Topic: Faculty associations

A professor speaks to students in a lecture hall.

New Zealand does not offer tenure to academics, but a recent employment dispute shows it’s more than a job perk


Protesters outside holding signs as cars drive by.

University and school strikes across Canada are about workers’ rights — and protecting education as a public good


Are there ever really ‘financial reasons’ to fire faculty? Laurentian University, academic freedom, and the disciplining of the professoriate

By Honor Brabazon, St. Jerome’s University

The 2020–21 academic year saw two incidents of Ontario professors being effectively fired: the termination of 116 of the 345 professors at […]


Mental health in academia: The challenges faculty face predate the pandemic and require systemic solutions

By Ivy Bourgeault, University of Ottawa; Janet Mantler, Carleton University; & Nicole Power, Memorial University

The pandemic has intensified many stress points for faculty and academic librarians while highlighting existing issues with how academic work is structured. […]


Indigenizing the collective bargaining process at North Island College

By Janis Almond, Evelyn Voyageur, Erin McConomy, Shirley Ackland, and Jen Wrye

The following interview was conducted with leaders at the North Island College Faculty Association. They responded collectively as a group. Could you […]


Canadian universities: 10 years of anti-racist reports but little action

Students often carry the bulk of the burden to combat systemic racism on campus. (GoToVan/Flickr) Last fall, around 20 students sat-in for […]


Editorial Matters: The collective challenges of COVID-19

By Ben Lewis

This has been a challenging year. We were just putting the final touches on this issue of Academic Matters when the COVID-19 […]


Courage, strength, and resolve: How the King’s University College Faculty Association unionized in the middle of a pandemic

By Stephanie Bangarth, King’s University College Faculty Association

Facing a global health pandemic and an uncooperative administration, the King’s University College Faculty Association decided it was time to unionize. Now […]


Rising to the challenge: Reflections on a round of pandemic bargaining

By Larry Savage, Brock University

Bargaining is an intensive and complex process during the best of times, but what happened when the Brock University Faculty Association found […]


How the government restricts free and fair collective bargaining: An examination of faculty bargaining history as constrained by the “Ontario Labour Relations Act”

By Donna Gray

Looking back over half a century of bargaining by university faculty and librarians, it is clear that not all academics have seen […]