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A new emphasis in science on the study of genetic variation is raising old issues of race


How to end your course in a way that students will remember

BY PAUL AXELROD | February 09 2009

Universities’ heavy dependence on part-time faculty merits serious attention, but the union’s proposed solution would be unacceptable to every university in Canada

BY BRETT ZIMMERMAN | February 09 2009

Boy, do I feel silly recalling how, in the autumn of 2000, I assured my students at York University that there wouldn’t be a strike. “We don’t have the guts to go out. We always have a positive strike vote then cave in at the eleventh hour and accept whatever York’s negotiators offer us. My […]

BY LEON TRAKMAN | February 09 2009

Canadian universities could benefit if they boost efforts to recruit
international students, who want quality for fair cost

BY YVES GINGRAS | January 12 2009

The director of communications at Lakehead University recently wrote, in this column, that it is time that academics realize that we live in a marketplace and thus have to “brand” our universities to sell our “products” to potential “buyers” – the students. She told us how, in much less time than expected, she transformed the […]

BY BRETT ZIMMERMAN | December 01 2008

If the fate of university scholars is based on the old adage of “publish or perish,” then it’s a wonder that so many who haven’t published haven’t perished. Perhaps that exhortation applies mostly to assistant professors who run the risk of losing their full-time status if they don’t perform adequately in that arena (thank goodness […]

BY ADAM CHAPNICK | November 03 2008

Professor uses plagiarism detection software to find troubles at the draft stage

BY JEFF ROBERTS | September 08 2008

Students expect more Internet access than ever, and universities need to involve everyone in deciding how to provide it

BY ELEANOR S. ABAYA | August 05 2008

As a first-generation immigrant living in Toronto from the mid-1970s to 2002, I had never heard of Lakehead University. In fact, I first heard of Lakehead University when I applied for the position of director of communications in November 2002. Once hired, I was excited when my proposal to launch an institutional visual identity program […]

BY SUSAN DRAIN | June 09 2008

A writing studies professor offers a spirited reply to a rhetorical question from an associate dean of graduate studies

BY SUNNY MARCHE | March 10 2008

We all do, of course. But when it comes to teaching effective writing, we talk a better game than we play

BY DAVID N. HARPP | February 11 2008

We should provide whatever assistance we can to empower students, including recorded lectures

BY BRETT ZIMMERMAN | January 07 2008

It’s that time of year again when students prepare to fill out their course evaluations. No matter how confident I’ve become with my teaching, the drill remains a source of consternation. Like death and taxes, the evaluation exercise is something instructors cannot avoid, certainly not at any university whose administrators believe in accountability. We’ve all […]

BY JACOB BERKOWITZ | December 03 2007

Science’s demand to scientists to cut the jargon was a shot heard around the world, and long overdue. Now let’s talk about story telling

BY ALAN SLAVIN | September 10 2007

Elementary and high schools spend so much time on the content-laden curriculum that students are unprepared for the analytic and conceptual thinking they’ll need at university

BY JULIAN BENEDICT | August 07 2007

We have all heard calls from many quarters for meaningful and innovative reform of our postsecondary education system. Surviving in a global marketplace means ensuring young people have the education they need to compete. But have we forgotten the student loan system that is supposed to support our learning infrastructure in Canada? The Canada Student […]

BY ANDREW PARK | February 11 2007

Despite our best efforts to help struggling students, there are some who really shouldn’t be there in the first place

BY SHIRLEY KATZ | December 01 2000

A look at the sexual harassment policies at Canadian universities.