Date: 9/26/2017, Categories: Reluctance, Author: DrMstry, Source: LushStories
By all societal standards, Kelly is what you would call an elite. She came from an upper class family. As an undergrad, she was top of her class. She completed her PhD in science at the tender age of twenty-five, and her postdoc at thirty. She had an impressive publication record, and was teaching classes at a reputable Canadian university. The only problem was that she was not tenure-track, and she would likely never get a tenured position. More than half of all Canadian undergraduates are now taught by contract faculty. Almost all of them have an impressive academic track record, and are overqualified, overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. They have no job security, and are all working to simply make ends meet, in the hope of scoring a permanent faculty position, which, sadly, only a handful will ever be offered. Kelly was one of these candidates. It had been three years since she started teaching at the university. She was in charge of planning, organizing, and teaching four courses at the meager salary of a little more than $21,000 a year, just enough to survive. However, with only a month notice, the faculty decided to cut one of her courses from the curriculum. Not only would she have wasted all of the time she had put into preparing the course, for which she was not remunerated, but her financial security was now in imminent jeopardy as well. So, she sought a meeting with the dean of her faculty, in the hope of reinstating the class. She had seen Dean Lewis giving ...