Sessional Advocacy Committee

The Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee has devel­oped a list of answers to Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions as a resource for Ses­sion­als.

The Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee meets month­ly to advo­cate on behalf of URFA ses­sion­als at Cam­pi­on Col­lege, First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da, Luther Col­lege, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na. The com­mit­tee works to raise aware­ness of ses­sion­al issues, lob­by for improved job secu­ri­ty and ben­e­fits for ses­sion­als, and pro­vide an oppor­tu­ni­ty for rela­tion­ship build­ing between ses­sion­als, as well as between ses­sion­als and URFA

The com­mit­tee is always open to hear­ing from oth­er ses­sion­al mem­bers, and there is always an oppor­tu­ni­ty for ses­sion­als to share expe­ri­ences, con­cerns and questions.

If you are a ses­sion­al and have ques­tions, con­cerns, or you are inter­est­ed in get­ting involved with the com­mit­tee, please email the com­mit­tee co-chairs. 

All mem­bers of the Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee receive a stipend for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in accor­dance with the Ses­sion­al Hon­o­rar­i­ums Pol­i­cy.

The terms for posi­tions on the com­mit­tee are for one year — May 1 to April 30 of the fol­low­ing year. 

Upcom­ing meetings

View upcom­ing Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee meet­ings on our events page.

Ses­sion­al Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Fund

URFA awards funds to assist Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na ses­sion­al aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers with pri­or­i­ty sta­tus, as well as Cam­pi­on Col­lege ses­sion­al aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers, with costs asso­ci­at­ed with cre­ative, schol­ar­ly, and pro­fes­sion­al works. Accept­able expens­es may include reg­is­tra­tion, trav­el, pub­li­ca­tions fees, or dis­ci­pline spe­cif­ic equivalents. 

Please note that these funds are avail­able only for U of R Ses­sion­al aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers with pri­or­i­ty sta­tus or ses­sion­als at Cam­pi­on Col­lege. Those who are Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na ses­sion­al aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers who not have pri­or­i­ty, or who are ses­sion­al mem­bers in oth­er bar­gain­ing units, are unable to apply for these funds. 

Note: ses­sion­als at Cam­pi­on Col­lege do not need pri­or­i­ty in order to apply for this fund. All ses­sion­al aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­bers at Cam­pi­on Col­lege are wel­come to apply for ses­sion­al pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment funds. 

Appli­ca­tions may be made by sub­mit­ting a com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion form to the URFA Office. Appli­ca­tion dead­lines are April 1, Sep­tem­ber 1 and Decem­ber 1. Late sub­mis­sions will not be accept­ed, and will not be includ­ed in the next fund dis­tri­b­u­tion peri­od unless you re-sub­­mit your application. 

Sessional Professional Development Fund Policy (541 KB)

Sessional Professional Development Fund Application Form (394 KB)

Ses­sion­al Honorariums

In recog­ni­tion of the role ses­sion­als play in sup­port­ing the asso­ci­a­tion and its goals, ses­sion­als elect­ed as mem­bers of URFA Stand­ing Com­mit­tees and/​or approved to attend events as URFA rep­re­sen­ta­tives receive stipends/​honorariums. In order to receive pay­ment under this pol­i­cy a Ses­sion­al Hon­o­rar­i­um Claim Form must be com­plet­ed and sub­mit­ted to URFA.

Sessional Honorarium Policy (144 KB)

Sessional Honorarium Form (5 KB)

Sessional Honorarium Provincial Tax Form (77 KB)

Sessional Honorarium Federal Tax Form (78 KB)

Join the URFA Ses­sion­al Aca­d­e­m­ic Staff Face­book group

A space for URFA ses­sion­al mem­bers to dis­cuss issues, ask ques­tions, and learn about upcom­ing events and activ­i­ties from the URFA Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee. If you are a Ses­sion­al Aca­d­e­m­ic staff mem­ber at Cam­pi­on Col­lege, First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da, Luther Col­lege and/​or the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na, you can request to join the group.

Committee Members

Stacey Crooks
Christian Thompson
Andi Martin
Paul Omoyefa
Sharlene McGowan
4 Vacant
2 Vacant - alternate


Britt Hall
Heather Ritenburg
Executive Director

Staff member

Landon Schaffer
Member Services Officer