I am a Professor. I work at Centennial College
What are the challenges you face in your work?
As a contract faculty, my input is not sought for important aspects of a student’s learning experience at college such as curriculum design, assignments and the type of assessments. My students frequently want me to be available outside of class hours to discuss assignments or for advice. As a contract faculty I do not have office hours to give students sufficient time to meet and this becomes a challenge especially when a student needs the additional time.
Why do you love your job?
I enjoy sharing my real life experiences with students so they can understand course concepts and the challenges of professional practice. The in-class interaction with my students makes my job very interesting and challenging.
Tell us about your proudest moment.
My proudest moment has been when a student asked for advice related to an important career decision. I helped her think through the options she was considering to bring clarity to the situation. She sent me an email a year later thanking me as the decision she made had benefitted her.
What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?
Better working conditions and job security means I won’t have to worry about making ends meet. I won’t have to work at more than one college and I could spend more time preparing for class, assignments and study.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
A student’s learning experience is affected by the challenges faced by contract faculty. Most colleges are busy expanding by investing in capital projects, introducing new academic programs including degrees. In their pursuit of doing more with less, the colleges seem to overlooked the value of creating job satisfaction for contract faculty.