College Lecturers

College Lecturer Appointments

College Lecturers are appointed to teach diploma credit courses at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown. Appointments to College Lecturer positions are on a per-course basis and will not normally exceed 12 contact hours per week.

Performance Assessment

Performance assessment of College Lecturers is at the discretion of the Associate Director (Academic) but may be requested by the Member. 


The Associate Director (Academic) will request in writing, a Member to submit relevant documentation they wish to be considered in the assessment of their performance. The Member will be required to provide their documentation to the Associate Director (Academic) within ten (10) days of the date of the request. 

The Associate Director (Academic) will assess the Member’s performance in teaching.  The assessment will be based on:

  1. Submitted documentation;
  2. Teaching observation and related reflections if performed in the previous year;
  3. Feedback from the relevant Program Coordinator; and,
  4. Course evaluations and student feedback.

The Associate Director (Academic) will meet with the Member and will provide constructive feedback on their performance in teaching.

Right of First Refusal

Members holding College Lecturer Appointments that have successfully completed a work assignment, demonstrated through at least “good” performance for a particular course, said Member shall be eligible to exercise a right of first refusal (RoFR) for the first offering of that same course in one (1) of the following four (4) semesters.  Each RoFR may be exercised for only one section of a course.

The following criteria will be applicable in determining a College Lecturer’s eligibility for exercising a RoFR to an available work assignment:

  1. Each course or lab must first be offered to College Professors or College Research Professors, on an overload basis, prior to an offer to a College Lecturer. Such overload teaching is subject to the provisions of Article 40.4 on Overload Teaching.
  2. The period of eligibility may be extended by approval of the University for a maximum of four (4) semesters where there are bona fide medical issues, documented by a recognized licensed medical practitioner, that prevented the College Lecturer from being able to accept a work assignment.
  3. Where two or more College Lecturers hold competing RoFRs and both express interest in teaching the same course section, the College Lecturer who has taught the course more times will be the successful candidate. If the number of times taught is equal, the Director will determine which is the more qualified candidate and appoint them to the position.