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Grievance filed against UAlberta faculty association

University says faculty association should have stopped CAUT investigation


 

In a rather unusual move, officials at the University of Alberta have filed a grievance against the university’s faculty association over an outside investigation into the university’s medical school by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), reported the Edmonton Journal.

The CAUT agreed to launch an investigation in January after they received several complaints from staff in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry that the faculty’s priorities were being shifted from teaching to research, and that by doing so, Dean Philip Baker was changing their employment conditions.

The university’s board has argued that the Association of Academic Staff (AASUA) were in violation of their collective agreement by not blocking CAUT’s independent inquiry.

Don Heth, head of the AASUA, told the Journal that the association believes the allegations  are “factually false”, noting that the CAUT operates independently from the faculty association. “If the allegation is [that] we should stop the CAUT investigation, that’s an absurd conclusion. We are strongly committed to the principles of academic freedom,” Heth said.

In January, CAUT president James Turk said that he had heard from faculty members who said they were threatened that unless they devoted more time to research, they would not get a tenure track position. Dean Baker denied the allegations, stating that during his time in charge, “we’ve given more tenure promotions to people who are getting those on the basis of education than on research.”


 

Grievance filed against UAlberta faculty association

  1. It is deeply alarming to see that these U of A senior administrators, all with Ph. D.s, lack basic rational thinking in believing that their grievance against their own faculty association has any merit. This, despite deep pockets in legal funds. And we pay the president over a million $ and her vps $800,000!

    • There are many many more disturbing things going on at the U of A than the public could ever imagine. It’s what happens when power goes to people’s heads and there is no one who can control them…very scary.

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