I am a Professor. I work at Fanshawe College in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business
What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?
Working contract to contract is very unsettling so I cannot give up my employment outside of the college. I also have no time off unless it is without pay which is challenging to do financially. I have now taught for 3 years straight without taking any time off. A full-time job would allow me to concentrate all my efforts on one position only and my students would be better served.
What are the challenges you face in your work?
I do not have a lot of time outside of class to work with or meet with students. I work another job at the college in addition to my partial load contract, plus 2 other jobs outside the college. I rarely get to attend faculty meetings where course / program development are being discussed.
Tell us about your proudest moment
One recent proud moment was receiving a Christmas card from a student after the semester was over. She worked very hard in the math class and often came in for extra help. In the card she wrote “ Thanks for all your extra help. I may not love math but I no longer HATE it.”
Why do you love your job?
I love working with students who are motivated and engaging. I share my knowledge and experience and they in turn help to challenge me and my preconceptions. This makes for a great dynamic in which I am being challenged to improve my methods. I love adding new and appropriate technologies into my classes.
Is they anything else you would like to say?
The largest funding stream in the college system is now tuition. As such, students should expect to be taught by full-time faculty for the most part, yet 1/2 of all classes are taught by part-time / contract faculty. There is a role for part-time faculty, but more full-time faculty would better serve our students.