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A Bulletin to MacEwan University Sessional Faculty (MUSF)

SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM
 
Gerry Potter’s full-length documentary In Search of Professor Precarious will be coming out in the New Year.  Some of the activist work of the MacEwan University Sessional Steering Collaborative (MUSSC) is highlighted in the film, and a number of MacEwan University Sessional Faculty (MUSF) are also interviewed!
 
Please see Gerry’s letter about the documentary and crowdfunding campaign below, along with the web address of the crowdfunding site.
 
The site provides an overview of the documentary, the link to the film website, a list of the real-life heroes featured in the film, the hoped-for impact of the project, the risks and challenges associated with the work, and suggestions of ways all of us can help in pursuing greater justice for Sessional Faculty in post-secondary institutions.
 
MUSSC wholeheartedly applauds Gerry for the time, effort, and expertise he has put into this indisputably worthwhile project. Do consider supporting it. No contribution is too small.  

And so, without further ado, here’s the latest from Gerry: 
 
Great news! Our crowdfunding campaign for the full-length, in-progress documentary film about precarious contract faculty—gig professors—in higher education, IN SEARCH OF PROFESSOR PRECARIOUS, has now launched.
 
The filmmaking team, all of them experienced professionals and former precarious professors, and our supporters hope you will find a way to participate in this film. IN SEARCH OF PROFESSOR PRECARIOUS takes you into the lives of precarious contract faculty, and tells their compelling stories. We also hear from permanent faculty, students, administrators, activists, and experts. We see artists in action, get involved in an outdoor biology class on the shores of Nova Scotia, watch a group of contract sessionals help their association become more inclusive and democratic, and observe the biggest higher ed strike in Canadian history unfold.
 
With this campaign, we hope to raise the funds to finish the film and cover the costs of both post-production—editing, sound mix, music, and more—and promotional material. We've had great support so far from the National Film Board, unions OPSEU, CUPE and CUPE 3911, associations CAFA, FPSE, ACIFA, and faculty associations ULFA, AASUA and APTUO.
 
But we still need to raise at least $15000, and that's why we've launched this campaign. We're hoping you can join the support team, make a contribution, and pick up some of our wonderful perks, including credits in the film. We're also hoping you will share the campaign with friends, family, and colleagues via email, social media, and word of mouth. To find out more, check out our campaign link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-search-of-professor-precarious/x/20342364#/
 
Thank you for your interest or support, whatever form it may take!
 
Gerry
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My thanks to you, my colleagues, for all you do here at MacEwan.  It's an honour to work with you.


Moving forward together,

Shannon

 
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Shannon Robertson

Instructor, Department of English
RobertsonS7@macewan.ca
6-223C

 
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