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FA Office Update: Our offices remain closed to drop-ins until further notice. Please email us if you would like to set up an appointment with one of our Membership Services Officers. 

Results of the UBCFA Executive Election 2022

Your UBCFA Executive Committee members volunteer their time to help guide the Faculty Association’s operational and policy decisions including advocacy, negotiation, education, communication and planning decisions. This year, the following offices were up for election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chair – Librarians & Archivists, Chair -Member Services & Grievance, Chair – Contract Faculty and 3 Member-at-Large positions. 

Breaking Bad Habits

They are clearly biased against racialized and other historically marginalized groups; they are statistically unreliable; and they do not and cannot answer their intended purpose. Yes, we are talking (again) about student surveys, the cheap candy of teaching metrics.
As we said in 2019, it is hard to imagine an instrument more ill-suited to its supposed value than student opinion surveys. Leaving aside the statistical limitations involved in what are often small non-randomized samples, these surveys cannot provide accurate information about the skill of the instructor or the effectiveness of their teaching. They tell us instead, as one would normally expect from a survey, about the students themselves.

Prebargaining – What you already have

In this first edition of our Bargaining Advisories, we respond to common questions and concerns you’ve raised about the rights and protections we have already negotiated. 

Last fall, as we prepared for the upcoming negotiating round, the Faculty Association’s Bargaining Preparation Committee (BPC) surveyed  the membership on areas of bargaining priorities. We were pleased that almost 1500 of you responded to the survey with meaningful feedback.

Collective Agreement

Collective Agreement – Compendium

The new collective agreement (CA) came into effect earlier this year and has been posted to our site. In June of this year, we updated the membership on the finalization of the agreement and posted a compendium explaining the changes that were agreed to at the bargaining table. The compendium is available at this link

Issues in Depth

PWIAS Academic Freedom & Collegial Governance – Report and Responses

The Report of the Ad Hoc Investigatory Committee: Academic Freedom & Collegial Governance at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia was released by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) in October 2021. Professor Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC, responded to the release of the Report with a letter to David Robinson, Executive Director, CAUT. The UBC Faculty Association has written to the University on the issue. The Report and correspondence are available through the links below:

  1. Report of the Ad Hoc Investigatory Committee: Academic Freedom & Collegial Governance at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia
  2. Letter from Professor Ono to David Robinson
  3. Letter from the UBC Faculty Association to Nancy McKenzie, Chair, UBC Board of Governors; Professor Santa Ono;  Professor Moura Quayle, Chair, PWIAS Board of Trustees, Professor Vanessa Andreaottie, Interim Director, PWIAS