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Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | February 21 2013
dissertation) with other work and opportunities that come along, which can in turn lead to jobs in the future. This is a dilemma that many PhD candidates face, since it involves a difficult transition into largely unknown territory. We’re aware that the job market isn’t a friendly place these da...
Career Advice
BY GAVAN WATSON | February 06 2013

Communicating about your academic self.

dissertation or a particular challenge in your field. I consider it “higher stakes” because you need to create content on an ongoing basis and initially you need to create the structure. It also demands that you have an interest in maintaining the technical aspects of the site. Examples: <...
BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | February 06 2013

Too many students are dropping out of doctoral programs or taking too long to finish, prompting some universities to question what they can do to help them along.

dissertation; the isolation had become oppressive; and the prospects for landing a tenure-track faculty job in English studies – were he to forge ahead and finish – were dim. So he left Queen’s in 2009 and enrolled in a master’s program in educational counselling at the University of Otta...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | February 04 2013
Think of the times when you sat down and just started whacking away at a paper you had to write.  Compare those with the times when you devoted a few moments to planning your research and your argument.  I’m going to guess that planning has paid off for you mo...
Career Advice
BY JO VANEVERY | January 09 2013

Use your problem-solving hat for this difficult situation.

dissertation is your first major independent scholarly work, supported in its production by a supervisor.  As with any relationship, the one between doctoral student and supervisor can experience difficulties establishing what works well for both parties. What seemed like a good idea at first may ...
Career Advice

Golden opportunity or Pandora’s Box?

dissertation bound for free but don’t have the means to publish it themselves, it may be a good option,” explains University of Ottawa student Tara Macdonald (who did not have her thesis published by one of the publishing houses in question). However, according to the latest information availabl...
In my opinion
BY TERRANCE LAVENDER | October 31 2012

They have their attractions but you have to ask yourself, is it really worth going?

dissertation as a conference paper. I’m not arguing that all conferences are a waste of time and money. You can make useful contacts and discover papers that you wouldn’t find through an academic search engine. And both large multi-faceted conferences and smaller select events can be intellec...
Career Advice
BY NAZI TORABI | October 17 2012

Whether you are accessing library services in person or online, your librarian may be the ticket to more effective and efficient research and teaching.

dissertations. A meeting with a librarian to discuss literature review strategies could avoid this kind of problem in the future.

Copyright and what it means for a graduate student

Case#4: Ming, an international student in computer science, is writing her thesis. She is planning to us...
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 03 2012

Doomsday pronouncements may seem silly, but they underlie a troubling world view, says Concordia scholar.

dissertation on a Dead Sea scroll which described a New Jerusalem descending from heaven. He extended his scholarship from the ancient to medieval times, “and from there it was only natural that I started thinking about apocalypticism in its historical and global sense.” He has published widely ...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | September 26 2012
dissertation proposal, and then the dissertation itself; the time can start to add up. In some U.S. doctoral programs, including at prestigious institutions, “standard” times to completion can be seven or more years given that there may be requirements to work in multiple languages (depending on...
In my opinion
BY ABU KAMARA | August 20 2012

Advisory panel also recommends more support for international students.

dissertation, “International students and the politics of growth.”  ...
BY MARK CARDWELL | August 07 2012

Weyburn, Saskatchewan was once the centre of LSD research, medical historian finds.

dissertation, which was recently published for the second time as a book, Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD on the Canadian Prairies, by the Uni...
BY JANNA ROSALES | August 07 2012

A university teacher argues for “contemplative practices” in university teaching to help students become more reflective and engaged as citizens.

dissertation defences, but found that stifling my heart’s questions dulled my creativity and sent me down rabbit holes of ideas I didn’t care enough to pursue. When I did let my heart speak, I found my insights to be more fully rounded and my lines of critical inquiry to be animated by personal ...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | April 16 2012
dissertation supervisor is one of the expected referees. In addition to having read your work, your supervisor knows whether you keep your commitments (e.g. to submit work), how you respond to criticism and advice, and how much revision goes into the finished work others see. They also have a sense ...
Career Advice
BY SUNNY MARCHE | April 11 2012

The continuing debate over the PhD time limit.

dissertation makes it riskier that what the candidate learned for the comprehensive exams is no longer a sound basis for the research. Very few fields of studies would be willing to assert they aren’t making material progress over a decade. A longer time time-to-completion may also make it poss...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | April 02 2012
dissertation. I think that’s why I find myself disappointed but unsurprised by the kind of shallow parody provided by Levy’s column, mostly because I follow the higher education news and I see a lot of pretty frustrating stuff being passed off as serious/informed analysis. I understand if tha...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | March 28 2012
dissertation). On this particular morning I’m chatting with professor Adeline Koh of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and Rosemary G. Feal of the University of Buffalo, who currently serves as the executive director of the Modern Language Association in the U.S. We’re not having a week...
Careers Café
BY JO VANEVERY | February 28 2012
dissertation finished (if it isn't already)
  • having coffee with someone who can tell you more about a job you don't know enough about to know whether you are either qualified for it or interested in it
  • an internship tha...
    BY ANITA LAHEY | December 05 2011

    The experience of poets slash philosophers in academe reveals the growing pains that can accompany shifting disciplinary borders.

    dissertation in aesthetics on the beauty of nature. The peonies blooming endlessly in her poem transform Schiller’s argument – that nature, in its “endless generation and regeneration,” is a prelude to the infinite – into metaphor: a tangible, vivid, sensory attempt to test out his theory....