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QUFA Digest Emails: September 2016

A New Year Begins: Welcome to all new Queen’s University Faculty Association Members and welcome back to returning Members. Each month during the academic year, we’ll send you a QUFA Digest email like this with brief announcements about important events and documents relevant to QUFA matters, to higher education and → Learn More

Announcements: Deadline this term for applications to the Fund for Scholarly Research and Creative Work and Professional Development (Adjuncts) is Friday, October 7, 2016.

Dear Adjunct Faculty Members, The deadline this term for applications to the Fund for Scholarly Research and Creative Work and Professional Development (Adjuncts) is Friday, October 7, 2016. You are eligible to apply if you have an Adjunct appointment at Queen’s during the current term, and the Committee encourages you → Learn More

Announcements: OnQ Support

Dear Colleagues, I write to those of you who have been Moodle users and who will be moving your courses to OnQ to remind you of and recommend the special support for the transition which ITS is providing this summer and which they developed in consultation with QUFA.  Details are → Learn More

Announcements: #FREEHOMA

Dear QUFA Members, Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian anthropologist at Concordia University, has been arrested in Iran for sedition against the state. These charges are unfounded and there is concern for her health and wellbeing. The Canadian Association of University Teachers has taken up her cause (see here: http://www.caut.ca/news/2016/06/09/caut-urges-release-of-canadian-academic-detained-in-iran). The → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: May 2016

1. Problems with the Scientific Record: Click here to watch a brief report by the CBC on the problems plaguing scientific publishing including shoddy research and predatory publishing. For your convenience, Beall’s list of predatory publishers is here and a site tracking retraction of problematic science is here. 2. QUFA → Learn More

OCUFA Teaching Awards – Nominations Open

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. You can find more information online here: http://ocufa.on.ca/awards/teaching-and-academic-librarianship-awards/ The deadline for receipt of electronic application packages is May 27, 2016.

ECampus Ontario Survey on Online Teaching Support

We want to hear from you! Blended and online learning is an increasingly important part of post-secondary education. Faculty and staff have a number of challenges and opportunities to consider when developing and/or teaching online and blended courses. The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) recently provided funding → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: April 2016

1. QUFA Spring General Meeting: The General Member meeting will be held on April 20 at 1:15-3:00 pm in Ellis Hall Auditorium. Orders of the Day include a presentation from Heidi Penning and Shauna Shiels of the Human Rights and Equity Office and a discussion about unit Workload Documents and → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: March 2016

1. QUFA Academic Freedom Event – Save the Date! Plan to attend this year’s panel discussion focusing on the intersection of workplace harassment legislation and academic freedom. Join our distinguished panel, Sheila Embleton (York University), Catherine Burr (Western University) and Robin Vose (St. Thomas University & President of CAUT), on → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: February 2016

1. Budget Review with the Provost: We’re opening the next QUFA Council to Members interested to talk with Provost Alan Harrison about the Budget Model now in operation and currently under review. Please join us at 1:00pm on February 22 in MacDonald Hall, Room 4. 2. QUFA Executive Committee Nominations → Learn More

QUFA Executive Committee Nominations are Open!

The following Executive Committee positions are open for election in 2016: Treasurer, Secretary, Grievance Chair, JCAA Co-Chair, Equity Representative, Continuing Adjunct Representative, one Member at Large and QULA Representative (elected by QULA). If you would like to stand for election for any of the first 7 or know of a → Learn More