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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 5, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Contract Academic Staff (CAS) Resources

2014-2015 PTAC members for the Languages & Literatures Dept:

Dr. Hugo de Marinis, Chair 
Dr. Jane Newland
Dr. Monica Stellin
Dr. Abderrahman Beggar (alternate) 

CAS Job Postings:

All CAS Job Postings can be accessed directly from the Human Resources webpage :

CAS Successful Candidates for 2014-2015:

AB101A - Kannan AlAli
AB101B - Kannan AlAli

FR101A - Chantal Dion
FR101OC1 - Mihaiela Despau
FR102A - Chantal Dion
FR102OC2 - Mihaiela Despau
FR230OC1 - Mihaiela Despau 
FR231B - Larissa Sloutsky
FR231OC2 - Mihaiela Despau  
FR245B - Mihaiela Despau 
FR250B - Larissa Sloutsky
FR251A - Larissa Sloutsky
FR260A - Mihaiela Despau

GM110A - Helmuth Fischer
GM110B - Helmuth Fischer
GM111A - Alexandra Zimmermann (CAS representative)
GM210A - Alexandra Zimmermann

IT101B - Patrizia Bottoni
IT102A - Patrizia Bottoni
IT102B - Patrizia Bottoni
IT201A - Patrizia Bottoni
IT202A - Patrizia Bottoni

SP101A - Rosario Ardon (CAS representative)
SP101C - Rosario Ardon
SP101D - Vesna Leko 
SP102A - Rosario Ardon 
SP102B - Rosario Ardon
SP102C - Rosario Ardon 
SP201B - Rosario Ardon

ACTFL Language Assessment 

ACTFL Language Assessments – what is it and who does it affect?
Certain courses in the Department of Languages and Literatures require applicants to take language assessment tests administrated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in order to be recommended for the courses. Please see individual postings for details. CAS members who already have seniority in a given course are not required to be assessed when applying for that course.

Who conducts the language assessment and how does it work?
The assessments will be conducted by ACTFL certified testers. The assessments will consist of two parts: an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which lasts about 30 minutes, and a Written Proficiency Test (WPT), which lasts approximately 90 minutes. The OPI will be conducted over the phone with an ACFTL tester, and the WPT will be completed on a computer and submitted online to ACTFL. Both tests will take place with a proctor present (an ACTFL requirement), and both will be assessed by two ACTFL certified testers.

ACTFL fees - who pays?
The current fees for ACTFL testing are as follows:
$134.00 (US funds) for the OPI
$65.00 (US funds) for the WPT
The university will cover these fees for all current Contract Academic Staff (CAS) members that have been CAS members since 2009.   Unfortunately, the university is unable to cover the expense of the tests for applicants who are not current CAS members, or those CAS members who have not been at Laurier since 2009, or for CAS members who want to re-take any tests. 

Test results and how they will be used?
Candidates will be required to attain the specified ratings on the OPI and the WPT in order to meet the requirement courses in which members do not already have seniority.  Copies of results will be sent to each CAS member and will be forwarded to each CAS member's Official File.  The test results will be considered in both hiring and seniority decisions.

How to schedule an ACTFL test:
CAS members, or external applicants who want to take the ACTFL tests, should contact Admin Assistant Cathy Mahler (, ext 2398) and provide the following information:

1. Your name and WLU ID (if you do not have an ID, please indicate if you are an external applicant)
2. The target language to be tested for (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
3. Provide at least two dates & times that you would be available for testing
4. Payment Arrangements (to be discussed if WLU is not covering your ACTFL fees.  Please see ‘ACTFL fees – who pays?’)

For more information on ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), please view the following link:

Useful Links:

Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association, Collective Agreement 2010-2013: Part-time

Official WLUFA website

Faculty Relations web page

Other Notes and Information:

CAS members who did not submit an application to the CAS Roster, may still apply seperately for any job postings, following the posting procedures accordingly.  E-mail submissions will be accepted.

Related Information Title Type
2012 Assessment of CAS candidates under Article 13.5.1 (Appendix H) Document
2012 Roster Applicaton Form (Apppendix G) Document