Every October the Canadian Association of University Teachers organizes a week where faculty across Canada take action on campus and social media to recognize the important contributions contract faculty make to postsecondary education and raise awareness about the challenges they face.
Contract faculty have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are not being compensated for the additional time, energy, and emotional labour they are spending to ensure that their courses are shifted online. Many also lack the access to resources and equipment available to their tenured colleagues. Still others have not seen their contracts renewed.
That’s why it’s more important now than ever for tenure-stream faculty to work hand-in-hand with their precariously employed colleagues to demonstrate the importance of good jobs at Canadian universities and colleges.