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BY MICHAEL RANCIC | January 04 2019

A new book aims to understand why a small subset of professionals actively resists retirement.

While many people actively want to retire, and many others can’t retire because of financial constraint...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 10 2018

The association representing postdocs unveiled four key policy recommendations at a conference in Ottawa.

Postdoctoral scholars are the backbone of academic research, and yet they face a number of serious challenges in Canada, including poor pay, uneven work benefits and a lack of recognition for their training and expertise, according to representatives of the Cana...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | November 30 2018

These relatively recent initiatives deserve recognition for helping the scientific community.

Sometimes, you just get lost down the rabbit hole of the Internet. In one of these episodes, I came across a Continue reading in which he bestows his life lessons for young graduates. While it wasn't a m...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 26 2018

While individual initiative is vital, a larger cultural shift is needed.

This is a guest post by Drs Jonathan Malloy and Loleen Berdahl. Jonathan Malloy is a professor in the department of political science at Carleton University. His research areas include Canadian political institutions and career development processes in universities. Loleen Berdahl is a professo...
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | November 21 2018

A new report looks at how accessibility and accommodations are meeting the needs of disabled students across Canada.

A new study aims to challenge how accessibility and accommodations are understood at postsecondary institutions. Released in October, the Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities
Responsibilities May Include
BY REBECCA DIRNFELD | November 09 2018

Leveraging the skills you acquired in grad school is key to enhancing any future employment you delve into.

I often ponder the skills I use every day to successfully undertake projects in my role as lead of graduate career education at Ryerson University. Whether one-to-one advising, developing and giving presentations, leading meetings, or attending and presenting at conferences, this is my graduate leve...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | October 23 2018

What has and hasn’t worked at institutions that support career development and professionalization.

Over the past several years, Jen and I have interviewed hundreds of PhDs about their career transitions. We consistently hear is that PhDs have what it takes in terms of education and skills to move into meaningful careers beyond the professoriate, but they often struggle to land their first positio...
In my opinion

A phenomenon called “ethics creep” is discouraging researchers rather than protecting study participants.

Researchers working with human subjects in North America and beyond are very familiar with ethics protocols required by institutions of higher education, protocols rightly put in place to minimize harm to research participants. In Canada, individual higher education institutions have ethical juri...
Career Advice
BY TARA SIEBARTH | September 25 2018

“You and I only have one non-renewable resource in life – and that is time,” says Carleton University professor Tim Pychyl.

You sit down to start the next chapter in your thesis. You don’t want to do this. Maybe you feel tired. Maybe the last round of feedback from your supervisor makes the prospect of even typing a single word seem like an insurmountable task. “I’ll just check my phone real quick to make sure I ha...
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | August 08 2018

The job can be challenging, all-consuming and even isolating – but also rewarding.

A week after becoming head of the department of plant agriculture at the University of Guelph, a position that would eventually lead him in 2016 to his current role as dean of the university’s Ontario Agricultural College, Rene Van Acker sent a short email to his own former department head, Murray...
BY WENDY GLAUSER | August 01 2018

Campus support programs are helping a diverse set of students to succeed in a system that wasn’t designed for them.

Dominique Oliver-Dares remembers being a first-year undergraduate student at Dalhousie University, looking around at the other students in her “humongous” introductory classes and seeing only a handful of Black students like her spread out around the room. “It was very isolating,” she recall...
BY ANQI SHEN | July 18 2018

Data from the 2018 Canadian University Survey Consortium report provide insights on the school-to-work transition.

Just over half of undergraduate students in their final year of study had some sort of learning-related work experience, four-fifths were satisfied with the quality of their education, and more than two-thirds expected to enroll in further education within the next five years. Those are some of the ...
In my opinion

A long-term commitment to sustaining a highly diverse talent pool is the cornerstone of robust economic and social policies.

The “Continue reading,” consisting of highly skilled personnel from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, is the linchpin of a productive society and economy. Maintaini...
BY BECKY RYNOR | June 27 2018

To build empathy and find solutions, civic leaders and service providers were asked to navigate the web of local agencies.

If you are 17-year-old Rachelle, you have already had a tough life. Your mom was a drug addict. You were bounced between various family members and an array of foster homes. Some foster parents were nice, Rachelle recalled. “Some would allow us to have family dinners with them. Some locked the fri...
Responsibilities May Include

Lessons learned from Concordia University’s Graduate Professional Skills program.

From its inception in 2011, Concordia University’s Continue reading (GPS) program has been serious about practicing what it preaches. GPS’s mission is to provide all Concordia graduate students with opportunities to a...
Career Advice

Three academics reflect on how they got on the tenure track.

You’ve almost made it: the courses, comps, proposal are all under your belt. You’re polishing your dissertation and practicing your defence. You’re exhausted and excited. It’s a time for celebration. A time for looking back at what you have accomplished and for looking forward into the unkno...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 07 2018

The degree will probably not get you the job, but hiring managers will recognize that you have critical thinking and project management skills, says one panelist.

In this fourth and final part of our series on workplace policies and norms outside academia, our panel of five PhDs answer questions about entry-level jobs in their fields, career progression, transferable skills, experience and the value of their doctoral degrees. Be sure to read
BY TARA SIEBARTH | June 06 2018


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People on the Move
BY ANQI SHEN | June 04 2018
Mount Royal University has named Meagan Bowler dean of the university library, effective July 1. Ms. Bowler has be...

The initiative builds on a pilot project in Nova Scotia to combat the region’s shrinking and aging population.

International students Taruna Boodhun and Khousmita Gopaul started at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2016. They both chose PEI partly because it was an island, like their home country of Mauritius. While they experienced some adjustments, in particular adapting to different foods and the ...