OTTAWA, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT) is pleased that the Alberta College of Art and Design
(ACAD) has reinstated a professor fired last week following a
controversial student art performance.
"We are delighted that the ACAD administration has reinstated Gordon
Ferguson, one of the most senior members of the faculty at the art
college," said James L. Turk, executive director of CAUT.
In a statement issued jointly by the College and the Alberta College of
Art and Design Faculty Association, the College indicated that the
termination was never intended to be about academic or artistic
freedom, but acknowledged that is the perception its action may have
Both parties recognized that this incident raised important issues about
the relationship between a teacher and student, and a student's work,
and announced that they would co-sponsor a symposium in the coming
academic year to openly explore the many dimensions of the performance
and the issues it has raised.
"Although we were deeply troubled by the actions of the College
administration in terminating an instructor because of its displeasure
with a student's project, we give them credit for now doing the right
thing and for agreeing to turn this unfortunate incident into an
educational opportunity," said Turk.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers represents 68,000
academic and general staff at over 120 universities and colleges across
SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
For further information:
James L. Turk, Executive Director
(613) 277-0488 (c)