Frequently Asked Questions

MEMBERS(NON-MEMBERS section below)

What is my seniority?

A part-time faculty member acquires seniority, defined as the total number of credits attributed to the part-time faculty member, from the point of first hire at Concordia University.

A three (3) credit course represents between one hour and fifty (1h50) and three (3) hours of classroom contact hours per week for thirteen (13) weeks or equivalent; and a six (6) credit course represents between one hour and fifty (1h50) and three (3) hours of classroom contact hours per week for twenty-six (26) weeks.

Where can I find my seniority?

Log in to MyConcordia -> “Employee Services” -> “PT Faculty Positions” for the following links:

⧫ Seniority list arranged by seniority; ⧫ Seniority list arranged by name; ⧫ Current job postings (during a hiring period); ⧫ Online application instructions; ⧫ PT contract signing instructions; ⧫ PDF merging instructions.

How many credits per year can I teach?

Three (3) levels of maximum credit limits per academic year are described in the Collective Agreement, Article 9.02:

  1. a) Part-time faculty members who have acquired ninety (90) credits or more of seniority may teach up to eighteen credits per academic year.
  2. b) Part-time faculty members who have acquired twenty-four (24) credits or more of seniority but fewer than ninety (90) credits of seniority may teach up to twelve credits per year.
  3. c) Part-time faculty members who have acquired less than twenty-four (24) credits of seniority, individuals who have lost their previously accrued seniority, and new hires may teach a total of six (6) credits per academic year.

Problems with course assignments, potential grievances

A grievance can be based on any difference arising out of the interpretation, application, administration or violation of the Collective agreement. Grievances may be filed by the Association or the Employer. The association may file grievances on its own behalf or on behalf of an individual part-time faculty member.

If you feel that you have grounds for a grievance – First, consult the Collective agreement. Which Article(s) do you believe have been contravened? Second: document everything – include any correspondence you have with the parties involved; any documents related to your claim (e.g. a hiring posting). Third: contact grievance@cupfa.org and arrange a meeting to discuss the issue as soon as possible.

What BENEFITS am I entitled to?

Benefits for CUPFA members are detailed under Article 15 in the Collective Agreement, Article 19.02 c. All part-time faculty members shall be entitled to make use of the University’s health services, professional counselling services, substance abuse program, and all other assistance programs available to Concordia University employees. 

HEALTH: see CUPFA Collective Agreement, Article 15.14

Are PT faculty covered by an insurance plan?

Part-time members who have acquired forty (40) or more seniority credits at the beginning of a teaching contract are eligible for the Comprehensive Health plan. 

Part-time members who have acquired less than forty (40) seniority credits at the beginning of a teaching contract are eligible for the R.A.M.Q. Drug Plan Equivalent – a basic drug plan.

PENSION:  3 sections of info for CUPFA members start with: https://cupfa.org/publications/pension-information/

Am I eligible?   

You are eligible to participate in the Concordia Pension Plan if you are:

  • a full-time, permanent employee; or
  • not a full-time, permanent employee but you have met one of the following qualifications in the previous calendar year:
    • a minimum of 700 hours worked; or
    • remuneration equal to at least 35% of the YMPE.

How do I apply?

Join the plan on January 1 of the year following the calendar year in which you meet one of the following qualifications: a minimum of 700 hours worked  OR  remuneration equal to at least 35% of the YMPE.

Enrolment and form: Find out more at: http://www.concordia.ca/hr/benefits/pension.html

SERVICES: (Library, etc.)

CUPFA Collective Agreement, Article 19.06 states: Part-time faculty members shall have the same library privileges available to all other faculty. Such privileges shall be maintained for part-time faculty members who have requested leaves defined in Article 14 and Article 15.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CUPFA Collective Agreement, Article 17

9 sections of info for CUPFA members start with: https://cupfa.org/professional-development/ 

Who is eligible?

Large Grants: Part-time faculty members who have acquired eighteen (18) or more credits of seniority, including those who are neither teaching nor on leave, but who are still within the thirty-two (32) month hiatus period, shall be eligible to apply for Large Grants – see  https://cupfa.org/professional-development/grants/.

Small Claims & Professional Fees: When funds permit, Part-time faculty members who have acquired twelve (12) or more credits of seniority and who are under contract within the academic year may apply to submit small claims & professional fees for reimbursement: see https://cupfa.org/professional-development/small-claims/

What are the deadlines?

 Application Deadlines: Large Grants: January 15, April 1, and October 15; Small Claims/Fees: January 15

What is the maximum amount?

The current maximum amount allocated for Large Grants is $7,500.00. Maximums for Small Claims/Fees are determined yearly and communicated to eligible applicants before final reports, receipts, etc. are due. 

What kinds of projects are qualified?

The Professional Development Fund committee (a union/employer committee) allocates Large Grants to a wide variety of eligible academic activities such as attending or organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, printing a dissertation, engaging in a research project, etc. 

The Committee shall also allocate funds to part-time faculty members for professional or academic retraining in a field different from their teaching area, new technological training involving computers, or programs which will enhance their academic professional skills, teaching training or learning development, provided these are not accounted for under Article 9.01 (i.e. preparing, organizing and presenting course material at scheduled class times and being available to students outside class hours).

Where are the forms?

Forms for Professional development can be found in the Professional Development Section and on https://cupfa.org/forms/.

TUITION WAIVERS  CUPFA Collective Agreement, Article 19.03

Who is eligible?

Available for part-time members who have twenty-one (21) seniority credits or more. 

Two forms available at: https://cupfa.org/forms/

NON MEMBERS

How can I apply to teach?

Information re: applications for Part-time teaching is described under CUPFA Collective Agreement, Article 10. Applications must be made online: https://cupfa.org/publications/teaching-application/

Who gets a copy of the form?

The online application is submitted to each department where you applied and is also sent to CUPFA.

What are the application deadlines?

Application deadlines are no later than Mar 10 for Summer courses, May 20 for Fall, Winter, and Fall/Winter courses, and October 20 for remaining winter courses. Rare exceptions are clearly posted on www.cupfa.org

Who makes the hiring decisions?

See CUPFA Collective Agreement, article 10.03 re: Part-time Hiring Committee (PTHC); additional information at  https://cupfa.org/collective-agreement-faq/

Will I be notified of the hiring decision?

The Department/unit shall post a list of part-time faculty members and course assignments by August 31, January 15 and April 30, with a copy sent at the same time to CUPFA.