New report on part-time ON faculty sheds light on career pessimism, dedication to teaching

August 16, 2016

Most of Ontario’s part-time faculty members are “highly dedicated instructors who are far less interested in tenure-track careers than in pursuing teaching as a full-time occupation,” according to a new report from the Centre for the Study of Canadian & International Higher Education. The study surveyed part-time instructors from 12 Ontario institutions and found that only 28% of those classed as “precarious” reported that they were pursuing a tenure-track position, while the majority indicated a desire to become full-time teaching-stream instructors. The report also found that part-time faculty reported high levels of career pessimism and general dissatisfaction. CIHE