New UWOFA relief fund to support contract academic staff

A new UWOFA COVID-19 relief fund will provide support for contract academic staff who teach on a per-course basis.

The new fund, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors, provides one-time funding of $100,000 for contract faculty members holding a limited-duties appointment or a standing appointment. Eligible members may apply for an amount up to $500 in total. The funding shall cover teaching costs related to the purchase of hardware, software, home office equipment or furniture, and incremental increases in Internet costs. 

Many contract academic staff only have access to a modest amount of Professional Expense Reimbursement. UWOFA’s hope is that the new COVID relief fund will defray some of the additional costs incurred by contract faculty members during the pandemic.

“With the transition to emergency remote teaching, contract faculty members are shouldering not just heavier workloads, but also substantially increased out-of-pocket expenses related to teaching,” said Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, president of UWOFA.

“The administration may be content to ignore the untenable situation of many contract academic staff, but UWOFA will not. I am delighted with the Board’s decision to support our members who need it the most.”

Click here for more information about the fund and how to apply.