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BY JULIE MCGONEGAL | April 23 2018

Professional editing is a lifelong learning journey.

dissertations, if agreed upon by supervisors and committee members, can provide a tremendous service; simply ensure that ethical guidelines are clearly established and followed by all parties. All of this is to say that professional editing is a lifelong learning journey. There is no doubt in my ...
Graduate Matters

You will need people, both inside and outside of the academy, to help you be successful and keep you grounded.

dissertation proposal, and you will need people to say encouraging things when your conference proposal is rejected or your experiment fails for what feels like the millionth time. You will just need people, period. That said, two particular types of community stand out for helping individuals th...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 20 2018
dissertation into a book with the press, and when I quit my job, I emailed the editor and said, "well, I'm not going to spend the time turning my dissertation into a monograph, because I have to figure out how to make money." The editor totally understood and wrote back saying that if I ever had ano...
Career Advice

If graduate education is to undergo serious change, relying on the development of supervision abilities only through modeling or memory seems out of step.

dissertation, the highly competitive (academic and non-academic) job market and the increasing precarity of employment in the academy—it is no surprise that the design and role of graduate education has been called into question. While some might cheekily say
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 07 2018

Follow how Jared started his career in academe, left to work in the public service and then came back to work as a professor.

dissertation">ABD, even though it meant launching my teaching and research program while finishing my dissertation and living in a different province from my partner. Eventually, though, things came together. My partner joined me in Winnipeg, and we got married. I finished my PhD, and transforme...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 08 2017

Today, the civil service is lean, constantly under pressure to deliver high-quality results while keeping departmental budgets low.

dissertation, or a scholarly article, or a book pitch, is all about not only explaining the matter you've studied, but also why the study of that matter is important . . . and doing so succinctly. This skill is not only useful to PhDs; it's useful in policy work, and it is transferable from graduate...
People on the Move
BY ANQI SHEN | November 03 2017
dissertation and informed many of her later publications. Two other academics – Micheline Dumont, professor emeritus at Université de Sherbrooke, and Elizabeth Sheehy, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa – were also among those honoured on Oct. 18. ...
In my opinion
BY SARAH ELAINE EATON | October 18 2017

The second annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating is an attempt by universities around the world to raise awareness about students who hire others to do their work.

dissertations.html">“thesis market.” In Canada, thesis-writing services and contract cheating remain largely hidden in an online black market for academic work. Social media helps students find and share information about how to get someone to do their academic work for them. There are al...

At least one university has explicitly restricted students’ use of editors for their assignments.

dissertations felt “uncomfortable about whether or to what extent it was reasonable to provide those editing services,” said Elizabeth d’Anjou, a freelance editor based in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Editors Canada’s outgoing director of professional standards. Some felt no editing sh...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 14 2017
dissertation, a friend introduced me to a public speaking club. We congregated weekly, spoke to strangers, and received constructive evaluation. I am still part of Toastmaters International and have benefited from being a member in many ways. One element of my work is to communicate to prospective s...
Media Scan
BY TARA SIEBARTH | June 21 2017
dissertation, with a recommendation that he be stripped of his degree. Clarivate Analytics Continue reading As Canada celebrates its 150th ann...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 25 2017

“There are no limits to what a PhD can prepare you to do, and what matters most is that you are doing work you find fulfilling and that meets your practical needs, not whether or not your advisers approve or your school sees you as a ‘success.’”

dissertation. I started with a 2:3:1 load, which is pretty hefty, particularly for a brand new instructor, and I maintained a regular teaching schedule there for almost five years, mostly in the history department, but also in women’s studies. I finished my PhD at the end of 2008, so there was a ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 28 2017
dissertations can provide a clue to the types of issues you might be interested in working on in a non-faculty career. For me, I started out interested in Victorian information technology long before I realized I was interested in technology use today too.” Dr. Seltzer is currently an education te...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 31 2017

“I knew what the government needed — someone to help them better respond to the public through thoughtful research design.”

dissertation (that I could actually complete). So it was getting harder and harder to manage teaching, trying to write, but also be a dad to two young girls. Put that against a seemingly endless set of chapters and it began to look pretty easy to at least pause — or even stop altogether.
Career Advice
BY ISABEAU IQBAL | December 07 2016

Celebrating research that finds academic writers have varied writing practices.

dissertation in a timely fashion, I adopted a daily writing practice because my schedule allowed it and it seemed to be the best (i.e., most efficient) way to meet my goal. But, is writing every day the only way to be a productive academic writer? According to many sources, yes. But, according to...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 24 2016
dissertation, I was hired as a program officer at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-governmental organization in New York that promotes constructive engagement between the two countries. As a program officer, my primary job was to co-direct the committee’s
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 18 2016
dissertation chapters, article drafts, or other writing in progress and then met in person a week or two later to discuss how the work could be stronger. The theme of our scholarship was one that I didn’t otherwise encounter in my own program, and I appreciated having this intellectual community. ...
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | November 09 2016

Graduate students are trying out Three Minute Thesis-type competitions for the soft skills, public connection – and just a tiny bit of fame.

dissertation in time to take up a postdoctoral position (he was scheduled to defend his thesis in October). He says it was the challenge that finally convinced him – along with his cheerleading supervisor, associate professor Vivian Choh, who encouraged him to participate and attended all his even...
BY KATHRYN SHAILER | November 08 2016

For the benefit of the entire university community, we need to talk, we need to work together and we need to quell the self-righteous rhetoric.

dissertation and Rosanna Tamburri’s Continue reading in the August-September 2016 issue of University Affairs. There is also no shortage of books on the challenges faced by Canadian university presidents, such as Ross Paul’s
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 19 2016
dissertation, there's often flexibility in what and how to teach, whether and how to publish, if and how to engage as a subject expert in the wider world, and how to contribute to the academic community -- by sitting on committees, organizing conferences, and doing a whole host of other tasks, large...