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BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | September 28 2020
CBC Continue reading If September is any indication, the global pandemic has all but eradicated any semblan...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-sept-28-2020/
Career Advice
BY DAVID SEALEY, ADRIAN YUNG, CRICIA RINCHON & CHRISTINA WEHRLE | September 28 2020

By participating in the Team Case Study program at U of T, life science graduates gain a competitive edge in the non-academic job market.

Since 2016, approximately 180 trainees have participated in the Industry Team Case Study (ITCS) program at the University of Toronto in which teams of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows lead job simulation projects mentored by industry professionals. Trainees investigate a business or policy...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/case-studies-give-grad-students-a-chance-to-tackle-industry-challenges/
News
BY EMILY BARON CADLOFF | September 25 2020

From partnerships with heritage organizations to web crawlers, university archivists, librarians and historians are using a range of tools to capture life in the pandemic.

What will we remember about COVID-19 at this time next year? In five years? In 50 years? And more importantly, what will we need to remember? What information will be useful for historians, for epidemiologists, for artists? What is worth preserving? These are the questions that university archivi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/looking-back-on-covid-19-how-university-archives-are-preserving-this-moment-in-history/
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | September 23 2020

Speaking to Parliamentarians last month about universities’ response to COVID-19, university presidents asked for support for international students and continued emergency research funding.

On August 14, four days before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament, representatives from the academic research and university sector addressed the Continue reading about t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/university-sector-highlights-importance-of-international-students-and-research-funding-in-summer-address-to-house-of-commons-committee/
Features
BY IVAN JOSEPH & IVAN JOSEPH | September 09 2020

A vice-provost, student affairs, and an incoming first-year student sit down to talk about the student experience during a pandemic.

Sometimes, personal and professional lives overlap in interesting ways, such as what is unfolding in the Joseph household. Ivan Joseph is vice-provost, student affairs, at Dalhousie University. On October 1, he will begin a five-year posting as vice-president, student affairs, at Wilfrid Laurier Uni...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/the-student-experience-this-fall-a-tale-of-two-ivans/
In my opinion
BY NADIA NAFFI ET AL | September 08 2020

Ensuring equitable and quality education, as well as effective and efficient evaluation of student learning are among the imperatives identified for this disrupted academic year.

As university campuses around the world emptied out one by one in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, centres for teaching and learning (CTLs) and their equivalent services – with their teams of instructional designers, teaching and learning experts, and multimedia developers – became the “ https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/5-recommendations-from-teaching-centres-to-teaching-centres-to-help-faculty-shift-online/
Features
BY EMILY BARON CADLOFF, SHAUNA MCGINN & MARK CARDWELL | August 19 2020

Remote teaching, half-empty residences and virtual orientations will mark this year’s return for most students.

Part 1. Streamed lectures and empty seats: what classrooms will look like this fall

  By Emily Baron Cadloff Patrick McBrine has spent many hours over the spring and summer teaching himself how to make professional-looking videos at home. Working ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/as-september-approaches-universities-prepare-for-a-fall-semester-unlike-any-other/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | August 04 2020
Windsor Star Continue reading The Canadian university experience is already lookin...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-august-4-2020/
In my opinion
BY KATHLEEN BORTOLIN | August 03 2020

Seek instructional help from colleagues, be honest with your students, be generous to yourself and others. We’re all in this together.

I’m a Liverpool FC fan, so the song You Will Never Walk Alone shows up on more than one of my playlists. But when it comes up these days, in light of all that is happening, it seems take on an even more significant meaning. We’re all a little nervy right now – students, instructors, d...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/a-pedagogical-manifesto-for-the-upcoming-academic-year/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 29 2020

If your job search is falling flat, try remembering a moment when you felt most energized or engaged – this will give you valuable insight into yourself.

When it comes to sorting out what you want to do next, you need to get past the “any job, anywhere” thinking. You need something more manageable, both for yourself and for anyone attempting to help you along the way. So you start to do the things folks like me suggest doing, including conducting...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/standout-moments-from-your-past-can-help-define-your-future/
In my opinion
BY BRYN WILLIAMS-JONES | July 23 2020

Let’s ensure we recognize and support their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a result of the current pandemic, professors and students are having to adapt to new ways of working in a world full of uncertainties. When will our children be able to go back to school? Will we be able to visit our elderly parents? What will happen with the upcoming academic year? They are expe...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/administrative-personnel-are-the-universitys-frontline-workers/
Careers Café
BY ANDREA EIDINGER | July 16 2020

Self-reflections are another kind of metric, one that can create space for us to think carefully about our mission and mandates as teachers.

The end of the semester can engender a number of complicated feelings. Some of us feel relief at not having to answer quite so many emails, joy at finally being finished our grading, and grief over the fact that we will likely never see our students again. As in the case with transition periods, man...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/taking-stock-the-importance-of-teaching-self-reflections/
People on the Move
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | July 08 2020
Features
BY MOIRA MACDONALD | June 30 2020

Seven academics reflect on the moment they realized the world had changed.

Exhausting days, sleepless nights, overwhelming uncertainty and a paramount concern for the welfare of students, faculty and staff. Universities were among the first organizations to shut down in-person operations and pivot rapidly to remote teaching and learning in response to the COVID-19 global p...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/where-were-you-when-the-pandemic-hit/
News
BY UA/AU | June 30 2020

June 29, 2020

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund deadline extended

On May 15, the federal government created the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) as part of a suite of temporary financial aid programs to help employers and workers through financial ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-june-2020/
In my opinion
BY SARAH ELAINE EATON | June 26 2020

These centres have proven they are not mere “support” units but are crucial to the university’s mission.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and learning centres (TLCs), and the educational developers and instructional designers who work at them, have shown the deep value they bring to their institutions. During the crisis, they have become instructional superheroes who have not only supported an un...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/teaching-and-learning-centres-are-the-academic-heroes-of-covid-19/
Features
BY EVA VOINIGESCU | June 24 2020

The Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital is pioneering an open-science model that could change the way medical research is conducted across the globe.

To create a potential vaccine for SARS in 2003, a group of Canadian researchers had to break the law. Nearly 800 people died from this viral respiratory condition and some 8,000 infections were reported across the globe. By April 2003, when the SARS Accelerated Vacci...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/could-the-montreal-neuro-herald-a-paradigm-shift-in-scientific-research/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | June 22 2020
National Post Continue reading A senior official at the University of British Columbia has resigned after he like...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-june-22-2020/
Career Advice
BY DERRICK E. RANCOURT | June 22 2020

With a little lead time and institutional support, professors can make great online courses.

Currently, I am suffering from analysis paralysis about teaching online. I’m thinking about it; I have good ideas, but I am a little reluctant to act. Having just gone through a rough transition in another course last semester due to the pandemic, I know that my students were fairly forgiving of t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/the-analysis-paralysis-of-online-teaching/