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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.

By DAVID SMITH | November 03 2015

It’s three in morning. I can’t sleep. I’m sweating and anxious. In three hours I have to stand in front of 600 undergraduate students and try my best not to pass out. Like an athlete before the big event, I’m envisioning my lecture slide by slide, which takes my heart rate into overdrive. How did […]

By ASHLEIGH VANHOUTEN | October 27 2015

A discussion with the authors of a cheeky new guide for graduate students.

By NONA ROBINSON | October 13 2015

Understanding their position is one way to start problem-solving on controversial issues.

By SHARI GRAYDON | October 07 2015

Delivering presentations is one of the foundations of scholarly work. But doing so outside of the classroom invariably poses different challenges. Becoming adept at crafting compelling presentations that engage a variety of audiences increases an academic’s opportunities to get others excited about their work. Think strategically When presenting to audiences beyond the institution, identifying in […]

By MICHAEL NEWMAN | September 30 2015

These are my instructions for how to read a certain way: a guide to reading as a means of gaining knowledge you intend to use in something you are going to discuss or write. Of course there are lots of ways to read. You can read for pleasure, to kill time waiting for your kid […]