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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...
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | November 06 2013

Poet, artist, scientist.

dissertation, later published as Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science, traces the history of the relationship between avant-garde poetry and science. On the day of his oral defence, Dr. Bök brought along his parents, sister and good friend (and York colleague) Darren Wershler t...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | October 28 2013
dissertation committee members. They may be personal Yodas you’ve picked up unofficially – that grad student whose unflappability you’d like to cultivate, or the colleague who knows how to make meetings useful. The balance of giving and receiving is pretty obviously tilted in mentor-mentee...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 25 2013
dissertation quicker and easier, while still allowing me the autonomy I valued. Now that I'm taking coaching classes, I usually get coached by classmates three times a week. This is a big change; it was only a year ago that I spoke to a coach for the first time! And, experiencing the benefits of ...
Career Advice

Advice for new or potential graduate students.

dissertation; choose a topic you want to stay up past midnight reading about. That said, you should still read job listings to learn what employers request in application packages.

Interview the faculty

When looking for a thesis supervisor, talk to your program chair about your passion an...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | September 27 2013
dissertation, which has taken up an ever-larger chunk of my focus and thinking time. This is a good thing of course, but it means I’ve also been more impressed than ever at how others are able to write
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 19 2013
dissertation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">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 ...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | August 21 2013

A Q&A with University of Toronto educational developer Pamela Gravestock.

dissertation focused on how teaching is evaluated for tenure at Canadian universities, is one of the leading experts in Canada on course evaluations. In 2008, she co-authored with colleague Emily Gregor-Greenleaf a report for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario,
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | August 12 2013
dissertations/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a policy statement that caused some controversy among academics, because of its recommendation that universities should allow junior scholars the option of a 6-year embargo on electronic publication of their dissertations. The argument goes that ...
Speculative Diction
dissertation I've been going over Continue reading on PhD supervision and attrition, including the work of Barbara Lovitts (who’s cited by Cassuto as well),

Stimulating, friendly and comes with work-life balance – what a surprise!

dissertation about media representations of gangs in Canada, I found myself reading so narrowly that I could hardly talk about anything else. Sure, I’d read every book, study, figure, and chart about my particular area. But ask me anything outside it and I’d have to get back to you. At the colle...
Career Advice
BY ROCHELLE MAZAR | June 19 2013

From netbooks to iFrames and GIFs, the world of tech is getting a little nostalgic – but with a twist.

dissertations and articles. They’re heavily information-bearing, help demonstrate points clearly and accurately, and they’re beautiful. When scholars talk about post-literacy, I’m reminded of how much information and thought is conveyed in these artfully-created and curated animated images. Wh...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | June 03 2013
dissertation. But, once you’re enrolled in an academic program, it’s hard to get kicked out for reasons that would make one a problematic employee – such as having an abrasive communication style, failing to meet deadlines, or putting personal advancement ahead of organizational goals. Having ...
In my opinion
BY JANICE TIBBETTS | April 24 2013

The three-minute thesis competition isn’t the best way to learn to communicate.

dissertation into a dance video. According to the contest’s Facebook page, the event has been sponsored in the last couple of years by TEDx Brussels, an organizer of Ted-Talks events. The 3MT, the longest running event in the trend to elevator pitch academic research, has spawned preparatory wo...
Careers Café
BY NICOLA KOPER | April 15 2013
dissertations with nothing more than a laptop (our society’s substitute for a pencil and a library), while others require such sophisticated equipment that there could be no thought of bringing in students without ensuring that research funding was firmly in place first, and where costs of additio...
In my opinion
BY BRENDA BROUWER | April 10 2013

The overarching principle at Queen’s is to support students in completing high-quality work in a reasonable time frame.

As noted in the column “Queen’s plan to change its graduate policy needs more study,” published on March 27, the Graduate Studies’ Executive Committee (GSEC) at Queen’s University recently approved revisions to our policy on time-to-completion for graduate students. I would like to respond...
BY JINNA KIM | March 20 2013

Competition that forces grad students to quickly and clearly summarize their work gaining in popularity.

dissertation work into a short three-minute presentation. That’s the idea behind the Continue reading competition, or 3MT, which has taken Canada’s graduate studies departments by storm. The c...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | March 15 2013
dissertation, it’s also not realistic. In fact it’s only a relatively recent thing that I have the means to access any of this information at all, and I freely admit that most of my self-discipline has been (and still is) tied up in my PhD work. If you have the capacity and resources to do th...
BY SUZANNE BOWNESS | March 13 2013

Everything you wanted to know about digital humanities.

dissertation on 19th-century Canadian magazines.

Training: the intermediary frontier

In most fields, a passion for your subject is all you need to get started. Digital humanities also requires a passion for coding. And tagging. And project management. Fortunately, as the field has...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | March 11 2013
dissertation. This problem doesn't go away once you get your PhD though. Nor when you get tenure. Or even when you are promoted to full professor.

Your career is unique to you

Most of the people telling you something will be good for your career are well intentioned. They are not delib...