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CAUT Bulletin Archives

February page

Equity once & for all

Academic staff associations and unions need to make equity a priority at the bargaining table and in challenging institutional policies and practices that can perpetuate inequity.

President’s message / Social dimensions of education policy

The federal government has an opportunity to take a leadership role in reinvesting in research and post-secondary education in an effort to increase access to education, equality of opportunity and the equitable treatment of people learning and working in Canadian universities.

Commentary / The rise of human rights law in Canada

Human rights have become an integral feature of modern law in Canada. The contribution by Canadian unions to this human rights revolution has been significant.

Academic advisor

I have asked for workplace accommodation for recurring symptoms of my mental illness. The employer has indicated accommodation will require that I disclose both my specific diagnosis and medical records. Am I required to disclose this information?

Scholars in danger around the world

Terrorist attacks on universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.Targeted killings of scholars in Bangladesh and Syria. Arrests of students holding peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar and Thailand. Imprisonment of thousands of students and hundreds of academics in Egypt. Firing of thousands of higher education professionals in Turkey following the attempted coup July 15. These are just a few examples of repression of academic freedom around the world in 2015 and 2016.

President’s message / A tale of two conferences

The basic question addressed by presenters was not: how can we improve education? But rather, how can the PSE sector adapt itself to labour market needs as defined by new technology, industry and business?

Research confidentiality compromised at UQAM

CAUT is raising concerns about a court order that would require a Université du Québec à Montréal professor to violate the confidentiality of research participants.

CAUT honours two professors for collective bargaining work

In recognition of outstanding achievements in the promotion of collective bargaining in the post-secondary sector, Suzanne Prior and Terry Sway collected CAUT’s 2016 Donald C. Savage Award at the association’s Council meeting in November.

CAUT welcomes two new members

CAUT Council voted in November to accept the membership applications of two new associations: the British Columbia Institute of Technology Faculty and Staff Association (BCIT-FSA) and the Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association (GMUFA).

Niagara College faces boycott over Saudi campuses

CAUT is threatening censure of Niagara College if the institution continues to operate gender-segregated campuses and programs in Saudi Arabia.

CAUT staff appointments

New at CAUT – Legal Officer and Director, Research and Political Action

Commentary / Stop treating students like children

Back in February, after speaking at a conference on academic freedom organised by the Harry Crowe Foundation in Toronto, I was confronted by words of despair from a young Canadian lecturer. She told me that I was lucky to have gone through the experiences of the 1960s and 1970s because many contemporary academics are no longer motivated by the values that underpin the ideal of a free and open academic culture.

Academic advisor

A parental leave is a leave, not a deferral of work. The employer cannot penalize you by forcing you to make up for “lost time” afterwards.

Book Review / Academic freedom at American universities: Constitutional rights, professional norms, and contractual duties

In Academic Freedom at American Universities, Philip Lee provides an exhaustively researched and accessible history of the development of the principle of academic freedom, particularly through the work of the American Association of University Professors, and its application in US law.

Interview / Homa Hoodfar

2016 was a traumatic year for Homa Hoodfar. Arrested and detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for 112 days, the retired anthropology professor from Concordia University thought the nightmare would never end. Thanks to diplomatic help from Canada, Oman, Italy and Switzerland and also to an incredible movement of solidarity among academics, Hoodfar was finally released at the end of September.

Civility & its discontents

The events at Capilano highlight growing concerns about how the proliferation of codes of civility and respectful workplace policies in universities and colleges can threaten free expression and academic freedom.

President’s message / Reasserting the university tradition

While utilitarian managerialism is the dominant ethos of most Canadian university administrations today, the administrative impulse to control is not new, nor is the principled opposition to it.

Book review / The ethics rupture: Exploring alternatives to formal research ethics review

Feelings of frustration and compliance index some of the problems with the current system of social science ethics review identified in The Ethics Rupture.