Report of the OCUFA Student Questionnaires on Courses and Teaching Working Group

February 8, 2019

The report of OCUFA's Working Group on Student Questionnaires on Courses and Teaching (SQCT) has now been released. Prompted by increasing reports of the misuse of results and the harassment of faculty through anonymous comments, and by suggestions in the policy community that SQCT scores be used as university "performance" metrics, OCUFA established the working group in 2016 to examine these issues.

UWOFA partnering with Academics Without Borders

February 7, 2019

UWOFA is partnering with Western's Academics Without Borders committee to raise awareness about future opportunities to volunteer with the organization.

UWOFA advocacy update - February

February 4, 2019

A summary of UWOFA's work in December and January.

Determining if you are a UWOFA member

January 21, 2019

According to the Collective Agreement (Appointments, clause 1.4.2), if you are a part-time faculty member who has taught at least a half university course in two of the last three fiscal years (May 1 - April 30) you are a Member of UWOFA. However, there is one exception. Graduate students who are assigned courses without open competition are not Members solely due to those courses (Appointments, clause 3d).

David Heap receives United Way Labour Appreciation Award for commitment to social justice

January 11, 2019

David Heap, an associate professor in French Studies and longtime UWOFA member, is a 2019 recipient of the United Way Elgin Middlesex Labour Appreciation Award. He and his fellow recipients received their awards at a ceremony held in London on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Brescia Faculty Association consolidation approved in nick of time

January 8, 2019

Congratulations are in order for the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA). The BFA managed to organize Brescia contract faculty and get them consolidated into the main bargaining unit just two days before Bill 47 passed. Introduced by Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives, Bill 47 wiped consolidation language from the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

Call for nominations - The Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award

December 13, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to present this call for nominations for the Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award. The Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award was established in honour of the late Allan Heinicke, former Chair and President of UWOFA and latterly financial, technical and policy analyst. This award was instituted to honour and to recognize outstanding service and achievement in financial, technical, or policy development and/or analysis supporting the aims of UWOFA.

Things to consider before making flex credit allocations

December 11, 2018

The deadline for full-time faculty members allocating how they wish to use their flex credits is fast approaching — December 30, 2018. If you have already made your allocations but decide to make changes after reading this communication, you can do so up to December 30. In considering the use of this valuable benefit, the UWOFA Pension & Benefits Committee would like to offer the following reminders and suggestions.

New Faculty Collective Agreement achieves important gains for contract faculty, employment equity

December 5, 2018

The new Faculty Collective Agreement achieved important gains for members, particularly in three priority areas, during this round of collective bargaining: compensation and benefits, job security