Rising use of sessional profs to cut costs

June 21, 2013

There has been much attention in the news lately about the budget cuts at PSE institutions, and their repercussions. An op-ed in Friday’s Globe and Mail draws attention to the current practice among many universities to have non-tenured professors teach courses, at a much-reduced wage compared to tenure-track professors. These “adjuncts” or “sessionals” teach a variety of courses across all faculties and at all levels of study, and have little job security when compared to tenured professors. The author notes the lack of office space and access to campus technology that some instructors experience, which directly affects the quality of instruction they can provide. According to the author, at some institutions “more than 50% of the undergraduate courses are taught by contract instructors.” Globe and Mail