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CAUT Bulletin Archives

May page

Remembering Jacques St-Pierre

Jacques St-Pierre, 12th president of CAUT, and Université de Montréal professor emeritus, died March 29, 2016 at age 95.

Academic freedom at risk as shared governance is undermined

The participation of academic staff in the governance of universities and colleges has long been seen as a key component of academic freedom. Today, however, collegial governance, and by extension academic freedom, is facing a critical challenge from new managerial practices and an increasing concentration of power in the administration.

Ending casualisation will not only benefit early career academics

Students graduating from UK universities and entering a hostile global economic climate with tens of thousands of pounds of debt are right to fear for their futures. What they probably don’t realise is that most of the highly qualified experts who teach them face the same insecurity year in, year out.

Who's afraid of academic freedom?

In the award-winning 1962 play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, violence and marital discord unfold against a deeply dystopian vision of academic life: one where a university president enjoys unilateral license to prevent publication of a novel he deems inappropriate, or to block the promotion of a faculty member he dislikes.

Playing by the rules

The Carleton University Academic Staff. Association knows it takes vigilance to defend academic freedom and collegial governance. The growing secrecy around board meetings prompted academic staff, students, and other campus groups to come together to voice concern.

University execs shine in $100,000 club

It turns out that the highest earners in Ontario’s academic sector are the managers of the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (UTAM). President and CEO William Moriarty ranked third among the province’s top earners in 2015, pocketing a salary of $1.47 million.

UOITFA ratifies tentative agreement

On the final scheduled day of medi­ation prior to a looming strike deadline, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association and their employer reached a tentative agreement.

Federal budget a step in the right direction

The 2016 federal budget provided a long overdue boost to Canada’s knowledge infrastructure.

Crisis? What crisis?

Austerity is increasingly the watch-word at post-secondary institutions across the country. But the facts question many of the cries of poverty. Last year, almost 75 per cent of Canadian universities and colleges posted a budget surplus.

Investigation finds violations of academic freedom at Laurentian

An inquiry into Laurentian University has concluded that senior officials have routinely violated aca­demic freedom and principles of collegial governance.

Unmasking sexism in science

The principle of objectivity is supposed to guide the scientific world. Remove personal biases, emotional involvement and other interests, and society will succeed in finding the truths of the natural world.

Investing in Canada’s knowledge infrastructure

After years of austerity measures and attacks against science and scientists, Canada needs a new vision to get science right and improve the accessibility and quality of post-secondary education.

I won’t go to University of Texas while it permits guns on campus

At the beginning of this year, the University of Texas began permitting guns on its campus, including in the classroom. In response, I’m beginning a personal boycott. I will not accept invitations to speak at any university where guns are allowed in class — and I’d like others to join me.

Sexism in the academic workplace

It’s 2016, and for the first time in history we have finally begun to achieve gender balance in government — at least at the symbolic level of federal cabinet posts. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many other areas of Canadian society, including post-secondary education.

Medicine by delivery

Healing people with polymers has been the life work of University of Toronto biomedical engineering professor Molly Shoichet, and her research in regenerative medicine could someday improve the lives of critically ill patients.

Gender balance targets set for Scottish university subjects

No more than three-quarters of the students on courses at Scottish universities should be of the same gender, the country’s funding council has ruled.

New Brunswick profs disappointed by budget

The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations gave a cool reception to the provincial budget tabled by the Liberal government on Feb. 2. The federation says the government broke its promise to spare the education sector from its latest round of austerity measures.

More evidence against the reliability of student opinion surveys

Student opinion surveys and how they are used have been hotly contested in academia for years. But new research points to growing evidence that the surveys are biased and discriminatory.

Changes to compassionate care leave & benefits

In the spring of 2015, the federal Conservative government introduced legislation to expand both the maximum payable weeks of compassionate care benefits under EI and the maximum number of weeks of compassionate care leave without pay available under the Canada Labour Code (Part III).

Help for Syria: A big thank you to donors

The fundraising campaign launched by the CAUT Refugee Foundation last fall to help victims of the civil war in Syria was a major success.