Posted by Contract Faculty Forward · January 05, 2017 8:23 AM
I am a Professor at Centennial College
in the School of Community and Health Studies – program in Fitness and Health Promotion
There are so many reasons why I love my job: I love educating young minds and exposing them to knowledge, ideas, values that they may never had before. I love the opportunity of being a mentor to them, a person they can trust, an instructor who cares about them and has one goal in mind: to see succeed in life. I love being able to expand their minds, to see things differently, to learn not just the curriculum I teach, but to learn about life, about being an adult, about being responsible, mature and authentic. In short, I love helping to shape, inspire and uplift young minds.
But, I don’t live with dignity getting paid so little with no job security…no knowledge of how many hours and pay I will receive each semester. This is not a life where I can plan for my future…for vacation…for retirement.
College Boreal Professor
Posted by Contract Faculty Forward · October 31, 2016 9:53 AM
I am a professor at College Boreal
Why do you love your job?
I love my students.
Tell us about your proudest moment:
My proudest moment is when a student’s improvement enables them to gain full-time employment in their field.
What are the challenges you face in your work?
We are on perpetual contract with a wage ‘freeze.’ Costs rise (rent, TTC, general inflation), yet the wage does not. There is no possibility for a raise or becoming a full-time employee.
What would job security and better working conditions mean to you?
It would mean feeling like a bona fide employee. It would mean having more than zero sick days and zero non-paid stat holidays. It would mean being able to make plans six months from now because I would know where I’d be working and what my schedule will be.
I have worked at York University, Centennial College, and Seneca College — roads that led nowhere but contracts and insecurity session to session.
We need to work to make teaching a profession again, and not one of several part-time jobs.