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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 13 2016
dissertation topic, a great community to research, and continues to have a positive impact for it’s community members. Unfortunately, my funding was cut after my second year and there wasn’t another place for me to be employed within that community. After my data collection, I moved on to a s...
BY NATALIE SAMSON | August 09 2016

Founded by a McGill PhD candidate, New Horizons Montréal proves it’s never too late to benefit from music lessons.

From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 14 2016
dissertation topic) to future job prospects. After working as a teaching assistant and volunteering as a peer mentor, I realized I wanted to help other students, like myself, figure out their career pathways. I had struggled to find adequate resources as a graduate student to assist me in making my ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 07 2016
dissertation; it is currently with the publisher. At present I am preparing two presentations for conferences in July. I am delighted to be a presenter at the UK Social Policy Association conference in Belfast, and the Irish Social Policy Association conference in Dublin. I also write book review...

Individualized programs, less coursework and scrapping comprehensive exams some of the options discussed at Future of the Humanities PhD conference in Ottawa.

dissertations, and non-academic expertise on dissertation supervisory boards, among other things. For Dr. Zwicker, unclear expectations are one of the most pressing concerns. Departments should work on clarifying degree outcomes and the expectations for each program year, and should rethink typic...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 10 2016
dissertation? Nope. But I did all those things, and so I tell myself that all the surprises that come my way now are nothing in comparison to what I and anyone else who has been honed in the crucible of a doctoral project have done already. Even though I may not have technical training in many of...
BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 09 2016

Ingenuity’s the key when you’re one of Canada’s smaller university presses.

dissertation, almost didn’t see the light of day. Dr. Daschuk, a historian and an associate professor at the University of Regina, spent nearly a decade shaping his research into a manuscript for U of R’s Canadian Plains Research Center Press. Then, as he neared completion in 2012, news came dow...
In my opinion
BY BRENDA BROUWER | March 07 2016

But, leveraging that talent requires a strategy and investment.

dissertation research, which is by its very nature experiential, are also increasing in order to provide “real world” experience by engaging external partners. The Mitacs Accelerate program is an oft-cited example from which we can learn. But the time has come to integrate those “real world”...
BY GAIL DUGAS | February 24 2016
dissertation. I envied people who were doing their PhDs. I would think ‘Take me with you!” says Tom Howell, co-creator of a radio project inspired by the work of Canadian PhD students. Introducing their audience to students who have spent years thinking about a particular topic is the mission...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | February 02 2016

We need to examine why, exactly, it is taken for granted that teaching work is less valued and less prestigious than research.

dissertation, Pamela Gravestock addresses the assumption that teaching is less valued in the culture and in career progression, with an examination of tenure and promotion policies in Canadian universities. She concluded that while every institution had dif...
BY MARIE LAMBERT-CHAN | February 02 2016

Held at a convent north of Montreal, students spent hours writing in monastic silence.

dissertation. Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to force yourself to forget about Facebook and household tasks, and to write every day, alone in front of the computer. The solution? A writing retreat, a concept popularized in the U.S. under the name Shut Up and Writ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 28 2016
dissertations and get jobs. I’m proud of them. But some walk away – and of that group I’m just as proud” (Graduate School Mess, p. 121). I feel the same way about my own clients, whatever path they choose to take. A while back Christine Slocum reflected on her career journey in ...
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | December 09 2015

A number of programs are exploring options for applied scholarship within the PhD.

dissertation? While their purpose and relevance have been questioned (particularly in light of lengthy completion times), most are wary of any change for fear of diminishing their rigour. For dissertation defenders, Félix Grenier might be considered a blasphemer. A doctoral candidate in politica...
Legally Speaking
BY BRENT DAVIS | December 08 2015

Poor souls – if a legal issue arises on campus, chances are it will find its way to a chair’s desk.

dissertations">a PhD thesis published in 2012 by Carol Hustoles, the vice-president for legal affairs and general counsel of Western Michigan University touches on this very subject. Dr. Hustoles surveyed almost 300 university lawyers in the United States to ascertain their perceptions and exper...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | November 27 2015
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 25 2015
dissertation, and knew I needed to find enough work so that I could qualify for Employment Insurance once I gave birth. I taught courses at Ryerson University and Seneca College that summer and at the University of Toronto and Trent University that fall, while also working for the union. I had 5 ROE...
BY ZACK BRADLEY | November 17 2015

Deaf graduate shares her research using innovative online tools.

dissertation has been made available on TerpTube, an emerging social media platform designed to meet the needs of deaf people. Dr. Hibbard recently shared her story with University Affairs via Skype video chat.

From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 19 2015
dissertation in 2012, I was 32 years old. I remember one of my friends using the phrase “just out of school” to describe my situation. I didn’t fully grasp what that implied, namely, that I could either get myself a professorship or attempt to land an entry-level position in a different field,...
BY NATALIE SAMSON | October 13 2015

Comic-book artist shares his passion for storytelling with writers.

dissertation, presented entirely in comic-book form, was considered the first of its kind....
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 06 2015
dissertation and have worked full time as I have completed my dissertation. I will defend very soon, but it has put me in an interesting spot because I am neither fully in academia nor outside of it completely. My “clock” has not started and I have not had to face the true nature of being post-P...