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Part-Time Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO ARE PART-TIME FACULTY AT ACADIA UNIVERSITY?

According to Article 58 of the 15th Collective Agreement, part-time faculty are those employees who hold one or more per course teaching appointments and who are not full-time faculty members.

  • At Acadia, part-time faculty members are represented by the university’s faculty union: the Acadia University Faculty Association or AUFA.
  • This is unlike many other universities where part-time faculty are organized into a separate union. Part-time faculty at Acadia are employed under the terms of Article 11 of the 15th collective agreement between AUFA and Acadia’s board of governors.

WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF PART-TIME FACULTY AT ACADIA?

AUFA has extended access to important benefits for part-time faculty, many of which are now available on equal terms with full-time faculty. These benefits cover resources and materials, research dissemination and professional development, as well as access to group insurance and health benefits. While the 15th Collective Agreement covers all of these topics in detail, a number of key benefits include:

  • The use of appropriately furnished shared office space shared with no more than two other people (11.15a)
  • Access to the same Travel and Professional Allowance fund (25.54) and University Research Fund (25.55) as full-time faculty as well as reimbursement for eligible expenses up to $50 CAD per course appointment
  • The same access to administrative supports and resources as full-time employees, such as library services, printing, scanning, and photocopying as well as access to a laptop (and associated software) if needed (11.15b)
  • An individual recreation facility pass (11.17d)

WHAT IS PRECEDENCE?

Precedence is a term that is used to refer to the duration and extent of a part-time faculty member’s contributions to per course teaching at the University.

HOW IS PRECEDENCE MEASURED AND RECORDED?

Part-time faculty members complete a period of probation, which is the equivalent of nine (9) credit hours taught over a period of two years. After this point, part-time faculty members accrue precedence based on credit hours (this includes those courses taught during the probationary period).

  • This information is recorded on a Precedence List, which includes the names and credit hours of part-time faculty members who have completed the probationary period.
  • This list is updated, and circulated, three times a year. It is advised that all part-time faculty members check the accuracy of the Precedence List when it is circulated.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PRECEDENCE LIST?

Precedence offers some employment stability and security to part-time faculty whose positions are otherwise contingent. Some benefits of inclusion on the Precedence List include:

  • Stable institutional affiliation under the title of “Teaching Affiliate
  • Continuing library privileges, email account, and access to the Travel and Professional Allowance Fund (25.54) and the University Research Fund (25.55)
  • Priority consideration for each application made to per course appointments

For a more complete description of the benefits of the Precedence List see Article 11.12 of the 15th Collective Agreement. For clarification about the procedure of per course appointments, see Article 58 of the 15th Collective Agreement.

WHAT IS CONVERSION?

Conversion is a process offering the opportunity for part-time faculty to convert to a more permanent form of employment at Acadia. Some basic principles of the process include:

  • A part-time faculty member must complete a probationary period (outlined in Articles 11.12 (d) and (e))
  • They must then subsequently teach a full-time course load over a period of three academic years (including intersession).
  • This process allows the part-time faculty member to convert their part-time position to the full-time Instructor appointment.

For a more complete description of the benefits of the conversion process see Article 11.14 of the 15th collective agreement.

WHAT IS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING?

This summer the AUFA negotiating team will begin negotiations for its 16th collective agreement between AUFA and the university’s board of governors.

  • Our fifteen previous collective agreements regulated the relationships between faculty and the board at Acadia University and the working conditions of tenured and part-time faculty on campus. This round of negotiations for the 16th CA will negotiate articles within the collective agreement that also regulate these relationships and working conditions.
  • Specific improvements to these conditions won in previous collective agreements include increasingly competitive per-course stipends tied to full-time salary grids; access to travel, research and professional development funds; a system of seniority (precedence) to provide more stable employment for part-time faculty; and a conversion process for converting from part-time to full-time employment status.
  • All part-time faculty at Acadia must stay informed and engaged as the negotiations will address several changes to these and other articles affecting part-time faculty and may require further action by part-timers.
  • The part-time representative on the AUFA negotiating team is Ryan MacNeil from the faculty of business.

Contact your part-time AUFA liasons (Tony Gracey and Lisa Robertson) if you have any questions about negotiations and stay tuned to AUFA’s website for further bargaining updates.

Do you have a question for AUFA? Contact us at  questions@acadiafaculty.ca

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