2020-2021 Workload Letters

Dear members,
 
We write to you today to share a letter that the APUO President has sent to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs regarding the 2020-2021 workload Addendum sent to APUO members by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts. We understand that APUO members in other faculties have also received similar communications. 
 
The APUO forcefully rejects this unilateral approach, especially as we have been making repeated attempts to cooperate with the Central Administration to identify the best course of action for the coming weeks and months in the form of letters of understandings (LOUs).
 
We know that the quality of teaching and the student experience are intimately linked to the working conditions of professors. Our working conditions have a direct impact on our students’ learning conditions. This is especially true in a context as difficult as the one we are facing. It is urgent and imperative that the Central Administration work with the APUO to determine an appropriate, fair, and effective general framework for the delivery of courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.
 
In the event that the Central Administration keeps delaying the signature of a formal agreement with the APUO, it is our responsibility to inform members of their rights regarding changes to their workload assignments after May 1.  
 
Some key points we wish to highlight are:
 

  • Deans must provide members with their official workload assignments prior to May 1.
  • The addendum sent by the Dean of Arts – or any similar communication – does not officially modify your workload assignment. It is simply an announcement of possible changes to come. 
  • After May 1, Deans must consult members prior to modifying their workload assignments. 
  • Changing the teaching format of a course from in-class to a class taught via an unconventional method (remote, teleconference, online) qualifies as a modification to a workload assignment.   
  • Members should be provided with an opportunity to express their views regarding any suggested changes to their teaching load. Following this consultation process, the Dean may send an updated workload assignment to the member. 
  • Courses taught via unconventional methods may be included in a member’s workload only with their prior consent
  • The Employer must provide members with the necessary IT support and technological resources if a member agrees to teach a course using unconventional methods.
  • If members disagree with their updated workload assignment, they have ten working days to file a letter of disagreement. Should you feel the need to file a letter of disagreement, we encourage you to do so in consultation with the APUO.

 
Should you have any other questions or concerns regarding your workload letters, do not hesitate to communicate with the APUO. 
 
The APUO 

LOU on Student Evaluations during COVID-19

Dear members,

First, on behalf of the APUO Executive Committee and administrative team, we hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these difficult times. 
 
Three weeks ago, the Central Administration gave APUO members 48 hours to convert their courses to online and distance education courses, demanding an exceptional effort. In a time of great instability, at a time of year when everyone is carrying the weight of the academic year coming to an end, and when many are now caring for their children full time while homeschooling them, you have lived up to great expectations. The conversion occurred very quickly, and countless efforts were made to ensure the best possible educational experience and to provide guidance and reassurance to our students. Such efforts are not without their impact and consequences on the life, relationships and health of each and every one of us.
 
Under these circumstances, you will not be surprised to know that we have received a particularly high volume of communications from you about the letters of agreement we have proposed to the Central Administration. We thank you very much for this feedback. Your comments, concerns, encouragement, criticism and suggestions are extremely valuable to us. 
 
We are therefore pleased to announce that we have finalized a first letter of agreement with the Central Administration regarding student evaluations of teaching.
 
No A Report will be produced for the 2020 Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. However, the University will produce a personal report for members containing the results of the questions and student comments. Since A Reports will not be produced, student responses to the questions in the 2020 Winter and Spring/Summer surveys cannot be used to make decisions or recommendations regarding a member’s career, except in cases where members decide to add some of the data from their personal report to their promotion and/or tenure file.
 
Finally, please be advised that we are continuing intensive discussions with the Central Administration regarding the remaining letters of understanding. We will inform you as soon as new agreements are reached.
 
The APUO Executive Committee

LOU – Student Evaluations during COVID-19

Dear members,

First, on behalf of the APUO Executive Committee and administrative team, we hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these difficult times. 
 
Three weeks ago, the Central Administration gave APUO members 48 hours to convert their courses to online and distance education courses, demanding an exceptional effort. In a time of great instability, at a time of year when everyone is carrying the weight of the academic year coming to an end, and when many are now caring for their children full time while homeschooling them, you have lived up to great expectations. The conversion occurred very quickly, and countless efforts were made to ensure the best possible educational experience and to provide guidance and reassurance to our students. Such efforts are not without their impact and consequences on the life, relationships and health of each and every one of us.
 
Under these circumstances, you will not be surprised to know that we have received a particularly high volume of communications from you about the letters of agreement we have proposed to the Central Administration. We thank you very much for this feedback. Your comments, concerns, encouragement, criticism and suggestions are extremely valuable to us. 
 
We are therefore pleased to announce that we have finalized a first letter of agreement with the Central Administration regarding student evaluations of teaching.
 
No A Report will be produced for the 2020 Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. However, the University will produce a personal report for members containing the results of the questions and student comments. Since A Reports will not be produced, student responses to the questions in the 2020 Winter and Spring/Summer surveys cannot be used to make decisions or recommendations regarding a member’s career, except in cases where members decide to add some of the data from their personal report to their promotion and/or tenure file.
 
Finally, please be advised that we are continuing intensive discussions with the Central Administration regarding the remaining letters of understanding. We will inform you as soon as new agreements are reached.
 
The APUO Executive Committee

Results – Executive Elections 2020-2021

Dear APUO Members,

The Nominations and Elections Committee hereby presents the 2020-2021 APUO Executive Committee. Each position received only one nomination. As a result, each candidate has been elected by acclamation. The mandate for Executive Committee positions is for one (1) year, beginning July 1, 2020.

The President’s mandate ends on June 30, 2021, therefore there was no election for the presidency.  In addition, in accordance with Article 6.1.2 of the Constitution and By-lawsthe position of past-president refers to the immediate past president unless that person cannot or will not serve on the Executive Committee, therefore it is not an elected position.

APUO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2020-2021

President (2019-2021): Dimitrios KARMIS (School of Political Studies)
Past-President (2019-2021)Susan SPRONK (School of International Development and Global Studies)
 

 First Vice-President
  JACOB, Jean Daniel Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
Hiring date : July 1, 2009
Nomination form
 Second Vice-President
  PARÉ, Daniel Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts
Hiring date : July 1, 2003
Nomination form
 Secretary-Treasurer
  HATHERILL, Jeanette Scholarly Communication Librarian, Library
Hiring date : October 3, 2011
Nomination form
 Mobilization Officer
  GIROUX, Dalie Associate Professor, School of Political Studies,
Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Hiring date : July 1, 2003
Nomination form
 Equity Officer
  RAJIVA, Mythili Associate Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences
Hiring date : July 1, 2012
Nomination form
 Academic Officer
  MONTPETIT, Colin Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Hiring date : August 1, 2007
Nomination form
 Officer-at-Large
  BLAIR, Jennifer Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Arts
Hiring date : July 1, 2008
Nomination form

 
The Nominations and Elections Committee