CAUT Policy Statement
When considering tenure or promotion, some postsecondary institutions give less weight to scholarly publications and communication of scientific findings in French. Since Canada is a country with two official languages, the members of its academic community have the right to conduct their research activities in the language of their choice. Consequently:
- A publication should not be regarded as less significant solely on the basis of the language in which it is written.
- Choosing to publish in French should not prejudice an academic staff member’s career.
- Scientific and scholarly communications in French in forums like the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) are important for francophone researchers.
Academic publications in French must thus be recognized and accorded the same status as publications in English.
Finally, since francophone academic staff are held to the same standards (teaching/research/community service) as their English-speaking peers, working, publishing and communicating in French should under no circumstances adversely affect their careers.
Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2013.