A message from James W. E. Rush, Vice-President, Academic & Provost and Lori Curtis, President, Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo. This was also sent to all employees by the University, and published on the Employee Communication website.
We have shared your concerns about the ongoing effects of the pandemic on your performance and teaching workload with the administration at Faculty Relations Committee andasked for the same APR process as last year.Our arguments were two-fold:The university must acknowledge the ongoing effects of the pandemic (on workload, mental health, the ability to conduct research, the teaching environment, and so on); and returning to a normal evaluation process this year is inequitable for probationary (pre-tenure) and definite-term faculty. We are very disappointed to report that these concerns are not being recognized.
Following receipt of the report of the policy development committee on September 23, the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC) has spent the majority of its meeting time identifying and discussing the major terms of importance in reshaping the policies. This has been a collegial, collaborative, and productive discussion which has resulted in agreement on several major areas.
At the latest Faculty Relations Committee meeting, we and the administration representatives shared our respective visions for teaching-intensive faculty, to see if they are close enough to continue discussions. Based on these statements, the Board has supported continuing discussions at FRC.