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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

Baby ULFAn Due Soon

Annabree has offically started her maternity leave. She will return mid-March. In the mean time she is trying to try herself busy as she awaits the arrival of the baby. Below you can find a final message Annabree wrote before leaving.

 Hello friends and colleagues,

As I’m writing this, it’s hard to imagine what life will be like for me without being in the office and involved in the exciting/complicated/difficult/challenging activities that I see from one day to another. I will miss being a part of something to which I am wholeheartedly dedicated and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to work on behalf of such a wonderful organization. I have been with the Faculty Association for three years now and have learned so much about the history of our institution and the struggles for bettering the lives of academic staff. It’s a worthwhile struggle with many triumphs, though it can bring its own unforeseen heartaches as well. During my absence, know that Amanda and Derrick will carry on with the utmost dedication and compassion that they each bring to their positions and, by extension, to you. 

It is only because of collective organization that any of us is able to take maternity/parental leave and I am grateful to the Faculty Association for being so supportive of me. Considering that we demand fair and equitable treatment from the broader institution as the employer of our Members, it is reassuring to know the Faculty Association is an exemplar of what an employer should be when accommodating the needs of its employees; that is, ready and willing to uphold the rights of employees under the Employment Standards Code. In all honesty, what a relief this has been for me!

With all of that said, I am looking forward to my family growing by another two feet and being able to take the time to be home. I will see you all in March!

The ever robust,


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.


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.