Deidre Rose’s Story

Posted March 9th, 2015 By OCUFA


I’ve worked as a contract faculty member for 22 years. I currently teach 4 courses this semester. I love my job because motivating students, watching students learn to see the world differently, and lots more. I’ll never forget a theatre troupe visited from Haiti and taught the class Haitian history and dance. I’m extremely proud of the time published in a very prestigious international journal.

If contract professors became full-time faculty, we could offer so much more to universities, students and Canadian research. As a full-time faculty member, I would continue to teach, motivate and inspire. It would also mean security and opportunities for research funding. On a more personal level, I would have the opportunity to grow through research and conferences.

Each week, I travel .5 kms to get to work and do untold hours of additional unpaid work to support my students. In return, I have some limited benefits. This is on top of <$10,000 in student debt I owe after studying at University of Toronto to become an expert in Social Anthropology. My current income is very good thanks to my collective agreement. I currently have limited job security, which makes it hard to plan for the future.

Overall, I want to tell you that I love my job, wish I had better job security, benefits, and the ability to apply for research grants. I wish I were invited to contribute to department committees. Summer is especially difficult as it has been a couple of years since I taught a summer course (very few available) and am usually told that I am overqualified for other types of work.

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