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Maxim Balashov is a professor of mathematics who has worked at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) for nineteen years. He also serves as chair of the trade union at his university, UNISOL, which has successfully fought for increased salaries and reduced workloads while ensuring that the university complies with the Russian state … Read More

OCUFA Analysis – What the 2018 election results mean for Ontario’s professors and academic librarians

On June 7, the Ontario voters elected a Progressive Conservative majority government led by Doug Ford. This election outcome has a number of important implications for professors and academic librarians in the province and will pose several challenges and opportunities for the university sector over the next four years. During the election, OCUFA analyzed the … Read More

OCUFA Report card: Provincial party platforms

A lot is at stake for postsecondary education in this election. There are some important differences in how the major parties plan to address issues that matter for Ontario university faculty. Evaluating statements made in party platforms and OCUFA’s questionnaire on postsecondary issues, we have produced a report card that grades each parties commitments to … Read More

TUFA: Scholars At Risk Update

Thanks to the hard work of various faculty and students in addition to the advocacy of TUFA the University has recently joined the Scholar at risk Network. Click here if you want to learn more about the network or want to subscribe to their emails. Together with the Provost, TUFA sponsored a faculty member (Baris … Read More

CAUT report on metrics in the Post-secondary sector

Whether it’s the rankings of universities and colleges, or the bibliometric assessment of research impact, metrics of various types are being wielded by private companies, governments and administrations to measure the performance of institutions, departments and even individual faculty. Controversies over the use — and some say ‘abuse’ — of metrics is now prompting academic … Read More

OCUFA briefing note on Student questionnaires

It is a common practice at universities to have students complete end-of-term questionnaires about their courses and instructors. Sometimes called student evaluations of teaching (SETs) or student questionnaires on courses and teaching (SQCTs), these are often used to make decisions about faculty tenure and promotion without an appreciation of their limitations. These questionnaires could be … Read More

TUFA funding for community initiatives and projects

To enhance TUFA’s capacity to support community and social justice initiatives and projects, the membership charged a subcommittee this year to oversee the Association’s disbursement of funds budgeted for this purpose in the current fiscal year. Applications in support of local cultural, intellectual, educative, community service, humanitarian, and/or social justice events and initiatives will be … Read More

Seasonal Reception December 14th 2017

TUFA SEASONAL CELEBRATION  Faculty Social – Wine and Cheese #TUFASocial Please join us in celebrating the season; refreshments and good cheer with your colleagues. This year we are encouraging your cash donations to the Kawartha Food Share and will have a conveniently located donation box. For Every $1 Donated Kawartha Food Share Can Purchase Up … Read More