On October 11, 2012, from 4pm to 6pm an open forum is being planned by the UTFA membership committee for faculty, librarians and teaching stream (location to be announced).
“It’s time for all members of the U of T community to have a frank discussion about models of university governance, and how effective they are at ensuring faculty and librarians play a genuine decison-making role in university affairs. Of course universities need managers and external influences are inevitable. But the enduring need for relevant decision-making by academics themselves requires collegial modes of governance that strike a balance among scales and sites of authority. This is the unique character of the university workplace.
During negotiations over spring 2012, the U of T administration and the University of Toronto Faculty Association mandated a Special Joint Advisory Committee to tackle the fundamental question of what role UTFA plays in governance. The work of the SJAC will proceed in the context of the wider challenges mentioned above and requires the input of all members of the University of Toronto community.
To inform the community about approaches to governance here and elsewhere, and to initiate a community-wide dialogue, UTFA is inviting all interested to attend a special forum on the challenge of self-government, October 11, 2012, 4 to 6 p.m.(location to be announced). The aim of the forum is to collectively tackle issues of self-governance and collegiality in a time of crisis and uncertainty. UTFA needs your input, but so does the entire University community, and the policy makers whose decsions affect our teaching and research.
A panel featuring Randy Martin of NYU as our featured speaker (author of ‘Chalk Lines: the politics of work in the managed University’), followed by Peter Simpson of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and Glen Jones of OISE will deliberate ‘Who makes decisions for the University?’. Ample opportunity will be provided for questions and comments from those attending.” (Statement by Membership Committee)