Professor--Seneca College

I am a Professor. I work at Seneca college

Things have gotten so bad of late that I have considered leaving the profession. I am sure that I am not alone. I have seen other great teachers leave the school because they were treated like dirt. The tide has to turn. You can only "kick the cat" so many times before the cat goes for your throat. We have administrators that are cold, heartless and unqualified. There must be better candidates out there and there must be a better way. To the schools in general, stop saying there is no money to pay teachers as you waste funds on redundant administrative positions, unneeded technologies and renovations. The answer is there. We just need better people at the table.  

Why do you love your job?

I love the fact that I get to work with a diverse range of students from all facets of Canadian society. Most of all, I love the fact that I may make a difference in the life of a one or two young people.  

Tell us about your proudest moment

My proudest moments are when past students come up and thank me for my efforts or inform me that they have highly recommended my class.

What are the challenges you face in your work?

Lack of support from administration. They do not want to be bothered and they definitely will not back faculty when there are discipline issues in the classroom. The other issue is job stability - there is none. It has been made very clear to me (spelled out in no uncertain terms) that I am disposable, even though the students comments are exceptional.

What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?

If I had job security, I could stop my other full-time job - looking for work. I probably apply to approximately 40 positions a year. That is a lot of time that I could be investing in education, research and my family.