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Before Signing a Contract

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has prepared a new handbook for prospective faculty to assist them in negotiating a starting salary. This is especially important because starting salary is a major determinant of lifetime earnings. Before signing on the dotted line, CAUT suggests that you ask 10 important questions.

Before signing you should ask:

  • What is negotiable?
  • Is the employer's salary offer fair?
  • Can I negotiated moving costs?
  • Are rank and tenure negotiable?
  • What are the processes for contract renewal and tenure?
  • What support can I obtain for research and creative activity?
  • What about teaching workload?
  • What about committee work and service?
  • What benefits and leaves are covered?
  • Should I worry about retirement and pensions?

The complete booklet may be viewed on the CAUT in PDF format or on their website here.

Member Relations

The Faculty Association is always interested in hearing about how your day/week/semester is going. Whether there has been a recent personal or career accomplishment, the birth of a child, a hospital stay, the death of a loved one, difficultly in the workplace, or an improvement that you feel should to be made, ULFA would like to hear about it. After all, ULFA is here because of its Membership and we like to recognize the significant events of our Members lives. 

By keeping ULFA informed, it helps the ULFA standing committees ascertain what struggles/problems our members face, as well as the positive aspect they can seek to build upon. Depending on the situation ULFA can respond in a number of ways,from sending cards/gifts/flowers to acting as a sounding board and helping to make the right connections.

Please keep us informed by contacting the ULFA office at ext. 2578 or by the Contact Form under the Contact Us section of the website.

For Your Interest

Survey: Faculty Perception of Copyright

Hello Faculty Associaiton Members,

Our members have been invited to participate in an research study about levels of copyright literacy among Canadian university faculty members. The study is being conducted by Lisa Di Valentino, Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario.

Individuals who teach university-level (undergraduate or graduate) courses and who are responsible for assigning readings and other materials to students in a course are eligible to participate in this study. Both full-time and limited-duty faculty are included. The survey is in English.

The purpose of this survey is to study faculty awareness with regard to Canadian copyright law and how it affects their ability to teach, their perception of who is primarily responsible for ensuring adherence to the law, and their own practices related to copyright compliance.

Insights gained from the survey will be used in a larger project aiming to develop best practices for copyright compliance management in colleges and universities.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey comprising 20 or fewer questions. It is anticipated that the entire task will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study.

There are no known or anticipated risks or discomforts associated with participating in this study. You will not be compensated for your participation in this research.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Completion of the survey is indication of your consent to participate in this study. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the browser window.

The principal investigator for this project is Dr. Samuel E. Trosow 519-661-2111 x88498, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have any questions about the content or purpose of the survey, you may contact Lisa Di Valentino 519-615-9126, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics 519-661-3036, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To participate, please click the following link, or copy and paste into your browser: http://surveys.fims.uwo.ca/surveys/Surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?surveyid=1097

The survey will be open until November 12, 2014, 11:59pm EST.

About the researcher:

Lisa Di Valentino is a Ph.D. candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on copyright issues in education, particularly in the post-secondary environment. Before embarking on graduate studies, she earned a J.D. from UWO with a concentration in Intellectual Property, Information and Technology.