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The University of Ottawa has a new slogan: Help wanted. In March, the school issued a memo to its alumni, asking those who are not currently involved in the co-op program to consider hiring students and “accept the challenge of bett...
BY SHELDON GORDON | April 06 2009

Law students offer their time pro bono to help guide groups and individuals – many of whom can’t afford legal counsel–through the judicial maze

On a blustery November morning, Rina Jeyakumar dashes, coatless, to the chambers of Toronto’s small claims court from a cramped law office across the courtyard, to have a word with the presiding judge. Leaning towards the bench, sotto voce, Ms. Jeyakumar requests a delay before her client...
Career Advice
BY UA/AU | March 23 2009

University of Windsor’s Janice Drakich breaks down the faculty recruitment process in Canada and offers advice to academics job searching in a recession

What is faculty recruitment all about?

At the end of the 1990s, research predicted a significant increase in the number of faculty to be hired over the next decade or two. This prediction alerted universities to prepare for the increased recruitment of faculty and their entry into the univ...
Margin Notes
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 18 2009

Is it more important to teach undergraduates “the classic works of Western Civilization” or “to become agents of social change.” American faculty have weighed in. Now it’s your turn.

A recent Continue reading in the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a survey of more than 22,500 U.S. professors which asked, among other things, what the professors' goals were in terms of classroom in...
Career Advice
BY CAROLYN WATTERS | February 09 2009

An interview with Dan Russell, research scientist at Google

Welcome to the Dean's Podcast – the podcast about issues shaping graduate studies in Canada.In this episode, host Carolyn Watters, Dalhousie University dean of graduate studies, and 2009 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies president, talks to
BY DANIEL DROLET | February 09 2009

Atlantic universities learn a lot about wooing applicants as their local supply of 18 to 24-year-olds starts to dry up. Are there lessons here for other regions?

Robyn Zajac knew she wanted to study outside her native Manitoba, so she applied to universities in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, was near the bottom of her list;...
BY ANNE KERSHAW | January 12 2009

Economy’s slide and end of mandatory retirement see more profs staying on

Professor Robert Adamec, age 64, does not plan to retire next year but is “pretty sure” he will be ready to go at 69. And the ball is in his court. With the elimination of mandatory retirement in most parts of Canada now, the rules of the game have changed to allow employees to decide for themse...
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | November 17 2008

Five practical tips to help you beat academic culture shock

When visiting another country, openness, flexibility and a willingness to dig into your emotional toolbox to solve problems are often needed to overcome culture shock.Academic culture shock is no different: research in the field of cross-cultural psychology demonstrates that tolerance for ambigu...
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | November 03 2008

Recognizing the five stages of academic culture shock

Milton Bennett, a well-known intercultural communication scholar, likes to say that when we talk about another culture, we often picture it as a remote island – with palm trees, exotic foods and unique customs. Academia is one of these islands, with a language and culture of its own.Each year,...
BY FRED DONNELLY | October 06 2008
Released this past summer, the province of New Brunswick’s postsecondary education plan is certainly ambitious.Its stated goal is to create the best such education system in Canada, to increase provincial higher education participation rates, to make university education affordable, to increas...
BY TIM LOUGHEED | October 06 2008

International group advises universities to stop using patents to measure IP success

Counting patents may be the easiest way for administrators to measure the success of a university’s adventures in technology transfer, but Richard Gold insists that it is also the wrong way.The McGill University law professor argues that universities should not be counting their patents, but i...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 06 2008

Countries are eyeing this vast resource as a potential energy source

The ancient elements of fire and ice come together neatly in what could be the single greatest carbon-based energy source on the planet.That resource is gas hy...
In my opinion
BY ELEANOR S. ABAYA | August 05 2008
As a first-generation immigrant living in Toronto from the mid-1970s to 2002, I had never heard of Lakehead University. In fact, I first heard of Lakehead University when I applied for the position of director of communications in November 2002. Once hired, I was excited when my proposal to launch a...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | August 05 2008
We all know that the transition to university or college can be difficult for young adults. It’s often their first substantial time away from home and can be filled with much stress and anxiety.Stan Kutcher, a professor of medicine at Dalhousie University and holder of the Sun Life Financial C...
Career Advice
BY NANDA DIMITROV | April 07 2008

Understanding your cultural differences with international students is the key to fostering a productive and rewarding supervisory relationship

The supervision of graduate students is a challenging exercise in effective interpersonal communication even when the faculty member and student share the same cultural background. Differing expectations about workload, progress and a considerable power gap often create the perfect conditions for mi...

There’s growing respect for a collaborative kind of research activity that starts with a two-way exchange of information between researchers and the community

A roadkill in 1987 made ecological history in Newfoundland. There had been sightings and unconfirmed reports, dating back to 1985, of coyotes making their way across the 175 kilometres of winter pack ice that separate Newfoundland from Nova Scotia. But when a juvenile was struck by a car near Deer L...
BY DANIEL DROLET | March 10 2008

Gathering shares research showing even high achievers face problems in first year

Chris Fillmore entered York University's film studies program right out of high school. But he found the whole first-year experience so overwhelming, he soon dropped out.Older and wiser now at 23, Mr. Fillmore is taking another stab at university. Four years after leaving York, he is back in fir...
BY PHILLIP TODD | March 10 2008
Ask Lakehead University students if they're happy with their school's one-year-old Google-run e-mail service, and chances are you'll get a positive response."I love the new Lakehead gmail e-mail system," said third-year political-science student Brianne Kirkpatrick."Since the switch to gmail...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 10 2008

Actually, today’s students are often overwhelmed by multiple stresses. A nurse-educator and administrator explain how their schools are responding to the growing need for mental-health services

The transition to adulthood is a challenge for many young people. Throw in the stresses of attending university and living away from home for the first time, and it's no wonder some find it difficult to cope.Studies in Canada and the United States, such as those by Richard Kadison of Harvard Uni...
BY CELIA RUSSELL | February 11 2008
By 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, more than 700 people had gathered in front of Queen's University's Stauffer Library for a faculty-organized rally against racism.The day, time and location of the rally were no coincidence. Exactly eight weeks before, a faculty member on her way to teach a ...