University must revisit contract teaching system, argues op-ed

December 8, 2015

Habitual use of part-time contract lecturers by universities is taking its toll, argues Rachel Brighton in the Chronicle Herald. She cites the example of one such instructor, Jennifer Miller, who “quit in frustration” after 15 years of short-term contracts. The pressure created by the use of temporary contracts is “making smart people sick,” according to Miller. Karen Foster, an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, is conducting a survey of contract instructors across Nova Scotia, and she argues that they are “not getting equal pay for equal work, and that’s the moral wrong that’s really driving the research.” Academica Group is currently working with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario on a similar study in Ontario, with results to be published early next year. Chronicle Herald