[PETITION] Teaching Faculty Workload at UOIT

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President McTiernan,

This Fall will mark half a year of negotiations between Teaching Faculty and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). We want to be clear that we made every effort possible to reason with this institution and are growing increasingly frustrated about being told that workload is not an issue.

After multiple full days at the bargaining table over a period of months explaining and advancing the case of our colleagues to no avail, perhaps this frustration is understandable. Workload and work/life balance is the bargaining priority for Teaching Faculty. This is a serious issue that significantly impacts the lives of Teaching Faculty Members, the students we teach, and the quality of education delivered at our institution. We are asking for the time and effort to be the best we can be at our jobs and for our students. 

Workload for Teaching Faculty at UOIT is among the highest across Canada.

We love to teach. We really do, and we hope that every student we interact with takes this passion and channels it to become a future community leader.  Unfortunately, higher than average workloads and student-faculty ratios mean less time innovating curriculum, developing ourselves professionally, and mentoring students.

This University needs to re-examine its priorities.

Workload has been an issue since well-before signing our first Teaching Faculty collective agreement in 2014. This ignorance on key issues in the face of our commitment and love for our jobs is disheartening.

While other Universities have affirmed their commitment to teaching excellence in supportive working conditions for teaching-intensive positions, UOIT has not fostered an equitable working environment. It claims to like its unique model, and refuses to explore diverse alternatives we can all agree create a great place to work, teach and learn.

Some of us teach a thousand students or more each year in classrooms, tutorials and laboratories. We are not only educators, but also mentors, supervisors and advisors. Yet, Teaching Faculty at UOIT are treated like second-class citizens with no job security, an unreasonable workload and less pay than our colleagues.

Is teaching excellence a priority at UOIT?

Our current workload and inequitable compensation is unsustainable. We therefore respectfully request that UOIT acknowledge the time and support required to provide quality education to our students. Please prioritize a positive, equitable environment to work, teach, and learn for the sake of students, faculty, and our community.

 

Sincerely,

Teaching Faculty at UOIT:

Amin Ibrahim (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Ashfakuddin Rubel (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Asifa Aamir (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Brent MacRae (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Garrett Hayes (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Josh Lowe (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Mehdi Hossein Nejad (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Morden Shapiro (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Will Thurber (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology)
Jennifer Laffier (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Education)
Sharman Perera (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science)
Cliff Chan (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
James (Yuelei) Yang (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Khalid Abdel Hafeez (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Leon Wu Ting (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Masoud Farzam (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Michael Bennett (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Namdar Saniei (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Qi Shi (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Sayyed Ali Hosseini (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Donna Smeeton (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Elita Partosoedarso (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Evelyn Moreau (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Helene-Marie Goulding (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Kerry Johnson (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Lavern Bourne (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Milly Ryan-Harshman (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Nancy Bergeron (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Ruth Simpson (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Sue O’Dwyer (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences)
Annette Tavares (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Azar Shakoori (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Cristen Hucaluk (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
George Stamatiou (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Joseph MacMillan (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Kevin Coulter (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Kimberly Nugent (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Mary Olaveson (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Mihai Beligan (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Nelson Lafreniere (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Paula Dicato (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Randy Fortier (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Richard Bartholomew (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Sylvie Bardin (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Val Kapoustine (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Science)
Amir Mostaghim (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
Andrea Braithwaite (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
Jordan Harel (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
Scott Aquanno (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
Timothy MacNeill (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)
Vivian Stamatopoulos (Teaching Faculty in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities)

 

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