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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 31 2014
Over the past few months I've been in conversation with other post-academic business owners and freelancers, many of whom work with graduate students and PhDs. I had no idea such people existed during my doctorate, and it was only thanks to https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/in-service-of-phds-and-a-post-academic-cfp/
Career Advice
BY ROGER GRAVES | January 15 2014

How to get your students to submit better assignments.

Do you want to: a) Improve the quality of writing your students turn in at the end of the term? b) Save time grading that stack of papers? c) Improve your course evaluations? d) All of the above? One way to accomplish these goals is to invest in revising the writing assignments in your cour...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/five-strategies-to-improve-writing-in-your-courses/
News
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | January 15 2014

Move by NSERC, SSHRC would align them with CIHR and funding councils in other countries.

Canada has moved a step closer towards making publicly funded academic research freely available to everyone, not just to those who have access to pricey journal subscriptions. Two of the major federal funding agencies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/granting-councils-consider-mandatory-open-access-policies/
News
BY SHARON ASCHAIEK | January 08 2014

A new LinkedIn tool may help higher education institutions more effectively share achievements, attract students and promote their brand – but it has yet to pass the test with Canadian universities.

LinkedIn University Pages enable prospective postsecondary students to explore universities worldwide in a one-stop shopping approach. Followers can stay current about an institution’s news and activities, ask questions about programs, see the career outcomes of alumni, and view profiles of notabl...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-weigh-in-on-new-linkedin-university-pages/
In my opinion
BY ROGER GRAVES AND DAVID SLOMP | December 18 2013

University students need to learn to write for different disciplines and assignments, and testing the skills they learned in high school isn’t relevant to what they will need to learn.

We commend Nicholas Dion and Vicky Maldonado for calling for assessments of university students’ writing (“We need to assess student literacy skills”) in University Affairs. We agree with their argument that without these assessments, universities will face budget cuts and students ha...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/entrance-testing-is-not-the-answer/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | December 04 2013
As our readers know, we Continue reading last month in Toronto at the 5th Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference. It was a packed room a...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/tough-love-and-a-plan-for-the-future-cspc-panel-recap/
Features
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | November 20 2013

International students help Sweden broaden the relatively narrow scope of its academic research as well as bringing in revenue.

The leafy campus of Sweden’s Lund University, with its ivy-covered buildings, Doric columns of polished granite and gilded chandeliers, harks back to another era. But like many Swedish – and, in...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/sweden-recruits-foreign-graduate-students/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | November 13 2013
Last week, the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) was launched in connection with the VITAE Research Staff Conference. Forged in the fire that burns in the bellies of early career researchers with low salaries, little stability and poor career prospects, this organizati...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/official-launch-of-the-international-consortium-of-research-staff-associations/
Career Advice
BY SHANNON GADBOIS | November 13 2013

Handling the transition to your sabbatical is a key to its success.

When I began my sabbatical this past January, I was unexpectedly and overwhelming cognizant of a marked imbalance in my life. With a teaching semester juxtaposed next to a sabbatical period, a dramatic shift in daily activities resulted in one of the most pressure filled and lonely times I have spen...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/try-a-six-month-sabbatical/
News
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | November 06 2013

Canadian and Kenyan universities join forces to provide formal training to volunteer teachers.

September’s brazen attack that killed at least 67 people at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, brought the world’s attention to a region that, while troubled, does not typically claim daily headlines. Yet, fewer people know of the slower horror that has unfolded in this region over th...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/training-teachers-at-the-worlds-largest-refugee-camp/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | October 21 2013
Over the coming weeks, I'll be breaking down the fantastic information found in the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars 2013 Survey of Canadian Postdocs. To start this, I thought I would focus on the most surprising finding in my mind: 53.1% of the 1,830 respondents were either landed immi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/half-of-canadas-early-career-researchers-are-not-canadian/
News
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 09 2013

Specifically highlighting tattoos that honour deceased loved ones or past events.

A York University sociology professor wants to build what she calls the world’s first comprehensive public archive of memorial tattoos – tattoos that honour a deceased loved one or commemorate a past event or life transition. The professor, Deborah Davidson, says memorial tattoos “both embody ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/york-professor-creates-database-of-tattoos/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | October 08 2013
Last week was the culmination of an incredible amount of volunteer labour through the CAPS-ACSP group who produced their Continue reading. Done in collaboration with Continue reading, a not-for-profit gr...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/quarterly-summary-postdoc-survey-released/
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | October 04 2013
Careers Café has recently had a fork-in-the-road theme, so – what the heck – I’m adding another fork and a personal post. I recently had to ask myself the sorts of questions that I prefer asking clients: about what matters to me, what my definition of success is, how I’ll find mea...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/more-forks-in-the-road/
Margin Notes
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 02 2013

That’s the conclusion from a new survey of postdoctoral scholars in Canada.

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars released this morning the results of a new national survey of postdocs. The survey captured not only demographic information – who are postdocs in Canada? – but also their primary concerns. (The full report is https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/margin-notes/the-needs-of-postdocs-continue-to-be-ignored/
News
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 02 2013

New survey finds postdocs see themselves as employees, not students or ‘trainees’.

A new survey of postdoctoral scholars in Canada paints a portrait of early career researchers who are generally satisfied with their research environment but frustrated by their ambiguous employment status, poor compensation and inadequate training. The https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/low-pay-and-ambiguous-job-status-frustrates-canadian-postdocs/
News
BY PEGGY BERKOWITZ | September 17 2013

AUCC launches personal videos to offer another perspective on education and jobs.

For 25-to-64-year-olds who earned a bachelor’s degree in Canada, just 3.7 percent are unemployed. Although that data is up-to-date – it’s from the 2011 Statistics Canada ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/university-works-website/
Features
BY LARRY MCCLOSKEY + JOHN MEISSNER | September 11 2013

How the best practices in working with students with learning disabilities are paving the way to improve outcomes for students who are emotionally distressed.

University campuses across Canada are struggling with a mental health tsunami that is reordering priorities in every community and educational institution. Dealing with crises and the potential for suicide has altered the lives and agendas of people working in schools, hospitals, municipalities and ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/helping-students-with-mental-health-issues/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | September 06 2013
In this week’s post I’m going to stay with the subject of media and higher education, since there’s so much to work with at the moment - ‘tis the season, as they say. Since I last wrote, there’s a new, strategically-timed CIBC World Markets report that has garnered a good deal of media cov...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/the-supposed-failure-of-student-choice/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 04 2013
I’ve just finished hosting Continue reading and I’m feeling pretty darn good about it. That’s how I feel about my life these days in general: pretty darn good. A year ago---les...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/feeling-good/