What is MAFA?
MAFA, or the Mount Allison Faculty Association, is a union representing approximately 154 full-time and 56 part-time academic faculty, librarians, and archivists at Mount Allison University.
What does MAFA do?
MAFA promotes the well being of the university as a public good and upholds the professional interests of its academic staff. It works to protect freedom of thought and expression, teaching and research at Mount Allison University.
MAFA also acts as the bargaining agent for its members, negotiating Collective Agreements that set the terms and conditions of employment for full- and part-time faculty and librarians. Collective Agreements regulate salary, benefits, pension, workload, and establish the standards and processes for evaluations, tenure, promotion, and sabbatical leave; they also include protections for intellectual property as well as protections for academic freedom in research and teaching.
When MAFA is not negotiating, it provides information and assistance to its members in a wide variety of matters relating to their employment at Mount Allison, and makes sure that the administration is abiding by the Collective Agreement.
What’s our Bottom Line?
Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions
Mount Allison is an outstanding university that brings together together dedicated students and committed faculty.
We want to keep it that way.
Faculty are prepared to strike if necessary to protect Mount Allison’s academic mission and its role in providing a supportive community for intellectual development and academic excellence for faculty and students.
In our negotiations, we are fighting to protect existing provisions in the Collective Agreement that uphold academic freedom and collegial governance – provisions that the administration is trying to weaken.
The administration is seeking misguided changes to the way our work is evaluated, changes that give them more administrative control over teaching and research. The faculty are seeking to protect academic control over our own work, and ensure that the processes by which we are evaluated are fair and collegial. The life of the university is not enhanced by measures which increase the discretionary power of administrators over academic work.
Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions. Academic freedom, and respect for our ability to manage our own teaching and research, is the best way to ensure our students get the best quality education.
We are also seeking to reinforce workload protections. Because of declining numbers of faculty and increasing enrolment, Mount Allison faculty are experiencing heavier workloads which have an impact on the time we can dedicate to our students and to our research.
Instead of seeking greater administrative control over our work, the administration should be addressing these workload concerns and investing resources in our ability to do our work well.
Over the last decade, the administration has been devoting less and less of the University budget to teaching and research, instead prioritizing buildings and bloated administrative costs. This trend is not sustainable.
It is time for the administration of the University to rethink its priorities, respect academic freedom, and provide adequate resources to faculty so that we can continue to deliver the calibre of scholarship and teaching our students expect and deserve.
The MAFA Executive includes:
- Loralea Michaelis, President (Politics & International Relations)
- Michael Fox, Vice President (Geography & Environment)
- Zoe Finkel, Past President (Geography & Environment)
- Mohammad Ahmady, Collective Bargaining Officer (Physics)
- Mark Fedyk, Grievance Officer (Philosophy)
- Lori Ann Roness, Part Time Officer (Geography & Environment, Canadian Studies, Sociology, MASSIE)
- Bob Rosebrugh, Treasurer (Math & Computer Science)
- Renata Schellenberg, Membership Officer (Modern Languages & Literature)
- Geoff Martin, Professional Officer