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People on the Move
BY NATALIE SAMSON | April 01 2015
The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2015 winners of the prestigious Killam prizes and Killam research fellowships. Each of the five Killam prize winners will receive $100,000 in reco...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/people-on-the-move/announcements-april-2015/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 11 2015
Canada's two largest universities -- University of Toronto and York University -- are affected by strikes. Last week, first graduate student teaching assistants and course instructors struck at U of T, followed closely by all contract teaching assistants and instructors at York University. (York's C...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/striking-for-a-better-now-and-a-better-future/
Student Voices
BY DAVID KIM | March 03 2015

Find your passion and learn how to apply it to make positive change – these are the tasks for the 21st-century student.

We often lose sight of the bigger picture when we become too focused with a goal or an objective. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I have found from my personal experiences that I have had to remind myself to keep things in perspective. I mean two specific things that I remind myself...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/student-voices/lets-keep-things-in-perspective/
Features
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | February 25 2015

The new Prince Edward Island premier – and past president of UPEI – talks about leaving a legacy.

Wade MacLauchlan’s roots in Prince Edward Island run deep. He was born and raised on the island’s north shore and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Prince Edward Island, the institution he went on to lead from 1999 to 2011. Before that, he was dean of law at the Universit...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/raising-expectations-interview-wade-maclauchlan/
Student Voices
BY TYE LANDELS | February 24 2015

We need to change the way we speak about the undergrad experience.

Almost a year ago, 10 Canadian postsecondary students were named 3M National Student Fellows, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada. The annual award honours up to 10 university and college students who have shown outstanding leadership in their lives ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/student-voices/case-undergraduate-rights-passage/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 19 2015
Continue reading by Rebecca Peabody is a collection of first-hand accounts and interviews with people who've travelled in, through, and beyond graduate school. After a brief introduction by Dr....
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/book-review-unruly-phd/
Student Voices
BY SHWETHA CHANDRASHEKHAR | February 17 2015

Students need to reclaim ownership of their postsecondary education.

Almost a year ago, 10 Canadian postsecondary students were named 3M National Student Fellows, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada. The annual award honours up to 10 university and college students who have shown outstanding leadership in their lives ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/student-voices/an-inside-look-at-the-21-century-student/
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | January 14 2015

But, despite its rising importance, the field suffers from growing pains, say academics.

When a video surfaced online in early December featuring an Ottawa man in Syria inciting Canadian Muslims to join the fight for the extremist group Islamic State, University of Waterloo professor Lorne Dawson spent the day fielding media calls. But that was nothing compared to the 25-plus interviews...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/terrorism-research-urgently-needed-canada/
Career Advice
BY NANA LEE, ZAYNA KHAYAT + REINHART REITHMEIER | January 14 2015

Transforming graduate education.

In 2012, the department of biochemistry at the University of Toronto launched a for-credit course in graduate professional development (GPD). Enrolment was limited to 20 graduate students to provide an intimate and interactive learning environment. The course stressed the need to develop a broad ski...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/lessons-learned-grad-course-professional-development/
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | January 05 2015

Know what to reasonably expect if you decide to pursue a volunteer opportunity.

For the past semester, I’ve been watching the students in my career course struggle with some questions that can take years to answer – all on a 12-week schedule, of course. Many of their questions have been around compromise and when to pursue an option that might be less than ideal. Just as ma...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/volunteer-quagmire/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | December 23 2014

Melonie recaps the stories that inspired her blog posts from the last year.

It’s the end of the calendar year, I thought I’d indulge in a bit of a re-cap of some of the things I wrote during the past 12 months, and also some of the best commentaries and articles that inspired my writing or dealt with issues that relate to it. So this post is all about recommended read...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/2014-look-back/
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | December 08 2014
quote>“A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.” – Edna St. Vincent Millayquote> Consider this your invitation to the show. Academia is a campai...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/science-society-book/
Features
BY WENDY GLAUSER | December 03 2014

Across the country, people with disabilities are redefining the possible by excelling in scholarly pursuits that were once off limits to them.

Evolving attitudes, policies and technology have given rise to a generation of undergrads, graduate students and faculty members with disabilities who demand inclusive spaces, teaching styles and supports. “More and more students with different disabilities who didn’t previously access postse...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/opening-doors-disability/
News
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | November 10 2014

Universities say recent changes to the temporary foreign worker program make it hard for them to hire the right academics for the post.

Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program aimed at curbing abuses by some employers are having the added effect of impeding universities from hiring top foreign academics and senior administrators. The federal government https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-caught-overhaul-foreign-workers-program/
News
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | October 29 2014

A wide range of new programs in design and media broaden their appeal to a job-focused cohort of students.

When Ron Burnett arrived in Vancouver to become president of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 1996, a majority of students were enrolled in the visual arts. Today about 35 percent of the students are pursuing degrees in the visual arts, 40 percent are in design programs – the fastest growi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-art-design-adapt-show-value-degrees/
News
BY BECKY RYNOR | October 01 2014

Concordia PhD graduate, a former homeless person, wins CAGS annual dissertation award.

To say Eric Weissman had his boots on the ground while researching his PhD dissertation on homelessness can only be an understatement. He lived in it, slept in it and somehow survived it. Dr. Weissman’s unflinching https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/speaking-homeless/
News
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | September 17 2014

Central attraction of Concordia-owned building is a chapel-turned-reading room.

Concordia University officially unveiled to the public on Sept. 15 the final renovations to its landmark Grey Nuns Building, the historic 19th-century convent it acquired in 2004. The renovated building inclu...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/former-convent-transformed-into-stunning-student-residence/
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | September 10 2014

The building has been called “courageous, bold and just a little insane.”

When OCAD University unveiled the Sharp Centre for Design in 2004, as part of the school’s $42.5-million campus makeover, the public quickly took sides. “No one was indifferent,” recalls Will Alsop, the architect behind the Sharp Centre. “People either really loved it or hated it and to ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/ocad-university-sharp-centre-for-design-turns-10/
In my opinion
BY ELIZABETH FLYNN-DASTOOR | September 10 2014

Students need social supports.

Matthew de Grood was known as a good student, heading off to law school, but something was broken in him and it snapped on the night that he stabbed five of his University of Calgary peers to death. I won’t begin to speculate about the specifics of https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/lets-open-our-eyes-to-students-distress/
Features
BY PAUL GESSELL | September 10 2014

It may the last big human-rights issue of our age – welcoming people who identify with the sex opposite to the one they were born with.

When student Bridget Liang of Hamilton, Ontario, went shopping for a university, she chose York University, partly because of its many gender-neutral, single-stall washrooms spread around campus. Ms. Liang is a transgendered woman. For her, large public restrooms can be terrifying places, where bull...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/universities-for-all-genders/