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BY PAUL YACHNIN | October 09 2019

None has landed a tenure-track job, and their lives have had plenty of struggle and uncertainty. But, their narratives point to multiple career paths branching out from the PhD.

dissertation – she called it a “Frankensteinish” thesis – were mostly bereft of joy. She entered graduate studies because of her sheer love of literature. But, because she did not bring to the PhD program a strong sense of purpose, she was not fulfilled by the work she did. Instead of cultiv...
Media Scan
BY TARA SIEBARTH | August 20 2019
dissertation proposal, giving Cooke—a professor of biology at Carleton University in Ottawa—no choice but to kick him out of the lab. Global News Halifax poet...
Graduate Matters
BY YVONNE HUNG | July 26 2019

An exploration of some of the nuances between postsecondary education in the two countries, as well as some of the intangibles that are often not thought about.


Campus and community life

The location of a university can have an impact on its campus life and its relationship to the surrounding community. If you are in a town whose population swells with the start of the academic year (e.g., Ann Arbor, Michigan or Kingston, Ontario) v...

Mona Nemer is creating a new youth advisory council of people aged 18 to 30 from a range of backgrounds.

dissertations. “The knowledge young people gain on these committees will serve them throughout their careers, while contributing in a concrete way to improving the country’s research system,” he said....
Ask Dr. Editor

The political and persuasive significance of being intentionally hard to understand.

dissertation will necessarily include a lot of non-English words (notably Swahili and Maa). How should I quote my sources? I’ve seen different authors do different things: quote in translated English with the original in parentheses or a footnote; quote the original in text, in italics, and use pa...

The guidelines require students to have a letter signed by their instructor indicating what kind of editing help is permitted.

dissertations at the graduate level. But, as Continue reading – and Ms. Conrad’s research showed – undergraduate students, too, seek editing service...
Responsibilities May Include
BY STEPHANIE DUPLEY | February 25 2019

Don’t wait until you are actively looking for a job to identify your transferable skills.

dissertation without providing a citation or proof. Now think about your communication with employers the same way. You want to provide evidence of your skills by describing how you have demonstrated those skills in the past. To say “I have excellent communication skills” means little to an empl...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | February 14 2019

The secret CV doesn’t contain things you want to hide, but rather things that you’re proud of, and haven’t yet found a way to articulate.

dissertation in one bullet point can be painful. Leaving it off altogether can be more so. None of your experiences are lost in actuality, for the very same reason that makes them painful to leave off your resumé: they are part of you. They will continue to inform your perspective, your abilitie...
Career Advice
BY MICHAEL RANCIC | January 04 2019

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

dissertation work in quantitative methods, looking at data points, spending years doing that. I was just dying to ask the data points some questions, and so I did some qualitative training and eventually got some grant funding and started this set of projects, which was to explore retirement, what i...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | November 01 2018

Aurora is designed to help students explore career options and learn strategies they need to find non-faculty careers.

dissertation with preparing for non-faculty careers in mind. Currently, Aurora is focused on non-faculty careers, but that will change in 2019. Students have told us that they also want to learn job search strategies for academic jobs, and we want to support...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | October 23 2018

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

dissertations. In addition to connecting students with communities beyond academia and the university, the program provides students with much-needed summer funding. (Learn more about the program
BY TARA SIEBARTH | October 03 2018
dissertations-form-and-content-need-to-evolve/">In my opinion: The dissertation’s form and content need to evolve
  • Adventures in Academ...
    From PhD to Life
    BY JENNIFER POLK | August 24 2018

    Moving from a PhD in religious studies to working at a teaching and learning centre has sparked an interest in communications and marketing for Dr. Muravchick.

    dissertation and what I saw myself doing and being happy doing. I did, however, actively pursue leads in alt-ac careers during the last few years of the PhD.
    Responsibilities May Include
    BY JACQUELYN BRINKMAN | August 13 2018

    A detailed plan can help you decide when and what opportunities to say yes to and, more importantly, which to say no to.

    dissertation writing, and
  • The date you plan to graduate!
  • Your “really helps”: What else can help you excel academically throughout graduate school? These will vary depending on your program and discipline but include such items as:
    In my opinion
    BY CHRIS KELLEHER | July 04 2018

    International PhD candidates are flocking to Canada because the country is seen as still valuing the humanities.

    dissertation. However, it has seemed like a missed opportunity that American students were largely barred from applying for many awards. There are obvious reasons for this. But, equally obvious are the reasons for including Americans in applying for fellowships, grants and other awards, and for i...
    Careers Café
    BY LIZ KOBLYK | June 29 2018

    It’s reassuringly self-aware – and frankly, exciting – to hear someone reflect on how part of their career path made them who they are.

    People entering the non-academic job market with a PhD or with ABD status (All But Dissertation) often work out how they’ll address their academic history with potential employers. That’s certainly a worthwhile process, though employers’ reactions may not be what you expect – no matter what ...
    Career Advice

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

    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 unknown. This transition phase from grad student to faculty member can be fraught with questions: How will I...
    BY SUZETTE MAYR | May 30 2018

    An excerpt from the latest novel by University of Calgary professor Suzette Mayr.

    dissertation was an inferior piece of work not worthy of a first-year university student, that it had no chance of ever being published, only a desperate Canadian hack press would publish it. You should drop out, she scrawled in the margins of Edith’s dissertation drafts. The book would be publish...
    From PhD to Life
    BY JENNIFER POLK | May 21 2018
    dissertation. I had never been to the town (it was a phone interview), but I took a leap of faith. That teaching role stretched to four years due to a series of perceived “flukes” and I earned tenured status there. As an Ontarian, I knew that I would want to return to Ontario at some point so I ...
    In my opinion
    BY ANITA JACK-DAVIES | May 02 2018

    Research shows that the concept and practice of “other-mothering” can help Black students navigate the complex and often secretive world of academia.

    dissertation and defending it. While my thesis supervisor offered invaluable guidance about my writing and about my dissertation, I longed for something much more culturally familiar. I needed the support of