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Wednesday, June 8 • 9:00am - 10:30am
"Sometimes-faculty": Supporting the New World of Adjuncts, Sessionals and Associate Faculty (9:00 - 10:30) LIMITED

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Open Session Limited to 20 Participants (First-Come, First-In)

No matter what you call them, they make up a HUGE proportion of the teaching community of many of our universities and colleges - the "sometimes-faculty" community. 

Some teach several courses each year; some teach for more than one institution. Others may teach an occasional course every couple of years. Sometimes they teach just once. 

During the last few years there has been public press and conversations about the increasing numbers of contract faculty.  Some analysts estimate they teach approximately 50% of courses in Canadian universities. You’ve read about their poor pay and lack of benefits. What have you read about support for improving their teaching and course design?

How do we support these "sometimes-faculty" who teach so many of our students? 

Royal Roads University has struggled with this question over the years and we have just launched a new resource for orienting new associate faculty. 

In this session, we will share challenges, the ways RRU is addressing the challenges, and our hopes for the future.  We’ll share our recently launched Orientation to Teaching and Course Design resource, inviting comment and feedback. 

This session will engage session participants in discussions and activities to facilitate information and resource exchange related to this topic.


B.J. Eib, Faculty Development Liaison, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies, Royal Roads University
Vivian Forssman, Director, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies, Royal Roads University 

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Vivian Forssman

Director, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads

Wednesday June 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Maranello Conference Room (Third Floor)