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.

Roundtable: Commercialization of academic publishing

 

THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF ACADEMIC PUBLISHING: OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT?

Dear members,

As part of Keeping Education Public Week, APUO will be hosting a roundtable on Monday March 6th, 2017 from 12-12:50pm at Tabaret 083.

The commercialization of academic research has been the subject of intense debate within scientific communities. In the past few years, an increasing number of academic societies have signed publishing agreements with large publishing houses such as the “Big 5”: Reed-Elsevier, Wiley, Routledge-Taylor and Francis, SAGE and Springer. On the one hand, these companies have a global reach that brings research communities closer together. On the other hand, they have been criticized for their pricing practices and high profit margins, which drive up the price of information and make academic publishing less accessible to students and faculty. As a result of these industry trends, university libraries, such as our uOttawa library, have found it increasingly difficult to maintain their collections. In this roundtable, speakers from the University of Ottawa will share their experiences and debate alternatives.

COME CHAT WITH US!
Where: TBT 083, University of Ottawa
When: Monday, March 6th, 2017 at noon – lunch will be served.

Please RSVP here to reserve your lunch!

 

This message was sent to APUO members on February 28, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Petition: Stand Against the Ban

Dear members,In light of recent news events, many scholars and institutions in the post-secondary sector have responded to developments affecting our members and the extended university community. Following the Executive order issued by President Donald Trump halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries (currently before the courts), both the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT – see below) and Universities Canada (political statement) have responded. In solidarity, you might be interested to sign the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) petition (see the link below) to keep the pressure on.

Stand Against the Ban

(Ottawa – January 31, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in strongly condemning the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The executive order affects many of our academic staff and students in Canada by restricting their ability to travel to the United States for conferences, and to engage in research partnerships and collaborations with American institutions and scholars. As such, the ban runs contrary to the values of free and open exchange of knowledge and ideas.

We urge American authorities to respect academic freedom and to firmly reject discrimination by immediately rescinding the ban.
We further call upon our members and the entire academic community in Canada to oppose the Trump administration’s discriminatory order by signing the AAUP petition against the ban.

 

This message was sent to APUO members on February 8, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Change: Budget debate UOttawa 2017-18

 

NOTICE: 2017-2018 BUDGET DEBATE

Dear members,

Please note that the University of Ottawa has not responded to our invitation to send a delegate to our budget debate on January 25th, 2017.

Therefore, we have modified the format of the event to be a presentation of the APUO’s perspective on the 2017-2018 budget followed by a question and discussion period.

While we regret that the employer has declined the opportunity to engage in this dialogue with us, we hope that you will attend and bring your questions, so that we may hear your concerns and suggestions and bring them to the attention of the employer in other forums.

Where: DMS 12102, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa
When:  Wednesday January 25, 12 noon-12:50pm
A light lunch will be served, please RSVP to help us to plan accordingly.
This message was sent to APUO members on Januay 19, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Invitation: CAUT Equity Conference 2017

Dear members of APUO,

APUO is proud to support the participation of its members at the CAUT Equity conference that will take place on February 24-25, 2017 in Toronto. The APUO Executive committee will cover the expenses for registration, accommodations and transportation for two participants. The participants will be expected to participate in the conference in its entirety and to provide receipts for each expense.

In offering this funding, APUO wishes to build its members’ capacity on equity issues. It is expected that members who wish to participate in the conference are doing so with the intention of eventually being directly engaged with the Association (for example: join the Equity Committee, the Collective Bargaining Committee, the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors).

Please take a look at the CAUT webpage for more details about the conference.

This message was sent to APUO members on January 18, 2017. To see the original message click here.

Budget debate UOttawa 2017-18

2017-2018 BUDGET DEBATE

The University of Ottawa has proposed across the board cuts, including extensive cuts to the library. In response the APUO will be conducting an analysis of university’s finances and inviting the employer to a debate on the 2017-2018 budget on the following question:

“Is the proposed budget consistent with the University of Ottawa’s academic mandate?”

Where: DMS 12102, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa
When:  Wednesday January 25, 12 noon-12:50pm
A light lunch will be served, please RSVP to help us to plan accordingly.

Please come prepared with questions for either side. We have invited each side to present their views on the proposed budget. A question period will follow the opening arguments and rebuttals on each side.

 

This message was sent to APUO members on January 11, 2017. To see the original message click here.

 

Letter to Jacques Frémont: no APUO-appointed professors on budget committee

(sent by email)

January 4, 2017

 

 

Mr. Jacques Frémont

President

Office of the President

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland, room 212

Ottawa, Ontario

 

 

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.

 

Respectfully,

 

Jennifer Dekker

President, APUO

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Open letter of support to Yasmine Mehdi

OPEN LETTER

 

November 21, 2016

 

Dear Yasmine,

 

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.

 

In solidarity,

 

 

Jennifer Dekker,

President, APUO

 

 

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