The unprecedented growth in non-tenure/tenure track faculty has led to speculation as to the learning environment and learning outcomes for students. Both national media and researchers have raised concerns about the growth in short-term contract faculty, yet there is little evidentiary data to support policy development. (p.3)
A new CIHE report by Cynthia Field and Glen Jones takes a step towards addressing the lack of evidence to guide debate on the quickly growing population of university instructors who work on short-term contracts.
A Survey of Sessional Faculty in Ontario Publicly-Funded Universities reports on findings from a survey of instructors at 12 universities. It identifies and discusses current pressures and challenges sessional faculty experience, and puts forwards several recommendations for improving the learning environment.