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CAUT Bulletin Archives

March page

Commentary / Intense scrutiny over microaggressions

Microaggressions have become the subject of intense scrutiny on university and college campuses. While today’s focus has only recently emerged, the literature on micro-aggressions dates back to the late 1960s.

Academic advisor

One of the biggest mistakes that academic staff can make is to walk unprepared and unrepresented into proceedings of a potentially disciplinary or quasi-disciplinary nature.

Interview / Yves Gingras

Yves Gingras, professor and Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science at Université du Québec à Montréal discusses performance indicators and research evaluation tools.

Time to get science right

It’s been a year since the federal Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau swept to power. Although self-proclaimed as a ‘pro-science’ government, the Liberals have much to do to get fundamental science & research back on track.

President’s message / The spirit of consultation

Real creativity in the sciences and arts and humanities requires that academics be free to pursue basic research, or “blue-sky” questions, that don’t have immediate functional applications.

Book review / Uncivil rites: Palestine and the limits of academic freedom

Does uncivil discourse have a place in academia? Do emotion, intemperateness and name-calling belong in an institution whose values include logic, reason, level-headedness and respect? Or, if academic freedom disallows incivility, should we punish incivility, or expand academic freedom to include it?

Commentary / Why no funding for the humanities?

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund’s announcement of grant recipients earlier this month was met with celebrations by many Canadian researchers and scholars. While the projects are compelling and worthy, it’s notable that not a single one is rooted in the humanities, or includes the humanities as a dimension of its research.

Interview / Ted Stathopoulos

On June 6, 2016, news broke that a Canadian scholar had been arrested and imprisoned in Iran. The Bulletin talked with engineering professor Ted Stathopoulos, president of CUFA, following Hoodfar’s release on Sept. 26.

The precarious life of contract academic staff

For many couples, choosing the right time to have children can be a source of anxiety. For some female professors, the decision can be more com­pli­cated if they are worried about losing their job if they get pregnant at the wrong time in the academic year.

President’s Message / Make it fair for contract staff

“Work hard and good things will come.” Many of us were taught this maxim while growing up. The basic moral of the story is that success or failure is up to the individual.

Universities ‘must confront’ taking research funds from oil firms

UK universities have been warned by a leading environmental campaign group that they will need to move away from accepting research funding from “fossil fuel corporations” if they are to follow through with their commitment to combat climate change.

Book Review / Palace of ashes

As its title suggests, this provocative book focuses on the contrast between the increasing government funding provided to Chinese higher education in recent decades and the parallel decline in financial support for American universities.

Interview / Kirsty Duncan

As the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan is proud to be part of a government that truly values science and the central role science plays in a thriving clean economy.

Academic Advisor

Teaching multi-section courses on a contract basis – Academic freedom grants control over course design, content, and evaluation. At the same time, departments have an interest in ensuring consistency across multi-section courses.

Copyright Act review an opportunity to press feds on Aboriginal issues

In a long struggle to preserve their culture, the Maliseet First Nation has faced many challenges, and some are familiar. One challenge, however, was unexpected: the Copyright Act.

McMaster penalties quashed

In a strong rebuke to McMaster University, the Ontario Superior Court quashed penalties levied against four professors by an internal tribunal adjudicating disputes within the DeGroote School of Business.

Formula evaluation

Faculty groups in the United States are warning that the increasing reliance upon metrics to assess their “productivity” is threatening the traditional system of peer review in hiring, tenure and promotion decisions.

CAUT staff appointments

New at CAUT – Membership Engagement Officer, Collective Bargaining Officer and General Counsel.

J.H. Stewart Reid Fellowship awarded to David Christopher for 2016–2017

A PhD candidate from the department of art history and visual studies at the University of Victoria has been awarded CAUT’s 2016–2017 J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship.

Do you know who sits on your board?

An investigation spearheaded by CAUT shows how the private sector is increasingly dominating boards of governors across Canada’s research universities. Bankers, lawyers and other players in the business world make up a fair % of the membership of the boards of governors.