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Faculty | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
The polymath professor

Here are just a few of the questions that Marcel Danesi has fielded from reporters over the years: When did human models first come into the fashion world and when did they get so skinny? What was Paul Martin unconsciously conveying with his feet position as he left the prime minister’s office? Why are Sudoku puzzles so addictive? And those teenagers with their new argot every generation, what is that all about? More impressive than the range of queries is that the 59-year-old University of Toronto professor of anthropology – and Italian, and semiotics, and communication theory – was able to answer them. His 35-year career is an exemplar of the public intellectual and of an academic who has expanded the zones of his expertise seemingly with ease.

September 10, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | University and society
The moonlighting professor

Fifteen or 20 years ago, the issue of professors working outside the university wasn't all that involved: administrations tolerated it, and a minority of faculty performed a minimal amount of such work, viewing it as a hobby on the side or a source of professional development. But today, more than a few professors act as key consultants for corporations, and the entangling research sponsorships, technology transfer and partnership arrangements are commonplace.

August 7, 2007
Faculty | University and society | Humanities and social sciences | Natural sciences and engineering
Renaissance Man

Boris Castel, nuclear physicist and editor of the Queen's Quarterly academic journal, eases his sleek, taupe sedan alongside the curb outside the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University. He turns, adjusting his black brimmed hat.

March 12, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | Students and campus life | University and society
Cheating themselves

In 2003, soon after I began a job as a journalism instructor at Ryerson University, one of my second-year students told me that her classmate had cheated on a written assignment. The news jolted me.

March 12, 2007
Faculty | Managing the university | University and society
Of service to her community

After Usha George announced her intention to leave the University of Toronto's faculty of social work, her inbox was flooded with e-mails, many of them from visible-minority students letting her know how much she had inspired them. Dr.

February 12, 2007
Faculty | Research and innovation | Teaching and learning | Humanities and social sciences | Programs and curriculum
Just don't call it Mickey Mouse

What comes to mind most readily when you hear the word "comics?" Incredulity over the fact that a simple pair of glasses keeps the Daily Planet's seasoned reporters from guessing that their colleague Clark Kent is secretly Superman? Bewilderment over Betty and Veronica's helpless attraction to a nondescript redhead like Archie? Chances are the first thoughts that enter your brain aren't "suitable subject for serious academic inquiry. " Still, across the country an increasing number of universities are offering courses on comics, and a growing band of scholars are coming to the conclusion that the medium provides fertile territory for all kinds of research projects.

February 12, 2007
Teaching and learning
Secret to good writing? Rewriting!

"Writing should be a part of all [university] courses, because in the real world we all write," asserts Toby Fulwiler. "And good writing can be a whole lot of things - like a passive [voice], evasive memo terminating someone's job" - if that's what is called for.

October 10, 2006
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