FAUST (Faculty Association of the University of St. Thomas) is a certified trade union under the Industrial Relations Act of New Brunswick with two bargaining units: full-time (certified in 1976) and part-time (certified in 1985).
As a trade union, FAUST is the sole collective bargaining agent for its members. It negotiates both the full-time and part-time collective agreements with the employer. Using these agreements, FAUST attempts to ensure fair working conditions, and protects academic freedom, tenure, and other benefits that foster quality teaching and research. FAUST has "carriage rights," which means that it alone is legally able to carry a grievance on behalf of a faculty member against the university administration. FAUST also engages in education and advocacy and supports solidarity efforts with other unions and community groups.
FAUST promotes the welfare and professional interests of the
association and its members. It negotiates, obtains, and preserves
employment conditions such as salary, financial security, working
conditions, and all matters of employer-employee relations for members
of the bargaining units. FAUST actively supports its members in
attaining fair working conditions and benefits that foster quality
teaching and research.
FAUST is committed to transparency and inclusiveness, and we have negotiated provisions that will ensure employment and pay equity. Nevertheless, problems do arise from time to time, and the Executive Committee works hard to advocate on behalf of members.
One of the stipulations of the
Collective Agreements is that every new faculty member is entitled to
receive a hard copy of the contract from the Administration. For your
convenience, they can be found under the "Documents" section. On this website you will also find information about the
Association, the Executive, committees, and information about your
All part-time and full-time faculty belong to their respective bargaining units, automatically pay dues, and are voting members of the Association.
Gül Çalışkan is an Associate Professor of Global Sociology at St. Thomas University on unceded and unconquered territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik. Gül joined the Department of Sociology at STU in July 2013. She first got involved with the Faculty Association through committee work on the Employment Equity Committee (2014-2018) and Solidarity Committee (2016-2017). She has been a member of the FAUST executive since 2017. During her two terms as Vice President of FAUST, Gül has fulfilled the duties of the President during any temporary absence, and any duties assigned by either the President or the Executive Committee. In that capacity, she sat on boards of the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations (FNBFA), United Campus Labour Council (UCLC), and Fredericton District Labour Council (FDLC). She attended CAUT Council meetings, and the CAUT Equity Conference. She is chairing the COVID-19 taskforce and is a member of the FAUST-STU Joint Committee, and Benefits Committee.
Mike Fleming is the Vice President of the FAUST executive and is a current member of the Collective Bargaining Team. Mike is a former STU student and earned his PhD in Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He holds an 18ch regular appointment as an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Sociology.
Moira has served as the FAUST Treasurer for the last three years and served as treasurer for FNBFA from 2013 to 2017. She is currently on the FAUST Constitutional Review Committee and is a member of the bargaining team. Prof. McLaughlin is a part-time assistant professor in the Anthropology department where her specialties are forensic anthropology, evolution, and human variation.
Dennis Desroches teaches literary theory and cultural studies in the Department of English at STU. He is a past president of both FAUST and the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations. He has also served in several other executive positions in both associations, as well as on many committees. He is looking forward, after a long hiatus from union politics, to re-entering the fray, fomenting dissent, and, in a word, casting off the shackles of our neoliberal oppressors. And free food sometimes.
Dr. Renée Bourgoin is Assistant Professor in the School of Education. She teaches Elementary Reading and Language Arts courses as well as Elementary Social Studies Methods. Over the years, Renée has developed close working relationships with other scholars, researchers, school districts, local union branches, and various provincial counterparts. She works extensively with schools and the education community in the development of research projects that support teaching and learning through praxis. Prior to joining the School of Education, Renée worked at the school district level as a Subject Coordinator and an Instructional Coach. She has also been a Faculty Associate and an Honorary Research Associate at the Second Language Research Institute of Canada.
Matt Robinson is a Member-at-Large of the FAUST executive. He earned his B.A. from the University of King’s College (Halifax) and his M.A. from Dalhousie University. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from Boston College, and has worked at STU’s philosophy department as a full-time faculty member since 2012. His specialty is in Medieval philosophy, and he has growing interests in environmental ethics.
Shannonbrooke Murphy is Endowed Chair in Human Rights and a full-time Assistant Professor in the Human Rights Department (LTA), having come to STU in 2019. Her research specialization is the human right to resist in international and constitutional law, and her teaching specialties include human rights advocacy outside the courtroom. This is her first service with a trade union, but she brings several decades of activist leadership in community and parliamentary contexts – including as part of the Irish Peace Process. Given a lifelong commitment to advancing the human right to self-determination of peoples and processes of decolonization, she has also joined FAUST’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Indigenization of the Academy
Senior Grievance OfficerJean-Philippe Ranger earned his PhD in Ancient Philosophy through a joint program between the University of Ottawa & Paris IV (Sorbonne). He has been a member of the Philosophy Department since 2009, where he teaches the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, & Hellenistic Philosophy. During his time at St. Thomas University, he has served two terms as Secretary of FAUST.
Tracey O'Brien has an Accounting Diploma and over ten years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping and office administration in a variety of settings including municipal, public practice and private enterprise. Recently, Tracey returned to school and attained a Textile Design Diploma from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she learned to create unique handmade textiles using traditional techniques. She enjoys volunteering in the community and currently serves on the board of CraftNB, and has previously been on the boards of the NBCCD library and the Connexion Artist Run Centre.
Bonnie Huskins is FAUST's Professional Officer and chairs the United Campus Labour Council. She is also Assistant Professor (part-time faculty) in the History Department at St. Thomas University and Adjunct Professor and Loyalist Studies Coordinator at the University of New Brunswick. Her research and publications focus on 18th-century sociability; loyalist freemasonry in the Maritimes; celebrations and commemorations; the evolution of loyalist and Acadian collective identities; the life and times of 18th-century British military engineer William Booth; and using diaries as historical sources. Dr. Huskins offers courses in British Atlantic World, the American Revolution, loyalists and loyalism, colonial North America, Indigenous and settler Canada, immigration history in Canada, women's history, and the history of Atlantic Canada. She received the Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award at STU in 2018-19.