The APUO has written a statement of support for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and college faculty currently on strike.
The APUO has sent a letter of support for the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa to Jacques Frémont, President of the University of Ottawa.
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 APUO members,
Following the counting of votes by the APUO administrative team, in front of the Nominations and Elections Committee, as well as the two candidates, we are announcing the results of the first ever APUO presidential election.
- 432 valid ballots were received by 4:00 PM on April 25 2017;
- Professor Richard Blute received 216 votes (50%);
- Professor Susan Spronk received 216 votes (50%).
Professors Blute and Spronk both accept the electoral results and have agreed to be APUO co-presidents on an interim basis. We remind you to come out in large numbers to the Annual General Meeting which will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow,Thursday April 27, 2017, in the auditorium (150) in Marion Hall for the election of the six (6) remaining contested Executive Committee positions. You may view the list of candidates in the email the APUO sent a few weeks ago (http://mailchi.mp/ee69cce8a7e1/election).
The Nominations and Elections Committee
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,
Professor Tyler Chamberlin’s presentation is available here.
(sent by email)
January 4, 2017
Mr. Jacques Frémont
Office of the President
University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland, room 212
Dear Mr. Frémont,
I’m writing to you on behalf of APUO, which represents 1,310 professors and librarians at the University of Ottawa. I was pleased to hear that you created a new Budget Committee that will analyse the uOttawa budget using an academic-oriented, long-term outlook. I was also pleased to hear that the committee will include two professors although, unfortunately, these were chosen by the Administration Committee without consultation.
Since you suggested to me that you wanted the APUO to support this initiative, allow me to suggest that inviting the APUO to appoint the two professors, instead of the Administration Committee, would have been a much stronger demonstration that our input is valuable to you. It is important that the new Budget Committee is independent and appear independent of the Central Administration. While appointing professors is a good step, nominations from the Administration Committee are detrimental to that. While we are very disappointed that the professors were appointed without consulting us, we still wanted to share with you the names of professors that we would have appointed. We invite you to reconsider your decision and add two additional professors to the Committee. If this is impossible, we invite you to at least hold on to these nominations in the event that future vacancies may arise.
Therefore, I am pleased to provide you the following APUO members as candidates to the new Budget Committee:
- Tyler Chamberlin, Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Business
- Christian Rouillard, Full Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences
I sincerely hope that you will take these appointments into consideration and provide space for meaningful consultation with us in the future, so that we may give strong support to this initiative and work together on a budget that is both based on independent reflection and consistent with academic values.
November 21, 2016
It has come to the attention of the APUO that you have been targeted by racist, xenophobic, islamophobic and sexist bullying since the publication of your article in the Rotonde about rape culture on campus at the University of Ottawa. We are outraged and would like to acknowledge and support you in this difficult time.
Your report was solid, well documented and pertained to an issue that should be of serious concern to all members of the university community. As a journalist, you have the duty to cover public interest stories such as this one – as contentious as it may be – and the right to do so without being a victim of intimidation and harassment. Rape culture is a very worrying issue on North American university campuses and we have a right to expect that the University of Ottawa’s administration would be accountable towards this issue. Therefore we fully support your demand for an inquiry.
The situation you are experiencing is absolutely unacceptable. Please know that we appreciate the work that you do and support you in seeking justice.
The 2016-2018 Collective Agreement text is now online. Click here to go to the Collective Agreement page.