Jennifer Linton’s Story
Art and Design, Sheridan College
I’ve worked as a contract faculty member for 4.5 years. I currently teach studio-based art and design courses. I love my job because I love to see the students start to make technical leaps in their abilities. I’ll never forget when I ran across a former student at an art gallery, and they told me that mine had been their most transformative class.
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 be much more available to the students on a year-round basis, rather than only being at the school sporadically. It would also mean I would have a sense commitment on the part of the school that they appreciated and supported what I did there.
Each week, I travel 44 kms to get to work and do 10 hours of additional unpaid work to support my students. In return, I have no benefits. This is on top of <$10,000 in student debt I owe. My income is well below what one needs to support a family. I currently have zero job security, which makes it hard to plan towards the future.