Faculty Times

Faculty Times Archive

March 19, 2018

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

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.

Librarians an archivists go to the bargaining table

Johanna Weststar

March 21, 2019

With the Collective Agreement expiring on June 30, 2019, members of the librarians and archivists (LA) bargaining unit and the UWOFA Board have already been hard at work. The negotiating team and the Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) were formed over the summer and have been meeting monthly since September.

Western Libraries Re-Organization

Kristin Hoffmann

March 21, 2019

Planning this re-organization took several years, but we have not yet heard how the new structure will be evaluated. In the meantime, UWOFA continues to listen to the concerns of members in Western Libraries and work hard to protect our interests, and my colleagues and I continue to fulfil our duties while monitoring our ever-expanding workload. 

Interview: Jeff Tennant & Johanna Weststar

Vanessa Brown

March 21, 2019

Jeff Tennant and Johanna Weststar, UWOFA's chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator during faculty negotiations, reflect on the latest round of contract negotiations.