Faculty Times

Faculty Times Archive

March 22, 2021

Browse current and past issues of Faculty Times, UWOFA's official publication

Support colleagues at Laurentian University

March 22, 2021

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) is pressing the provincial government to stop insolvency proceedings currently engulfing the university. Send a letter urging the government to provide more funding to secure the future sustainability of Laurentian.

Survey sheds light on needs of equity-seeking members

March 22, 2021

Responses highlighted potential barriers to employment opportunities that may be experienced by groups beyond those already designated by the federal Employment Equity Act (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and people of colour). The data will be used to inform recommendations on how to update the university's Employment Equity Guide.

President's Column: Collective action plays key role in academic life

Beth MacDougall-Shackleton

March 22, 2021

UWOFA's membership is not cut from whole cloth. It includes people with a diversity of appointment types, lengths of service, demographics and political views. Although each of us may have somewhat different priorities, ultimately academic staff unionize because we share a set of core values in support of teaching, research and collegial governance - the three pillars of the academic mission.

Toward a stronger, more united, more engaged Association

Beth MacDougall-Shackleton

October 23, 2020

As I write this column, it’s been seven months since the World Health Organization announced the Covid-19 pandemic. In the days and weeks following that announcement, campus life at Western and elsewhere changed beyond recognition. In the spirit of solidarity, UWOFA members rallied to help our students salvage their winter term courses. We transitioned rapidly (if not always smoothly) to the new world of remote instruction.

New Letter of Understanding recognizes distinct demands placed on Indigenous faculty members

Vanessa Frank

October 23, 2020

In mid-August, UWOFA and the employer signed a new Letter of Understanding (LOU) that will make review processes more equitable for Indigenous faculty members. Brent Debassige, Director of Indigenous Education and an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, recently spoke with UWOFA about how the changes contained in the new LOU will affect Indigenous faculty members' working conditions.

Equity Champion: Treena Orchard

October 23, 2020

UWOFA’s Equity Committee has developed a series of profiles highlighting the perspectives and contributions related to equity among UWOFA members. They are also designed to help facilitate conversations about the ‘everyday’ nature of equity, and inequity, among our members. The profiles will be featured in Faculty Times and on this website.

Faculty Times Spring 2020

April 22, 2020

Welcome to our first online issue of Faculty Times. We chose this format as a way to quickly disseminate information to better serve our members who are moving to digital communications.

Reflecting on the nature of academic librarian and archivist work

Marni Harrington

March 21, 2019

As Western’s 43 librarians and archivists prepare for collective bargaining in the spring, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the nature and importance of librarian and archivist labour in our academic environment.