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.
Professor Tyler Chamberlin’s presentation is available here.
|This message was sent to APUO members on Januay 19, 2017. To see the original message click here.|
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.|
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.|
(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.