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CAUT soliciting nominations for the 2014-15 CAUT Distinguished Academic Award

May 14th, 2014

CAUT is soliciting nominations for the 2014-15 CAUT Distinguished Academic Award. The Award is given annually to recognize an academic who has excelled in each of the three principal aspects of academic life: teaching, research, and service to the institution and to the community. The recipient will be an individual whose teaching, research and service has contributed significantly to the lives of students, to their institution, to their field of study, and to the community.

Nominations for the Award may be submitted by individuals, member associations or others. The deadline for nominations will be September 14, 2014.

Nominators should submit a letter explaining the rationale for the nomination and give detailed information about the nominee’s record in teaching, research and service.  It is essential that the nominator provide information for each of these three areas as excellence in all three is a requirement for eligibility for the Award.  The nominator should also include documentation that would help the jury in its decision making.  It is the responsibility of the nominators to provide all necessary information as the jury will review only the material it receives.

Nominations will be adjudicated by a jury of the most recent former presidents of CAUT.  The jury’s recommendation will be made to the Fall Council for approval.

The award will be presented at the Spring CAUT Council.  The recipient will be invited to give an address to Council. The address will be subsequently published by CAUT.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium with the award.

Please send nominations by mail, fax or e-mail to:

Distinguished Academic Award

Canadian Association of University Teachers

2705 Queensview Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K2B 8K2

Fax: (613) 820-7244

Email: acppu@caut.ca

Attention: Margaret McGovern-Potié

RE: CAUT Francophones’ Conference, June 6 to 8, 2014

March 11th, 2014

The English version follows

Le 5 mars 2014

NOTE 14:10

DESTINAIRES : Présidents et agents administratifs

Associations fédérées et locales

EXPÉDITEUR : James L. Turk, directeur général

OBJET : Conférence des francophones de l’ACPPU, du 6 au 8 juin 2014

Hôtel Sheraton, Ottawa

L’ACPPU est heureuse d’annoncer la tenue de sa conférence portant sur les défis du personnel académique francophone. Cette conférence, intitulée Améliorer les conditions de travail du personnel académique francophone : Solutions innovatrices, aura lieu à l’hôtel Sheraton d’Ottawa, du 6 au 8 juin 2014.

Il s’agit de la deuxième conférence consacrée aux questions francophones parrainé par l’ACPPU. Cet événement permettra aux chefs de file du milieu académique francophone de se rencontrer, de partager leur expérience, de cerner les principales questions d’intérêt commun et d’établir des stratégies.

La première conférence avait mis en lumière une série d’obstacles auxquels se heurte le personnel académique francophone à l’extérieur du Québec dans l’accomplissement de son travail. Le colloque de juin prochain permettra de réfléchir et de discuter sur des solutions syndicales pour surmonter ces obstacles. En plus des séances plénières, les participants auront l’occasion de discuter en petits groupes sur les solutions qui existent dans les conventions collectives et sur les voies à explorer à court et moyen terme.

Il est essentiel, pour le succès de cette initiative et l’amélioration des conditions de travail de nos collègues francophones, que votre association appuie l’événement et que vos membres en fassent activement la promotion. Manifestement cruciales pour nos associations des universités bilingues et francophones, les questions qui seront abordées au cours de ce colloque sont tout aussi importantes, même si cela est moins évident, pour le personnel académique francophone qui travaille dans des universités souvent considérées comme « anglophones ».

Cette conférence se déroulera en français, et aucun service d’interprétation simultanée ne sera assuré.

Programme – Conférence des francophones 2014 New

Le formulaire d’inscription et les renseignements relatifs à l’hôtel sont affichés en ligne sur le site de l’ACPPU, à http://evenements.caut.ca/francophones-2014 .

Veuillez remplir le formulaire d’inscription et le retourner au plus tard le 5 mai 2014. Nous vous conseillons de faire vos réservations d’hôtel le plus tôt possible.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de la conférence, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Anik Godbout (godbout@caut.ca).

March 5, 2014

MEMORANDUM 14:10

TO: Presidents and administrative officers

Federated and local associations

FROM: James L. Turk, Executive Director

RE: CAUT Francophones’ Conference, June 6 to 8, 2014

Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa

CAUT is pleased to present a conference on the challenges facing Francophone academic staff. The conference, entitled Améliorer les conditions de travail du personnel académique francophone : Solutions innovatrices, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, in Ottawa, from June 6 to 8, 2014.

This event is the second sponsored by CAUT to examine the issues faced by its Francophone members. The conference will bring together leaders from the Francophone academic community to share experiences, identify the primary common issues, and set out strategies.

The first conference focused on a series of obstacles impeding the work of Francophone academic staff outside of Quebec. The upcoming June meeting will provide a forum for examination and discussion of union solutions for these obstacles. In addition to plenary sessions, participants will have an opportunity to break into smaller groups to discuss the existing solutions contained in collective agreements, and the avenues to explore in the short and medium term.

We urge your association to support this event and call on your members to promote it. The success of this initiative and the opportunity to improve the working conditions of our Francophone coworkers rest on your participation. Although the issues on the discussion roster are clearly of vital importance to our Francophone and bilingual university associations, they are also pertinent to Francophone academic staff working in what are frequently considered Anglophone universities.

The conference will take place in French. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided.

Please find the conference agenda attached.

The registration form and hotel information are posted on the CAUT website http://evenements.caut.ca/francophones-2014 .

Please complete and submit the registration form by May 5, 2014. We recommend that you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact Anik Godbout, godbout@caut.ca.

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Nancy Gordon
Meeting and Event Planner
CAUT
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa ON K2B 8K2
Phone: 613-820-2270 x 167
Fax: 613-820-7244
Email: ngordon@caut.ca
Web: www.caut.ca

The producer for CBC Fifth Estate has just advised us that its long-awaited program on science in Canada will be aired

January 8th, 2014

Greetings,

 

The producer for CBC Fifth Estate has just advised us that its long-awaited program on science in Canada will be aired on Friday, Jan 10th at 9 pm.

 

CBC has been working on this program for a year and has drawn on CAUT. They did interviews in our office and at the first CAUT Town Hall in Waterloo. They also have done interviews with dozens of scientists and researchers across the country.  Who knows if we will appear in what is aired, but it should be a program worth watching.  It is hosted by Linden MacIntyre.

 

Regards,

 

Jim

 

 

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Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université / 2705 promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa, (Ontario) K2B 8K2

James L. Turk, Executive Director / Directeur Général

tel: (613) 726-5176

fax/téléc: (613) 820-7244

mobile (613) 277-0488

turk@caut.ca

twitter: @jameslturk

 

CAUT and CFS withdraw from Copyright Board Tariff Hearing

January 2nd, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 23, 2013

CAUT and CFS withdraw from Copyright Board Tariff Hearing

OTTAWA-The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) announced today that they will withdraw their participation from the Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff (2011-2013) hearing before the Copyright Board of Canada. Access Copyright has been attempting to use this tariff to force colleges and universities to pay a dramatically higher per-student fee in order to use works in their repository. “When the university and college associations dropped out of the process, the CAUT and CFS were left as the last institutional adversaries to the tariff,” said CAUT Executive Director James Turk. “We had to weigh the potential positive impact we can have in the hearing against appearing to legitimize a process of which we are increasingly doubtful. In the end we believe it would be better to withdraw.”

Universities and colleges across Canada are opting out of licensing agreements with Access Copyright, relying instead on open access journals, fair dealing, and direct licenses with publishers. Throughout the hearing, the Copyright Board has shown little interest in CAUT’s and CFS’s request to first address fundamental legal questions relating to the scope and authority of the tariff. In this context, the likelihood of CAUT and CFS influencing the outcome of the hearing, and the relevance of the hearing itself, have become increasingly remote.

“Remaining involved in the Copyright Board hearing is no longer advantageous in defending students against exploitation by Access Copyright,” said Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson of the CFS. “We will continue this fight on our campuses and in our classrooms until students’ right to use materials for educational purposes takes precedence over private profits.”

The Copyright Board hearing is scheduled to begin February 12, 2014. CAUT and CFS filed a formal objection to the tariff in August 2010. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Association of Community Colleges of Canada withdrew from the process on April 24, 2012 and October 25, 2013 respectively.

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of more than 68,000 academic and general staff at over 120 universities and colleges across the country.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jessica McCormick, CFS National Chairperson, 613-232-7394

Paul Jones, CAUT Policy & Education Officer, 613-726-5181 (office) jones@caut.ca

Members for CAUT Committees

December 11th, 2013

Members for CAUT Committees

We are asking for your assistance in identifying potential members for CAUT’s Academic Freedom and Tenure; Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits; Equity; and Librarians’ and Archivists’ committees. We would appreciate names of CAUT individual affiliated or associate members you feel would be interested and would bring expertise to the work of these committees. For any names you suggest, we must have information about each individual’s appropriateness for the relevant committees. Committee vacancies will also be advertised in the CAUT Bulletin.

The CAUT Executive will review all names that have come forward (whether submitted by the candidate or others). It will recommend to Council committee membership that will have the expertise required to fulfill each committee’s functions and will reflect the diversity specified in each committee’s terms of reference (available on the CAUT website). We welcome recommendations of members of marginalized groups. These groups include but are not limited to Aboriginal peoples; women; racialized academic staff; academic staff with disabilities; and lesbian, gay, transgendered, queer and two-spirited academic staff. The final list of members approved by the Executive will be approached to serve and will be advised that their selection will be dependent on the ratification by the CAUT Council at its spring meeting.

It is important that you forward names of, and information about, potential committee members as soon as possible, and no later than February 3, 2014. The form can be found on the CAUT web site: http://www.caut.ca/docs/default-source/default-document-library/standard-information-form—caut-committees.pdf?sfvrsn=2 and should be sent to:

Margaret McGovern-Potié

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

CAUT

2705 Queensview Drive

Ottawa ON K2B 8K2

Fax: (613) 820-2270

Email: committee-nominations@caut.ca

Committee Members

Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (three vacancies)

Members of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee should have had considerable involvement in and knowledge about academic freedom. They must be sympathetic to, and have had experience in the defence of academic freedom and tenure, and they should be willing and available to dedicate considerable time to the work of the Committee between meetings, including promotion of academic freedom, drafting of documents, and other related activities.

Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee (three or four vacancies, dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair by Council)

Members of the Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee should have demonstrated experience in collective bargaining. They should be able to commit time between meetings to the work of the committee, including drafting of model clauses, development of policy statements and other related activities.

Contract Academic Staff Committee (no vacancies)

Six of the eight members of the Contract Academic Staff Committee are from the six CAUT member associations with the largest CAS membership. The other two are a representative from small associations and a representative from medium-size associations. Both those positions are filled until 2015.

Equity Committee (ten vacancies including two co-chairs to be elected by Council)

The composition of the Equity Committee is to be the two-co-chairs and two members from each of the following groups: Aboriginal academic staff; academic staff with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer and two-spirited academic staff; racialized academic staff; and women academic staff. Members of the Equity Committee should have considerable experience in and commitment to the advancement of equity. Members should be willing and available to dedicate significant time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including drafting and editing policy documents, preparing advice for the Executive and Council, and other related activities.

Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee (three or four vacancies, dependent on whether an incumbent member of the committee is elected Chair by Council)

Members of the Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee should have considerable experience and knowledge of the professional interests and academic concerns of librarians and archivists at Canadian post-secondary institutions. They ought to be aware of policy matters pertaining to academic rights and working conditions of academic librarians and archivists. Members should be willing and available to dedicate significant time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including the conference planning, drafting or editing documents, responding to enquiries and other related activities.

Term of Office

The term of office for members of standing committees is normally three years, with the possibility of one renewal. Every effort is made to ensure continuity by having terms overlap so that approximately one-third of the committee changes annually.

A list of the current members of each of the four committees is attached for your information.

CAUT Committee Memberships 2013

CAUT Statement

December 6th, 2013

CAUT Statement on December 6

(December 6, 2013) Each year, as we approach December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, CAUT and its members reflect upon the past year to identify the gains and losses for Canadian women who experience violence in their lives.

This past twelve months we have witnessed our federal government’s continued failure to develop a national action plan to end violence against women in Canada. Despite support at the meeting of provincial ministers this past summer, the Conservative government has yet to agree to launch a national investigation into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in our country.

Work of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and published in their recent Fact Sheet documents the following about violence against women and girls in Canada:

· 51% of Canadian women experience at least one incident of sexual or physical assault since the age of 16

· Women are killed by intimate partners at a rate three times higher than men

· There are 582 documented cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women – if applied proportionately to the rest of the female population, there would be over 18,000 missing Canadian women

· Younger women under the age of 25 experience the highest incident of intimate partner violence

· Women over the age of 65 are more likely than men of the same age to be victims of violence by marital partners

· 11% of women experienced assault from a marital partner while pregnant

· Women with an activity limitation (i.e. disability) have rates of marital violence almost twice as high as other women

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ report “The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada” examines national and provincial budgets and shows how a lack of investment in strategies to end violence perpetuates the problem and creates additional financial costs more broadly.

Responding to similar concerns, the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses have launched Canada’s first national shelter data count project to provide a ‘snapshot’ of life in a shelter on a “typical” day. The results of the data count will be fed into the Global Shelter Data Count to help situate Canada internationally.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in partnership with the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) is launching the first nation-wide survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces, the results of which will help unions, employers, advocates and governments develop good public policy as well as provide essential data to support the labour movement’s work at the bargaining table.

Disturbingly, we have seen in the past year the rise of misogynist men’s rights groups on campuses and in communities across the country – an alarming trend that requires our attention and action. At the CAUT Council meeting last week, a motion was passed that CAUT commission a report to study the nature and impact of male rights groups across Canadian universities and colleges and take appropriate action to implement the Commission’s recommendations.

On December 6, CAUT encourages all its member associations to support projects and community actions that work towards ending violence against women and girls, and to actively participate in efforts to eliminate gender-based violence on our campuses.

Resources:

CRIAW English fact sheet on violence against women

http://www.criaw-icref.ca/print/new-criaw-fact-sheet-violence-against-women-canada

CRIAW French fact sheet on violence against women

http://www.criaw-icref.ca/fr/publications/feuillets-d%27information

CCPA report, “The Gap in the Gender Gap”

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/gap-gender-gap

CLC English survey

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/

CLC French survey

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/violence_conjugale/

Bill C-377

October 23rd, 2013

Salutations,

Attached (see link below) is the letter CAUT sent to each member of the Senate re Bill C-377. Ci-joint est la lettre de l’ACPPU envoyée à chaque membre du Sénat concernant le projet de loi C-377.

Cordialement,

Jim

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Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université / 2705 promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa, (Ontario) K2B 8K2

James L. Turk, Executive Director / Directeur Général

tel: (613) 726-5176

fax/téléc: (613) 820-7244

mobile (613) 277-0488

turk@caut.ca

twitter: @jameslturk

2013.10.21 Raynell Andreychuk re Bill C-377

CAUT NewsWire

September 24th, 2013

CAUT NewsWire

Demands grow for release of 2 Canadian academics detained in Egypt

Education International, the global union federation representing more than 30 million education workers world-wide, is urging its member organisations to press the Egyptian authorities to immediately release two Canadian professors who have been detained without charges since August 17th. At the request of CAUT, EI is supporting a LabourStart petition calling for the unconditional release of Dr. Tarek Loubani and Prof. John Greyson. //Read more


Canada’s Drowning Ocean Science

Ocean science ought to be a high public policy priority—but recent actions indicate the federal government thinks otherwise. Canadian ocean science is at risk of drowning amid cutbacks, layoffs, and the muzzling of scientists. //Read more


Science at risk

Professor Thomas Duck of Dalhousie University addresses CAUT Council on the threats to Arctic research and science in general as a result of the federal government’s policies and lack of funding. //View on Youtube


Alberta campuses reeling under impact of cuts

University and college staff and students in Alberta returned to classes this month under a cloud of cutbacks and growing concern about the province’s plans for the sector.The Progressive Conservative government of Alison Redford sent shockwaves through campuses last March by drastically cutting $147 million from university and college budgets after earlier committing to a 2 per cent increase. The result has been a growing list of institutions in recent weeks announcing staff reductions, enrolment cuts and program eliminations. //Read more


Calendar

Fair Employment Week

Oct. 21 – Oct. 25

Parliament Hill Day

Nov. 28, Ottawa

CAUT Council Meeting

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1



Resources

What you need to know about custody and control of your records

With universities now under access to information legislation in all provinces and federally, there are a growing number of requests for academic staff records. Find out what you should do if your administration is asking you to turn over your records. // Read more


Serious problems at Ontario Veterinary College: Report

An investigatory committee established by CAUT to look into a series of allegations by staff has concluded there are serious problems at the Ontario Veterinary College that can be traced “both to the policies and to the style of OVC’s current management.”  //Read more


2013 CAUT Distinguished Academic Award

June 26th, 2013

CAUT is soliciting nominations for the 2013 CAUT Distinguished Academic Award. The Award is given annually to recognize an academic who has excelled in each of the three principal aspects of academic life: teaching, research, and service to the institution and to the community. The recipient will be an individual whose teaching, research and service has contributed significantly to the lives of students, to their institution, to their field of study, and to the community.

 

Nominations for the Award may be submitted by individuals, member associations or others. The deadline for nominations will be September 9, 2013.

 

Nominators should submit a letter explaining the rationale for the nomination and give detailed information about the nominee’s record in teaching, research and service.  It is essential that the nominator provide information for each of these three areas as excellence in all three is a requirement for eligibility for the Award.  The nominator should also include documentation that would help the jury in its decision making.  It is the responsibility of the nominators to provide all necessary information as the jury will review only the material it receives.

 

Nominations will be adjudicated by a jury of the most recent former presidents of CAUT.  The jury’s recommendation will be made to the Fall Council for approval.

 

The award will be presented at the Spring CAUT Council.  The recipient will be invited to give an address to Council. The address will be subsequently published by CAUT.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium with the award.

 

Please send nominations by mail, fax or e-mail to:

 

Distinguished Academic Award

Canadian Association of University Teachers

2705 Queensview Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K2B 8K2

Fax: (613) 820-7244

Email: acppu@caut.ca

Attention: Margaret McGovern-Potié