Category Archives: Education Quality/Learning Environment

Mark Jones, Text and Context at Queen’s [Response to the Provost re the Free Speech Wall and Michael Mason] (17 April 2013)

As published in the Whig-Standard Opinions section, 17 April 2013, under the rubric “Academic Freedom”: “Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” -Bob Dylan Recently Queen’s administrators approved the erection of a “free speech wall” by the Queen’s Students for Liberty and almost immediately … Continue reading

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OCUFA releases new paper on university productivity (3 April 2013)

As emailed to member associations by Graeme Stewart, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 3 April 2013: Dear Colleagues, Today, OCUFA released a research paper examining recent proposals around increasing university productivity as part of its Trends in Higher Education series. … Continue reading

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Austerity in Post-Secondary Education: Town Hall for 11 April (Posted 2 April 2013)

All are welcome; organized by Anne-Marie Grondin, Executive Assistant, Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS).

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Ontario’s New Tuition Framework (28 March 2013)

As sent to member associations by Mark Rosenfeld, Executive Director, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 28 March 2013: Dear Colleagues: Today, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities Brad Duguid announced a new tuition framework for Ontario’s higher education institutions. The new … Continue reading

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Professor David Mullan Gives QUFA Academic Freedom Lecture; Response by Professor Len Findlay (posted 22 March 2013)

On the evening of 6 March, Professor David Mullan delivered the 2013 QUFA Academic Freedom Lecture, entitled “The Academic Mission:  Principles and Institutional Responsibilities.”  He sketched the historical development and stressed the importance of faculty participation in university governance as a component … Continue reading

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CAUT Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March 2013)

As emailed by the Canadian Association of University Teachers to members on 21 March 2013: Today the Canadian Association of University Teachers commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — a day whose origin was on March … Continue reading

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QUFA Propositions for Virtualization / Online Learning (4 February 2013)

Memo sent by Paul Young, QUFA President, to the Senate Academic Planning Task Force, which is drafting a section of the Academic Plan for Virtualization and Online Learning: To:                        Academic Planning Task Force 2012-13 From:         … Continue reading

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Helen Mo, Letter of Support for Prof. Michael Mason (12 December 2012)

As received by Paul Young, QUFA President, 12 December 2012: December 5, 2012 Dr. Paul Young, President Queen’s University Faculty Association 9 St. Lawrence Avenue Queen’s University K7L 3N6 Dear Dr. Young, As a Queen’s University alumna who once worked … Continue reading

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Kenneth Westhues, Correction of Mobbing Episodes in Higher Education (2009; posted 3 December 2012)

From Mobbing as a factor in faculty work life, a joint presentation to the International Conference on Globalization, Shared Governance, and Academic Freedom, sponsored by the American Association of University Professors,  Washington, DC, 11-13 June 2009; as posted on Prof. Westhues’ website, Workplace … Continue reading

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Kenneth Westhues, The Unkindly Art of Mobbing (2006; posted 3 December 2012)

From Academic Matters: the Journal of Higher Education, OCUFA, Fall 2006, pp. 18-19. Ken Westhues describes how academics can gang up on unpopular colleagues — and alerts readers to the signs that an academic “mobbing” is in the works.

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