Monday, March 31, 2014

Led Zeppelins, Literacy and Logic

John Thistle, Electrical and Computer Engineering

In its infinite wisdom, Senate recently approved an alternative to the old author's declaration for doctoral theses. Students now have the following choice (modulo departmental policy): either :

1). "I hereby declare that I am the sole author of this thesis ..." 
2). "This thesis consists of material all of which I authored or co-authored: see Statement of Contributions included in the thesis. ... "

The proposal reflects a simple misunderstanding of the meaning of authorship.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring General Meeting and AF&T Workshops

David Porreca, FAUW President and Pat Moore, FAUW Administrative Officer

The past several posts have reported on themes from the recent OCUFA “Future U” conference. While we await the completion of FAUW Past President George Freeman’s analysis on the state of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), this post will present a sneak preview of our Spring General Meeting and a reminder about the upcoming Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee workshops.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Crisis and Radical Thought Experiments: Notes on OCUFA’s Future U Conference

Jasmin Habib, FAUW OCUFA Director

For two days in February, a group of academics, administrators, and students gathered in Toronto for OCUFA’s Future U: Creating the Universities We Want conference. It was among the better-attended conferences that the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has organized in recent years. The scope of the discussion was fairly narrow but the panelists and participants shared a diverse set of experiences and presented a fairly wide range of perspectives.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Future U: The Future of Academic Labour

Kate Lawson (English Language & Literature), OCUFA President

On 27-28 February, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) sponsored a conference entitled “Future U: Creating the Universities We Want.” I was part of a panel addressing the topic “Faculty in Future U: Current challenges to ‘traditional’ faculty work and re-imagining this work in the future.” I was asked to share my notes from that event for this post.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Future U: Creating the Universities WE WANT: Crisis in UK Universities

David Porreca, FAUW President

This week’s post is the first in a series of reports resulting from this past weekend’s conference, “Future U: Creating the Universities WE WANT”, organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

At this conference, academics, journalists, union leaders, university administrators and researchers on higher education came together to discuss not just the problems with our current system of higher education, but also what ideals we ought to strive for in terms of creating the universities of the future.