The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) is holding a series of forums aimed at identifying and exploring issues associated with the professor’s workload. The first such event, about university teaching, was held on April 25, 2014. We are inviting you to attend our second forum, this time about service, which will take place on April 17, 2015.

It is widely known that the professor’s workload is made up of teaching, research and service. While these activities are not valued equally, each has demands and challenges that have consequences on the professional and personal lives of university professors.

It is not easy to define service in a university context because it takes different forms depending on the individual and the university. While many professors carry out administrative tasks within their university and provide service to the internal community, others share their expertise with external groups (unions, community organizations, etc.)—some of which do not have easy access to academic knowledge—or collaborate with organizations and bodies that fall within their field of research.

The aim of this forum wass not to define the best practices for service—it is each professor’s prerogative to determine how to carry out this task—but instead to provide a space to discuss the subject, to understand what it means for our colleagues, to consider different scenarios, and to explore shared lines of thought.

General Overview

The theme will be explored from various angles—historical, individual, and institutional—ending in a presentation of different internal and external service scenarios.

Two sessions are planned (morning and afternoon).
Round tables with the guest speakers will be followed by discussions with the audience. This format will favour group reflection.

To conclude the forum, the FQPPU has invited a special guest, renowned observer of university life and long-time FQPPU collaborator, Pierre Hébert of Université de Sherbrooke.

Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lunch served on site

Catherine Beaudry, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Louise Briand, Université du Québec en Outaouais

Raphael Fischler, McGill University

Jean-Marc Fontan, Université du Québec à Montréal

Marie-Noëlle Hervé-Albert, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Claude Marois, Université de Montréal

France St-Hilaire, Université de Sherbrooke

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Louise Briand: “Managing administrative tasks or the fate of the ‘talentless’”

Louise Briand is a professor in the social science department at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). She is program director of the graduate diploma in collective enterprise management. She has a PhD in administration from École des hautes études commerciales (HEC). Her research interests are managerial control and systems of internal control. She is affiliated with the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) and is Chair of the Syndicat des professeurs de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (SPUQO).

Présentation (à venir)

Marie-Noëlle Hervé Albert: “Taking on an academic management role in the early stages of one’s career: An ambivalent situation?”

Marie-Noëlle Hervé Albert is a professor and the director of the administration module at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). Her research interests are people management in the workplace, human resource management, and qualitative research methods.


France St-Hilaire: “Service: A vehicle for or a constraint on research and teaching?”

France St-Hilaire is an associate professor in the management and human resource management department in Université de Sherbrooke’s faculty of administration. She has a PhD from Université Laval, where she completed an individualized program in organization, management skills, and mental health in the workplace. In terms of research, her focus is on identifying and developing management and leadership behaviour, as well as on how employee behaviour relates to mental health in the workplace.


Claude Marois: “Between the ‘impact factor’ and service”

Claude Marois has been a full professor in the geography department at Université de Montréal since 1977. His research interests are metropolitan issues and challenges in downtown areas, in suburbs in various peripheries, and in peri-urban spaces. During his almost 20 years as a union representative, he has headed several difficult projects, such as the Pavillon Strathcona (mould). He also collaborates with several community organizations (CDEC Côte-des-Neiges, CDEST Hochelaga-Maisonneuve) and agricultural labour unions (the provincial UPA, UPA Laval, etc.).


Raphaël Fischler: “Integration and institutionalization”

Raphaël Fischler is the Director of the School of Urban Planning at McGill University. He studied architecture, urbanism, and urban planning in the Netherlands and the United States. His research is focused on the history and theory of urbanism, particularly zoning history and reflective practice. He has participated in service projects since his doctoral studies at Berkeley. He is involved in the public sphere as a member of Ville de Montréal committees and as a media commentator, in the community as a board member for non-profit organizations, and in the academic field as a supervisor of practicums and student projects in various Montréal neighbourhoods. In 2012, in collaboration with his colleague, Lisa Bornstein, he wrote a report for the Principal of McGill on the present and future of service at McGill. His presentation is largely based on the report.


Catherine Beaudry: “From collegiality to individualism: How pressure from peer committees is changing our universities”

Catherine Beaudry, a Rhodes Scholar, has a PhD and a Master’s degree in economics from University of Oxford. Her early studies in electrical engineering with a concentration in space technology have led her to maintain a keen interest in technology, science, and innovation. She is a full professor in the mathematics and industrial engineering department at École Polytechnique de Montréal and holds a Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and Commercialization of Innovation. She is also a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), a fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), and an adjunct professor at UQAM. Her research interests are collaboration, innovation networks, partnerships and alliances, as well as industrial clusters and how they influence performance and survival.


Jean-Marc Fontan: “Service: The UQAM experience”

Jean-Marc Fontan is a professor in the sociology department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He studied anthropology and, in 1992, received a PhD in sociology from Université de Montréal. He specializes in economic sociology and development sociology. He is in charge of the science and society research unit at the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES – Since 2007, he has co-ordinated the Incubateur universitaire Parole d‘excluEs (, which is connected to a Montréal social mobilization campaign aimed at tackling poverty and exclusion. Since 2014, he has held the UQAM research chair in research partnership methodology and epistemology.


Pierre Hébert: “Service: A double-edged sword”

Pierre Hébert is a full professor in the humanities and communications department at Université de Sherbrooke. For 10 years, he taught at University of Victoria (in B.C.) and University of Toronto. Since his presentation is on service, some of his notable service experience is listed below:

·      Member of journal editorial boards (such as Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, Voix et images, and Cahiers d’histoire du Québec au XXe siècle)

·      Co-founder of the Centre Anne-Hébert and founder of the Cahiers Anne Hébert

·      Member of several juries (SSHRC, FRQSC, and BAnQ)

·      Current president of the Association québécoise pour l’étude de l’imprimé

His involvement in unions will also be discussed during his presentation and is listed below:

·      Member of the SPPUS executive committee for three years

·      From 2003–2009, member of the FQPPU executive committee, vice-president from 2007–2009. In 2005, he was in charge of the committee responsible for restructuring the FQPPU.

During his union involvement, he published

·      La Nouvelle université guerrière in 2001;

·      A history of the FQPPU in 2011; and

·      A number of articles (in Le Devoir, À bâbord, etc.). He also participated in conferences and organized seminars.

Présentation (à venir)


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