Precarity

There is a crisis in working conditions for precariously employed history professors in Canadian universities. It is a crisis decades in the making; it has taken a profound personal and collective toll on generations of historians. As real as this situation is to the workers themselves, it is largely invisible at both department and association levels where precarious workers are often held responsible for their own working conditions. At the same time, departments, perhaps unconsciously, benefit from a historically unprecedented multi-decade internship system. This needs to stop.”
Precarious Historical Instructors’ Manifesto, February 2020

How can full-time faculty promote fairness and equity for precarious instructors, in History and beyond? What are full-time faculty responsibilities to precariously-employed colleagues? What are some promising practices that your department can consider implementing? The CHA Precarity Committee is addressing these questions and has organised a series of webinars; produced a report; assembled a list of promising practices for departments; and prepared a draft conversation guide to help departments discuss these vital issues. 

During the past year, the CHA committee on precarity has created a number of resources to help departments willing to improve conditions for precarious teachers. One of these is a conversation guide to help departments, which asks: How can full-time faculty promote fairness and equity for precarious instructors, in History and beyond? What are full-time faculty responsibilities to precariously-employed colleagues? What are some promising practices that your department can consider implementing?

The Committee asks you to consider holding one of these conversations in your department. We offer to provide a CHA-appointed chairperson or facilitator for departments that are interested in having this conversation. The conversation is designed for small groups of professors, and has been tested within the CHA. We hope that you may be interested in trying it within your department, too. If you would like to ask for someone from the CHA to attend or facilitate, please get in touch

CHA Precarity Committee

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