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.

FAUW Spring General Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 11:00 – 13:00 in DC 1302 for our SGM. Lunch will be provided. Among the agenda items:
  • OCUFA President Kate Lawson (UW – English Language and Literature) will be presenting us with the latest news on provincial-level dealings that affect the operation of universities. Still TBA is whether she will be joined by OCUFA’s Executive Director, Mark Rosenfeld.
  • The FAUW budget for 2014 will be presented for approval.
  • The makeup of our salary negotiating team will be unveiled at this meeting. Negotiations with the administration are set to begin in the fall of 2014, with the aim of being concluded by the end of April 2015.
  • Lori Curtis, FAUW’s liaison with the Pension and Benefits Committee, will be present to answer any questions about her written report, which will be included among the agenda materials for the meeting.
  • Changes to the FAUW Constitution, including the election cycle and timing of general meetings, will be open for discussion. In particular, I invite members to think about whether it would be beneficial to have FAUW elections in the Fall Term, rather than the Winter, for terms of office than begin July 1, and whether we should continue to have two general meetings a year or move to one (which would be held in the spring).
  • For the Members’ Feedback Session, please bring your questions and concerns about UW, your working conditions, academic freedom, collegial governance and equity, and we will do our best to answer. If we don’t have the answers, it’s FAUW’s job to find out!
FAUW general meetings bring together signed-up members of the Association. If you are not a member and wish to join, please fill in the online membership form. If you’re unsure of the status of your membership, please contact Jim Tigwell by email or at x35158.

Tenure and Promotion Workshops

Workshops for tenure-track faculty (three are offered: information for recent hires, applying for probationary-term reappointment, and applying for tenure and promotion) and for tenured faculty applying for promotion to full professor are being held on Monday, 7 April and Tuesday, 8 April.

Details about the sessions and registration information are posted on the FAUW website.

We hope to see you at these events!

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