In Search of Professor Precarious Watch Party & Panel Discussion

October 21, 2021

7:00pm, Online

Text says, "In Search of Professor Precarious." An image is in the centre of a person holding a sign that says, "How will I pay rent, give my kid Xmas, pay off student loan, prep lecture?"

Join URFA’s Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee for an online watch par­ty of In Search of Pro­fes­sor Pre­car­i­ous”, fol­lowed by a pan­el discussion.

In Search of Pro­fes­sor Pre­car­i­ous” uncov­ers high­er edu­ca­tion’s dirty lit­tle secret, tak­ing us inside the mov­ing sto­ries of pre­car­i­ous con­tract pro­fes­sors and exam­in­ing the issues of pre­car­i­ty and sys­temic exploita­tion on campus.

This free event will be host­ed on Zoom and pro­vide you with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about the unique cir­cum­stances of work for ses­sion­al URFA members.


In this new doc­u­men­tary fea­ture, direc­tor Ger­ry Pot­ter, a long-time pre­car­i­ous con­tract instruc­tor, trav­els Cana­da to take view­ers into the lives of pre­car­i­ous con­tract fac­ul­ty and tells their com­pelling sto­ries. We also hear from per­ma­nent fac­ul­ty, stu­dents, admin­is­tra­tors, activists, and experts. We see artists in action, expe­ri­ence an out­door biol­o­gy class on the shores of Nova Sco­tia, fight along­side a group of Alber­ta Ses­sion­als try­ing to make their fac­ul­ty asso­ci­a­tion more demo­c­ra­t­ic, and watch in awe as the biggest high­er edu­ca­tion strike in Cana­di­an his­to­ry unfolds.


Fol­low­ing the film screen­ing, join Juli­et Bushi, mem­ber of URFA’s Ses­sion­al Advo­ca­cy Com­mit­tee and a Ses­sion­al Instruc­tor at First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Cana­da, who will mod­er­ate a pan­el dis­cus­sion and Q&A ses­sion.

Our guest pan­elists are: 
  • Nick Pap­atheodor­akos , co-chair of Cana­di­an Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ty Teach­ers’ Con­tract Aca­d­e­m­ic Staff Mem­ber Committee
  • Ger­ry Pot­ter, Direc­tor of In Search of Pro­fes­sor Precarious”
  • Flo­rence Strat­ton, for­mer URFA mem­ber and local activist who has taught as a Ses­sion­al Instructor
  • Col­in Teth­er, URFA Mem­ber Ser­vices Officer

How to attend

Advance reg­is­tra­tion is required. Reg­is­ter for the In Search of Pro­fes­sor Pre­car­i­ous Watch Par­ty.

Sneak peek

Watch the trail­er for In Search of Pro­fes­sor Pre­car­i­ous”.

The reviews are in!

Great!…one of the best”
—Joe Berry, author of Reclaim­ing the Ivory Tow­er
Award of Excel­lence, Docs With­out Bor­ders Film Festival

A use­ful tool…For any­one try­ing to under­stand and chal­lenge the hid­den casu­al­iza­tion of post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion.”
—C.Sunderam, CAUT Bul­letin, Octo­ber 2020