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By SHANNON RUPP | November 08 2016

When it comes to making a foray into social media, the first question novices should ask themselves is, “What do I want to achieve?” That’s the advice of British sociologist Mark Carrigan, who wrote the book Social Media for Academics. He writes that social media tools can enhance any academic career, provided you choose the […]

By CHRISTOPHER BUDDLE | October 04 2016

Goodbye, podium.

By REBECCA PERO | September 27 2016

Participating in activities outside of your graduate work, but still tied to your interests, will help enhance your skill set.

By SANDRA ACKER | September 05 2016

A lot of attention has been paid recently to the notion of a “failure CV” after Princeton University professor Johannes Haushofer posted online a list he called his “CV of Failures,” (PDF) with headings like “paper rejections” and “research funding I did not get.” Many academics will have chuckled at the familiarity of the story, […]

By RACHAEL CAYLEY | August 29 2016

A longer version of this blog post originally appeared on Rachael Cayley’s blog, Explorations of Style. During graduate school, many students seek out courses or workshops to improve their academic or professional skills; these offerings are often characterized as “professional development.” Most of us first became familiar with the term as something designed for already-working […]

By BARRY RIES | August 03 2016

Every university has a research office, by one name or another. Often it’s the Office of Research Services. Maybe it’s the Office of Sponsored Research, or Research Grant and Contract Services as at Memorial University. Maybe it’s Research @ (insert name here) or Recherche et création, as at Université Laval. Whatever the name, if you […]

By JANO KLIMAS | June 08 2016

I am so tired of reading poorly written science. Often, I can barely finish reading an article that runs longer than one page. None of my friends read my articles. The feeling of failure spreads in me like cancer. First, I’m worried that we have failed everyday people who need our answers the most. Second, […]

By IAN MACLACHLAN | May 17 2016

Ian MacLachlan retired to start his third career in December 2015 after thirty years as a geography professor. This is the second of a monthly series relevant to the retirement plans of an aging professoriate for University Affairs. So how did I decide that I could actually afford to retire at 63? A voluntary retirement […]

By NANA LEE | April 18 2016

How to connect with key people and build your professional network.


Shared decision-making and diverse perspectives create opportunities for learning together.

By ERIN CLOW | March 15 2016

Before choosing a supervisor, get to know them—and get to know yourself.

By IAN MACLACHLAN | March 09 2016

Retirement may be the opportunity for a “third career” to try something different.

By ALLISON MCDONALD | February 23 2016

In order to avoid running a deficit it’s important to plan ahead.

By NICKI MONAHAN | February 10 2016

Professors need to adapt their teaching to address each group’s strengths.

By STEPHEN BROWN | February 02 2016

A few do’s and don’ts learned the hard way.

By ASHLEIGH VANHOUTEN | January 20 2016

Special course at U of T helps students to become “market ready”

By RAUL PACHECO-VEGA | January 11 2016

Narrative approaches to research and teaching can enhance students’ experiences.


As recent graduates, we know that a library and information studies program, or equivalent, can pass in a whirlwind. Exploring immensely diverse career paths, selecting courses to fit a myriad of future possibilities, and gaining practical experience are all essential and challenging in their own right. What are you likely to face when you enter […]

By SHARI GRAYDON | December 01 2015

In the fourth and final episode of Engaging Audiences, Shari explains how to structure your presentation content for maximum engagement. (Intro music courtesy of Bensound.) Your research is important and deserves as much attention as possible. But if no one can understand what you’re talking about, what’s the point? University Affairs magazine and Informed Opinions […]

By REINHART REITHMEIER | November 16 2015

A thoughtfully chosen mentor is a crucial part of a grad student’s success.