FAUW Statement on Faculty Training in Student Mental Health

FAUW recognizes the key role that faculty play in student wellness. Instructors themselves often recognize students in distress or are alerted by concerned teaching assistants. Whether communicating with troubled students directly or making referral decisions, faculty are better prepared if they have a) context-appropriate training in mental health and b) clear communication pathways to follow when they have concerns about students. FAUW is pleased to see these points captured by recommendations 17 and 22 of the PAC-SMH Report. Here’s what we like about those recommendations and how we’d like to see them implemented.

Ryerson Arbitration Decision Regarding Use of Student Evaluations of Teaching

A decision has come in regarding the use of Student Evaluations of Teaching at Ryerson University. Below is a summary excerpted from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) blog. Read the full decision: Ryerson University v Ryerson Faculty Association, 2018 CanLII 58446 (ON LA) A recent arbitration award between the Ryerson Faculty Association and Ryerson … Continue reading Ryerson Arbitration Decision Regarding Use of Student Evaluations of Teaching

News From Your Board: June 21 Meeting Recap

The FAUW board gathered on June 21 for a special lunch meeting to acknowledge the service of those members who are finishing their terms and to welcome new representatives before breaking for the summer. Of special note is that Sally Gunz, long-time board member and past FAUW president, is ending her term and embarking on … Continue reading News From Your Board: June 21 Meeting Recap

Trauma in the Classroom for Indigenous Scholars: How Should We Respond?

This is the second in a series of book reviews written by FAUW's Indigenization Working Group. Cote-Meek, Sheila. Colonized Classrooms: Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education. Fernwood, 2014. 175 pp. —Shannon Dea, Department of Philosophy Earlier this year, in the days and weeks following the devastating one-two punch of the acquittals of two White … Continue reading Trauma in the Classroom for Indigenous Scholars: How Should We Respond?

News From Your Board: June 7 Meeting Recap

The board met for the last time this academic year in its basement home in MC. We began by hearing from Daniel Miller from Electrical and Computer Engineering who presented an analysis of early retirement policies based on those of the University of Toronto and other schools. FAUW will look at this further. For several … Continue reading News From Your Board: June 7 Meeting Recap

News From Your Board: May 24 Meeting Recap

Returning from the Victoria Day long weekend, a rowdy and energized board assembled to review many in-progress issues. We began with the implementation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (PAC-SMH) report, specifically how FAUW can support the recommendations on training for faculty. The Board expressed support for these recommendations, and suggests that … Continue reading News From Your Board: May 24 Meeting Recap

Responsible Investing Working Group Report Going to Board of Governors on June 5

The Responsible Investing Working Group (RIWG) released its report to the University community for the first time on Thursday, May 31, as part of the agenda package of the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting happening in only a few days (Tuesday, June 5). The agenda contains a motion to endorse and implement the report recommendations. … Continue reading Responsible Investing Working Group Report Going to Board of Governors on June 5