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Post Secondary Education is the Answer - Advocacy Meetings

The Post-Secondary Education Task Force of Public Interest Alberta is hosting meetings in 5 major cities to reach out to partner organizations and concerned citizens to get involved in advocating for more investments in post-secondary education.
 
Post-Secondary Education is the answer to building a highly skilled, prosperous and vibrant society. When we ask how we can solve most of the issues facing Alberta today, investing in post-secondary education is one of the most important things we should be doing.
 
Please attend one of these meetings to hear about the public advocacy campaign and to share your ideas about the importance of post-secondary education.
 
These meetings will take place from 12 noon – 1:30 PM.
Lunch will be provided for free.
 
Please RSVP by clicking on the following link www.pialberta.org/PSEmeetings
And then going to the date and location of the meeting you wish to attend.
 
February 27        Edmonton           U of A, Dinwoodie Lounge, Students Union Building
March 4                Calgary                 U of C, Blue Room, Dining Centre (Beside the Alma Hotel)
March 5                Lethbridge          University of Lethbridge, Atrium, Markim Hall
March 6                Medicine Hat     Medicine Hat College, Crowfoot Room
March 9                Red Deer             Red Deer College, Room 2901A
 

Results of the public opinion poll commissioned as part of the campaign will be made public on Friday -- having had a preview, I can tell you that the results are most encouraging.

Nominating Committee Seeks Volunteers

A voluntary organization such as ULFA can succeed in serving the interests of its membership only to the extent that the members participate in formulating and executing policy. At any given time, approximately two-dozen individuals are actively engaged in representing the interests of all the members. Your valuable experience and wisdom can help ULFA succeed at this!

We ask you to consider lending us some of your talent and knowledge in the coming years by offering your name for one of ULFA’s many committees.

This month the Nominating Committee has begun its task of filling vacancies on the Executive and standing committees. We hope that you will consider becoming involved and volunteering.

If you are interested in letting your name stand for nominations, please contact one of members of the Nominating Committee:
- A. William Smith ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- David Kaminski ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- Jennifer Mather ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- Jo-Anne Fiske ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- Robbin Derry ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- Sandra Cowan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
- Shahadat Hossain ( 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.