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Most graduates seem satisfied with the experience but miss the celebratory aspect afterwards.

dissertation looks at the glacial history of northeast Quebec, the product of three seasons of fieldwork. The defence was held on Microsoft Teams videoconferencing software, chosen partly for its closed captioning functions to accommodate a committee member with a hearing disability. It all went smo...
In my opinion
BY SUSAN PORTER & LISA YOUNG | September 24 2018

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...
Career Advice
BY REBECCA PERO | October 24 2017

A few tips that can help PhD mothers complete some of the major dissertation milestones.

dissertation is a done dissertation,” but how does one complete a dissertation post-baby? As a parent, caring for a child or children can sometimes feel all-consuming, making it difficult to achieve substantial progress on major writing milestones. This can add significant pressure in an environme...
BY VÉRONIQUE MORIN | January 06 2017

UQAM’s Jean-Hugues Roy analyzed theses and dissertations from the past 25 years to answer the age-old question: How long should it be?

dissertation or master’s thesis is: How long should it be? Not finding a definitive answer, Jean-Hugues Roy, a former reporter for Radio-Canada and now a professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, decided to wade into the issue using data analysis. Inspired by University of Minnesota res...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | November 26 2012
dissertation. Although you need much more than this to successfully transition into the next phase of your career, your research and dissertation should be a high priority for you. Whether you are working in a lab or working primarily on your own, you are responsible for keeping track of this per...
The Black Hole
BY BETH | February 20 2011
dissertation - in haiku form! A friend of mine recently told me about Continue reading, a place where you can submit a single haiku to summarize your dissertation. Just think of it as an entirely different way to communicate your science! Here are some...
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | January 23 2024

Thirty years into his academic career, Glen Jones is still curious about what makes universities tick.

dissertation and subsequently using federalism as sort of the lens to understand how and why policy works in certain ways, especially higher education policy.” Dr.Trilokekar also credits Dr. Jones for influencing her current SSHRC-funded research that compares three federal states: Canada, Germany...
BY HANNAH LIDDLE | November 09 2023

By engaging with the public, academics are building trust on behalf of their institutions within their communities.

dissertation projects allows space for students to be assessed on skills that include collaboration, the ability to connect with diverse audiences and to successfully share their scholarship with the world outside academia. Such skills are the building blocks of Concordia’s public scholars prog...
BY CAILYNN KLINGBEIL | November 01 2023

‘All of my work is informed by my own understanding of Anishinaabe cultural identity.’

dissertation looks at the visual and spatial formations of Anishinaabeg geographies of resistance. In addition to her academic education, Ms. Blight has dedicated time as a student in her own community, including learning her Indigenous language, Anishinaabemowin. “I’ve taken two roads in ter...

Academics recognized for their ability to guide students through their studies talk about their approach to supervision.

dissertation or thesis as soon as research begins. To improve oral communication, there’s nothing like rehearsing in front of colleagues and taking part in international conferences. It’s also important to hold weekly individual meetings, remain available, hold group meetings, engage in frequ...
Ask Dr. Editor

Most journal articles use the technique to help readers navigate the text.

dissertation, and the copy editor removed almost all my signposting. I was always taught to include signposting in my writing, so I’m pretty confused by these edits. Aren’t journal articles meant to have signposting? How do you know when you’re doing signposting well?

The Skills Agenda

The Canadian Historical Association is leading by example when it comes to modernizing doctoral education.

dissertations between September 2016 and August 2022 (there were 562 in total); created a database of recent tenure-stream hiring; and assessed relevant Statistics Canada data, comparing funding levels with costs of living. (Task force members used the latter data to put forward

As academics experiment with the graphic novel form, their research is reaching – and influencing – new audiences.

dissertation as a monograph. She had a different idea. A voracious comic book reader, she envisioned her research – on how trauma-healing programs for Indigenous offenders build resilience in families and communities – taking the form of a graphic novel. “I wanted to talk to everyday Can...
Career Advice
BY DANIEL JUTRAS | May 01 2023

What place should be given to teamwork in university education? Reflections on a teaching practice that relies on collaboration and solidarity as essential vectors of learning.

dissertations or essays in the form of a chain novel, where each person takes the text as it stands and tries to move it in the right direction. In other cases, I've asked each team to write a single text, while requiring the team members to add their respective comments in an appendix. I could have...
Career Advice

A recent report on the future of the history PhD shows many students are living below the poverty line.

In my opinion
BY ROBIN BULLER | November 18 2022

Canada’s graduate student stipends are “very low and tough to live off of,” one Canadian PhD candidate at Yale says.

In 2013, Véronique Carignan – now an assistant professor at the Sea Educational Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts – enrolled in the University of Delaware’s doctoral program in oceanography. Originally from Peterborough, Ont., Dr. Carignan had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ch...
BY MOIRA MACDONALD | October 05 2022

A recently published study of doctoral students finds women and men had vastly different relationships to their work during the first wave of the pandemic, and recommends a more tailored approach to support.

dissertation on the lives and work of Filipino Canadian settlement and social service workers in Ontario, Manitoba and Yukon. Those visits were not able to proceed, so she left Montreal to go home to Toronto to help her family, many of whom were frontline workers in hospitals, long-term care and man...
The Skills Agenda
BY LOLEEN BERDAHL | June 17 2022

Western University’s Own Your Future program reflects a partnership between units across the institution.

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Evaluating program effectiveness

Lorraine Davies, associate vice-provost in the school of graduate and postdoctoral studies at Western, is the Own Your Future academic lead. She is also the primary investigator for an assessment of the program fu...
It’s never just academic

His recent death reminded me of the crucial role that The Consenting University and the Dissenting Academy: Binary Friction played in my academic and intellectual journey. This is a tribute to a man I never met and to a paper he wrote.

dissertation would be about university governance. Fresh from a term as full-time vice-president for academic affairs in a student union, I was obviously going to take a critical perspective on university relations. In this case, “critical” was going to mean a thorough denunciation of the transf...
Graduate Matters
BY MARIA GALLO | April 26 2022

Connecting with others in your field can offer job search insights, networking opportunities and a chance to learn about different career paths.

dissertation, defense, or viva During crunch time, alumni can offer encouragement and insight on this process. Even if you are in the throes of your research, your alumni network might suggest avenues to publish or present your research. If you have existing relationships with alumni from earl...
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