June 1, 2022
A requiem for CARPA: how Ottawa is rethinking innovation policy
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The federal government is instead earmarking $1 billion to create an agency inspired by initiatives in Finland and Israel.
BY MATTHEW HALLIDAY | JUN 01 2022

The view from the dean’s office
The view from the dean’s office
While my own academic freedom is less robust since becoming a senior administrator, I have loved finding new ways of defending academic freedom for others.
BY SHANNON DEA | MAY 30 2022

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Returning to the ranks after more than 20 years as an administrator
Returning to the ranks after more than 20 years as an administrator
Could I completely re-pivot back to where I started as an academic? It would be disingenuous to claim that I had no doubts, especially on the teaching side.
BY DANIEL WOOLF | MAY 31 2022

Mulling the metaverse: computer scientists weigh in on the internet’s future potential
Mulling the metaverse: computer scientists weigh in on the internet’s future potential
Getting it right means considering a range of factors including equitable access, respect for privacy, and mental and physical well-being.
BY SHARON ASCHAIEK | MAY 27 2022

Why it's worth considering a PhD co-op
Why it's worth considering a PhD co-op
Where non-academic work can help you cross the bridge back to the professoriate.
BY SHARON ENGBRECHT | JUN 01 2022

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Gillian Balfour Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University has appointed Gillian Balfour as vice-president academic, effective July 1. Dr. Balfour was previously vice-president and academic dean of King’s University College, affiliated with Western University. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Manitoba, where she focused on critical socio-legal students and feminist criminology. Dr. Balfour has also served as associate dean of teaching and learning at Trent University, where she taught sociology and was a member of a community organization that provides prison-based learning for incarcerated and non-incarcerated students.

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