TORONTO – The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its 32nd president – Gyllian Phillips, Associate Professor of English Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science at Nipissing University. Phillips officially began her two-year term on July 1, 2017.
“Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are at the heart of our public universities,” said Phillips. “That is why it is so important that we work together, through OCUFA, to advocate for the rights of faculty and the integrity of our institutions. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this important organization.”
Phillips served as Vice-President of OCUFA from 2015 to 2017, is a past-President of the Nipissing University Faculty Association, and previously served as Chair of Nipissing’s English Studies Department. Her research focuses on British modernism and postcolonial literature.
OCUFA would also like to thank outgoing President Judy Bates, who served the organization as a principled and distinguished leader since 2015.
“Judy has provided strong leadership for OCUFA over the past two years, fighting for fairness for contract faculty, faculty renewal, and increases to public university funding,” said Phillips. “It is a privilege to follow in her footsteps as we continue advocating on these priorities.”
Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
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