This page has important information for candidates being considered for positions at Carleton.
Welcome to Carleton!
Congratulations on receiving an interview for, or an offer of, an academic position at Carleton University. Full-time academic staff at Carleton are represented by the Carleton University Academic Staff Association, Ontario’s oldest academic staff union. This page is designed to introduce you to Carleton and some of the terms and conditions of employment for its academic staff.
Certified under the Ontario Labour Relations Act in 1975, CUASA is the oldest academic staff union in Ontario. The primary purposes of the Association are to promote the well-being of the academic community, to defend academic freedom and to promote the individual interests of its members, as well as to maintain the quality and integrity of the University as an academic institution.
Once you have been hired, you are required by law to pay union dues. You have a choice about joining CUASA and participating in the democratic processes of the Association. Whether you join or not, CUASA represents you.
CUASA’s six full-time staff members are always available to assist you:
Understanding and Negotiating Salaries
Your negotiation for a starting salary is vitally important. It determines your career earnings and your final pension.
Management will make a salary offer based on parameters such as market factors, budgetary considerations, the department/unit you’re being hired into, and whether there are other suitable candidates available. You have the freedom to negotiate your starting salary.
Other Things to Keep in Mind:
We can make suggestions for your salary negotiation. You are free to ignore these suggestions and negotiate whatever you can.
CUASA and Carleton are also currently planning a Gender Pay Study to determine if a gender pay gap exists. Once the study is completed, the University President will have six months to provide the University’s plan to address any inequities that are identified.
A comprehensive set of health and dental benefits has been negotiated for our members. These include prescription drugs, vision, dental, life insurance, travel insurance and long term disability coverage.
More information on the benefits offered to CUASA members is available here.
In addition to health and dental benefits, members are provided with:
Sabbatical leave is a right at Carleton. The first sabbatical is at 100% of your nominal salary. After that, full year sabbaticals are compensated at 85% of your nominal salary. Those who have taught elsewhere may be eligible for up to two years sabbatical credit.
Tenure or confirmation is the final step of the preliminary appointment for academic staff. As there are significant differences in these processes, it is best to speak with a CUASA representative for personalized advice. Feel free to contact us for more information.
As a CUASA member, you will also be a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff representing 70,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals at some 123 universities and colleges across the country.
There are many benefits to CAUT membership including discounted insurance rates, health coverage and a subscription to the CAUT Bulletin. For more information visit www.caut.ca.
For additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact the CUASA Office. Other resources include: