Info APTPUO 38: 20 January 2014


Tuition Fee Credit Plan: 31 January 2014

If you wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit Plan, you have until 31 January 2014 to do so.
Please go to HR's Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019, and fill up the application form for the Plan.
The Tuition Fee Credit Plan reimburse a portion of a student's tuition fees if registered at uOttawa, and if the student is the child or the spouse of a Part-Time Professor. If the Part-Time Professor is a part-time student at uOttawa, he/she may apply for the Plan.
For further information, please visit:

Winter 2014 Hiring Report: 31 January 2014

The University will publish the Winter 2014 Hiring Report on 31 January 2014.
The hiring report will be available here:
If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and check who got the course, his/her category and his/her seniority points.
If you feel the hiring process was not respected, you can contact the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the Contact Us page.
You have until mid-February 2014 to file a complaint on this matter.
For further information on the hiring process, please visit:

Current News

A new President, a few changes to the Board

Following the 2013 AGM, the Board met and assigned portfolios to each officer of the Board.
As such, here are the portfolios and the officer elected to the portfolio:

  • President: Robert Johnson
  • VP, Internal Affairs: Greer Knox
  • VP, External Affairs: Noureddine Mouelhi
  • Agent de grief francophone: Lawrence Harris
  • Anglophone Grievance Officer: Mark Anderson
  • Treasurer: John Rakos
  • Secretary: Shelley Rabinovitch

As mentioned in the previous Bulletin, no change was made to the Nego Committee. Therefore, Robert Johnson remains Chair, while Greer Knox, Lawrence Harris, Noureddine Mouelhi and Pascal Sergent remain members of the Committee.

You didn't teach at uOttawa in the last 24 months? Beware!!!

Members who did not teach and/or did not apply for part-time academic positions in the last 24 months may lose all their seniority points and access to all their benefits.

According to Section 5.8.5 of the Collective Agreement:

"An individual who is not in the bargaining unit for a period of twenty-four (24) months or longer shall loseall seniority points previously accumulated. There shall be four exceptions:
a) an individual holding the position of President, Vice-President and Secretary, Treasurer or Grievance Officer of the APTPUO during such a period;
b) members on maternity leave and on childcare leave as specified by this agreement;
c) members who have formally applied for work in each of the successive winter and fall terms after the twenty-four (24) month period referred to in 5.8.5 above but who have had insufficient seniority to qualify for positions, or individuals who have not been offered a contract in the twenty-four(24) months referred to in 5.8.5 above because of irregular scheduling of those courses for which they are specially qualified, provided such exceptions are agreed to by the Labour-Management Committee;
d) members who, for reasons beyond their control and for a limited time, have taken up residence where regular back-and-forth trips are not possible, on the condition that they present a valid supporting document and a favorable recommendation from the Labour-Management Committee."

The University will send a notification to all the members affected by this provision in the next few weeks.

If you receive such notification, you will be given 30 days to respond to the University if you have worked in the last 24 months or if you fall under the exceptions above.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the Contact Us page of the Association's website.

Become a Representative of Part-Time Professors in your Department

Some departments are still looking for a representative of Part-Time Professors to sit at the departmental assembly.
Please consult the list of representatives here:
If your department does not have a representative and you are interested, please contact your Chair.

Academic and Professional Development

TLSS's Integrated Training: Pedagogy and technology at your service

Education is undergoing profound transformation. Student expectations are leading higher education toward the use of blended learning, a learning model that blends online and in-class learning which improves the quality of the student experience. In other words, blended learning is the integration of classroom face-to-face learning experience with online learning experiences (multimedia, online Internet).

What is the TLSS's integrated training program?
It is a series of various workshops, courses and training programs to allow all professors and teaching assistants to improve their knowledge and skills in the development of hybrid or fully online courses. It is also a training strategy to meet their every need for professional development, whether it is a more traditional pedagogical approach or an approach combining technology and pedagogy or the need to learn more about a specific technology. Our team and our integrated training program can help you!

For more information:

Student Engagement Through Second-Order Science

Scott Findlay - Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vanier Hall, room 1042

11:00 – 12:00

More than two decades of university science teaching have convinced me that (a) undergraduate students learn mostly about the products of science, and little about the process; and (b) most students' intellectual energies are expended on learning activities of comparatively little consequence. The result? A poor understanding of what science is (and, perhaps more importantly, isn't) even among science graduates, and an understandable disengagement.

Here I present an approach to science education and research ("Second-Order Science") which has the potential to engage large numbers of students in bona fide scientific research, thereby developing their understanding of the process of science in the context of undertakings of (arguably) greater pith and moment than those in which they have been conventionally engaged.

The presentation will be in English followed by a bilingual discussion.


Diversity and Accessibility on Campus (DAC) Conference

The SFUO's Centre for Equity and Human Rights invites you to its annual Diversity and Accessibility on Campus (DAC) Conference. This year's theme is Facing Discrimination and Harassment in placements.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

90 University, lounge 140

Free event. Refreshments provided, and advance registration is recommended.

The conference features a keynote address by Dr. Tania Das Gupta on the racism that permeates the nursing workplace in Ontario. A thought provoking panel discussion will follow, providing an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the realities faced by University of Ottawa students during their placements, the University and their partners' legal responsibilities as well as avenues of action to be considered by faculties. The expertise that will be presented is applicable to all fields of study and all types of placements.

Keynote address :
Dr. Tania Das Gupta, York University
"Entering a workplace already poisoned with racism; Nursing as a case study"


  • Yavar Hameed, lawyer for the protection and advocacy of human rights and civil liberties
  • Mireille Gervais, Director, Student Appeal Centre (SFUO)
  • Emmanuelle Simo: Nursing student who faced harassment during her placement

For questions, registration and adaptive measures, contact: [email protected] ; 613-562-5800 x2532

We look forward to seeing you all at the conference,

The CEHR Team
[email protected]
613-562-5800 x2532

Members' Billboard

Study on Perinatal Intimacy and Sexuality in Francophone Parenting Couples Living in a Minority Situation in Ontario

We are currently recruiting 100 francophone parenting couples living in the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region for a doctoral research study.

The purpose of this research is to explore parenting couples' perinatal sexual experiences, which focuses on their intimate and sexual experiences during and after pregnancy and their needs in regard to health care services.

This research will increase the knowledge of health care professionals on this subject and make recommendations to improve perinatal sexual services for parenting couples during their transition to parenthood.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Live in the Ottawa or the Eastern Ontario region
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Be a heterosexual couple having the first child
  • Couple living together for a minimum of 1 year before the pregnancy
  • Baby's age between 6 and 12 months old
  • Couple identifying themselves as francophone
  • Pregnancy and birthing without complications
  • Have access to internet

Your participation will require you to fill in questionnaires online that could last for about 60 minutes. The participation of both partners is required. At the end of filling in the questionnaires, you will also be invited to an optional interview. Grocery gift-cards will be drawn for at the end of the study.

If this study interests you, please contact the principal investigator :

Catherine de Pierrepont, Sexologist B.A. and M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate in Population Health, University of Ottawa
[email protected]