For the purpose of identification within this agreement only, the terms “Regular Faculty Member”, “Temporary Faculty Member” and “Limited Term Contract Instructors” are defined in Articles 4.1.1, 4.1.2, and 4.1.4, and the primary areas of responsibility of the “Professor”, “Instructor” and “Non‑instructional Faculty Member” are set out in Articles 4.2.1 and 4.2.2.


4.1.1           Regular Faculty Member        The term “regular” shall refer to faculty with a renewable contractual appointment of one year or more.  Regular full‑time faculty are those with original appointments or subsequent appointments with mutual agreement of the University and the faculty member specifying a full‑time workload.  Regular part‑time faculty are those with original appointments or subsequent appointments with mutual agreement of the University and the faculty member specifying less than a full‑time workload.        References to regular faculty in this collective agreement include regular full‑time and regular part‑time faculty unless either is specifically excepted.


4.1.2           Temporary Faculty Member


A temporary faculty member is a faculty member with an appointment of one year or less where the work does not form a limited term contract.


4.1.3           The title for regular instructional faculty shall be “Professor”. Non-regular instructional faculty shall be referred to as “Instructor”.


4.1.4           The term “Limited Term Contract” Instructor shall refer to faculty with appointment to an instructional position for a period of time of one (1) semester or greater and equal to or less than three (3) consecutive years in duration that replaces a regular faculty member.        Unless otherwise stated, conditions that are applicable to “Instructors” or “non-regular faculty members” will apply to “Limited Term Contract” and “temporary” Instructors.



4.2.1           The primary responsibilities of the Professor/ Instructor are to prepare and to teach courses and programs within his/her area of competence, and to tutor, advise and evaluate students.


4.2.2           Non‑Instructional Faculty are those faculty members whose primary responsibility lies specifically in an area other than instruction.  Included in this group are the Librarians, Counsellors, Advisors and Technicians.        Categories of Technicians     Technicians are classified into three broad categories based on the kind of work they typically do:


  • Laboratory demonstrators and classroom assistants;
  • Information technologists; and
  • Student service specialists.


These categories are independent of seniority groups.  Nothing in these categories will in any way alter established seniority groups.


These categories do not apply to any existing positions that are not currently classified as technicians.


  1. Laboratory demonstrators and classroom assistants


These are technicians employed by individual departments and faculties and whose primary assignments are to:


  1. i) order, maintain and organize specialized equipment, supplies and materials on behalf of a program;
  2. ii) set up equipment and materials for laboratories and classes according to the directions of a Professor/ Instructor or program Chair and to accepted safety standards and procedures;

iii) assist with the instruction, supervision and evaluation of students in laboratory, seminar and fieldwork classes under the general supervision of a Professor/Instructor or program administrator.


Laboratory demonstrators and classroom assistants can be distinguished from Professors/Instructors because only the latter can have independent authority for a course and course grades.  Technicians can at most have shared responsibility for a minor portion of a course grade.


  1. b) Information Technologists


These are technicians employed by institution-wide service departments and whose primary assignments are to:


  1. i) play an active role in testing and evaluating new information technologies for use across the institution;
  2. ii) deploy, support and troubleshoot various information technologies across the institution;

iii) develop procedures and training that assist students, faculty and staff to use various information technologies more effectively.


Information technologists can be distinguished from support staff who use a more limited range of information technology skills to perform more specific or routine tasks—for example, web site design; routine installation, upgrading and repair of hardware and software; and first-response helpdesk support.  (As understood here, “routine” tasks are those that can be handled, with little risk of complications, by a person without technician qualifications carrying out a simple and straightforward set of instructions that has been prepared with the assistance of a technician.)


  1. c) Student Service Specialists


These are technicians who are employed by instructional and service Departments and whose primary assignments are to:


  1. i) organize and administer training and employment related field placements for students in situations where status or specialized disciplinary knowledge is essential for the success of the placement program; or
  2. implement programs and advise students in specialized ways that can affect the ability of students to complete programs successfully; or
  • serve as an Elder; or
  1. serve as a simultaneous Interpreter for the Deaf. A person serving as a simultaneous Interpreter for the Deaf who has successfully completed a two year Diploma Program from a recognized educational institution or equivalent shall be a member of the VIUFA bargaining unit.


Student service specialists may be distinguished from Professors/Instructors who might do some of these duties as a minor part of their responsibilities and from support staff who perform similar tasks but do not require status or specialized disciplinary knowledge to do the job effectively.