Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Faculty and Staff Relations

Faculty & Staff Relations provides advice and assistance on a range of academic human resource issues, including:

  • academic appointments, secondments, leaves, compensation, faculty evaluation, and medical accommodations;
  • interpretation and application of the Faculty, Faculty Services Officer (FSO) and Contract Academic Staff: Teaching (CAST) staff agreements; 
  • compensation negotiations and agreement review with Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA); 
  • negotiations with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) on the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement;
  • application of various policies relating to the conduct of academic staff, including the Conflict of Interest and Commitment and Institutional Conflict Policy, and the Research and Scholarship Integrity Policy; 
  • informal and formal resolution of conflicts, grievances, appeals and complaints that involve academic staff; 
  • administration and coordination of Deans selections and reviews.

Faculty & Staff Relations works collaboratively with Human Resource Services in interpreting academic agreements and administering terms and conditions for all academic staff.

Faculty and Staff Relations Directory (in alphabetical order)

Susan Buchsdruecker

Faculty Relations Officer

Tel: (780) 492-7813

Susan provides advice to University administrators on the interpretation and implementation of the collective agreements for graduate students and academic staff. She is the primary contact on matters related to administrative appointments and leaves, academic secondments, housing loans, spousal hires, and special salary adjustments.

Teddy Carter
Selection and Review Coordinator
Tel: (780) 248-1047
Teddy provides logistical support to dean selections and reviews. She is responsible for coordination and document management related to the selection and/or review processes and is the first point of contact for committee members.

Pamela Hayes
Faculty and Staff Relations Assistant
Tel: (780) 492-4076
Pam provides general administrative and logistical support to members of Faculty and Staff Relations. She also provides support to the President's Review Committee (PRC) and the General Appeals Committee (GAC).

Donna Herman
Special Advisor
Tel: (780) 492-8690
Donna provides management support to the President’s Review Committee (PRC) for Faculty Evaluation Committees (FECs) and advice on the evaluation of academic staff by the FECs. She develops policies, procedures, agreements and templates to support academic recruitment and retention and is the primary contact for policies and procedures regarding conflict of interest and commitment for academic staff.

Joyce Hiller
Senior Administrator
Tel: (780) 492-0942
Joyce manages the dean selection and review processes on behalf of the Provost. She acts as the liaison with external search firms and oversees the activities of the selection and/or review committees to ensure compliance with policy and procedures.

David Johnson
Special Advisor
Tel: (780) 248-1246
David provides management support on appeals to the General Appeals Committee (GAC) and the adjudication of complaints under the Research and Scholarship Integrity Policy. He provides advice on the evaluation of academic staff by the Faculty Evaluation Committees (FECs), and guidance on academic freedom issues.

Brian Pearson
Senior Faculty and Staff Relations Officer
Tel: (780) 492-3698
Brian manages the resolution of complaints filed against academic staff members. He is also responsible for leadership to collective bargaining with the non-academic staff association, and supports negotiations on the academic staff and graduate student agreements.

Michelle Strong
Director and Acting Vice-Provost, Faculty and Staff Relations
Tel: (780) 492-6493
Michelle directs the operations of Faculty and Staff Relations and provides oversight to the work of the Faculty and Staff Relations team. She advises and provides strategic counsel to the Provost and senior administrators on human resource issues affecting academic staff, and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support and sustain collaborative relations with the Association of Academic Staff, University of Alberta (AASUA).

Jeremy Wilhelm
Faculty and Staff Relations Officer
Tel: (780) 492-5157
Jeremy manages the resolution of complaints filed against academic staff members. He also provides advice to University administrators on the interpretation and implementation of collective agreements for academic staff and graduate students.