New Member of Faculty Relations

This summer we welcomed Leah Terai to the Faculty Relations team. She is the new Senior Manager in Faculty Relations and her portfolio is comprised of the Faculties of Forestry, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Law. Her most recent experience was as a Vice-Chair at the Labour Relations Board and prior to that she represented unions as legal counsel.

Information for Supervisors Regarding Employee Substance Abuse

UBC Human Resources has compiled information for supervisors with respect to employee substance use as it relates to job performance and workplace safety. Supervisors are encouraged to review this page as it sets out their duties and responsibilities pursuant to British Columbia’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Please visit the Human Resources website to learn more about this information and review the Employee Substance Use Q & A to help better assess what should be done if you suspect that an employee may be engaging in unauthorized/unapproved substance abuse.

Changes to the Minimum Wage

On June 1st 2018, BC’s minimum wage increased from $11.35 per hour to $12.65 per hour. We would like to remind you of this change and to emphasize that it may be a relevant consideration for Postdoctoral Fellow appointments. Administrators should check their Postdoctoral Fellow appointments to ensure that they are in compliance with the new minimum wage.

Changes to the SAC Guide

A number of changes have been made to the Senior Appointments Committee (SAC) Guide to Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion. The SAC Guide is updated each year based on input from all faculties at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and is available in PDF format on the Faculty Relations’ website at: Tenure, Promotion & Reappointment for Faculty Members. A thank you to those who have provided feedback.

Look to future changes to the guide as we transition from a document based version to a fully online version.

Highlighting the Revised Language in Part 4, Article 9.02 with respect to Reviews for Promotion for Tenured Faculty

In the last round of bargaining, the University and the Faculty Association agreed to make amendments with respect to promotional reviews for faculty members contained in Part 4, Article 9 of the Collective Agreement. We wanted to highlight the revised language and to clarify the intention of the parties in implementing these changes. Prior to these amendments, candidates would participate in mandatory periodic and non-periodic reviews for promotion. Where a non-periodic review resulted in a recommendation by the Dean, the review was deemed to be a periodic review for the purpose of determining the timing of the next periodic review. In seeking to change this language, the intention of the parties was to simplify the process by eliminating the need to monitor and formalize a candidate’s request for promotion.

The revised language in Article 9.02 now provides a tenured faculty member with the opportunity to request an optional review for promotion in any year. If a Head makes a recommendation for a promotion review and the candidate agrees, then the review will also take place. It is important to note that if the review results in the promotion being denied, another optional review cannot be conducted for three years. The Head, the Dean or the candidate may decide to stop the process of an optional review at any time. But if an optional review is stopped by either the Head or the Dean, then only the candidate will be able to stop the next optional review. If an optional review is conducted past the point of obtaining referee letters, then a review will not be conducted in the following year.