The APUO has sent a letter of support for the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) to Pierre Zundel, interim President, Laurentian University and Jennifer Wittey, Chair of the Laurentian University Board of Governors.
On January 31, 2017, the Association filed a grievance against the decision of the employer to use the data obtained using the new online student evaluations to reach decisions and recommendations relating to professor’s careers. On July 19, 2017, arbitrator Michael Bendel agreed with the Association that this decision breached the APUO collective agreement and allowed the grievance.
The decision clearly states that the employer may not use any data or analyses obtained pursuant to the new online student evaluation system in making recommendations or decisions relating to professor’s careers without the union’s prior consent.
The arbitrator decision can be viewed here.
The response can be found here.
Dear APUO members,
It has recently come to our attention that the employer sent APUO members in some faculties incorrect information regarding the submission of grades. The employer’s recent message indicated that professors must “submit … final grades in uoCampus. Final grades submitted by email or paper copy will not be accepted.” (Email dated April 17, 2017).
This message contradicts the Faculty Center Guide in uoCampus. Since APUO has no way of knowing who received this message, the Executive felt that it was in the best interest of all members to be aware that the guide states the following:
There are three ways to submit your final grades:
- Enter grades directly into the Grade Roster of your Faculty Center.
- Submit an Excel file to your faculty, department or school. This file can originate from the Faculty Center (Class List or Grade Roster) or Blackboard Learn (Grade Center).
- Upload a file containing grades for a class to the Grade Roster in your Faculty Center (University of Ottawa, Faculty Center Guide, 19).
Clearly the email message quoted above contradicts the options available to you. Though members may have already submitted grades this semester, for those who still have grades to submit, please be aware that you have the options listed above.
The Executive committee
Dear members of the APUO,
In accordance with its Policy Statement on Assessment of Senior Administrators, in February 2017 the APUO asked members in the Faculty of Arts to complete a survey to assess their dean.
With kind regards,
The APUO Executive Committee
This bulletin was sent to APUO members on March 3, 2017. To see the bulletin in full click here.
The following was sent by Jennifer Dekker, APUO President on February 9, 2017 to Jacques Frémont, uOttawa President regarding the selection committee for the new Vice-President Academic and Provost.
Dear President Frémont,
Last fall, I raised the issue of the composition of the selection committee for the new Vice- President Academic and Provost with you. The basis of my concern was that there was not a single non-administrative professor on the selection committee, thereby silencing the voices of APUO members in the selection process. In the context of the issues around decision-making and governance that the APUO Executive raised with you last summer, I found this very troubling. You were not able to rectify the composition of the selection committee at that time, but gave your word that you would add APUO professors in the selection process of all senior administrative positions going forward. It is important for APUO members to be represented on such selection committees because we have a very different perspective than administrators. We report to administrators and work under their leadership and direction. We are therefore subject to their decisions, management styles, resource allocation and sometimes their arbitrariness with respect to the above. This, combined with the fact that there are no APUO member professors on the committee should motivate the selection committee to conduct an impeccable assessment of the short listed candidates, taking care to ensure that the person who is selected will be acceptable to APUO members.
While APUO does not have an official voice on the selection committee, our members spoke loudly and clearly last year when we conducted our “Evaluation of Senior Administrators,” one of whom was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Although the APUO Executive outlined the issues when you met with us last summer, nothing has been done regarding the disturbing details that professors reported in our survey. In case you were not privy to these, I have attached the summary of the quantitative data and some of the qualitative data that we received to this email. I would strongly encourage you to take this feedback on the Dean’s performance if the selection committee for the V-P Academic and Provost is considering this Dean’s candidacy.
Please accept this letter of concern as a reflection of the anxiety that our members in Health Sciences and other faculties experience when they hear rumours that Dean Perrault is being considered for one of the most important roles in our university. The fact that the Dean has made herself inaccessible to most professors in her Faculty, is alleged to have unfairly deprived some of resources while enriching others, refuses to acknowledge the importance of bilingualism, and is said to have engaged in workplace harassment and bullying – which the administration, contrary to Ontario workplace law, has never investigated – is of grave concern.
With all due respect,
This message was sent to APUO members on February 8, 2017. To see the original message click here.