Academic staff renewal ensures that the post-secondary educational institution is well placed to serve its students and the broader community. Renewal reinvigorates the academic staff and provides the means to sustain the academic mandate of the institution. Renewal is an ongoing process that requires that the complement of continuing academic staff is maintained through replacement by other Regular Academic Staff of those who leave the unit, faculty, or institution, and increased as required.
Renewal requires protection of seniority rights for Contract Academic Staff and procedures for converting contract academic staff positions into continuing appointments.
Renewal should be part of a long term process based on sound academic planningthat includes full involvement of academic staff and is proactive about achieving and maintaining equity goals.
Any reduction in the academic staff complement of an academic unit should require a general review of the academic needs of the institution with full academic staff involvement. The review should be open and transparent, respect due process and natural justice, be free of discrimination, and respect and promote equity and academic freedom.
Approved by the CAUT Council, May 2015.