Faculty members committed to students


Faculty members committed to students

(London, Ont.) - Faculty members at the University of Western Ontario report they are working overtime to get their courses ready for the fall semester, according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA).

UWOFA conducted the survey to understand how faculty members are experiencing their work and working conditions in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. UWOFA recently negotiated three new Letters of Understanding around our return to work. However, negotiations continue on other issues such as fairness for contract faculty and workload.

In the survey, 90% of respondents said their teaching workload per course (including training in online resources, preparation, organization and delivery) has increased relative to pre-pandemic levels. Forty-five per cent of respondents said it has increased by more than half.

"Faculty members have dedicated the summer to preparing our fall courses. What's particularly heartening is the degree to which faculty are working together and helping one another with the intricacies of emergency remote teaching," said UWOFA president Beth MacDougall-Shackleton. "Professors at Western and elsewhere are going above and beyond to do our best for our students."

Vanessa Frank, Communications Officer
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