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Unexpected departmental news

Our professor of physics has just resigned, lured away by another university. This means that at least 4 of our undergraduate courses will be taught by graduate students or sessionals next year. What an unexpected development.


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Jun. 7th, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
... what's a sessional? I suppose I should know, but, well, the subject line says it all.
Jun. 7th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Duh...
A sessional is a contract instructor. Sessional teaching isn't a formal, longterm position with the university - they're instructorships contracted out by the year, the course, or the semester. As a full-time job, sessionals are infamously poorly paid and deprived of benefits for the amount of work they do. On the other hand, it's a flexible position - so some people actually do like it. But my impression is the majority would rather win themselves a tenure-track position.

There's a lot of ink spilled over so many PhDs ending up stuck in poorly paid sessionaldom in many of the things I'm reading these days.
Jun. 7th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
I found that out a few days ago from the Grad Coordinator. Sucks, doesn't it?
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