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).

We hope you’ll participate in CAUT’s national survey on Contract Academic Staff

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is undertaking the first ever national study on the experiences of Contract Academic Staff (CAS). If you taught in the 2016-2017 academic year in a non-permanent position, we hope you’ll take the time to contribute. The survey will gather data on a range of objective qualities of contract positions – wages, hours of work, office space and teaching loads as well as your experiences as a contract academic.

The survey takes about 30 minutes and the deadline has been extended to December 15, 2017. Visit this link to participate. This research will help strengthen local and collective efforts to win fairness for Contract Academic Staff.

Additional information on the study, data protection, confidentiality and risks of participation is accessible via a linked Informed Consent document in the survey’s introduction. If you have any questions, please contact the lead researcher, Dr. Karen Foster, by email: or phone: 902-494-6751.

Community of Practice Sessions – UBCV Campus

See below for the 2017 – 2018 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’re planning regular Pub Socials throughout the Academic Year for all sessionals and lecturers. Here’s this term’s schedule so far – check back regularly as times and locations are updated:

  • Friday, November 17, 4 pm to 6 pm, Gallery 2.0, The NEST
  • Friday, January 26, 4 pm to 6 pm, Gallery 2.0, The NEST
  • Friday, March 2
  • End of Term – Friday, April 6

Colloquium and Publications Display (Early 2018)

The Contract Faculty Committee plans to hold their very successful Colloquium and publication display in early 2018. A call for submissions will likely be made in December. 

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, Dec. 4Contract Faculty Marking Party
    11 am – 4 pm, IKBLC Chilcotin Room 256
    Hosts: Judy Chan (CTLT/Food and Nutritional Sciences) and Sarika Bose (English). Register Here.
  • Monday, Jan. 15 (Topic TBA)
    12 pm – 2 pm, IKBLC Chilcotin Room 256
  • 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