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Nominations now open for OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards
Every year, OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. We are pleased to announcestory1 that nominations for the 2015-16 awards are now open.
 
Laurier professor honoured with Lorimer Award for outstanding work on behalf of Ontario’s faculty
OCUFA is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of its prestigious Lorimer Award. This honour recognizes individuals who have worked to protect and promote the interests of Ontario’s academic staff through collective bargaining.
 
McMaster professor wins OCUFA’s Award of Distinction for improving working conditions for academic women
Michelle Dion, a professor at McMaster University has won the 2016 Status of Women Award of Distinction, presented by OCUFA.
 
Nominations now open for OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards
Every year, OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2015-16 awards are now open. Up to seven awards are presented annually.
 
Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education, and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process.
 
Academic librarianship includes all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university.
 
Nominations are invited from individuals; informal groups of faculty, students, or both; local faculty associations; faculty or college councils; university committees concerned with teaching and learning; local student councils; departments; alumni; and any campus group with an interest in teaching.
 
Nominations should include a covering nomination form, a nominator’s brief, and sufficient evidence, from as many sources as possible, to demonstrate the outstanding nature of the candidate’s work.
 
The deadline for nominations is May 27, 2016. We request that all submissions be uploaded onto OCUFA’s secured online submission system as a single PDF file at http://awards.ocufa.on.ca. For more information and questions, please contact OCUFA at 416 979 2117 or ocufa@ocufa.on.ca.
 
Laurier professor honoured with Lorimer Award for outstanding work on behalf of Ontario’s faculty
OCUFA is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of its prestigious Lorimer Award. This honour recognizes individuals who have worked to protect and promote the interests of Ontario’s academic staff through collective bargaining.
 
This year’s winner is Bill Salatka, from Wilfrid Laurier University.
 
“Bill’s ability to make the most confusing university financial statements clear and understandable is legendary,” said Judy Bates, President of OCUFA. “This, coupled with his generous commitment to expanding the financial analytical skills of his colleagues across the province makes him a natural choice for the Lorimer Award.”
 
The Lorimer Award was established in honour of Doug and Joyce Lorimer, who were instrumental in advancing faculty association collective bargaining in Ontario. Winners of the award all share the Lorimers’ commitment to advancing Ontario’s university system through strong faculty associations and fair collective agreements. 
 
“OCUFA is extremely proud to recognize the exceptional individuals who safeguard the aspirations of Ontario’s academic staff,” said Bates. “High-quality education rest on good working conditions for Ontario’s professors and academic librarians. Through the Lorimer award, we recognize the outstanding work that ensures every faculty member has the rights and resources to be great.”
 
Professor Salatka received his award at a ceremony in Toronto on February 20, 2016.
 
McMaster professor wins OCUFA’s Award of Distinction for improving working conditions for academic women
Michelle Dion, a professor at McMaster University has won the 2016 Status of Women Award of Distinction, presented by OCUFA.
 
The award, sponsored by OCUFA’s Status of Women Committee, recognizes women who have improved the lives and working conditions of academic women and, by extension, their colleagues, families, and friends.
 
“Michelle’s dedication to equity coupled with her exceptional research skills has made a real difference for academic women at McMaster, not to mention across Ontario and Canada,” said Helene Cummins, Chair of the Status of Women Committee. “Her work on the identification and correction of a gender pay gap among faculty at McMaster has made headlines, and improved the working conditions of her colleagues. She is thus a natural choice for this honour.”
 
Prof. Dion played an instrumental role in the development of a pioneering gender pay equity study at McMaster University which led to significant improvements to the pay of academic women at the institution. Her work established the principle that gender-based pay inequity will not be tolerated, and that periodic reviews of gender pay equity should be an ongoing activity at every university. 
 
“OCUFA is committed to advancing and protecting the personal, professional and academic interests of women in the academy,” said Judy Bates, President of OCUFA. “That is why we are so proud to bestow this honor upon such an exceptional advocate for academic women.”
 
Prof. Dion will receive her award at a ceremony hosted by OCUFA in Toronto on February 20, 2016.

 



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