Mary Green’s Story
Classical myth, English literature
I’ve worked as a contract faculty member for eight years. I love my job because I love teaching Classical myth, English literature, and academic research and writing skills to my students. I’ll never forget when students tell me they feel motivated, even excited, about learning. I’m extremely proud of the time I encouraged a student to continue with his studies – and he graduated!
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 participate on curriculum development committees, ensuring innovative courses for my students. It would also mean I could publish more in my field. On a more personal level, I would have the opportunity to give more papers at world conferences.
Each week, I travel 25 kms to get to work and do many, many hours of additional unpaid work to support my students. In return, I have some benefits. This is on top of <$10,000 in student debt. My current income is low. I currently have limited job security, which makes it hard to retire!
Overall, I want to tell you that while I love teaching, I feel I would like to be able to be remunerated more fairly, to be a more active member in the development of courses, curriculum and events at my university, and to be respected more as a scholar with something unique to contribute.