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’re 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. CTLT Professional Development Programs and Events
  2. Contract Faculty Pub Socials
  3. 2021 Contract Faculty Colloquium
  4. Fair Employment Week 
  5. Sessional Travel Grant Info

Online Community of Practice Sessions – UBCV/UBCO

Join your contract faculty colleagues for this Fall’s 2021 Community of Practice. Our sessions will be held on online and contract faculty on both campuses are invited to participate. Schedule below.

Pub Socials (UBCV Campus)

Although Pub Socials have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, we hope one day to reinstate the Pub Socials throughout the Academic Year for all Contract faculty at the Vancouver campus. When we do, we’ll schedule for the last Friday of the month and, unless otherwise noted, they’ll be held at the Gallery in the Nest. 

The 2021 Contract Faculty Colloquium

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The UBC Faculty Association Contract Faculty Committee held the Sixth Annual UBC Contract Faculty Colloquium on Tuesday, May 4th. Here’s the Agenda plus brief bios of the Colloquium speakers

Sessional Travel Grant

Due to the pandemic, no call for applications has been made for the current year. Please check back for more information. 

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 for conferences in that calendar year 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.

RECAP Fair Employment Week 2020
October 19 – 23

Every fall, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and its member associations including the UBC Faculty Association, organize and host a week-long celebration of contract faculty. In 2020, Fair Employment Week spanned October 19 – 23. It was a little different – most of our usual events couldn’t be held due to the pandemic but we were still able to offer a week long streaming of “In Search of Professor Precarious”, an important documentary film about Contract Faculty across Canada from filmmaker Gerry Potter, a contract faculty professor of 27 years. If you missed it, find out how to view at: We also continued with our reminder to UBC decision makers about the precarious employment status of contract faculty at both UBC campuses. Read our letter to Professor Santa Ono and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack at this link.

This year CAUT organized a number of national online Fair Employment Week events for Canadian contract faculty. They included: 

  • Monday, October 19 from 1 to 2:30pm EDT: Organizing to Win for Contract Academic Staff: A CAUT Members’ Panel including FA CFC Chair, Sarika Bose
  • Tuesday, October 20 from 1 to 2pm EDT: Intellectual Property in a Time of Remote Learning for Contract Academic Staff: A Webinar with Dr. Sam Trosow
  • Wednesday, October 21 from 1 to 2pm EDT: Keynote Address by Dr. Liz Morrish: “A plague on universities: How the pandemic has created breach points for the future of labour, pedagogy and values in higher education”
  • Thursday, October 22: A Social Media Day of Action
  • Friday, October 23 from 1 to 2pm EDT: A Zoom social for contract academic staff.

Let’s look forward to 2021 and hopefully a more “social” Fair Employment Week! 

Reminisce about Fair Employment Week 2019 when we weren’t social distancing – here’s a quick summary of 2019’s events

 Community of Practice Schedule:
2021 Community of Practice Sessions

Wednesday, Sept. 22
11 a.m – 12 p.m.

Teaching on a contract is a challenging task as changes in our contracts, courses, and department policies remain a constant. In this session, we’ll talk about common challenges we face and share resources on campus. 

Visit the CTLT site to register (required)

Wednesday, Oct. 20
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We’ll go through some basic practical steps in teaching online, including relevant online resources, course delivery options (like UBC online platforms), basic syllabus design and ideas about content. We’ll also consider how to think ahead and plan for course evaluations and take a little time for problem-solving. Send us your questions ahead of time and we’ll address them during the session.

Visit the CTLT site to register (required).

Reference Material for Contract Faculty
Links to journals, websites and materials of interest to Contract Faculty