Professional Development and Precarity

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)

ACCUTE-Board Sponsored Panel: Professional Development and Precarity

ACCUTE Conference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences June 1-June 4, 2019 University of British Columbia

Panel Organizer: Ann Gagne (Durham College)

Professional development is an important part of maintaining currency with our field of study, pedagogical practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning. This panel will explore how Contract Academic Faculty (CAF) can maintain currency and what sort of professional development options are offered and needed going forward. We are interested in presentations that provide examples or the framework in response to the following:

  • Individualized professional development plans that translate into successful application in English classrooms.
  • Group professional development initiated and maintained without institutional support (self-identified PLNs)
  • How have we or do we do professional development as contract faculty?
  • What strategies need to be in place to document professional development?
  • Do precarious times necessitate alternative models of professional development and what does that look like?
  • Methods for enhancing and supporting contract faculty collaboration as PD
  • How do we open the circle of conversation around PD? (advocate for the need for PD)


Please submit paper proposals by November 15, 2018 through the ACCUTE Proposal Submission Form available here: In your submission, please include a 300-500-word proposal (with no identifying marks), a 100-word abstract, and a 50-word biographical note.