Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 2019-04-13T12:03:10-07:00 Stephen Petrina & E. Wayne Ross Open Journal Systems Workplace is a refereed, open access journal published by the Institute for Critical Education Studies (ICES) and a collective of scholars in critical university studies, or critical higher education, promoting dignity and integrity in academic work. Contributions are aimed at higher education workplace scholar-activism and dialogue on all issues of academic labor. Out of Asia: Topologies of Racism in Canada 2019-04-13T12:03:10-07:00 Jennifer Chan <p>This case study recounts my harrowing experience through a great Canadian equity swindle—involving two internal university equity investigations, BC Human Rights Tribunal, and the BC Supreme Court—to bring to account a deeply flawed and allegedly discriminatory academic hiring process. I situate my human rights complaint in the larger socio-political context of Canada becoming “too Asian.” Using a methodology of a critical personal narrative in the form of a self-interview, I discuss how diverse actors from the union to lawyers, the court system, the media, the public, and fellow academics stubbornly refuse to see the nexus between race and discrimination. These embarrassing conversations form the contours of topologies of race in Canada, stretching and bending our academic, legal, media, and social landscapes without tearing white hegemony apart. I highlight the common experiences of fellow human rights complainants who contacted me during this period and the implications of our ordeals on the Canadian social body.</p> 2016-05-11T08:15:01-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The All-Administrative Campus: University of British Columbia, Okanagan 2019-04-13T12:01:58-07:00 Peter Wylie <p>The focus of the paper is on internal governance and management at UBCO as it has evolved since 2005, in particular with respect to traditions of shared academic governance in university management. The paper is informed by the analysis of Ginsberg (2011), and is divided into four sections. The first discusses the insights of Ginsberg and how they can be applied in this case. The second discusses general issues of consultation, communication and commitment to shared academic governance by the senior administrators of the new campus. Third, budgetary management, accountability and transparency is discussed. Finally, strategic academic planning is analyzed, along with academic program review and performance. The paper ends with some concluding comments. To anticipate the results of the analysis, the paper tends to confirm the words attributed to Professor Henry Rosovsky, economic historian and past Acting President of Harvard University, that the quality of a university campus is likely “negatively correlated with the unrestrained power of administrators” (Ginsberg, 2011, p. 3). On this slope of correlation, UBCO is not an outlier.</p> 2018-05-06T08:12:34-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Exclusionary and Extractive Campus Management: The University of British Columbia, Okanagan 2019-04-13T12:01:56-07:00 Peter Wylie <p>This paper analyzes the evolution of a “new” public university campus, UBCO, in the Interior of BC, situated in the city of Kelowna, with a focus onissues at with respect to shared academic governance and university management models. The paper is informed by the analysis of Acemoglu and Robinson (2012), applying the analysis in the context of the question of why universities might fail, rather than nations. The paper is divided into five sections. The first discusses the insights of Acemoglu and Robinson and how they can be applied to this case study. The second discusses incidents around total enrolment management that demonstrate the exclusionary nature of the campus management model. Issues of internationalization and indigenization strategy form the discussion of the third section. In a fourth section, issues of labour relations with respect to faculty are analyzed, and a final section discusses the workplace experience of faculty and staff. The paper ends with some concluding comments.</p> 2018-05-06T08:37:36-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## My Campus Administration, Faculty Association and Me: Academic Mobbing and Sweetheart Unionism 2019-04-13T12:01:54-07:00 Peter Wylie This paper recounts recent experiences of mine with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty Association (UBCFA) and its relationship with my campus administration at UBC Okanagan campus (UBCO). The paper is couched in terms of the concepts of academic mobbing and sweetheart unionism. The paper is one of a series of papers I have written and published in recent years on the institutional analysis of UBC, especially UBCO and the UBCFA. This wider scope of research is found in Wylie and Campbell (2017) and Wylie (2017, 2018a, 2018b, 2018c). 2018-06-15T21:11:19-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##