refused to accept it, please contact Academic Affairs for further guidance about that
Similar to represented faculty, we will be seeking volunteers from among our
unrepresented faculty ranks for coverage of work previously assigned to GTFs.
Unlike represented faculty, there is no ambiguity as to whether departments can
explicitly assign the work should the need arise. Again, every effort should be
made to find volunteers to cover the work. Supervisors should discuss with faculty
at the time of the new assignment the compensation for the additional work. There
is considerable flexibility in the means of compensation and faculty may wish to
consider overload, release from other duties, or a lump sum. In the event that there
is a specific need that may require assigning work to an unrepresented faculty
member who has refused to accept it, please contact Academic Affairs for further
guidance about that particular situation.
General Planning Guidance
The timing of a GTFF strike is still uncertain and could fall during weeks 9, 10, or finals
week. It is important that departments have clear plans in place for covering teaching,
research and administrative functions that may be impacted by a strike. The following
should be used as a guide to determining which coping strategies may be most efficient in
providing coverage. For now, the following is guidance to start thinking about potential
strategies. As more information becomes available about the potential strike date, you may
be asked to participate in additional surveys to document coping strategies and connect
your department with central resources.
Teaching Function Strategies
For a potential strike occurring during week 9 or 10, departments should have a plan in
place for covering instruction that is performed by GTFs. The following are potential
coping strategies to consider. Please identify and consider the most cost effective means of
covering the work.
Assign alternative assignments (e.g., podcasts, readings, etc…) which provide the
amount of student engagement hours as would have occurred without the strike.
Use existing adjunct instructors in department by increasing their FTE.
Hire qualified individuals using your department’s existing adjunct pool.
Hire qualified non-GTFF graduate students.
Hire recently retired faculty from your department. Note, Unclassified Personnel
Services can provide you with information about who might be eligible.
Assign qualified Officers of Administration (OAs) who have volunteered. Duties
performed by OAs beyond normal load must be compensated. The Academic
Continuity Team will be collecting information on those who volunteer and this