The following is based on section 5.08 of our Collective Agreement--click here to download the agreement and read the actual text.
Right of First Refusal (RFR) is the primary mechanism for job security for Contract Faculty at Trent. Course Instructors, Tutorial/Workshop Leaders, Clinical Instructors, Academic Skills Instructors, and ESL Instructors can all earn RFR.
In order to earn RFR, you must request a performance evaluation. This may be done by checking the appropriate box on your Acceptance of Offer. Alternately, you may submit a request in writing to your Chair, copied to the Dean's Office, within the first 30 days of your appointment for courses of 12 weeks or longer, and within 10 days for courses of less than 12 weeks.
Departments determine their own process for conducting evaluations. Members are encouraged to contact their Chair in order to learn what the process is in their department. It may include:
The Department is required to deliver a written report summarizing the results of the evaluation, within 60 days of the end of the course (completion of duties).
Where the Department fails to meet the deadline above, members may earn RFR by Default. According to the CA:
"Failure on the part of the department to deliver the written report to the member within this timeframe will result in a default evaluation of the member as "generally satisfactory". A second failure on the part of the department to deliver the written report will result in the member being evaluated as "fully competent".
Evaluations may be appealed as per the process in the CA. Departments may also dispute a claim of RFR.
You retain your RFR as long as:
RFR also applies to "closely related courses", defined as those which "encompass sustantially similar subject matter".
If you have questions about RFR, please contact your steward.