faculty. After the crunch eventually subsides, it may be healthy to take a step back to reflect on how post-secondary education is evolving, as well as our responsibilities to protect the quality of education in this province. While we each have our individual strengths and challenges, we’re also in this arts, media & design education community together, and it’s through mindful coordination that we’ll achieve more.
If you’d like to compare the collective agreements of post-secondary institutions that are members of FPSE (Federation of Post-Secondary Educators), they can be found online at http://www.fpse.ca/agreements/collective.
Also, for more context and discussion, the latest issue of Canadian cultural studies journal Topia, entitled Out of the Ruins, the University to Come, can be found in our library: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/topia/issue/current.
Sessional instructors are now a crucial part of the teaching equation at most Canadian universities. Some say it’s time to include them more fully in the life of the institution:
As 2012 comes to a close, this may be a good time to reflect on your teaching style. The Teaching Perspectives Inventory offers some ways of describing and identifying different approaches to teaching. It’s free, quick to do, and helpful to consider: http://teachingperspectives.com/drupal/
While we’ve had a number of discussions about academic freedom over the years, some faculty members are new to the discussion. As an introduction, here is a brief overview and definition by Cary Nelson:
For a more detailed discussion, see his book No University Is An Island. While Nelson is writing in an American context, many of the trends and issues he identifies are relevant to the Canadian post-secondary community.