Number of years as contract academic staff:
Favourite part of your job:
Empowering students through teaching.
For me, precarity translates into a kind of permanent impermanence. Even though I come back to work each year, none of my work has any positive impact on my future at the university. Everyone else, it seems, is working towards some kind of future goal: students make progress towards graduation; faculty advance research projects and work for promotions. The work I do helps students and faculty realize their goals, but doesn’t improve my standing in any significant way. It makes me feel like my work is tremendously important, but I myself have no worth. It’s a tough way to live.