Monday, October 24, 2016

Putting a Face on Contract Faculty Members: A Recent Study

Guest post by Kate Lawson for CAUT’s Fair Employment Week

Most of us would agree that academic jobs should be good jobs. But many of us have little knowledge of the real working conditions and academic background of contract faculty members, colleagues who are also known as “sessionals” or “part-timers.”

A recently published study by C.C. Field and G.A. Jones from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) provides much-needed data about who contract faculty are at Ontario universities.

If you think that “sessionals” teach “part-time” by choice, that they lack a terminal degree, do not engage in research, or teach “on the side” because they have a full-time job elsewhere, then you are thinking of what Field and Jones call classic sessionals. In their study, classics sessionals comprise 24.8% of those surveyed.

By contrast, 61.3% of contract faculty are what they term precarious sessionals who rely on their income from instructional work.

Field and Jones state that they use “the term ‘precarious’ for two reasons: first, many are working full-time equivalent workloads (when courses are available) on a semester-by semester basis, with little or no job security; and second, these sessionals are likely to be either hopeful or disillusioned with the idea of having a full-time permanent career in the academy.”

So who are the “precarious sessionals,” according to Field and Jones?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

City of Waterloo Neighbourhood Strategy Consultations

The City of Waterloo is developing a neighbourhood strategy and is looking for faculty to participate.

What do you love about Waterloo neighbourhoods? What are your great ideas for making Waterloo neighbourhoods even better? 

The city is looking for 12 faculty members to join a discussion and share their vision for even stronger, more connected neighbourhoods in Waterloo! 

October 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in Needles Hall, room 3043. 

The City of Waterloo will welcome the first 12 people to RSVP to Janet at neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca.

Please bring a bag lunch, coffee and cookies will be provided.