Memorial University’s Faculty Association outlined several of its priorities it wants addressed to VOCM News.
MUNFA president Josh Lepawsky says they would like to see the restoration of the university’s operating grant, which was cut by 30 percent since 2014.
Lepawsky states, “It is a challenge, to say the least, to carry this institution on under those conditions.”
They would also like “real, substantive reform to university governance,” including the legislation that governs the university and its Board of Regents.
“There have been some cosmetic changes around the Board of Regents, but there is still a lot of very substantive work to go there,” states Lepawsky.
MUNFA is also calling for more transparent processes for filling vacancies in the upper administration, including the search for a new university president.
They want the process to be open and public instead of the usual secret searches conducted by executive headhunting firms.
Lepawsky says “repair and redress” is needed due to the “ongoing harms” from “the debacle of the former president, which have yet to be resolved.”
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.