Organizational and Staff Development

Contract Faculty FAQs

  1. I’m not sure of my teaching load or status.
  2. What’s the difference between a sessional, partial-load and part-time contract?
  3. Can I get a filing cabinet? Where is my desk? Mail? How do I get a classroom key? How do I get an office key?  A photocopy code? Email?
  4. Do I have to share a workspace?
  5. How do I obtain office and teaching supplies (a stapler, paper, whiteboard markers, etc)?
  6. How do I check my email from home?
  7. How do I check my voicemail from home?
  8. What if I need to change my classroom?
  9. Can I move the furniture in the classroom around?
  10. A student of mine can’t find a babysitter, so she has had to bring her child to class. Is this allowed?
  11. Who do I call if computer or A/V equipment in my classroom aren’t working?
  12. Is there a college intranet?
  13. I’m doing a presentation and need to use the College’s logo.  Where can I download a copy of it?
  14. Where do I get class lists? My teaching schedule? Enter Grades?
  15. Can I change the course outline I was issued?
  16. What is Blackboard?  Where do I get help learning to use Blackboard?

 

Q: I’m not sure of my teaching load or status.

A: Your contract will indicate how many hours you’re paid to teach.  The hours per week you teach will determine your status as faculty.

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Q: What’s the difference between a sessional, partial-load and part-time contract?

A: If you work as a contract faculty at George Brown College, you will fall into one of three categories. The categories are determined by the number of hours you teach per week:

  • Sessional—Thirteen (13) hours or more per week.  The maximum duration of a sessional contract is one calendar year.
  • Partial load—Between seven (7) to a maximum of twelve (12) hours per week.
  • Part-time—Less than six (6) hours per week.

There are differences between the three categories in their hourly pay rates, union membership, and eligibility for benefits.  These are described in the “Terms and Conditions,” located on the reverse side of your contract. It’s important for you to familiarize yourself with these.

Your employment status is indicated on your contract, so check your contract first if you have any questions related to your employment status.

If you still have questions related to your eligibility for benefits, pensions, or other questions about your employment status, you should contact the Human Resources Department.  Speak to

Adrienne Bourque,
abourque@georgebrown.ca
416-415-5000 X 6774

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Q: Can I get a filing cabinet? Where is my desk? Mail? How do I get a classroom key? How do I get an office key?  A photocopy code? Email?

A: Your department’s operations manager or support staff will be able to help you with office arrangements.

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Q: Do I have to share a workspace?

A: In most cases, contract faculty will have to share a workspace with other contract teachers.  This means that you will have to share a telephone (though you may have different extension numbers assigned to it) and a computer.  For this reason, it’s advisable that you not store any confidential files on the computer’s hard drive.  And always remember to log off websites and email programs.

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Q: How do I obtain office and teaching supplies (a stapler, paper, whiteboard markers, etc)?

A: Ask your department’s operations manager or support staff if there are any supplies on hand.  They will also be able to order what you need.

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Q: How do I check my email from home?

A: On any web browser, type in the URL:  owa.georgebrown.ca. Then log on as you normally would with your username and password.

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Q: How do I check my voicemail from home?

A: Dial the GBC main switchboard number:  416-415-5000, then press * twice.  You’ll be asked to enter your four-digit extension and password.

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Q: What if I need to change my classroom?

A: You have to submit a formal request for a classroom change through your department’s operations manager or support staff.  DO NOT simply move to another classroom.  While rooms may appear to be vacant, a class might still show up in the middle of your session.  Also, room numbers are indicated on student timetables.  In the event of a student emergency, college staff might need to locate a student by looking up his or her timetable.

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Q: Can I move the furniture in the classroom around?

A: You can temporarily have students move seats around, but you MUST return the chairs and tables to the original setup at least 10 minutes before the hour ends.

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Q: A student of mine can’t find a babysitter, so she has had to bring her child to class. Is this allowed?

A: Minors are prohibited on premises owned, rented, or leased by the College. This prohibition is for reasons of safety, liability and property protection as well as to prevent disruption of college activities and minimize disturbance to others who use College premises.

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Q: Who do I call if computer or A/V equipment in my classroom aren’t working?

A: If you’re experiencing problems with the computer or A/V equipment in the classroom, call Information Technology Assistance Centre (ITAC) at 416-415-5000, ext. 4822. Technicians are available from 8:00am to 7:30pm.

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Q: Is there a college intranet?

A: Insite http://insite.georgebrown.ca/ is the College’s intranet.  It contains secure documents and forms for all staff.  You can access Insite from any computer located only on College property by typing “insite” in the address bar of the web browser.

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Q: I’m doing a presentation and need to use the College’s logo.  Where can I download a copy of it?

A: Official college logos, official PowerPoint templates, and the suite of fonts used by the College can be downloaded only from the “Marketing and Communications” page of Insite - http://insite.georgebrown.ca/communications/
logo_guide/default.asp.

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Q: Where do I get class lists? My teaching schedule? Enter Grades?

A: Your class lists and timetable are available on Stu-View shortly before the semester starts.

Since timetables are subject to change, especially during first two or three weeks of classes, you should check Stu-View regularly during this time to confirm your teaching schedule. 

You should also verify your class lists and make sure it is accurate.

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Q: Can I change the course outline I was issued?

A: The course outlines are carefully written documents that are often the end products of faculty and/or Program Advisory Committee meetings.  For this reason, it is not recommended that you change the course outline.  If you think that something could be amended, you should first consult other faculty and the Chair of your department.

The course outline is an official contract between you, the students and the College. It indicates what your students should be able to do at the end of the course based on what will be taught in the course. You are expected to cover all of the course outcomes in your teaching and to follow the evaluation policy and rules set out in the outline. You must give a copy of the outline to each student during the first week of classes.

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Q: What is Blackboard?  Where do I get help learning to use Blackboard?

A: e-Learning and Teaching Innovation (eLTI) runs training workshops throughout the school year on how to use Blackboard. You can register for them visiting the Staff Development Calendar of Events.

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If you have any questions not answered here, email the Staff Development office and we will reply as soon as we can.

staffdev@georgebrown.ca