1. QUFA Lunch & Learn: Assertive Communication: One way to head off conflict is to handle communications with the right tone. Join us to learn about communication styles and how to refine yours for the workplace (see here for more information). To be held at the University Club on March → Learn More
Lecture 2:00-3:30 to be held at Wallace Hall in the JDUC, speaker Ira Wells (Department of English, University of Toronto) followed by reception in the Fireside Room/Main Bar from 3:30-4:30. All Welcome, Any electronic recording of this event is expressly forbidden.
Dear QUFA Members, Please find attached an information bulletin about the University Pension Plan project that QUFA has been involved in for a few years now. This is the first official communication from those who have been working on establishing a new, jointly-sponsored pension plan for the university sector (the → Learn More
Stevenson Fergus and the 2018 QUFA Nominations Committee welcome nominations and inquiries from all members who are interested to serve on QUFA committees or who would like more information about how to get involved. Please see here for more information.
Download February 2018 QUFA Voices here
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report about precarious work in Ontario’s postsecondary education sector. It is available here: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/no-temporary-solution.
In response to growing Member concern about the workings and ramifications of the “New” or “Activity-Base” budget model introduced by former Provost Alan Harrison, QUFA commissioned Professor Emeritus John Holmes (Queen’s, Geography) to prepare a review and critique of how this kind of budgeting works in general and how it → Learn More
To read Elizabeth Hanson’s (QUFA JCAA Co-Chair) comment on how “merit” works and what has changed with a biennial model (attached) click here.
Dear Colleagues, QUFA and the University administration have reached an agreement about the use of the software tool, Faculty180, for the use of filing biennial and annual reports in 2017. Members may use the Faculty180 tool in lieu of the current forms on a strictly voluntary basis. QUFA sought voluntary → Learn More
The ability to be assertive is the key to respectful and collegial work relationships. In this lunch and learn workshop you will learn the different styles of communication and the foundational knowledge and tools to be assertive in the workplace. We will examine the proven DESC model of assertiveness and practice with our → Learn More
Virtue Signals: Anti- Intellectualism and the Weaponization of Free Speech on Campus with Ira Wells ( Department of English, University of Toronto) The QUFA Annual Lecture takes place on Friday 6 April 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Wallace Hall with a reception to follow from 3:30 p.m. → Learn More
QUFA Lunch & Learn: Effective Conflict Management: Learn how to choose the right conflict management style for the situation (more information here). Join us at the University Club on February 26, 12:15pm for a free workshop with Meaghan Welfare. Soup, rolls and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to Elizabeth → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, Please be advised that the deadline for submitting an application for QUFA Tuition Support is February 28. More information and the application form may be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/wellness-accessibility/employee-benefits/tuition-support-plan
Do you avoid conflict? perhaps you are the ultimate compromiser? It turns out that there is no best approach to conflict. Come to this workshop to learn how to manage your response to conflict to achieve the outcome you want. Brought to you by Queen’s Conflict Resolution Service February 26, → Learn More
Ira Wells ( University of Toronto)
Good morning, As you are aware, Queen’s is planning to replace the aging telephone system. We are using this survey to ask representatives of the various telephone user groups to validate and prioritize requirements collected through previous efforts and define any additional requirements. We anticipate that completing the survey should take you → Learn More
Download November 2017 QUFA Voices here
Dear QUFA Members, Please be advised of the following deadlines. The deadline for submitting an application for QUFA Tuition Support is February 28. More information and the application form may be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/wellness-accessibility/employee-benefits/tuition-support-plan The deadline for submitting an application for child care expenses is February → Learn More
Download January 2018 QUFA Voices here. Note: If you have difficulty viewing the graphs on p. 2 of this issue of QUFA Voices, please use a browser other than Safari. We recommend Firefox.