I am a Professor. I work at Seneca College
What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?
Better working conditions would mean greater opportunity to express an opinion, to meet and interact with colleagues, influence policy and other academic decisions, have fairer tuition fees for students, provide a better education to students than mere training, have more equal pay and benefits for all professors, be treated with respect, and see a reduction in the power and compensation of administrators.
Why do you love your job?
There are so many reasons why I love my job. First and foremost is the influence I have on the growth in the maturity and intellect of the student. A student needs to have a love of humanity and an appreciation of the diversity of humanity. He or she needs to develop disinterested thinking which allows for the criticism of what is good or bad on a personal and social level. Also, a student should to be able to create new methods and tools when the present ones fail. Finally, a student needs to be able to act in his or her own self-interest. When I have influenced a student to appreciate humanity in its full diversity and to think critically about what is happening at home, at work, and abroad, I feel the satisfaction of having helped bring to fruition a fully developed and functional human being who can adapt to and contribute to society in important ways. Without this foundation all other education is not only of little use, but it is downright dangerous.
Tell us about your proudest moment.
I do not have one particular proudest moment; instead I am proud when I see politicians, administrators and professors working together to bring into being students that feel, think, and act not only for themselves but also for the common good.
What are the challenges you face in your work?
The challenges at work are manifold. They start right at the top of the education system with wrong priorities True education, described above, seems of little importance. The part-time professors, who form a huge pool of unappreciated and underused intellectual talent, are being consulted less and less and being exploited more and more. We have little job security and work under appalling conditions that can change at the whim of administrators. Our working conditions are becoming more and more like those of indentured labourers in past centuries.