Eastern Screetch Owl by Graham McGeorge
A friend of mine worked at a wildlife rehab center while she was in vet school, and they had a screetch owl that was blind in one eye. So when he would do the “I’M A TREE” hiding thing like these owls, he’d only close the eye that worked, leaving the blind one wide open, which rather ruined the effect he was going for.
Job interviews. T minus 30 minutes.
There is still nothing good about me slicking my hair down. Not one damn thing.
I’ve recently decided to freeze myself to -273℃. My friends think I’ll die, but I’ll be 0K.
The hottest things I’ve ever been told.
I’m just picturing someone screaming “BONJOUR” at a penis
#SACRE BLEU MADEMOISELLE VAGINA#HON HON HON TITTY CROISSANTS
Walking the slop to campus, I was almost thinking that it almost felt like spring and then I realized that there’s still enough snow on the ground to cover the benches and I am delusional.
I also watched some guy run across the ice and then parkour his ass up the wall to get onto the path. Sup spiderman.
Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman
It is routinely maintained by administration that contract instructors at Carleton University are fairly compensated, temporary, part-time employees. All three of these claims claims are absolutely and completely false.
Compensation: the now expired contract stipulates that the compensation for each half course is $6,483. This, however, is 8% less than the provincial average and a full $1,000 less than what we can be paid to teach an identical course at the University of Ottawa, just ten minutes down the road from us. Some enterprising students have calculated, on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning employment insurance benefits, that we are paid $28.81/hour for our work, which, in their mind, is a lot of money. Perhaps it is a lot of money to a teenager who has only worked minimum wage and whose responsibilities in the world are yet to come, but when you are trying to pay for a car, a mortgage, a student loans, utilities, food, medicine, children, and, once in a rare while, a small piece of entertainment, this is not very much money. Furthermore, given that all contract instructors either have (1) graduate degrees, (2) professional degrees, and/or (3) professional experience, we are significantly underpaid relative to our skill, expertise, and knowledge. Nonetheless, this figure of $28.81 is significantly misleading because it assumes that a single half course is merely 225 hours of work.
Having been a contract instructor for seven years, I have become good at developing and preparing courses. Going into a course, I always have a rough idea of how much work it will take at a minimum to offer the course competently. Here are my calculations:
It should be obvious that designing, preparing, and delivering courses depends upon the course being designed, prepared, and delivered. A course you have taught a number of times is easier to deliver than a brand new course; a seminar course is easier to deliver than a lecture course. For purposes of illustration, I have distinguished between a small course I have taught a number of times and a new course or large course being taught for the first time. Even when we look at a small course (which, I would mention in passing, has greater pedagogical benefit for the student than a larger course), I am working 268 hours at a minimum. This is 43 hours more than stipulated in the EI MOU. Or, in the terms of the enterprising student, $24.19/hour and roughly 20.6 hours of work per week. In the case of a large course (roughly 60 students; just under the threshold that allows you to have a marking assistant) or a course being offered for the first time, we are talking about a commitment of roughly 410 hours—nearly twice the amount stipulated in the EI MOU—and, in the terms of the enterprising student, a whopping rate of pay of $15.91/hour. Regardless of how you look at it, we are not adequately compensated in terms of either our expertise or in terms of how much work we actually do.
Part-time: the university routinely refers to us as part-time employees. In the case of the contract instructor who teaches a single course each semester and who teaches the same course every year, we might legitimately be speaking of a part-time employee who is doing about 20.1 hours of work per week. However, many contract instructors, myself included, teach two courses each semester. This means that my “part-time” job is actually a commitment of roughly 40.2 hours per week. That is, my part-time job has me working more per week than a full-time employee who, in most workplaces, only works a mere 37.5 hours per week.
Temporary: I have been teaching as a contract instructor at Carleton University since 2007 and I have been teaching on a full-time basis. This is not “temporary.” This is a permanent situation. While, technically, I am precariously employed—my courses can be taken over by regular faculty at any moment and my courses can be cancelled without a reason at any moment—it is clear that because this has not happened (although, to be honest, I do fear reprisals for my blogging this week) the university is more than satisfied with my job performance and, thus, is more than happy to keep on as an instructor. This is my career.
When students, parents, media, and citizens read in the newspapers that Carleton University is negotiating with its part-time instructors or that part-time instructors at Carleton University are on strike, please keep the above in mind. We are not part-time employees. We are not temporary employees. We are not adequately compensated.
I have been a full-time, qualified, professional, post-secondary instructor for seven years. I am presently being paid $32,415 before taxes to teach two first year seminars during the fall/winter semesters and one second year lecture course during the summer. This is not adequate compensation. This is not fair. This is not reasonable. I chose to teach university students because I believe in the importance of post-secondary education. I am a good instructor. I deserve better than this and my students deserve better than this.