TORONTO, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Professors and academic librarians are
welcoming a new study that highlights their impressive teaching and
research accomplishments, as well as their many contributions to the
social and economic vitality of Ontario. The report, Faculty at Work, was released today by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
"This report is the first serious attempt to examine the work of faculty
at Ontario universities," said Kate Lawson, President of the Ontario
Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). "We know that
professors and academic librarians work hard for students and produce
real benefits for our province, and we are pleased to see this fact
confirmed by the COU report."
The study reveals that, on average, Ontario awards more degrees and
receives more external research funding per full-time faculty member
than the rest of Canada. The research also shows that the vast majority
of faculty - at all ranks - are teaching undergraduate students and
producing important research outputs. However, this impressive record
of productivity has come at a high personal cost.
"As enrolment has ballooned at Ontario universities, hiring of full-time
professors has not kept pace," said Lawson. "This means serious
workload pressure for individual faculty members. If we want Ontario's
teaching and research accomplishments to continue, it will be necessary
to hire more full-time profs and librarians to keep up with student
The report, part of a multi-year project on academic work, makes
important contributions to understanding the activities of full-time
faculty. However, it does not address the challenges faced by the
growing ranks of part-time and contract faculty at Ontario
universities. These individuals are shouldering a heavy teaching load
while struggling with low job security, inadequate resources, and poor
access to benefits.
"This report is an important first step in a broader conversation around
the work of professors," said Lawson. "We hope the next phase of the
project will be a thorough examination of precarious faculty in our
universities, and how we can improve their working conditions. As this
report makes clear, faculty are a valuable resource for Ontarians. It
is important we give all of them the support and resources they need to
The full report can be accessed here.
Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians
in 28 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information,
please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
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