Excellent experience, but extremely low pay
I worked at Capilano University as a sessional instructor and laboratory supervisor (non-regular) for about a year. My colleagues and the management in my department were absolutely fantastic! There were lots of opportunities for faculty engagement and extracurriculars. In my experience, the students who attend CapU are generally intelligent, engaged and driven. I really enjoyed working there and the work itself was quite rewarding. The experience of working at CapU was very beneficial for my career.
However, the primary purpose of work is to be able to pay your bills, which this job did not do. After calculating for time spent preparing lectures, modifying labs, marking tests/assignments, and student contact time, the pay worked out to be approximately $20/hour (after calculating for the cost of travel to/from campus and parking, this dropped to about $16/hour). This is far less than what I was making in grad school and about five times less than what I was making for doing the same work at neighbouring institutions. I used my income at my other jobs to supplement my work at CapU.
There is superb potential at this school, but the non-regular employees' benefits and wages are egregious for the level of education (PhD) and time input required for these positions. (It is my understanding that regular employees receive a much higher rate of pay.)
If you're looking for a good experience and CV building, CapU is excellent! If you're looking for a livable wage/salary this may not be the place for you.
department management, job satisfaction, experience