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Baby ULFAn is HERE!

Hello Faculty Association Members,

As many of you might already know, Annabree Fairweather has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of her baby. Well, the baby has finally arrived!

Annabree gave birth to a baby boy on Friday, November 21 at 2:06am. The baby was 6lbs 8oz. Annabree reports that it was long night but an incredible experience, while her partner, Natasha, reports that it happened fast. Either way, both mama and baby are happy and healthy. They have yet to send any photos, but have promised to keep us updated.

UPDATE: the newest Fairweather has been named Cormac Rowan Asa Fairweather.

Fall General Meeting 2014

Hello Faculty Association Members,

You are cordially invited to the Fall General Meeting, which takes place on Friday, December 5 from 12-3pm in TH201. Please find the provisional agenda for our meeting here.

Lunch and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided for free to all attendees. Videoconference services are available for Members on the Calgary and Edmonton campuses. Please RSVP your attendance with Derrick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at ext. 2578.

We look forward to seeing you all there,

Amanda Jensen
Interim Executive Director
ULFA

ULFA STP Workshops

The Faculty Association is offering a workshop designed specifically for Salary, Tenure, and Promotion (STP) Committee Chairs and members. The workshop will be conducted by two members of ULFA’s Executive Committee. Please join us. Deans and non-committee members are welcome to attend, but priority seating will be given to STP Committee members. Videoconferencing can be available for Members on the northern campuses if requested. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Presentations will cover the STP process as well as provide advice on chairing a STP Committee under our Handbook and how the STP Procedures relate to the Handbook. There will also be time for a questions and answer period.

Two workshops will be offered to ensure you can attend.

STP Workshop #1
Monday, January 12
Room: B716 *Note Room Change
Time: 10:00 – 12:00pm

STP Workshop #2

Tuesday, January 13
Room: B716 *Note Room Change
Time: 11:30 – 1:30pm*Note Time Change

Please join us.

It is not a requirement to RSVP; however, it would be greatly appreciated. To RSVP your attendance, please contact Derrick via phone (2578) or by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

ULFA Welcomes Amanda

With Annabree’s due date quickly approaching ULFA has hired a new staff person to fill the role of Executive Director while Annabree is away. ULFA is excited to have Amanda Jensen join the team for the next few months. Amanda is grateful to have been involved in the not-for-profit industry for about the last 15 years. She started her career managing the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, served as the Event and Fund Development Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria, and eventually opened her own business serving in a fund development capacity for non-profit organizations.  She has served regularly for the Chinook Country Tourist Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toastmasters International, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and the United Way, as well as on an as-needed basis for many community groups.

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This experience is supported by a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge with a double major in marketing and human resource management. She recently completed an MA in Leadership through the University of Guelph.

Amanda reports that she is thrilled to be working for the Faculty Association in Annabree’s absence, and looks forward to meeting and serving those that will cross her path. 

Please feel free to welcome Amanda to ULFA by phone (ext.2328) or by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

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.