TUFA has been advised that the Deans have confirmed staffing plan allocations with their department Chairs and so all members should now have a clear sense of which courses they will be teaching in the coming year. Please be reminded that June 24th is the deadline for members to request reconsideration of assigned teaching duties from their Chairs/Directors (members in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing or Trent School of Education should make such requests directly to their Dean). Requesting reconsideration is a necessary step prior to filing an appeal with the Dean (with the Provost, for members in NURS and EDUC) and so if you have significant workload concerns you should formally communicate them by this Wednesday to keep open your window for further appeal. Teaching loads must be consistent with Article VIII.3: specifically, they must be “allocated in a fair, equitable and reasonable manner taking into consideration the academic responsibilities and skills of individual members, the terms of members’ appointments, the needs of the department’s academic programs and, when possible, the preference of individual members.”
We recognize that the changes wrought by COVID-19 may make even a “fair, equitable, and reasonable” teaching load seem daunting this Fall, especially for those with limited experience teaching remotely. As you will undoubtedly be aware, the Employer is in the process of assembling significant new resources to assist faculty members in the coming weeks and months, and members are encouraged to continue reviewing all messages from the Employer and Union over the summer and to avail themselves of additional assistance and resources as they are rolled out.
The Memorandum of Agreement on the Allocation and Appeal of Teaching Duties with an Appendix reproducing the relevant section of the 2019-2022 Collective Agreement is available on TUFA’s website. Members should feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Dirk and Marcus