Challenges and Strengths II: Showcasing the Contributions of Part-Timers at the University of Toronto (March 8-9)

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Friday, March 8

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street

  • Opening remarks, Claude Evans, Chair, UTFA Appointments Committee
  • Class Struggle: Putting Contract Academic Staff in Political Economic Context, Karen Foster, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University; Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada; Keynote speaker
  • Negotiating Change for Part-Time Appointed Faculty, Cynthia Messenger, President, UTFA
  • Overcoming the Dignity Deficit: Collective Bargaining for Contract Academic Faculty, Kristin Cavoukian, Vice Chair, CUPE 3902, Unit 3

Reception: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street


Saturday, March 9

Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Room 205, Claude T. Bissell Building 140 St. George Street

9:00-9:15 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Cynthia Messenger, Innis College, UTSG, President, UTFA
Claude Evans, Department of Language Studies, UTM, Chair of the Appointments Committee, UTFA


9:15-11:00 a.m.
Session 1: Careers and Publishing
Chair: Cynthia Messenger, Innis College, UTSG, President, UTFA

  • Part-Time All the Time: Academic Architects and the Gig Economy, circa 1965. Matthew Allen, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, UTSG; Member-at-Large, UTFA Executive
  • Finding a Diverse Career in Music. Elizabeth McDonald, Faculty of Music, UTSG
  • From ROP Project to Journal of Chemical Education Publication: It is Possible Part-Time!. Kris Quinlan, Department of Chemistry, UTSG
  • And Then There were None. Brian McDonagh, Faculty of Music, UTSG


Coffee break: 11:00-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Session 2: Pedagogy in the Sciences  
Chair: Judith Poë, Department of Chemical and Pysical Sciences, UTM

  • Evaluating the Impact of Geo-Gebra on Student Engagement in a First-Year Linear Algebra Course. Xinli Wang, Department of Mathematical and Computational Science, UTM
  • Quick Write. Duncan Jones, Department of Biology, UTM
  • The Collaborative Learning Cemetery Project. Carolan Wood, Department of Anthropology, UTM, and Alexandra Saly, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UTSG


Lunch: 12:45-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session 3: Pedagogy in the Humanities
Chair: Azita Taleghani, Department of Language Studies, UTM, Chair of the Equity Committee, UTFA

  • Experiential Learning in Teaching English/Chinese Translation. Jingsong Ma, Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC
  • The Mechanism of Synonym Related Word-Generating Errors by Chinese Learners of English Background. Renee Rui Wang, Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC
  • Outreach to Teach: Departmental Communication as Pedagogy. Sonja Nikkila, English Department, UTSC


Coffee break: 3:00-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session 4: Community and Curriculum
Chair: Rena Helms-Park, Centre for French and Linguistics, UTSC

  • Vocal Interventions in Palliative and Cancer Care Music Therapy. Amy Clements-Cortés, Faculty of Music, UTSG
  • Clinical Instructor E-development Program. Manjit Dhana-Yasi, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, UTSG
  • Contributing to an Indigenous Curriculum: Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in Pedagogical Practice in the Classroom. Carolan Wood, Department of Anthropology, UTM

Part-time appointed faculty members and Librarians will present papers on their discipline-based scholarship, creative professional activity, pedagogical research, or pedagogical practice.
Lunch will be served.

To attend all or some of these three events, please RSVP to faculty@utfa. org.
Let us know which of the 3 events you will be attending: (1) March 8 Speakers’ event; (2) March 8 Reception; (3) March 9 Conference.



Date and time: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 4:00pm to Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event Location: ​
University of Toronto
Toronto ON