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Array President Kenny
explains faculty
salary settlement
Here is the text of a letter, dated
March 24, to the editor of The
Vancouver Sun from UBC's president,
Dr. Douglas Kenny.
Dear Sir:
A recent article by Douglas Collins
and a Vancouver Sun editorial have
levelled serious criticism at The
University of British Columbia
administration and Faculty
Association regarding the 1977-78
salary settlement negotiated last
I believe the public is entitled to a
clearer explanation of circumstances
surrounding this settlement than was
presented by either the Collins article
or the editorial.
Last summer, the University
negotiated the terms of a one-year
agreement with the faculty, covering
the period from July 1, 1977, to June
30, 1978. This was, in effect, a
tentative agreement, reached under
broad terms of reference clearly
defined under a three-year
arrangement agreed upon two years
ago when a rather different economic
and governmental environment
prevailed in British Columbia. It
should be noted that budget lead time
at the University is almost a full year.
I am constrained by the fact that
the 1977-78 collective agreement with
the Faculty Association is currently
being renegotiated and I hesitate to
communicate anything publicly that
might seem to interfere with the
bargaining process.
However, I take strong exception to
the implication that The University of
British Columbia displays, in the
words of the editorial writer, "an
elitist arrogance that says to hell with
the community, to hell with the
province, to hell with what's
happening in the rest of the country,
we'll do as we please."
Nothing could be farther from the
Whatever one may think about the
level of compensation for university
faculty in Canada today, one point
stands out irrefutably. UBC is not
out-of-step with other Canadian
universities, including the other two
B.C. universities.
Our average salaries are comparable
with    those    paid   elsewhere,   slightly
Continued on p. 3 "Faculty"
Vol. 23, No. 6, March 30, 1977. Published by Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. ISSN 0497-2929. J. A. Banham and Judith
Walker, editors.  ^	
Canadian studies experts
win Master Teacher awards
Two experts in Canadian studies
have won the University of British
Columbia's Master Teacher awards for
Prof. J. Lewis Robinson of the
Department of Geography and Prof.
Donald Stephens of the Department of
English are the 16th and 17th
members of the UBC faculty to receive
the Master Teacher award.
The     award     recognizes     UBC's
outstanding teachers of
undergraduates and is accompanied by
a cash prize of $2,500 each.
Four other faculty members have
been awarded Certificates of Merit in
the competition and will each receive a
cash prize of $500.
They are:
Prof.    Rudolph    Haering    of    the
Department of Physics;
Continued on p. 2 "Master Teachers"
Canadian studies specialists Prof. J. Lewis Robinson, left, and Prof. Donald
Stephens are the 1976-77 winners of UBC's Master Teacher Award. Prof.
Robinson edited the map of Canada in background. — Jim Banham photo Master Teachers named
Continued from p. 1
Prof. John Helliwell of the
Department of Economics;
Dr. John S. Murray, associate
professor in the Faculty of Education;
Mr. French Tickner, associate
professor in the Department of Music.
Both Prof. Robinson and Prof.
Stephens had won Certificates of Merit
for their teaching in previous years.
Dr. Robinson was one of the first
professional geographers in Canada
and the first to be employed by the
federal government. He was educated
at the Universities of Western Ontario
and Syracuse, and Clark University in
Massachusetts. He joined the UBC
faculty in 1946 and served as head of
Geography for 22 years. He stepped
down as head of the department in
1968 to devote more time to teaching
and writing.
Dr. Robinson's main interest has
been the geography of Canada, which
he teaches to undergraduate students.
He also teaches an introductory
geography course and a course in the
philosophy of geography.
He has received numerous awards
from professional associations,
including the top award in 1976 from
the Canadian Association of
Geographers for "exceptional service
to the profession of geography."
"However," he said, "I'd rather
have this award than any of the others.
I enjoy teaching. I've been all over
Canada and I think I know what I'm
talking about. And that helps."
Prof. Donald Stephens has been
teaching Canadian poetry and
literature since shortly after joining
the faculty of UBC in 1958. He was
educated   at the  Universities of  New
Brunswick and Edinburgh and is the
author of three books and many
articles on Canadian literature. He is
associate editor of Canadian
Literature, a quarterly magazine
published by UBC.
Canadian literature is finally being
recognized as literature in its own right
and not a passing fad, he says. Four
undergraduate courses in the subject as
well as some graduate courses are now
offered at UBC. Dr. Stephens credits
his success as a teacher to his students'
interest in and enthusiasm for
Canadian literature. "I've had the
opportunity to spread the word," he
A total of 27 candidates were
considered this year by a screening
committee chaired by Dr. Ruth White
of the French department and drawn
from the UBC faculty, Board of
Governors, student body and UBC
Nominees sought
Nominations have been called for
the 1977 Prof. Jacob Biely Research
Prize, awarded annually to a UBC
faculty member for distinguished
research recently accomplished and
published. The prize, named for the
former head of UBC's Department of
Poultry Science and one of Canada's
most distinguished agriculturists,
carries with it a cash award of
Details on eligibility and method
of nominating candidates are available
from Dr. Richard Spratley, UBC's
research administrator, local 3652.
Closing date for nominations is
April 1. The winner will be named by
an inter-faculty committee.
UBC authorized to borrow funds
for two campus buildings
UBC has been authorized by the
provincial government to borrow
temporarily a total of $3,680,500 for
construction of two campus buildings.
The temporary borrowings by the
University will later be funded by the
B.C. Educational Institutions Capital
Financing Authority established last
year by the provincial government to
raise funds for capital projects at
post-secondary institutions.
The provincial government will
advise the universities annually of the
amount of money to be requested in
their operating budgets to retire the
borrowed funds. The sum of these
amounts will  appear in the estimates
2/UBC Reports/March 30, 1977
of the provincial Department of
UBC will temporarily borrow
$2,680,500 to build a new Library
Processing Centre and $1,000,000 to
aid construction of the new Aquatic
The UBC projects and three other
projects at the University of Victoria
and Simon Fraser University were
recommended to the government by
the Universities Council of B.C.
UBC's Library Processing Centre
will be built on a site immediately
west of the Woodward Biomedical
Library  at the  north end  of Parking
Continued on p. 3 "Construction"
Variety ke
Summer Set
If you're wondering how to fill in a
gap in your spring and summer
schedule you'll probably find the
answer in the calendar of courses
issued by UBC's Office of
Extra-Sessional Studies and Centre for
Continuing Education.
Between May 2 and the end of
August UBC will offer more than 400
credit and non-credit courses and
programs during its Spring Session
(formerly called Intersession) and
Summer Session. Last year more than
6,000 students enrolled in courses in
these sessions.
A total of 97 credit courses will be
offered during the 1977 Spring
Session, which runs from May 2 to
July 29, and 289 credit courses will be
offered during the 1977 Summer
Session from July 4 to August 12.
About 470 instructors will teach the
courses, some of which have more
than one section.
Most credit courses will be offered
by four UBC faculties — Arts, Science,
Education and Commerce and
Business Administration. The offerings
range from first-year courses in
biology, chemistry, accounting,
computer science, economics, English,
fine arts, geography, history, music,
mathematics, philosophy, physics and
psychology to advanced study in those
fields as well as anthropology,
biochemistry, classical studies, creative
writing, geological sciences, geophysics
and astronomy, home economics,
linguistics, marine science,
microbiology,     physical     education, y to Spring,
ssion courses
political science, sociology, Slavonic
studies, theatre and librarianship.
If you're interested in languages,
you can take basic and advanced
courses in Chinese, French, German,
Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian
and Spanish.
UBC's Centre for Continuing
Education offers a variety of diploma
programs and credit and non-credit
courses in the creative arts;
criminology; early childhood
education; reading, writing and study
skills; adult education; as well as a
language institute for the study of
French and English as second
The centre also offers credit and
non-credit courses involving study
abroad. Non-credit courses in the field
of education include visits to the
United Kingdom, the U.S.S.R., Japan
and Cuba; a horticultural tour of
Holland, England and Scotland; art
tours to Greece, Italy, Paris and
London; and lecture-discussion tours
of the B.C. coast, Atlantic Canada, the
Canadian Arctic, Vancouver Island and
The Queen Charlotte Islands.
The centre also offers four credit
courses involving study abroad in the
fields of education, fine art and
English literature.
Detailed information on Centre for
Continuing Education programs and
courses is available by calling
A calendar listing all credit and
non-credit programs is available from
the  Registrar's Office,
UBC's  top male and female athletes
for 1976-77 are Preston Wiley, left,
winner    of    the    Robert    Gaul
Memorial Trophy, and Anne
Mackie-Morelli, winner of the Sparling
Trophy.   Wiley,   a   four-time   Big
Block winner, is a key member
of    the    UBC    Thunderbird
rugby   team.   Ms.   Mackie-Morelli was
chosen for her top performances in
international track events. Other
distaff   award   winners   were
Louisa    Zerbe,    who    received    the
Barbara      Schrodt     Trophy     for
performance,       administrative
leadership   and   service;   and
the    Thunderette     volleyball    team,
winners of the Canadian collegiate
title this year and the Duvivier
Trophy as Team of the Year.
Pictures by Jim Banham.
Continued from p. 2
Lot H. The building will house the
150-member staff of the Library's
technical processing and systems
division, now housed in substandard
space in the Main Library.
The division orders, receives,
catalogues and shelves everything that
is available for public use in the UBC
library system, including books,
periodicals, maps and microforms.
Construction of the processing
centre has been held up for several
years because of a lack of capital
funds. Architect's plans for the
building are complete and library
officials said construction can begin as
soon as plans have been approved by
internal UBC committees and the
Board of Governors.
The new Aquatic Centre is
currently under construction adjacent
to the Student Union Building. The
total cost of the centre, scheduled for
completion early in 1978, is estimated
at $5,700,000.
Funds for the project have come
from a variety of sources and fund
drives. The Alma Mater Society has
contributed $925,000 and other grants
have come from the University, the
federal and provincial governments,
UBC alumni and members of the
In February, the UBC Alumni
Association launched a special
campaign to raise funds to aid
completion of the John M. Buchanan
Research and Fitness Area in the
centre. A total of $350,000 is required
to complete the area. The late Dr.
Buchanan was a former president of
the UBC Alumni Association and
chancellor of the University.
The area will be used for
interdisciplinary work in rehabilitation
medicine, physical education and
recreation, medicine and education.
Faculty settlement
Continued from p. 1
higher    in    some   categories,    slightly
lower in others.
Significantly, our average increase
of 8.65 per cent, reached via
arbitration in the 1976-77 year, ending
June 30, was substantially below the
percentage increases negotiated by
faculties at most other Canadian
universities (University of Toronto,
11.5; Queen's, 11.71; University of
Alberta, 13; and University of
Victoria, 9.5, as examples).
It was within this context that the
University agreed to include in its
operating estimates a provision for
salary increases of 11.7 per cent, plus a
fund of $250,000 to correct inequities
and anomalies.
Moreover, the University and
Faculty Association reached
agreement in full awareness that the
terms were subject to renegotiation
should sufficient financial support
from the provincial government not be
forthcoming as, indeed, turned out to
be the case.
In summary:
• The 1977-78 increase of 11.7 per
cent was reached within the context of
a negotiating framework laid down
two years earlier which left the
settlement subject to renegotiation. It
was always subject to Anti-Inflation
Board approval, of course.
• It came on the heels of a
settlement the previous year that was
substantially below the increases
obtained by faculty at other Canadian
• Faculty salaries at UBC currently
are comparable with those at other
leading Canadian universities. UBC can
maintain its high academic standards
only if it can continue to compete
favourably for top-grade faculty.
• Far from being arrogant, the
University considers itself simply
realistic in its efforts to attract and
retain high quality educators— always
with the primary objective of
maintaining the enviable reputation
that UBC has attained both nationally
and internationally.
We at UBC do not create the
economic and political environment,
but we acknowledge a responsibility to
operate within the parameters of that
environment. I firmly believe we have
lived up to that responsibility, Doug
Collins and the Sun editorial writer
Cordially yours,
Douglas T. Kenny,
UBC Reports/March 30, 1977/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
A display of facsimile editions of Beethoven's
works in commemoration of the 150th year since
his death in Vienna on March 26, 1827, continues
until April 15.
An exhibition entitled Frederick Arthur Verner,
Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings is on display until
April 16. Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5:00
p.m. Fine Arts Gallery, Basement, Main Library.
Two exhibits are on display this week: Ontario
Prehistory, which continues until April 30, and
The Art of Ancient Peru, which opens Tuesday,
April 5, and continues until May 15. 6393 N.W.
Marine Dr.
3:00 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Judith Marcuse,
Ballet Rambert, London; and Richard Marcuse,
Anthropology, University of California at
Berkeley, discuss Anthropology of the Ballet. 6393
N.W. Marine Dr.
12:30 p.m. HYDROLOGY SEMINAR. Prof. E. Watt, Queen's
University, Kingston, on Urban Hydrology. Room
233,  Geography   Building.
Gudauskas, Cancer Control Agency of B.C., on
Pharmacokinetics in Cancer Chemotherapy.
Library, Block B, Medical Sciences Building.
2:30 p.m. MUSIC LECTURE. Irving Lowens, internationally
distinguished musicologist and music critic for The
Washington (D.C.) Star, speaks on The Art and
Role of the Music Critic. Choral Room, Music
Lowe, Commerce and Business Administration,
UBC, on An Educational Structure for Managing
Dynamic Systems. Room 321, Angus Building.
10:30 a.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. O. Gropen,
Chemistry, University of Alberta, on SCF Model
Potential Calculations on Molecules. Room 225,
Chemistry Building.
12:30 p.m. BOTANY SEMINAR. Dr. B. A. Bohm, Botany,
UBC, on Biology and Chemistry of
Chrysosplenium (Saxifragaceae). Room 3219,
Biological Sciences Building.
2:30 p.m.     BOARD    OF    GOVERNORS    OPEN   MEETING.
Board and Senate Room, Old Administration
4:00 p.m. BASIC SCIENCES COURSE. Dr. J. H. Dirks,
Medicine, UBC, discusses Mechanisms of Acute
Renal Failure. Lecture Hall A, Faculty of Medicine
Building, Vancouver General Hospital, 10th and
Heather St.
6:00 p.m. FACULTY WOMEN'S CLUB dinner meeting with
speaker Elsje Armstrong. Faculty Club. Tickets
$10.50. For reservations, call Mrs. Pacheco,
263-8106, or Mrs. Ahlborn, 224-6419.
4:30 p.m. ASIAN RESEARCH LECTURE. Tang Chien-Juan
Hong Kong, discusses The Music and Philosophy of
the Ch'in — Chinese Seven String Zither. Room
209, Mechanical Engineering Annex A.
Goldie, Medicine, UBC, and medical oncologist,
Cancer Control Agency of B.C., on What is the
Real Biological Basis for Drug Resistance?; and
Ray Allen, Cancer Control Agency of B.C., on
Facial Reconstruction by Prosthetic Methods.
Conference room, Cancer Control Agency of B.C.,
2656 Heather St. Fee, $3.50, includes buffet
dinner and refreshment.
9:00 a.m. MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS. Dean David Bates,
Medicine, UBC, on Environmental and
Occupational Diseases. Lecture Hall B, Faculty of
Medicine Building, Vancouver General Hospital.
12 noon DENTISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. Alan S. Richardson,
Restorative Dentistry, UBC, on Tissue Sealants and
Caries Control.   Room  388,   Macdonald  Building.
12:15 p.m. BIOMEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS media show.
The last in this series are Day on the Activation
Unit and Brenda. Room B8, Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre.
1:00 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. A film, The
Ancient Art of Peru, will be shown in conjunction
with an exhibit currently on display at the
museum. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
8:00 p.m. FACULTY RECITAL. Barbara Butler, trumpet;
and Roger Cole, oboe; assisted by faculty, perform
A Program of Baroque Music. Recital Hall, Music
GOOD FRIDAY. University closed. University also
closed for Easter Monday, April 11.
Place Vanier Commons
Totem Dining Room
Student Union Building Snack Bar
Barn Coffee Shop
Bus Stop Coffee Bar
War Memorial Gymnasium Coffee Bar
Buchanan Snack Bar
Auditorium Cafeteria
Student Union Building Cafeteria
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre
Pizza Parlor
Open regular hours
Open regular hours; after April 1, 9:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Open regular hours
Closed April 4
Closed April 18 until Summer Session
Open regular hours; after April 11,9:30 a.m. -2:00p.m.
Closed April 4 until September
Closed April 22 after lunch
Closed April 16
Friday, April 8 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 11:00a.m.-6:30p.m.
Monday, April 11 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
4/UBC Reports/March 30, 1977


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