Posts from April 2018

In late March, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) released a discussion paper on SMA3 and performance metrics. While OCUFA appreciates the publication of the SMA3 discussion paper and the effort to solicit consultation from the community, the timeline and discussion questions proposed by the Ministry are not conducive to a meaningful […]

At this year’s Worldviews Lecture, Professor Sigal Ben-Porath addressed the increasingly heightened debate around free speech on campus. Her lecture was followed by a panel discussion that explored challenges for democratic values and minority rights in academia and beyond. Video of the entire lecture, including the panel discussion, can be viewed online here. In her lecture, Professor Ben-Porath reflected on campus free speech controversies of recent years – from […]

On March 28, the 2018 Ontario Budget was tabled. Given the upcoming election, it is widely understood that this is as much a campaign platform document as a budget. While the continued implementation of reforms to student assistance in this year’s budget are expected to further improve access for students, faculty are concerned that operating […]

Each year, dozens of faculty from universities across Ontario travel to Toronto to participate in OCUFA’s Advocacy Day. The event provides an opportunity for faculty to meet with their local Members of Provincial Parliament and brief them about faculty priorities for Ontario’s universities. In addition to local MPPs, OCUFA representatives also met with Minister of […]

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald (Jerry) E. Phillips, the longtime Chief Negotiator for the Lakehead University Faculty Association. Following 49 years of service at Lakehead University, Jerry will be remembered by his colleagues for the important and inspiring contributions he made as a Professor in the Faculty of Business […]

As a faculty member, being nominated for and receiving a teaching award can be career-altering, but serving on a teaching awards committee provides its own benefits. In a new article for the journal Transformative Dialogues , two members of OCUFA’s Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards committee summarize their experiences as committee members. Judy Bornais and Andrea Buchholz reflect on […]

Today, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto are hosting the fourth annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education. Professor Sigal Ben-Porath will deliver a lecture title “Free speech on campus: […]

LONDON – According to a recent poll commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 68 per cent of those who live in Southwestern Ontario want professors with job security and benefits teaching university courses. Among Ontario youth considering a postsecondary education, support was even higher, with 71 per cent stating this as […]