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. 2022 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 the Contract Faculty Community of Practice presented by the UBC Faculty Association in partnership with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). Our sessions will be held on online and contract faculty on both campuses are invited to participate. Schedule below.

Pub Socials (UBCV Campus)

We are back to hosting our regular Pub Socials. Our next Pub Social is coming up Friday, October 23rd.

2022 Contract Faculty Colloquium – Tuesday, May 4

Wednesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register for this event

The Contract Faculty Colloquium brings together Contract Faculty from across campuses to showcase and share their intellectual work with other colleagues. This year’s 7th Annual Colloquium will feature papers by Contract Faculty colleagues from a range of disciplines, including Mathematics, Chinese history, and Shakespeare studies. We will examine various pedagogical processes and share pedagogical strategies throughout the day-long event at the UBC Vancouver campus, which will be presented in hybrid form so that we can include as many colleagues as we can from both campuses. Visit this link to see the day’s agenda and brief bios of our speakers.

This event is co-sponsored by the UBC Faculty Association and CTLT and organized jointly by the UBCFA Contract Faculty Committee and CTLT staff. We will be serving coffee and a light lunch for those who attend in person, so please let us know when you register if you plan to stay for lunch. Registration is free, but we would ask that you honour your registration or cancel well ahead of time so we can have accurate numbers for catering and avoid food waste.

We hope to see you there!

Please register for this event on the CTLT Registration website.

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

September 27th: CTLT Educational Programs, Resources and the UBCFA

October 27th: Open Learning at UBC

November 24th: Preparing for Term 2: Writing Syllabi and Course Outcomes

December 8th: Marking Party: 10:00-4:00 Chilcotin Room, IKBLC


The Contract Faculty Community of Practice is presented by the UBC Faculty Association in partnership with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).

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