Category Archives: academic staff association of the university of alberta

Open Letter: Why AASUA Members Must Not Ratify the Gender Pay Equity MOA (7 April 2019)

Dear Colleagues, There is no doubt that we have pay equity problems at the University of Alberta, and that these must be remedied. Unfortunately, the proposed “Memorandum of Agreement” before us is not the right remedy. It should be voted … Continue reading

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Confidence Game: Conflict-of-Interest, Confidentiality Clauses, and Our Public Universities

Three public cases in the Canadian academy over the last year and a half make it clear that we need radical change in how Canada’s universities are run. The most recent of these cases came to public attention last Monday morning, … Continue reading

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AASUA and “Hurt Feelings”: The Real Story is About Bureaucracy (Post by Kathleen Lowrey, Anthropology)

I attended the last 30 minutes of the fractious most recent AASUA Council planning to contribute to a discussion about the Leadership College scheduled as the final item on its agenda. When I arrived I found that a discussion of the … Continue reading

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TUESDAY! AASUA Members’ Forum: Professor Len Findlay (University of Saskatchewan), “The Role of the Association”

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AASUA Council Endorses Executive Decision of 29 July 2013

Yesterday AASUA Council voted to endorse its Executive’s Decision of 29 July 2013 to decline the University of Alberta’s Administration’s request to reopen the 2013-2015 collective agreement. As the Department of English & Film Studies’ representative, I was prepared to … Continue reading

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For Discussion: Open Letter from Chairs in Science

Last week, seven chairs in the Faculty of Science wrote an open letter to the President of the Association of Academic Staff, Kevin Kane. I have been asked by one of the signatories of the letter to post a link … Continue reading

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Udacity Comes to the University of Alberta — Maybe

Guest post by Professor Julie Rak, English & Film Studies Readers of Arts Squared may recall the post of 24 September, “You Too Can Be a Rock Star.” This post was about a presentation by Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Udacity, … Continue reading

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