MUNFA IB 2006/07:22

TO:		All MUNFA Members

FROM:		The MUNFA Executive Committee

DATE:		March 12, 2007


As workload arrangements are being planned for 2007-08, Academic Staff Members (ASMs) are reminded about Article 3.24 of the Collective Agreement. This article provides single course remissions from teaching in support of research. The number of remissions available in a single year is, at a minimum, equal to one percent of the normal teaching capacity in the School or Faculty (and in no case less than one course). The process is not competitive unless the number of applications exceeds the remissions available.

Remissions are requested by application to an ASM's Dean, Director, or Principal. There is no specified form or structure for the application (and it would be inconsistent with the Collective Agreement for one to be required); however the Collective Agreement gives the following criteria for assessing applications:

  1. the strength of the applicant's research record;

  2. the potential scholarly value of the research for which support in the form of a teaching remission is being sought;

  3. the applicant's need for a teaching remission in the year in question in order to pursue the research in a timely fashion.

Historically, the practice of applications being decided by the Dean or Director (rather than within departments) came out of collective bargaining several rounds ago. The reason for the move was to ensure that colleagues in small departments had as much chance at a 3.24 remission as colleagues in large departments. This was intended to adjust for a practice in some Schools or Faculties where ASMs in small departments were denied remissions because Heads argued that they needed everyone to teach. By vesting the decision with the Dean, departmental teaching needs were removed as a criteria for granting 3.24 remissions.

Please contact the MUNFA office (ext. 8642 or e-mail: if you have questions about the terms of these remissions, and also if you experience practices or procedures that vary from those specified in the Collective Agreement.

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