Hire Deanna Whelan Permanently
Deanna Whelan is a contract instructor at both Carleton University and UOttawa. For those who have been fortunate enough to have her as a professor know how dedicated she is to teaching and ensuring her students are successful. Her energetic personality is contagious; she provides students with the resources and tools necessary to be successful in a given course. The type of professor a student has heavily influences their outcome in that course. Therefore as students, we should be given an opportunity to have a say in which professors lecture us. There are currently many permanent professors at our institutions who make it very evident that they themselves do not want to be there, yet contract instructors such as Deanna are being left behind. Having Deanna as a contract instructor rather than a professor or lecturer is preventing students from reaching their full potential and success throughout their years of academia. Contract instructors are restricted on the courses they can teach and cannot supervise students who wish to complete their theses. One example to illustrate how much students favour Deanna is during the summer when she teaches PSYC 3000. This course always fills up rapidly compared to the other course, which is identical, however taught by a different professor. The school will actually prevent students from registering into her class in order to fill up the other section. There are several reasons why we as students prefer to take our courses with Deanna. While we continue to be financially burdened with tuition, we should, at the least, be given a say in who teaches our courses. Let YOUR voice as a student be heard. Sign this petition with the outcome of faculty affairs offering Deanna a permanent position.