The BCIT Faculty & Staff Association is affiliated with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff. Today, representing 70,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals, CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada. To learn about why the FSA joined CAUT check out this post on our blog.
As members of CAUT we also have access to their Affinity Program.
Find out more on the CAUT website.
As part of our membership with CAUT we are able to appoint FSA staff and members to CAUT committees.
Committees & Current Appointments
- Fair Copyright – The federal parliament is currently reviewing the Copyright Act and there is significant pressure from corporate interests to make changes such as increasing limits to fair dealing and extending the term of copyright, both of which would increase the financial burden of education on students and instructors. What can we do?
- Get Science Right – For nearly a decade, Canada under-invested in fundamental science and failed to keep pace with other countries in supporting our research community. Now, the federal Liberal government has a unique opportunity to reinvest in scientific research. What can we do?
- Sign the petition calling for the government to increase base funding to research granting councils (like the ones who fund some of BCIT’s applied research) by $1.3 billion over four years, as recommended by the 2017 federal advisory panel on fundamental science.
- Academic Freedom – “CAUT actively defends academic freedom as the right to teach, learn, study and publish free of orthodoxy or threat of reprisal and discrimination. Academic freedom includes the right to criticize the university and the right to participate in its governance.”
- Precarious Employment – The FSA participated in the Fair Employment Week campaign in 2016 and 2017 and we anticipate continuing this into the future, given its importance to so many of our members. CAUT’s 2017 “Make it Fair” resources and materials are still available.