SPFA SPRING PD DAY RESCHEDULED

Due to the current pandemic and travel and gathering restrictions we have rescheduled the SPFA Spring PD day to June 2 & 3, 2021.  

Faculty who registered will receive full refunds.

Tornado Hunter - Greg Johnson - and the Atlas Hotel in Regina have been secured for the event and those signed up as presenters have been asked to commit for next year.

This promises to be a great learning and networking event, so mark your calendar and watch for more information.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

The SPFA continues to be in contact with Sask Polytech Senior Management as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and work to protect the health and safety of our faculty and the staff across the province. Please check Sask Polytech's website (mysaskpolytech) and your emails on an ongoing basis for up to date information. If you have any questions of Sask Polytech relating to COVID-19 please email them to campussafety& This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

As you are aware, the following email was sent to Sask Polytech Faculty from the office of President Rosia this afternoon:

Good afternoon Faculty and Staff:

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Saskatchewan Polytechnic is cancelling all classes and programming for the remainder of this week.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs will be offered online or through alternative delivery options where possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, effective March 23.

Updated class schedule:

  • March 17-20: in-person classes are suspended.
  • March 20: more information will be provided regarding online or alternative delivery where possible.
  • March 23: online courses or alternative delivery programming for students will begin, where possible.

Updated information for students will be provided by email from each program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses are not closing.  Limited services may be available at each campus.  The fitness centres will remain closed until further notice.

All non-essential gatherings and events will continue to be cancelled until further notice.  Events and activities not directly connected to academic programs are postponed.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic supports work from home/telecommute arrangements where work can be performed from home (or at an alternate location) where possible.  The current priority is to support the transition for teaching remotely, and therefore, ITS assistance may be limited due to the demand during this transition.  Please work with your manager to discuss options.

Travel restrictions remain in place.  Sask Polytech sponsored travel to all areas outside of Saskatchewan is subject to Dean or AVP approval following the completion of a Travel Risk Assessment Form.  Limit in-province travel unless directly required for program operation.  Limit travel between buildings and have all face-to-face group meetings converted to Zoom whenever possible.  More information for employees is available on mysaskpolytech, including information on self-isolation and self-monitoring, absence reporting, and frequently asked questions for employees, supervisors and managers.

We know COVID-19 is causing unusual and challenging times.  Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and the care you’ve demonstrated for yourselves and others in our community.  We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.  The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.  Students, faculty or staff with questions should refer to details on our website or contact campussafety& This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Regards,

Larry

Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

 

Tentative Agreement Information Sessions

On December 3rd Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Association (SPFA) reached a tentative agreement with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  The tentative agreement was posted to the SPFA website for members to view shortly thereafter in December.

The next step is to provide details of the tentative agreement through presentations that will be held at campus locations as follows:

DATE                                                    TIME                  LOCATION                                   ROOM                             

 

Thursday, January 9/20                 12 noon            Regina - Parkway campus        Room 100

Thursday, January 9/20                 3:15 pm            Regina – Main campus             Room 921

Friday, January 10/20                     12 noon           Moose Jaw                               Macoun Lounge

Friday, January 10/20                     3:15 pm           Moose Jaw                               Macoun Lounge

Monday, January 13/20                 12 noon            Saskatoon - English Cr             Room 6

Tuesday, January 14/20                12 noon            Prince Albert                             Room 237 Acad. Bldg.

Tuesday, January 14/20                3:15 pm            Prince Albert                            Room 237 Acad. Bldg

Thursday, January 16/20              11:30 am          Saskatoon - Phoenix Bldg        Boardroom 211

Monday, January 20/20                12 noon            Saskatoon - Avenue W             Room 1620

Tuesday, January 21/20                12 noon           Saskatoon - main campus        Room 317

Tuesday, January 21/20                3:15 pm           Saskatoon - Davies Bldg          Auditorium

Wednesday, January 22/20         12 noon             Saskatoon - Ontario Ave          Boardroom 115.3

A Zoom meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, January 22/20         12 noon     Zoom link TBC     

Members are strongly encouraged to attend an information presentation to learn about the tentative agreement before voting. 

Voting on the tentative Agreement will take place by online ballot from 10:00 am, January 23rd to 10 pm January 31st

If you don’t receive an emailed ballot from eballot, check your junk/spam email and if you still don’t find an emailed ballot, contact Adam Farion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will resend your email ballot. 

 

 

Second Annual Spring Institute/PD Day - Call for Presenters

Do you or someone you work with, have knowledge of a subject area that is relevant to faculty in our workplace? Do you want to share this knowledge and help your colleagues broaden their skill set? Topics may be (but are not limited to) instruction, content, student engagement, student accommodations, future trends, new initiatives, faculty collaboration, managing workload, international students or faculty well-being. Presentations will be approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour in length and held in separate breakout rooms with approximately 20 – 40 people per room. AV equipment will be provided.

If you are interested in presenting, or have a suggestion for a presenter, please indicate your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief summary of the topic you would like to present on by Friday, January 10th, 2020. A HUGE thank-you to those that have already contacted Adam Farion with amazing topics for this year’s event!

Details for 2020 SPFA PD Day are outlined below:

WHO:       The event is open to all faculty from all Sask Polytech and Regional College campuses

WHAT:     A day of networking, learning and enrichment to help you in your role as faculty.

WHERE:   The Atlas Hotel (formerly Travelodge Hotel and conference Centre)

4177 Albert Street, Regina, SK

WHEN:     Wednesday June 3, 2020 (Registration and Social 630-900pm)

                Thursday June 4, 2020 (730-430pm)

COST:      SPFA Presenters - $175

                SPFA member Early Bird- $200.00

                SPFA Regular Price- $225

               Non-SPFA Price- $250

All attendees will receive:

       -entrance to 4 speaker sessions of your choosing throughout the day

       -hot breakfast, banquet lunch and snacks/refreshments throughout the day

       -registration/social event with appetizers, entertainment and cash bar

       -keynote address by Tornado Hunter- Greg Johnson (www.tornadohunter.com/greg-johnson)

      -SPFA swag bag

      -eligibility for door prizes.

Registration: Stay tuned for an update early in the new year for when registration is available online at www.spfa.ca. We will again be accepting payment via PayPal for your convenience.

****Faculty are encouraged to apply for Professional Development dollars through their program and through the SPFA Professional Development Fund*****

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for coming forward with your willingness to participate and make the 2020 event a success!

 

 

SPFA 2019-20 Executive Council

 

As announced by Wade Lahoda, Chief Returning Officer, at the November 7, 2019 Annual General Meeting:

 

President

Warren White

(term ends Nov 2020)

Secretary-Treasurer

Greg Gardiner

by acclamation (term ends Nov 2021)

Vice President, Prince Albert

Hamilton Greenwood

by acclamation (term ends Nov 2021)

Vice President, Regina

Erin Knuttila

(term ends Nov 2021)

Vice President, Saskatoon

Robyn Mauza

(term ends Nov 2020)

Vice President, Moose Jaw

Gary Vieser

(term ends Nov 2020)