Online Student Evaluations

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.

Submit final grades

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.

Thank you,

The Executive committee

APUO Executive Election results

Dear APUO members,

Following the elections held at the Annual General Meeting yesterday, Thursday April 27, 2017, the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) announces the results for each Executive Committee position.

First Vice-President

    • Jean-Daniel JACOB       149 votes (72%) Elected
    • Cristina PERISSINOTTO  57 votes (28%)

Second Vice-President

    • Raywat DEONANDAN     80 votes (41%)
    • Dimitrios KARMIS          115 votes (59%) Elected

Secretary-Treasurer

    • Tyler CHAMBERLIN        65 votes (35%)
    • Jeanette HATHERILL    120 votes (65%) Elected

Mobilization Officer

    • Daniel PARÉ, Elected by acclamation

Equity Officer

    • Amir ATTARAN            43 votes (23%)
    • Kathryn TREVENEN   147 votes (77%) Elected

Academic Officer

    • Dalie GIROUX            109 votes (66%) Elected
    • Naomi GOLDENBERG   56 votes (34%)

Officer-at-large

    • Cheryl McWATTERS     42 votes (28%)
    • Colin MONTPETIT      110 votes (72%) Elected

The mandate of the newly elected officers will begin on July 1, 2017, the date at which the current President, Jennifer DEKKER, will begin her mandate as Past-President. The NEC thanks all candidates for their participation in the APUO’s electoral process. A Special General Meeting will be announced in the next few days in order to present additions and clarifications to the Constitution and By-Laws in relation to the upcoming APUO (Co-)Presidency (Richard BLUTE and Susan SPRONK). The NEC emphasizes the importance of giving full and complete support to the new APUO team that will begin their demanding work on July 1, 2017, especially in the context of a bargaining year (the Collective Agreement expires on April 30, 2018).

The Nominations and Elections Committee

Election Result- APUO President

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

Winter 2017 Evaluation of Senior Administrators

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.

You can view the summary of results and the details of the quantitative questions by clicking on the appropriate link.

With kind regards,

The APUO Executive Committee

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This message was sent to APUO members on March 7, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Invitation: Keeping Education Public Week


INVITATION: KEEPING EDUCATION PUBLIC WEEK

Dear members,

As part of Keeping Education Public week, the APUO is co-sponsoring events on campus from March 6 to March 10, 2017.Seven associations representing students, faculty and staff at the University of Ottawa come together to discuss major issues facing Canadian universities today.Several events will be taking place with a common thread drawing back to the austerity budgeting measures that have been implemented at the University of Ottawa and which are reflective of the current context of postsecondary education across North America.This takes place following threats of massive budget cuts of 4 to 8% at the University of Ottawa, including $2 million in cuts to library acquisitions which were narrowly avoided, and a freeze on university support staff, all of which undermine the quality of education for students, and the working conditions of faculty and staff throughout the university.

Monday March 6th, the APUO will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the commercialization of academic publishing. As an increasing number of academic societies sign publishing agreements with the “Big 5”, these large multinational publishing houses drive industry trends that increase the cost of research and access to publishing, which adversely affects libraries that struggle to maintain their collections due to government defunding and austerity budgeting practices.

Wednesday March 8th, in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the campus associations will be hosting a game of Cards Against University at Café Nostalgica from 2 to 4pm. The game features content specific to the university community and uOttawa in particular, with a gendered focus on some of the card content for IWD. Food will be served.

Thursday March 9th, at 11:30AM, the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) will be screening Starving the Beastto be shown at Desmarais Hall, room 12102 (55, Laurier street). The documentary examines the last 35 years of systemic defunding of universities and market-driven reform that has been commonplace in the United States, and which parallels with ideologies around higher education in Canada. Pizza and beverages will be serve.

These events are supported by APUO, GSAÉD, CUPE 2626, APTPUO, SFUO, SSUO, SEIU local 2.

This information was also issued in a press release.

This message was sent to APUO members on March 7, 2017. To see the original message click here.