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 in the new year for the Contract Faculty 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)

Friday, Dec. 10: In-Person Contract Faculty Social!

Wrap up the term with your colleagues at this casual social for contract faculty at UBCV. If you’re on campus, join us in the wide open space of the Gallery at the Nest for a complimentary beverage of your choice. To help us with numbers, you can register on line. We hope to see you there!

2022 Contract Faculty Colloquium – Call for Submissions

Submit your proposal by January 14, 2022

We invite you to submit a proposal for a brief (10 minute) presentation on your field-specific research, pedagogical research or pedagogical practice for the 2022 Contract Faculty Colloquium to be held in late April/early May. The Colloquium is an ideal occasion to rehearse for an upcoming conference, recap something you recently presented, share an innovative idea and perhaps find a collaborator or research partner. Send your proposal (3 points, 100 words max.) to Dr. Sarika Bose, Chair, UBCFA Contract Faculty Committee. Team proposals are welcome. We look forward to your submissions!

*A decision will be made closer to the date to determine if this will be an online or in person event.

For a look back at our last Colloquium held online May of 2021, check out 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 additional information, visit Faculty Professional Development.

Fair Employment Week 

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. Our celebration in 2021 as in 2020 was more subdued due to the pandemic, but together with our colleagues across Canada we still marked the event. Here’s a rundown of the events during FEW October 2021:

  • MONDAY, Oct. 18, 12 – 2 pm (drop-in):
    Bargaining Consultation for Lecturers and Sessional Faculty members
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 19:
    President Santa J. Ono and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Lesley Cormack were reminded of the precarious employment status of contract faculty at both UBC campuses including the additional problems of working through a pandemic. View our correspondence online.
  • WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 11 am:
    Community of Practice: Resources on Campus

    In this session we discussed common challenges and interventions, shared resources, and came up with a list of tips related to teaching on contract. 
  • THURSDAY, Oct. 21:

    This film was available throughout Fair Employment Week.
  • FRIDAY, Oct. 22:
    Contract academic staff from coast to coast were invited to an informal Zoom social to talk about the unique issues of Contract Academic staff and discuss strategies to improve working conditions. 

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:
2022 Community of Practice Sessions TBD

More CoP sessions are planned for next term. Check back in the New Year for the schedule. 

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