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A new taskforce report by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies says it’s time to rethink the PhD.
dissertation. But, faced with unprecedented change in the academy and the world, academics are struggling with unresolved questions about the broader purposes of the degree.
Universities are increasingly engaged with society, changing the way we think about doing and communicating research; innov...
The secret CV doesn’t contain things you want to hide, but rather things that you’re proud of, and haven’t yet found a way to articulate.
dissertation in one bullet point can be painful. Leaving it off altogether can be more so.
None of your experiences are lost in actuality, for the very same reason that makes them painful to leave off your resumé: they are part of you. They will continue to inform your perspective, your abilitie...
Beyond the Professoriate
Aurora is designed to help students explore career options and learn strategies they need to find non-faculty careers.
dissertation with preparing for non-faculty careers in mind.
Currently, Aurora is focused on non-faculty careers, but that will change in 2019. Students have told us that they also want to learn job search strategies for academic jobs, and we want to support them, whatever their career goals. We ...
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International PhD candidates are flocking to Canada because the country is seen as still valuing the humanities.
However, it has seemed like a missed opportunity that American students were largely barred from applying for many awards. There are obvious reasons for this. But, equally obvious are the reasons for including Americans in applying for fellowships, grants and other awards, and for i...
It’s reassuringly self-aware – and frankly, exciting – to hear someone reflect on how part of their career path made them who they are.
People entering the non-academic job market with a PhD or with ABD status (All But Dissertation) often work out how they’ll address their academic history with potential employers. That’s certainly a worthwhile process, though employers’ reactions may not be what you expect – no matter what ...
An excerpt from the latest novel by University of Calgary professor Suzette Mayr.
dissertation was an inferior piece of work not worthy of a first-year university student, that it had no chance of ever being published, only a desperate Canadian hack press would publish it. You should drop out, she scrawled in the margins of Edith’s dissertation drafts. The book would be publish...
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Research shows that the concept and practice of “other-mothering” can help Black students navigate the complex and often secretive world of academia.
dissertation and defending it.
While my thesis supervisor offered invaluable guidance about my writing and about my dissertation, I longed for something much more culturally familiar. I needed the support of other-mothers in and out of the academy.
Other-mothering can be described as the pract...
You will need people, both inside and outside of the academy, to help you be successful and keep you grounded.
dissertation proposal, and you will need people to say encouraging things when your conference proposal is rejected or your experiment fails for what feels like the millionth time. You will just need people, period.
That said, two particular types of community stand out for helping individuals th...