While 53 per cent of teachers at Nova Scotia’s 10 universities are under contracts rather than
permanent positions, that isn’t the case locally.
Mary Oxner, president of the StFX Association of University Teachers, said they have 73 members this term who teach on a part-time basis of approximately 250 members. She did say they see an increase in part-time particularly in certain departments, and to replace faculty. Oxner said they appreciate there is an increase both in terms of part-time members and those on limited time appointments, adding those members would have some precarious-ness to their employment.
Oxner said she thinks the university needs to be a role model, set an example for how they treat people and to be a good employer, and to provide people who are working hard with some sense of their continued employment.