Faculty Offices at King Campus

| 19/09/2016

20160914_141425Faculty in Garriock Hall were blindsided in late summer by orders to immediately pack up their office contents for a move to other offices. Apparently construction was planned for the current office location, but nobody bothered to tell affected faculty. Further, there has been no information about whether this is temporary or a new cost-savings measure for a college that seems to be so cash-strapped it has to solicit donations from students and employees to complete building construction.

King faculty had to give up days of vacation to do this last-minute work, and others returned to campus after their holidays only to find their possessions and files had been packed and moved without their involvement. To date, we have not received confirmation that the vacation days given up by faculty to do this unplanned work will be compensated for, as they should be.

Despite the urgency conveyed to faculty that they had to pack and move soonest, to date no construction has taken place at the old offices. They are being used as storage. Moreover, personal items and furniture still have not been moved. Was there really the need to move faculty out at all? The college certainly felt no need to provide faculty any measure of respect in the process.

The Collective Agreement, Article 7.02, provides for “reasonable provision for the environmental conditions of air, light, space and temperature of employees’ work areas in the College.”
cheek-by-jowlfaculty-offices-kingThis may be management’s idea of “reasonable” for a call centre, a sweatshop sales office, or a passel of summer associates at a legal firm, but for faculty who must meet with students, it’s unacceptable. We are told that two “spaces” will be made available to allow faculty and students to have confidential conversations. Outside of that statement proving management gave absolutely no thought to faculty and student needs, it’s not a workable solution. Are we to believe that a distraught student, discussing with faculty the stresses of their assignments or personal challenges, should be interrupted while the professor runs off to determine if one of these confidential “spaces” is free for use?

As one faculty stated, “It is common for students to start talking about dropping a course and, the next second, they are crying and revealing personal matters.” For faculty in the SSW program, they are uncomfortable stressing client confidentiality in the profession when they cannot act accordingly or role model for the students.

It is bad enough that incompetent management has disrupted faculty and breached the college’s own policies regarding privacy and confidentiality of student information, but of greater concern is that it seems King management has absolutely no idea of what faculty do, nor does it care.

Category: Equity, Faculty

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