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(2013-2014 HR#4) Proposed Changes to the RA Advisory Committee; Call for Volunteers

HR #4, 2013 – 2014

Date: September 5, 2013
To: Research Associates and Senior Research Associates
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Cc: HR Divisional Offices
Re: Proposed Changes to the RA Advisory Committee; Call for Volunteers

I am writing to advise you about some proposed changes to the structure and terms of reference for the Advisory Committee, and to encourage you to volunteer to serve as a committee member.

Why are we proposing changes?

Advisory Committees for non-unionized staff groups were established in 2006. Starting in late 2012 and ending this past spring, we engaged in a consultation and renewal process with respect to the Advisory Committees for Confidential and Professional & Managerial staff to determine if the current Advisory Committee structure was functioning optimally from the members’ perspective and to strengthen the role of the committees. We are currently undertaking this same process with respect to the Research Associates Advisory Committee.

What changes are being proposed?

A draft of the revised Terms of Reference for the Research Associates Advisory Committee is available here. The proposed changes include:

  • Clearer expression of the role of Advisory Committee members to consult with and serve as a contact for their colleagues and to bring forward the views and interests of their colleagues;
  • Establishing an Agenda Planning Group to ensure agenda items reflect the interests of Research Associates and Senior Research Associates; and,
  • Posting summary notes of meetings on the HR & Equity website following each Advisory Committee meeting.

We are looking for new Advisory Committee members.

Advisory Committee members serve for up to 3 years, with terms ending on June 30. There are 12 vacancies on the Committee.

I encourage you to review the proposed Advisory Committee Terms of Reference and to speak with the following colleagues who have served on the committee and participated in the consultations to date to hear about their experience as a committee member:

Catherine Monahan
Department of English (St. George Campus)
monahan@doe.utoronto.ca

Venkat Venkataramanan
Institute for Optical Sciences
vvenkat@optics.utoronto.ca

If you are interested in volunteering to be a member of the Advisory Committee, or if you wish to nominate a colleague, please complete and submit the volunteer / nomination form to Meredith Sandles, Secretariat to the Staff Advisory Committees, by email at m.sandles@utoronto.ca no later than September 30, 2013.

The volunteer / nomination form is available here.

Membership will be selected by my office from among the Research Associates and Senior Research Associates who either volunteer or are nominated by a colleague based on the criteria which are set out in the Terms of Reference.