Early Childhood Assistance Program, Mohawk College
I’ve worked as a contract faculty member for 2.5 years. I currently teach Early Childhood Assistance Program. I love my job because I started teaching adults. I’ll never forget my first day and the first graduation ceremony. I’m extremely proud of the time I helped a student with learning disabilities learn and understand curriculum. She graduated from the program and is currently taking ECE.
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 have even more time to help students without worrying about finances and security. It would also mean that I could be secured in my job and be able to pay for benefits. On a more personal level, I would have the opportunity to put a down payment for my condo. It would be my first place. Having security will be a great thing.
Each week, I travel 20 kms to get to work and do 2 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 after studying at college to become an expert in Early Childhood Education. My current income is twenty dollars an hour. I work only 4 hours a day. I currently have no job security, which makes it hard to plan for tomorrow.
Overall, I want to tell you that educational staff needs security. It will benefit students.