Weekly Update – May 8

May 8, 2020

Weekly Update – May 8

Survey of Workers’ Experiences during COVID-19


The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, along with researchers and trade unions including the Canadian Association of University Teachers, has developed a pan-Canadian survey on COVID-19 workplace experiences.

It is important that the views of university faculty and other academic staff are reflected in this survey. The data collected will be used to develop focused approaches to workplace health and safety during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access the survey please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/worker_survey

CUASA Business and Events

AGM and Annual Budget

Council will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19 to revise the annual budget. Once the budget has been finalized, we will recall the April General Meeting and present the updated budget to the membership for approval.

Nominations for Steering Positions

We are still accepting nominations for the following Steering positions:

  • External Relations Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Chair, Equity
  • Chair, Nominations and Elections
  • Chair, Internal Affairs
  • Instructor Representative

Information on the nominations process, and a list of open positions, can be found on our How to Volunteer page. Elections will take place at the May 21 Council meeting. If you are interested in any of the open positions, we strongly encourage you to consider running. The work of the Association continues, despite the current environment we find ourselves in. Remember that our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals. Some of these positions come with a course release subject to the availability of funds.

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 that we will have members who will want to go ahead as planned. We also anticipate many 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
  • 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 email msco@cuasa.ca to RSVP.

Carleton Community Announcements

Managing Anxiety and Worry during COVID-19

The Employee and Family Assistance Program has put together some tips on managing anxiety and worry during COVID-19. Find out what you need to know about COVID-19 and mental health, and how to help yourself cope during the outbreak by clicking here.

Support for Online Teaching

Teaching and Learning Services is hosting online workshops during the month of May on teaching in an online environment. Topics include different tools that you can use for your online courses, including Zoom, BigBlueButton and Kaltura Capture, as well as pedagogical workshops that can help with the course design process. Click here for more information and to register.

Academic Community at Large

CAUT Statement on Performance-based Funding

CAUT welcomes the Ontario government’s decision to suspend plans to introduce performance-based funding for post-secondary institutions, but says the decision should be made permanent. Read the full statement here.

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