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The Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee

The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee assists faculty members experiencing difficulties involving the application of University policy or the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), or other concerns that impact their conditions of employment, such as those relating to tenure, promotion and performance reviews.

The committee works on up to 90 cases a year, and also plays an advisory role in the development and revision of relevant university policies.

If you have a concern with a policy itself, rather than a specific case regarding the implementation of policy, please contact a member of the Board of Directors, or the Status of Women & Equity Committee.

How it works

Start by contacting Christopher Small, AF&T Committee Chair, to discuss your concern. (Alternatively, you can contact Katie Damphouse, Academic Freedom & Tenure and Policy Officer; or Erin Windibank, Executive Manager of the Faculty Association.)

When your concerns cannot be resolved by these initial contacts, the Chair will likely assign a committee member to assist you with the issue(s). This individual will come from a faculty other than your own so you can feel confident in their ability to meet, if necessary, with your Chair or Dean without any feelings of discomfort or conflict.

The Committee comprises tenured faculty members from across the university who are trained in key elements of university policy and the MoA. Where issues beyond their expertise or experience arise, they have access to the resources of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

Confidentiality

All contact made with the AF&T Committee is strictly confidential. No issue will be taken further than you wish it to be.

Academic colleagues

Some parts of university policy and the Memorandum of Agreement provide for an 'academic colleague' to accompany faculty members through particular processes (for example, tenure committees). More often than not, that academic colleague will be a member of the AF&T Committee.

Member-to-member conflicts

In cases involving two faculty members both represented by FAUW, both members are entitled to support from the AF&T Committee and will be assigned separate committee members to assist them.

Resources

The AF&T Committee has created online policy guides, and runs an annual series of workshops on the promotion and tenure process, the slides from which are available online.