In Search of Professor Precarious Watch Party & Panel Discussion
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.
PanelistsFollowing 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.
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