TUFA Update – Pension update, Crisis at Laurentian, and other matters

Dear Colleagues, Please see below for a number of updates of potential interest: 1. Conversion of TUFA Pension Plan to University Pension Plan (UPP) Last month the UPP Joint Sponsors announced that they had reached agreement in principle with Trent University to convert the Contributory Pension Plan for TUFA Employees of Trent University to the University … Read More

Executive Committee – Call for Nominations

Dear Members, The 2020/21 Nominating and Elections Committee is pleased to open nominations for elected positions on the Executive Committee in accordance with Article VIII of TUFA’s Constitution.  Any contested positions will be decided by election with a mailing date of Friday, March 26th. Completed nomination forms must be received by the Association on or before … Read More

Update on SETS and other matters

Dear Colleagues, Please note the following: 1. Student Experience of Teaching Survey (SETS) arrangements for Fall/Winter Last week, a message sent from Trent IT created some confusion for members in relations to SETS. We advised the Deans’ Office that a correction should be sent to acknowledge several crucial changes, at least in relation to TUFA … Read More

Queering the Academy community conversation

Queering the Academy community conversation – October 19th (3:30 pm to 5:00 pm) Interested members are encouraged to participate in a virtual conversation: “From Ivory Tower to Rainbow Tower: Proactive Inclusion of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Classroom and Student Services.” This event with Prof. Momin Rahman will explore ways to be inclusive of race, … Read More

Town Hall this Thursday and other Events

Dear Colleagues, 1. All-member Town Hall – October 8th (10:00 am to 11:00 am). Reading President Groarke’s October 1st Winter Term announcement, it seems clear that the bulk of Winter courses will be taught by remote delivery. TUFA’s Executive wants to better understand what this will mean for faculty and librarians, especially in terms of … Read More

Confronting institutional racism – Scholar Strike and Trent

Dear Colleagues, Last week, a group of Canadian faculty members posted a proposal to hold a Scholar Strike in solidarity with those fighting to advance racial justice across North America. Both our national and provincial affiliates (see OCUFA statement, here) have echoed and amplified this call to action. Here is the opening paragraph from the … Read More

Teaching Assignment Appeals and other updates

Dear Colleagues, This week’s Town Halls were well attended and extremely productive. Thanks to everyone who participated. We are planning several follow-up Virtual Chats for the coming weeks aimed at LTAs, current and incoming Chairs, and Teaching-intensive appointees. We are also planning a joint session with the Employer to discuss peer-review processes for probationary members, … Read More