As announced in the recent joint statement from UTFA and the Office of the Provost, key elements of a tentative agreement arising from the Special Joint Advisory Committee (SJAC) process are now in place. Specifically, negotiators representing UTFA and the Administration have agreed to recommend (to UTFA’s Council and the Governing Council of the University of Toronto respectively) the following:
- Modernization of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between UTFA and the Governing Council;
- Changes to policies for tenure stream faculty appointments, including an extension in the time to tenure and provision for a pre-tenure research term;
- Changes to policies for teaching stream faculty including enhanced security of initial appointments, professorial titles, and three ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Full); and
- A new policy laying out procedures to be followed in instances of significant academic restructuring.
UTFA and the University administration have reached a tentative agreement on changes to appointments policies for the teaching stream. This agreement is the latest in a series of tentatively agreed items comprising the outcomes of the Special Joint Advisory Committee process. We have compiled a question and answer guide to the important changes in the tentative agreement to assist members of the stream and interested colleagues.