Daily Update – April 8

April 8, 2020

Daily Update – April 8

Library update – Erratum and Additional Info

Our thanks to Interim University Librarian Amber Lannon for this correction and additional information from the library:

Interlibrary loans staff are available; however, we are only able to loan and request electronic materials at this time as most libraries have closed their library buildings. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff who are assisting faculty with finding electronic and alternative resources. Please email any questions to racer@library.carleton.ca.

Print materials have not been purchased during this immediate transition period; however, this is mainly because we are focusing our efforts on what students and faculty need to move to online teaching immediately and for the upcoming Spring/Summer semester – also this is the time of year we normally pause print purchasing to facilitate the year end process. If this situation continues, we will resume collecting in print as needed to support future teaching and research.

For those faculty teaching in the Spring/Summer semester, we would encourage them to contact our Reserves staff at library_reserves@carleton.ca with their course materials needs as soon as possible so that the team can find electronic versions and secure copyright permissions.

CUASA Tenure/Confirmation and Promotion Workshops

Each spring CUASA puts on Tenure/Confirmation and Promotion workshops, which cover the process for applying for tenure/confirmation and/or promotion, the preparation of dossiers, and the appeals process in the event of a denial.

As we have previously mentioned, we are in discussions with the University on a Memorandum of Agreement to allow members to defer applications in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we know we will have members who will want to go ahead as planned. We also anticipate a lot of questions as members consider their options. To that end, we have decided that our workshops will go ahead as scheduled this year.

The dates, times, and locations for the workshops are as follows:

  • Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor –
    Tuesday, May 12, 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Promotion to Associate and Full Professor –
    Thursday, May 14, 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor –
    Thursday, May 14, 1:00-3:30pm
  • Promotion to Associate and Full Professor –
    Friday, May 15, 1:00-3:30pm
  • Librarian Confirmation and Promotion –
    Tuesday, May 26, 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Instructor Confirmation and Promotion –
    Thursday, May 28, 9:30am-12:00pm

All workshops will be held virtually. If you plan to attend, please contact Member Services and Communications Officer Josh Horton at msco@cuasa.ca to RSVP.

Deadline for PER Submissions

The University’s fiscal year ends April 30. All financial documents relating to transactions that occurred prior to April 30, such as professional expense reimbursement claims, have to be submitted to the Business Office by Friday, April 24. You can contact Colleen DiGiacomo at Accounts.Payable@carleton.ca for more information.

OCUFA Calls on Province to Delay Performance Metrics

The President of OCUFA, Rahul Sapra, has sent a letter to Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, asking the provincial government to delay and take some time to reconsider introducing performance metrics at Ontario’s universities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read that letter here.

CAUT and CFS Call re. CERB

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) are calling on the federal government to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to post-secondary students and contract academic staff. Read the full statement here.

CAUT Briefing Note on Remote Teaching

CAUT has issued a briefing note on Remote Teaching – Privacy and Intellectual Property Concerns: “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities and colleges in Canada have transitioned to remote instruction through various online platforms and software. Academic staff should be aware that these tools raise important privacy and intellectual property rights issues.” Read the full note here.

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