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Concordia’s 2015 Centraide Campaign is underway! CUPFA’s Executive Secretary Scott Chlopan is championing the cause once again, in this 41st year of the event. He tells you about how you can give to this great cause and have a chance to win some great prizes. Also, you can support by attending the famous ‘pasta lunches’, ‘samosa sale’ and talent concert. All details are in the letter below.
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This fall, the CSU, CUPFA and CULEU have jointly sponsored a speaker series on the topic of “Austerity”. Our goal in this endeavour is to responsibly do what educators are tasked to do: to foster dialogue and debate on policy alternatives; to engage the Concordia community in discussion. We are proud to support the students of Concordia in this initiative.
Across the University, in both individual Departments and at Faculty Association levels, the students of Concordia are debating how they will respond to the austerity policies of the Quebec government. That is their right and CUPFA supports this right wholeheartedly.
We have faith that our students will discuss, debate, and determine their options in open and democratic forums. We have faith that students will respect the divergent views of their fellow students. We have faith that, should individual units vote to respond in specific ways to the austerity policies, they will respect those votes. We have faith that our students will respect the rights of others students who may differ in their views. We believe students will respect the rights of faculty, many of whom share the same concerns. Above all we believe students will engage in protest without the use of violence or damage to University property.
To Part-time Faculty Members:
In the event that students vote to undertake specific actions, such as a student strike, it is our duty as CUPFA to underscore the following:
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Concordia’s Teaching Values
What are the fundamental, overarching values that inform teaching practices at Concordia?
What qualities demonstrate that teaching practices at Concordia are different from other institutions?
Concordia is reaching out to the entire university community to talk about teaching values and what is essential for a broad and useful definition of good teaching. They have organized the following Values Sessions* to help identify them:
Tuesday November 3rd 12:00 – 1:30 pm in S H 769
Cathy Bolton/Philippe Caignon
Monday November 9th 2:00 – 3:30 pm in S FB 620
Cathy Bolton/Philippe Caignon
Monday November 23rd 12:00 – 1:30 pm in S EV 2.776
Cathy Bolton/Philippe Caignon
* Refreshments will be served at all events.
Please pass the word along to colleagues in your department and refer to the attached link for more information on this initiative:
If you are interested in conducting your own Values Session, please contact Cathy Bolton at email@example.com
If you require additional information, do not hesitate to contact the CTL at firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2495 or click on concordia.ca/teaching.
CUPFA invites you to join us at two Campus Equity Week events.
Please register now as spaces are limited. RSVP for both events by Friday October 23rd at noon email@example.com or call the CUPFA office at 514 848-2424 extension 3691.
Forum on eLearning: an informal discussion on the impact of eLearning
This discussion forum will explore how we can use technology to enhance the classroom experience while examining some of the pitfalls and advantages of online courses. Can we use our voices and experience as part-time professors to help shape university policy on the future of teaching and learning? Please join us in a discussion of online courses and share your ideas, knowledge, experience and concerns about the future of eLearning and how it will affect part-time faculty.
Date: Tuesday, October 27th
Time:12:00 – 2:00 PM
Place: H760, Henry F Hall Building,1455 de Maisonneuve West
Profile Clinic: a hands-on clinic aimed at helping members enhance their online presence
This hands-on workshop will show members how to create departmental profiles for Concordia’s new website; introduce Explore Concordia, a visually dynamic gateway that allows faculty to easily create knowledge networks and discover potential connections across disciplines; and provide information on how to disseminate research papers on Spectrum, a university-wide, open access online research repository for academic and creative research.
Date: Friday, October 30th
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: CDA Computer Labs, EV5.709, 1515 Saint Catherine West
CUPFA is proud to release the video entitled Building a Better Future that showcases part-time professors’ passion for teaching, dedication to students and applied expertise in our fields. The video was made to commemorate CUPFA’s 25 year anniversary. It is a celebration of the unique contribution that part-time faculty make to the life of students and the wider Concordia community. You can download the video by clicking on the link below.
CUPFA is pleased to invite you to attend the remaining events in this exciting speaker series. We look forward to seeing you!
Dates and topics of speakers:
October 15th – Public Sector Under Attack! – Speaker: Erika Shaker
October 29th –Professors Against Austerity – Panel Discussion
November 5th – Austerity, Land Rights and Indigenous Communities – Speaker: Lee Maracle
November 19th –History of Activism at Concordia – Panel Discussion
December 3rd – High Finance, Banks and Austerity – Speaker: David Macdonald
CUPFA has issued a statement signed by David Douglas, President, on behalf of the CUPFA Executive. The statement describes CUPFA’s position on the role of the government in funding universities and the response of students, as well as the entire university community.
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CUPFA invites members from the John Molson School of Business to submit an application for the 2015-16 Showcase/Special Project: Mapping Austerity and Other Recent Trends in Finance/Economics, Business, Management or Marketing. This year’s theme is designed to accommodate a wide range of proposals that explore current business trend issues. Your topic of research could provide critical data analyses, present an historical perspective on recent trends, explore new models or approaches to fiscal challenges, or other relevant topics. To be eligible for this year’s Showcase/Special Project you must be a JMSB member (or in a field related to business) with 24 seniority credits or more. A group project involving several members as part of a team can also considered. The member (or team) will receive $10,000 to develop their research. The project must be completed by the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The submission deadline is December 15, 2015. If you have any questions please read the attached document below and/or contact Lorraine Oades at: 514 848-2424 ext 3691 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org