Upcoming events and activities

Dear Colleagues, There are several matters of possible interest as we approach the end of the week: 1. Trent’s United Way campaign Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year’s campaign.  TUFA’s $5,000 matching grant – combined with some new Leadership donations – have put us within $4,700 of our $150,000 target!  The campaign ends … Read More

LTA Caucus meetings

Dear Colleagues, Following-up on several very productive meetings with LTA members last semester, we have scheduled two more Town Halls this semester. In addition to taking stock of the impact of the pandemic on members’ work, we are also in the early stages of thinking through the Union’s Bargaining mandate for the next round of … Read More

Teaching-Intensive Town Hall

Dear Colleagues, TUFA’s Executive Committee would appreciate having an opportunity to talk with permanency-track members holding teaching-intensive appointments. Specifically, we want your views on how these positions are working out, how they might be improved through bargaining, and what impact the pandemic is having on those of you holding them. We hope that most of … Read More

TUFA Matching Funds appeal

Dear Colleagues, Trent’s 2020/21 United Way campaign is wrapping up and we are $15k short of our goal.  To close this gap, TUFA’s Executive Committee has authorized a $5,000 matching grant to double the impact of contributions made this month.  Many TUFA members are already Leadership donors, giving upwards of $100/month to the United Way … Read More

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