Contract Faculty Info & Events

Welcome to the CFC Information and Events page. The UBCFA Contract Faculty Committee organizes a number of events throughout the academic year for sessionals and lecturers. In this section on our site, we hope to keep you updated on all of them. If you are a sessional or lecturer, you’ll also receive email notices advising you of what’s coming up (and if you aren’t receiving our notices, please get in touch).


  1. Upcoming Community of Practice Sessions
  2. What’s Fair Employment Week?
  3. Contract Faculty Pub Socials
  4. January 20, 2018 – First Year Educators’ Symposium
  5. March 14, 2018 – Colloquium & Publication Display
  6. Sessional Travel Grant Info

Community of Practice Sessions – UBCV Campus

See below for the term’s schedule of CoP sessions. Information is also available on UBC’s CTLT site.

Fair Employment Week 

Every year, campuses across Canada dedicate a week in October to raising awareness of the issues and working conditions faced by Contract (Sessional) Faculty. This event is organized nationally by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and locally by the UBC Faculty Association.

“MAKE IT FAIR” October 23 to 27, 2017:

Thanks to everyone for another successful Fair Employment Week. Visit this link for a recap of 2017 events.

Pub Socials 2017 – 2018 (UBCV Campus)

We plan regular Pub Socials throughout the Academic Year for all sessionals and lecturers. Here’s next term’s schedule – check back regularly as times and locations are updated:

  • Friday, January 26, 4 pm to 6 pm, Gallery 2.0, The NEST
  • Friday, March 2, 4 pm to 6 pm, Gallery 2.0, The NEST
  • End of Term – Friday, April 6, Location TBA

First Year Educators’ Symposium – Saturday, January 20, 2018

For faculty and staff who are passionate about and interested in teaching and student engagement in relation to the first-year experience (FYE) at UBC

This Symposium provides opportunities to network, share research and resources on the instruction, tutoring, advising and coaching of first year students. Register here by January 12, 2018. Proposals for this Symposium are being accepted until December 14 – submit with your Registration

Read the UBCFA Notice to Contract Faculty at this link.

For further details and updates, visit the Symposium web page.

2018 Colloquium and Publications Display – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND SUBMISSIONS – UBCFA’s Contract Faculty Committee is now accepting Proposals for the March 14 Colloquium (Deadline EXTENSION: January 22) as well as submissions for the Publications Display (Deadline: February 5). For more details, see our latest message to Contract Faculty (Vancouver Campus). Okanagan Contract Faculty are welcome to submit publications – please see our latest message to Contract Faculty at our Okanagan campus for details. 

Sessional Travel Grant

Although not guaranteed every year, this grant is available to sessional lecturers who present papers at conferences within the calendar year. Applications are only accepted after a call has been made (usually in January) and MUST be submitted by February 28th in order to qualify (unless otherwise specified). Applications made after this date are not accepted. For more details, visit the Sessional Conference Fund web page on the UBC HR Site. 

2017 – 2018 Community of Practice Sessions:
2017-2018 Community of Practice Sessions
  • Monday, Feb. 26Beyond Tests: Utilizing Authentic Assessment at University
    12 noon – 2 pm, IKBLC, Rm. 2.22
    Presenter: Shahid Abrar-ul Hassan (Education)
  • Monday, Mar. 26 (Topic TBA)
    12 noon – 2 pm, IKBLC, Rm. 2.22
  • Monday, Apr. 9Contract Faculty Marking Party
    11 am – 4 pm, IKBLC Chilcotin Room 256
    Hosts: Judy Chan (CTLT/Food and Nutritional Sciences) and Sarika Bose (English)
Reference Material for Contract Faculty
Links to journals, websites and materials of interest to Contract Faculty