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2012 OCUFA Service Awards presented in Toronto
Three individuals who have provided exceptional service to OCUFA and its members were honoured in a ceremony at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel on June 2, 2012.
 
First-ever Henry Mandelbaum Fellowship awarded
This past week, OCUFA awarded the first Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship to Johnny El-Alam, a PhD Candidate at Carleton University.
 
Reality Check: Different countries, same problems for contract faculty
Australia’s National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) recently released the results of a survey of “casual” academic staff who are appointed on a per-course or research contract basis, equivalent to part-time, sessional, or contract academic staff in Canada.
 
2012 OCUFA Service Awards presented in Toronto
Three individuals who have provided exceptional service to OCUFA and its members were honoured in a ceremony at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel on June 2, 2012. The winners are:
  • Prof. Brian E. Brown from the University of Windsor Faculty Association (WUFA)
  • Prof. John Fekete, from the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA)
  • Prof. Atef Fahim, from the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO). Prof. Fahim’s passed away in 2011 after many years of outstanding work for OCUFA, and his award was presented posthumously to his family.
The OCUFA Service Award was created in 2011 to recognize individuals who have done, or continue to do, remarkable work for OCUFA and its membership. For more information, please visit http://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/ .
 
First-ever Henry Mandelbaum Fellowship awarded
This past week, OCUFA awarded the first Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship to Johnny El-Alam, a PhD Candidate at Carleton University. The fellowship, created in honour of retired OCUFA Executive Director Henry Mandelbaum, provides support to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, shows exceptional academic promise, and has provided significant community service in his/her university career.
 
As part of his fellowship, Mr. El-Alam will make a presentation on his research to the OCUFA Board of Directors at their June meeting. For more information on the Fellowship, please visit http://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/
 
Reality Check: Different countries, same problems for contract faculty
Australia’s National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) recently released the results of a survey of “casual” academic staff who are appointed on a per-course or research contract basis, equivalent to part-time, sessional, or contract academic staff in Canada. Almost two-thirds of respondents aspire to an academic career, preferably a permanent full-time position with teaching and research responsibilities. Teaching-only positions were the least desirable of the full-time options.
 
Almost two-thirds are women, and almost two-thirds have been employed as casuals for three or more years at the same university. Of those surveyed, 15 per cent have been cobbling together a living with appointments at more than one university.
 
The survey also found that unpaid work is a problem. Fewer than half reported that there was sufficient time allocated in their contracts for lecture preparation and class time. When it came to tutorials, less than two-thirds had adequate paid time for preparation. And while over 80 per cent of per-course faculty reported that they had consulted with students outside normal hours, three-quarters were not paid for the activity.
 
Not only does the pay end up being meager, but access to resources is limited. Most share an office and a computer and only half had space for consulting with students.
 
OCUFA has noted that similar problems – ‘permanent casualization’, multiple appointments, lack of paid time for preparation, and unequal access to resources – exist for Ontario’s contract academic staff. We believe that all academic jobs should be ‘good’ jobs, with job security, fair compensation, and the resources needed to fulfill their responsibilities. When we invest in contract faculty, we invest in both their quality of life and in the quality of our higher education system.
 
National Tertiary Education Union, Casual Teaching & Research Staff Survey 2012 - Summary of Key Results.


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