Michelle Szabo’s Story

Posted March 6th, 2015 By OCUFA

University of Toronto

I’ve worked as a contract faculty member for years. I currently teach at the University of Toronto. I love my job because sharing ideas with students in creative ways is so rewarding. I’ll never forget when I ran into a former student who had become a teacher and she said she used many of my classroom techniques.

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 able to devote more of my time to meeting with students and making my classes as engaging as possible.  I will have my own research project and apply for funding with interesting ideas and able. It would also mean that the university recognized and valued high-quality teaching as well as research accomplishments. On a more personal level, I would have the opportunity to finally settle in the city that I love.

Overall, I want to tell you that it’s extremely sad to know that the excellent feedback I receive from my students about my teaching, and the time and energy I devote to it, doesn’t seem to have any impact on my job security.

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