ALBERTA COLLEGES & INSTITUTES FACULTIES ASSOCIATION
The provincial voice for the academic staff associations of Alberta's colleges and technical institutes
Making a Difference
ACIFA is the Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association, a representative professional association that acts as the provincial voice for its members, the academic staff associations of Alberta's colleges and technical institutes. Through the collective action and resources of its members, ACIFA promotes the professional and economic well being of college and technical institute faculty in the interest of advancing the quality of post-secondary education in Alberta.
Membership currently includes the Academic Staff or Faculty Associations of the 13 public post-secondary institutions from the original college sector: comprehensive community colleges, polytechnics, and Alberta University of the Arts.
WHAT WE DO
Contract Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Support
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award
Innovation in Teaching Award
Distinguished Instructor Award
Advocate for Post-Secondary Education
Annual Conference; Professional Development
ACIFA is enhancing lobbying efforts at the local and provincial level
ACIFA is building community, both internally and externally
ACIFA is monitoring the evolving structure and funding of PSE in Alberta, and the impact on faculty work in the context of other systemic changes, and is looking at how to support faculty through these changes
COUNCILS, CONTACTS, AND COMMITTEES
FAIR EMPLOYMENT WEEK
Late October each year, one week is designated as Fair Employment Week . It highlights the contributions of contract academic staff and draws attention to the challenges faced by them, such as insecure work, low pay, limited or no benefits and little support for their teaching.
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Federation of Post Secondary Educators (FPSE)
The FPSE has six current campaigns.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
OPSEU represents approximately 155,000 members across Ontario. Their members work for the Ontario government, inside community colleges, for the LCBO , in the health care sector, and in a wide range of community agencies inside the broader public service.